Great Job, Internet!: Read This: What’s it like to take Jim Henson’s place?

May marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson. But while Henson’s personal vision for the Muppets may have ended in 1990, the Muppets endure. As noted in a new article by Jon Irwin, “a puppeteer’s job is to make an audience forget he or she exists,” and that has surely been the duty of Steve Whitmire, the man responsible for portraying Kermit The Frog, Ernie, and many other iconic felt characters in lieu of Henson for the past quarter-century.

Irwin’s article tells the backstory of Whitmire and the impossible task of taking over Kermit, since that Muppet’s character and personality were so closely tied to Henson. With the current revival in Muppet interest, backed by two recent films and culminating with the new ABC television series this month, this story offers insight on a man most didn’t even know existed …

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