Why Does Kermit the Frog's Voice Sound So Different in the 'Muppets Now' Trailer?

July 18, 2020

Kermit the Frog has a devoted fanbase.

His fans are so loyal, in fact, that when something changes, they immediately pick up on it. And that's what happened after Disney+ dropped the new teaser for "Muppets Now."

Fans were quick to inquire why sounded so strange and different. Is he sick? Is he getting older? Nope, he's just being voiced by a new actor.

For the longest time, Kermit was voiced by "The Muppets" creator Jim Henson. Upon his death in 1990, veteran Muppet performer Steven Whitmire took the mantle. He was fired in 2017 after 27 years over "creative disagreements and labor negotiations," according to Vox.

Since Whitmire's departure, Matt Vogel took over. But while he's been voicing the character for nearly three years, longtime fans cannot get used to the deeper and more mature-sounding voice.

Following the trailer release, which found the Muppets reconnecting via a Zoom chat (we are in a pandemic after all), fans expressed their shock on social media.

Here's how Kermit used to sound:

And here is what Kermit sounds like now.:

You can officially decide which Kermit voice you prefer when "Muppets Now" starts streaming on Disney+ on July 31.

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