Kermit’s classic catchphrase and trademark song, “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green,” turn 51 this year. The lyrics reference ecology (“the color of the leaves”) but more broadly call for understanding and acceptance, of oneself and others, to create a harmonious world. Anyone who’s ever felt left out or marginalized—and that’s pretty much all of us—can instantly relate.
Indeed, sometimes it’s tough being green, in an environmental sense and otherwise. But we’re not helpless or alone, the ad suggests. Working together, we can achieve great things, and even make the planet a cleaner, less polluted place. (It’s worth noting that classic green-and-white Stan Smiths are produced using mainly recycled materials.)
Happily, the message syncs with Muppet creator Jim Henson’s humane, inclusive ethos. It resonates even if viewers aren’t familiar with the song, which isn’t heard in the commercial.
Kermit and Stan also bring their winning doubles act to this trio of snackable shorts: