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The ask Jim Lewis thread is now open

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by dwayne1115, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    So who is doing what im confused are you sending some more qusetions or am i lol
  2. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I know I said earlier that I didn't have a question...well, I picked one up yesterday. Jim, you know that we loved Before You Leap, but I was wondering how the world in general loved it. Did it sell well? I know how to check movie-sales on the web, but not book-sales. Was it popular? Are we likely to see aother book in the future?

    Bea:zany:{As usual, I don't mind if the question is answered or not answered, I'm just curious.}regard
  3. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Why don't you go ahead and send this batch. I'll take the next, then we can switch back and forth.
  4. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    great ill get on that today sounds like a plan.
  5. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Hi Jim,

    Thank you yet again for being so sweet and considerate in doing this. My question is more about the writing aspect, since you are of course a writer.
    Just recently, the idea occurred to me that since I've dedicated myself to knowing, not necessarily everything, but a lot about all things muppet-Henson, like children and do enjoy writing at least in small incriments, maybe I should try my hand at writing muppet or maybe Sesame Street books for children! Of course there are already several books like this out there and they are rather popular, so why not have one more writer turning out a few more?
    My question is, do you have any sort of advice for people trying to break in to muppet writing? Puppeteers send in tapes. What do writers do? Keep in mind that I'm not anything resembling an English major or even minor in college. Am I completely crazy, or do I stand a chance out there?
    :crazy:

    Thank you,
    Kate
  6. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    well here we go some more answers to yall's questions.



    The Fan Based Interview for Jim Lewis

    by the wonderful fans at Muppet Centeral





    1. Did Jim co-write Muppet Classic Theater? It's not on his wiki page, but I could have sworn I saw his name on the credits when the kid I was babysitting for was watching it tonight. But I was dancing along to the Elvises *blush* so it was only a passing glance.

    I did co-write that with Bill Prady. One of my all-time favorites, as I say elsewhere in these answers. The songs, the foolishness, the Gonzo/Rizzo business—it all seemed to work, at least for me. Glad you liked it.


    2. Do you happen to know what special effects were used to make bubbles come out of Bill the Bubble Guy's head? Of course, that's assuming that you got to see the puppet in person, and saw how it worked.

    I do know, but if I told you I’d have to kill you…..Seriously, that was a brilliant effect (one of millions) created by the Muppet Workshop and, if my memory serves me right, the legendary Fred Bucholtz. With Dave Goelz as Bill, it’s another unsung classic.



    3. Do you think that its possable to have The Muppet Show back on air with new seasons to continue the show?

    Anything is possible. But like a puppet, I sit in a drawer waiting to be used, so I know nothing to confirm or deny this wonderful possibility. Let me know if you hear anything.


    4. Some people think that what the Muppets really need is for Frank Oz to return in some way as a director or a performer what do you think?

    I think I’ve been blessed to work with Frank. Smart guy. Darn funny, too. Would I love to work with him again? You betcha. Say more, I cannot.


    5. Has Jerry Nelson's recent retirement been the only reason we haven't seen Robin the Frog around hardly at all anymore? Because some of Jerry's other characters, such as Floyd, Lew Zealand, and Crazy Harry have all been recast wonderfully, and I'm wondering why the same hasn't been done for Robin.

    A good question. I’d like to think that when the right project arises, Robin will pop up again.


    6. There has been rumors about a show coming that the Muppets are doing that will be teaching kids about tec things, and also could posablity change the character of the muppets can you shed some light on this rumor.

    I heard it here first…in your question. That’s a new one to me, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t set to go on air and come out in a boxed set next week. I’m just a guy in a drawer waiting
  7. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Wheee! What great answers! Thanks Dwayne, Jim! Lemme know, Dwayne if you want me to send the next batch of questions.

    Jim, my question is about fan-work. What are you and aren't you allowed to read through? I assume you're not supposed to even glance at fan-fiction, correct? But what about art work and the like? Are you allowed to look at that?
  8. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    yea sure that sounds good you can do that im totaly cool with that.

    Here is my next question.

    what if any difrences is Jim henson as a boss to Brian Henson?
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    That's a shame. It's been reported that Jim Henson didn't keep many secrets. I wonder if he would have made this an exception.
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wonder if that's why Seymour hasn't been used at all since Muppets Tonight. He seemed to have a simialr personality and effect. Then again, it seems like most dumb fictional characters are like that, though the original dumb Big Bird wasn't (at least based on what I've seen of Big Bird during the first season of Sesame Street).
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Before Jim Henson died, it was often common for Sesame Street Muppets to make cameo or crossover appearances in Muppet Show-related productions (especially during Henson's last few years of life, though none of them appeared on The Jim Henson Hour), but after Henson's death, very few crossovers happened (the only ones I know of are The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson, Jim Henson's memorial service (which probably shouldn't count a s a production), Muppetfest, and to a lesser extent the "We Are Family" video (that one featured characters from many childrens shows, so I question whether this one counts) and CNN Newstand: People Profiles: Sesame Street (characters from The Muppet Show and Sesame Street talked about Jim Henson during the documentary), and since Kermit was a regular on both shows I don't count any of his appearances on Sesame Street or related productions as crossovers). I know that now it would be difficult to have such crossovers, but The Jim Henson Company still owned the Sesame Street Muppets for ten whole years after Jim Henson's death, and The Muppets for four years longer. So is there any reason why there weren't as many crossovers after Jim Henson died? It would have been great if an epsidoe or two o Mupets Tonight had a cameo by a Sesame Street character or two.
  12. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Wow that is cool im so glad you asked that cause i was thinking about that at work. i also wonder if any corssovers where ever writen. really good question.
  13. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    we need somthing to happen in here
  14. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    I agree... I was waiting for more questions before sending them to Jim... should I just go ahead and send them?
  15. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    sure i think about three whould be fine if you want you can make some more up. Im kind of suprised we havent really asked some qustions about some things. how about Piggy being a Diva or anything about Muppet Classic Theater, or even Muppet Magaizn. theres a lot of things we could tap into if we got creative.
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Yeah, there is one thing about Muppet Classic Theater that I think a lot of us fans have been wondering about. I already asked a question this round,t hough. Maybe next time, unless somebody beats me to it.
  17. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Go ahead and ask a second question, Muppet Minor (scratch that...reverse it). We need a variety of questions and there arn't a great many people asking.

    Dwayne, I think that could be because we have already asked questions about many topics we care about (such as the Piggy and Kermit romance) and Jim's explained answers to those things, which makes more of the same style questions mute.
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Okay, heeeeeeeere goes my Muppet Classic Theater question.....

    Muppet Classic Theater only had six recognisable characters (Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo, Rizzo, Fozzie, and Robin), and everybody else was either newly-created, a previous puppet reused as a new character, or a generic animal character (like the penguins and sheep). I did notice that Yolanda from The Muppets Take Manhattan was also used (and I think she was mentioned by name... I'll have to watch the special again). Was there any reason for the big lack of older, known characters? I would have liked it if the orchestra featured the usual Mupet Show orchestra (featuring Floyd, Animal, Rowlf, Zoot, Lips, Nigel, and sometimes Janice) rather than the penguin orchestra, and many of the crowd scenes could have easily featured Bunsen, Beaker, Lew Zealand, Beauregard, Bean Bunny, Sam the Eagle, Link Hogthrob (though I imagine that he would have been silent), Dr. Strangepork (he could have also portrayed Miss Piggy's father), Pops, and various Muppet monsters (I did see two frackles in the audience) (and in a perfect world, Digit and Leon from The Jim Henson Hour would have been in the special). Heck, I'm suprised that Statler and Waldorf weren't in the special (they had already been recast at the time). It's also too bad that there weren't any big backstage scenes (these could have easily featured some older characters like Beauregard). I know that Jim Henson and Richard Hunt were dead, which would be an explanation for the lack of their characters, but Frank, Jerry, Dave, and Steve were all stil active at the time. It was still a good special, but it was a bit sad to see so few old characters and so many new ones, especially in crowd scenes.
  19. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Alright, I'm sending in the next batch with another question from myself...

    Jim, was it a writing decision to begin including original-Muppet-sung songs in the Muppet movies? What with there being no original songs in "Muppets From Space", then bouncing back with "Everyone Matters" in "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie", which was one of the best Muppet songs to date, in my opinion. I was also wondering why there was only one original song? Was it put in there to test the waters, so to speak? See if the public responded?
  20. SarahOnBway

    SarahOnBway Member

    Okay, going off Ryan here, I have a question about songs:

    When you're writing a show, like Muppet Classic Theater or It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, how much collaboration do you have with the songwriters? Do you write the movie with an "insert song here" place? Do they come to you with the song and you place it in the script? Or do you discuss with them the kind of song that's needed and then they go and write it?


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