Kermit the Frog’s voice in Disney+’s Muppets Now doesn’t sound right

Fans think Matt Vogel’s Kermit sounds very different from Jim Henson and Steve Whitmire’s versions

Kermit the Frog’s voice in Disney+’s Muppets Now doesn’t sound right 1

A new teaser video for the Disney+ series Muppets Now was released earlier today, and though it did make fans more excited about the show’s debut later this month, longtime followers of The Muppets franchise noticed that there’s something off about Kermit the Frog’s voice.

Kermit was originally voiced by The Muppets creator Jim Henson, who lent his pipes to the franchise’s main protagonist from 1955 until his death in 1990. Veteran Muppet performer Steve Whitmire replaced Henson as Kermit’s voice following his death and remained as the character’s principal performer until he was fired by The Muppets Studio in 2016 due to long-term creative disagreements and prolonged labor union negotiations that delayed his involvement in Muppet-related productions. Since 2017, Matt Vogel has taken over as Kermit’s voice.

Though Vogel has been voicing Kermit for the past three years, a lot of Muppets fans are still not familiar with his voice, as most of his past performances as the character were only in live shows at major arenas. This explains why several fans were shocked and puzzled at once when they heard Vogel’s Kermit in the teaser for the first time.

A number of fans think Vogel’s Kermit sounds way too low and deep compared to Henson and Whitmire’s versions.

For some people, Kermit’s new voice isn’t big of a deal. They, however, admitted that it’s going to take a while to get used to Vogel’s version of the character.

Directed by Kirk Thatcher, Muppets Now is an improvised situation comedy based on the beloved The Muppets franchise. Its six-episode season 1 will revolve around Scooter, who is given the task of delivering and uploading the new Muppets streaming TV series. He’s running late to get the show going, so he will need to overcome any obstacles in his way. From zany experiments with Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker to lifestyle tips from the fabulous Miss Piggy, each episode is packed with hilarious segments, hosted by the Muppets showcasing what they do best.

Muppets Now premieres on Disney+ on July 31st.