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{Muppets Mania} An Interview with Kermit and Miss Piggy

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Interview with Kermit and MIss Piggy

Kermit the Frog  returns to the big screen in 2011 in Disney’s “The Muppets.” With 56 years in show business, he boasts countless credits in television, film, stage and online, including the recent hit viral videos featuring the Muppets’ take on Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2009) and “Ode to Joy” (2008)—both Webby winners (an award very dear to Kermit’s heart and feet). He has been honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2002), and his song “Rainbow Connection” was nominated for an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe® in 1979. Kermit has appeared many times in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He also received the Key to the City from Kermit, Texas, in 2005, and holds an honorary Doctorate of Amphibious Letters from the Southampton College at Long Island University.

Kermit resides in a swamp, where he maintains a bachelor pad.

Miss Piggy makes her long-awaited and much-sought-after return to the big screen in 2011 in Disney’s “The Muppets.” The larger-than-life star of television, film, stage, online and all media known and unknown throughout the universe has been dominating show business since her initial public appearance in the chorus on “The Herb Alpert Special” in 1974.

Miss Piggy’s film credits include “The Muppet Movie” (1979), “The Great Muppet Caper” (1981), “The Muppets Take Manhattan” (1984), “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992), “Muppet Treasure Island” (1996) and “Muppets from Space” (1999). She’s also had starring roles in the TV films “Muppets Wizard of Oz” (2005) and “A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa.” In addition to her star-making turn in “The Muppet Show,” which ran from 1976-1981, Miss Piggy’s television credits include “Muppets Tonight,” as well as the blockbuster TV specials “Miss Piggy’s Hollywood” and “The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show.” She stars in a veritable cornucopia of videos and captivated audiences worldwide with her appearance in the recent Webby-winning Muppet viral video performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2009). She has graced the covers of magazines around the world and appeared on the 68th Annual Academy Awards® as a presenter. She is still (impatiently) awaiting her first nomination.

I recently had the opportunity to personally interview Kermit and Miss Piggy.   We talked about their new movie, where they’ve been since their last movie and how kids are a big part of their lives.  Those two are hilarious together and I absolutely can not wait to see the new movie.

Q: How was it working at the French Vogue?

Miss Piggy: I did not really work there.  This is a movie we’re talking about. You all know that, right?  It was, it was lovely. It was lovely. I wish we’d actually shot on location.  Paris, — we shot here in the back lot.

Q: How was it wearing all those designers’ clothes?

Miss Piggy:Those are real and it’s wonderful, it’s fabulous. I love to do free clothes from, from fashion designers.

Kermit: How do you get free clothes? I don’t have a lot of experience with clothes.

Q: I think we’re noticing a big diamond ring on your finger.  Is there any announcements or anything?

Miss Piggy: No

Kermit: It just means she’s been eating more cracker jacks.

Q:So what were you doing all these years before you started production on this last movie?

Kermit: Oh, lots of stuff.  You know, it’s been, it’s been quite a few years since we’ve [OVERLAP] done a big movie. You know, we haven’t done that in a long time but, uh, we’ve done lots of other stuff that we can talk about.  We just thought we were trying to come back to the big screen. We did a bunch of viral videos over the last couple of years.  We did the Bohemian Rhapsody so we’ve been together.

(Kermit’s memoirs—“Look Before You Leap: A Frog’s Eye View of Life’s Greatest Lessons”—were published in 2006.)

Q: Do you find it’s easier to be green now?

Kermit: I think so.  It’s taken on all these new meanings.  When I said that originally, when I sang that song it was about being accepted in the world and these days it’s a lot more about the environment I think, you know.  People are kind of taking it to mean that.  But, uh, I think it’s just about being comfortable in your own skin.

Miss Piggy: I love that so much.  When you sing that. It makes me a tear up a little bit because I know it must have been hard for you being accepted in the world as a frog.

Kermit: It can be tough especially in Hollywood so you have to make your place in the film industry.

Miss Piggy: But you did that.

Kermit: I did.

Q: When did you know it was love at first sight?

Miss Piggy: I think it was at first sight.  We actually met on the Muppet Show.

Kermit :     That’s true. Piggy was a, was a chorus bit. She was a singing, dancing chorus bit and she sort of stood out from the rest, you know.

She appeared as 1st Sow in the “Return to the Planet of the Pigs” sketch on “The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence” in 1975 (which was, in effect, the pilot for “The Muppet Show”). But her unforgettable break-out performance came during the musical number “Temptation” on very first episode of “The Muppet Show.” Miss Piggy started as a chorus pig and came back a star… who wouldn’t let go of Kermit. The rest is history.

Q: Do you have any message for children?

Kermit: I, I, I, I love kids and they’ve been such a huge part of my life and my success all the way from the Sesame Street days, you know.  And, uh, again I love the idea of kids being kids, you know, and adults being kids too sometimes, you know.  Take care of them, nurture them.

Miss Piggy: Kids need to play. They need to go outside and play and run and jump and skip and have fun.

Q: What is your favorite piece of merchandise that has come out featuring you guys?

Kermit: Actually I have to say Piggy’s books.  She’s got a couple of them.

Miss Piggy: Oh yes, yes I love my books, my books.

Piggy’s book “Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life” was a national bestseller. And she recently followed up this success with her wildly popular book “The Diva Code: Miss Piggy on Life, Love, and the 10,000 Idiotic Things Men Frogs Do.”


With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, Disney’s THE MUPPETS opens in theaters everywhere on November 23rd.

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A huge thank you to Disney for giving me the opportunity to meet and interview these two on our most recent sponsored blogger trip.  No other type of compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are 100% original.

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Comments

  1. Great interview!

    Just wanted to let ya know that I love Miss Piggy’s books, especially the last one! Highly recommend for people who didn’t get it yet.

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