The Muppets are a group of puppet characters created by Jim Henson starting in 1955, which have also become the namesake for the Walt Disney Company media franchise that encompasses films, television series, music recordings, print publications, and other media associated with the The Muppet Show characters. Although the term "Muppet" is often used to refer to any puppet that resembles the distinctive style of The Muppet Show, the term is both a formal name and legal trademark owned by the Walt Disney Company in reference to the original characters created by Henson.
In 2008, Selena Gomez appeared alongside Kermit the Frog in a public service announcement for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums' "Year of the Frog" campaign to help protect frogs and other amphibians.
Gomez also starred in a 2008 Disney Channel special with the Muppets, Studio DC: Almost Live.
Gomez made a cameo in The Muppets film alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rico Rodriguez.