The opening ballad of the 1979 The Muppet Movie is one of the sweetest, gentlest odes to optimism ever written, and Kermit’s earnest performance is one for the ages. It says so much about the creative imagination of Jim Henson and his team that we so easily think of this puppet as a living, breathing artist in his own right.
What better way to open children’s eyes to the beauty of diversity (and, on the flip side, the ugliness of prejudice) than through a sweet ballad like this? I’ve always been amazed by Jim Henson’s ability to not only stay in the voice of Kermit and the other muppets but to emote so effectively at the same time. He is missed.