TV Club: Robin the Frog returns to The Muppets, and like many things on the show, he’s changed

Even at 78, it feels like Jerry Nelson died prematurely. The same could be said of any Muppet performer, really, including Jim Henson (53) and especially Richard Hunt (40). That’s because, even if the characters they voice aren’t supposed to be young themselves, the puppeteers still have to tap in to something energetic and youthful to give them personality. They have to keep their imaginations young.

Unlike Floyd, Dr. Julius Strangepork, and many of Nelson’s other characters from The Muppet Show, Kermit’s nephew Robin was always supposed to be young, much younger than everyone else in the cast. He was also kind and innocent, yet disarmingly wise. I’ve always wondered why, with that kind of unique likability, he’s been relegated to being somewhat of a background character outside of The Muppet Show, The Frog Prince, A Muppet Family Christmas, and A Muppet Christmas Carol …

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