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The Brand New Ask Jim Lewis Thread

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by dwayne1115, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Personally, I think Steve was Dr. Teeth in that special. Then again, I haven't heard much of the newer material recently...

    Oh, were we voting on Janice? ... I split my vote to all the possibilities you guys come up with. (most likely Matt Vogel, though)
  2. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well this really think about this. Now first we need to go with what we know.


    1. Bill has been doing Dr. theeth sincnce MFS
    2. Dave is still doing Zoot
    3. Eric would be doing Animal

    that leaves Steve as the only core Muppeters without a band membere (Not Counting Lips)
    That also leaves Janice and Floyd with out a helper so to speak.

    Now what we think we know

    After hear Floyd's line so many times in just the past few days there is not dought in my mind that it is Jerry. I think we all can almost agree on that as well.

    Hearing Scooter's voice in the latest Studio DC over and over some of us (Me inculded) have determaned that it was David Rudman.
    Now the more i think about it if you take the roughness of his Cookie Monster voice i think it would almost sound like Janice or the Janice we heard. So all joking aside I'm going to change what i said about Eric and go with Ryan on this. I vote David Rudman as well.

    So we have 2 for David, and 1 for Matt Vogel. That would almost be my second gusses if i really thought about it hard eough.
  3. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    A question for yonder Jim Lewis...

    How did Rizzo and Pepe become such close friends? Will Pepe discuss that in his book? I guess I'll also ask you if there are any other great Muppet duos that you love to write for (Kermit and Fozzie, Gonzo and Rizzo, Johnny and Sal, Floyd and Sam... ;)) or even if there's a duo you wish you could put together more? Thanks Jim! :D
  4. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Hey Ryan,

    Why don't ya send a batch of questions to Jim. I'm just not up to it today. I'll tell ya more about that at another time.
  5. Leyla

    Leyla Member

    Hi there,

    I have a question for Jim... and ah, how cool is it that he'll actually answer us?

    I like to write hither and thither, and I'm wondering what you like best about being a writer... oh, and since I asked that... what do you like least about it?

    And, because I'm so ardently ushy gushy when it comes to Kermit and Piggy, I also wanted to know what you think of the frog/pig relationship?

    Layla
  6. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Questions for Jim Lewis (October 4, 2008)

    From JimJudy…
    Thanks for the answer, and I have another question. Who is your favorite, non-major Muppet, like background characters?

    Favorite non-major Muppet background character in a supporting role? I can name no single character, but as a group I most like the Muppet Rats. They are always on their own agenda, no matter what’s happening with the main characters.

    From BobthePizzaBoy…
    Jim,

    Were there any definite plans for a third season of Muppets Tonight or was the show pulled by Disney Channel before talks of a third season could begin, etc.?


    The show was actually produced for the ABC network, not Disney Channel. But with regime changes at the network, it was sent off to serve out it run at Disney Channel (which was not then the powerhouse it has become.) We had an initial 13 episode run, then were picked up for 9 shows, then….into the ether. Perhaps someday DVD Box Set Complete Series heaven will beckon. I hope so.

    From Colbynfriends…
    A penguin with a stroke! That’s interesting. Next time I watch that, I'll have to look out for your character. So I was wondering, do you think that in the near future that Kermit will play the banjo for some reason? I mean, he played so beautifully in The Muppet Movie, but I haven't seen him play again. Also, while you’re talking about Clifford, do you think that Clifford would ever sit in with the Electric Mayhem again, or was that just a one time thing. Thanks for answering my questions.

    You’re welcome. Love answering these. Makes me think, which is rare….. As for Kermit and the banjo: sure! I have no knowledge of an exact appearances wherein he’ll strum and pluck the banjo, but it’s one of his trademarks, a symbol of the good ol’ days in the swamp, so I’m sure banjo-playing will always be part of the Kermit’s repertoire. As for Clifford: I don’t see why he wouldn’t sit in when he’s available and the situation calls for it, but again, I don’t have any knowledge of an upcoming reunion concert.

    From Dwayne…
    (on the subject of Janice’s performer in Studio DC: Almost Live!)
    So we have 2 [votes] for David Rudman and 1 for Matt Vogel. That would almost be my second guesses if I really thought about it hard enough.
    (Can you shed any light?)

    I would vote with the majority.

    From theprawncracker…
    A question for yonder Jim Lewis...

    How did Rizzo and Pepe become such close friends? Will Pepe discuss what in his book? I guess I'll also ask you if there are any other great Muppet duos that you love to write for (Kermit and Fozzie, Gonzo and Rizzo, Johnny and Sal, Floyd and Sam...) or even if there's a duo you wish you could put together more? Thanks Jim!


    Why are Rizzo and Pepe friends? They’re both dealing from the bottom of the deck, running scams, looking out for number one. They are both so deliciously self-serving. And when they are together, they have no respect for each other. They constantly carp (Rizzo about Pepe’s accent; Pepe about Rizzo being a rat). How could they not be friends?
    Ad for other team-ups: the ones you mention are all wonderful. The Muppets are all about relationships – how characters interact and connect with each other. That’s what makes them so much like us. Putting two characters together is always better comedy, easier to write for…and more fun to watch.

    From Layla (new question asker)…
    Hi there,

    I have a question for Jim... and ah, how cool is it that he'll actually answer us?

    I like to write hither and thither, and I'm wondering what you like best about being a writer... oh, and since I asked that... what do you like least about it?



    And, because I'm so ardently ushy gushy when it comes to Kermit and Piggy, I also wanted to know what you think of the frog/pig relationship?


    I answer. I’m thrilled you think it’s cool.
    As for being a writer. What I like best is discovering surprises. Take, for instance, the previous question about team-ups. Sometimes I’ll have to write a scene or a short piece wherein we have two characters and they have to get some message across. Okay, so I’ll put them in a place and start writing, not sure where it will go. I really let the characters -- as I understand them – do the talking. And sometimes in the course of this, I write dreck. But sometimes in the course of this, the characters go off into insane flights of inspired nonsense. And even I can’t figure out where it comes from.
    What I like least: Notes that are all about grounding those insane flights of inspired nonsense and making things more “normal”. Sometimes there’s a good reason, but sometimes I think they’re just out to drive me mad. (A short drive, by the way.)

    See, it’s questions like these – the ones that make me think – that make me enjoy these questions so much. - JL
  7. JimJudy

    JimJudy New Member

    Hey, JimJudy here again. Just wondering, but do you know how long it is to shoot Studio DC?
  8. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Dear Jim,

    If the Muppets ran the United States (or the world, whichever works better for you), who would be in each position of power? (ex. President, First Lady, Secretary of State, U.S. Representatives, etc.)
  9. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Dear Jim,

    Do you ever get writer's block?
  10. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Lets get a few more questions before i send them to Jim !


    here is mine: I know we more then likely have talked aboiut this before but I would like to get your take on it once more. Kermit or any of the other Muppets for that matter, as Hosts. Do you think that they will ever Host a show again?
  11. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Dear Jim,

    Any ideas for a girl who seems to be slowly losing her sanity?
  12. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member


    Well i don't know about Jim, but maybe i could help. if you want to talk pm me.
  13. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Dwayne, I was just kidding.

    Now, for the real question:

    Dear Jim,

    Is it odd for a child of someone who practically grew up with the Muppets like them, while the parent(s) of said child don't care about them at all?
  14. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    James, do you mind if I call you James? I certainly do... Anyway! Care to shed some light for us as to what your job as producer of these Studio DC specials entails? I assume it's more than just fetching coffee and doughnuts and cakes for the cast... or is that just Miss Piggy? I'm sure she worked up an apetite after the Cheetah Girls number. Speaking of which, are the Cheetah Girls nice in person? Is it just being on TV that makes them seem cold-hearted?

    And also... I know you probably can't answer this... but do you know if we have a good chance of seeing a third special? Thanks a lot, Jim! You're a credit to your race (the Indy 500)!
  15. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Dear Jim,

    Was Zoot asleep backstage during the "This is Me" number in the new Studio DC?
  16. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Dwayne, would you like me to send the questions? If you're too busy I'd be happy to.
  17. WhiteRabbit

    WhiteRabbit Well-Known Member

    Dear Jim,
    Is it wrong that I...um...sort of *really* find Dr. Teeth...hot? That's right. I said it. Dr. Teeth is a hottie. =P I dream of him all the time and--yeah, I'll just leave it at that. I mean, I'm only seventeen but I'd definitely take him over one of those "normal, cute singers" everybody else of my age and gender seems to be obsessed with like Zac Efron (ew) and Justin Timberlake (*gags*). It's already been established that I'm a bit "out there" (mmm...that's an understatement), but is this just totally disturbing or what? Should I seek help? =P

    From
    That weird girl aka Ailie
  18. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Ah no worries my friends i have sent some questions!
  19. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Awesome! Can't wait to see the answers! :D
  20. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Ok everyone I have some questions answered! First off AnimatedC9000 I didn't send all the questions that you asked. The reason is you have some great questions but I have to be fair in how i send them . I will spread them out through out the next bit of questions, but please don't stop asking. Now here are these wonderful questions and Answers from Jim Lewis!


    JIM LEWIS ANSWERS – 10-12-08





    1. From Jimjudy: Hey, JimJudy here again. Just wondering, but do you know how long it is to shoot Studio DC?

    It takes about 3 days to shoot a half-hour. Of course, that can be spread out over a couple of weeks, depending on schedules, and doesn’t include pre-recording music and all the pre-production and post-production that’s required.

    2. From AnimatedC9000: If the Muppets ran the United States (or the world, whichever works better for you), who would be in each position of power? (ex. President, First Lady, Secretary of State, U.S. Representatives, etc.)

    Kermit would be president. Miss Piggy would be co-president. (No second place job for her). Sam Eagle would be Secretary of State. Other than that, it would be a free-for-all, as it is now.



    3. From Dwayne: I know we more then likely have talked aboiut this before but I would like to get your take on it once more. Kermit or any of the other Muppets for that matter, as Hosts. Do you think that they will ever Host a show again?

    Yes. I hope so. Depends. See, I don’t know either. If the show is funny and entertaining enough, why not? These Muppets are pretty darn talented, y’know.



    4. From Ryan: James, do you mind if I call you James? I certainly do... Anyway! Care to shed some light for us as to what your job as producer of these Studio DC specials entails? I assume it's more than just fetching coffee and doughnuts and cakes for the cast... or is that just Miss Piggy? I'm sure she worked up an apetite after the Cheetah Girls number. Speaking of which, are the Cheetah Girls nice in person? Is it just being on TV that makes them seem cold-hearted?

    And also... I know you probably can't answer this... but do you know if we have a good chance of seeing a third special? Thanks a lot, Jim! You're a credit to your race (the Indy 500)!

    James. I only get called that at the DMV (Division of Motor Vehicles, FYI ). What did I do? I got donuts and coffee. How’d you know? Miss Piggy has her own chef (and he’s not Swedish), so I didn’t have to fetch for her….In truth, I was a creative consultant, advising on all-things Muppet, trying to make sure (as the performers always do) that the characters are portrayed true to who they are. Kind of like the Secret Service, but without the cool ear piece. As for the Cheetah Girls; I was on the periphery and so cannot comment on their nice quotient, but they seemed friendly and certainly could dance and sing, so who am I to complain? A third special? Who knows.






    5. From Whiterabbit: (new asker) Dear Jim,
    Is it wrong that I...um...sort of *really* find Dr. Teeth...hot? That's right. I said it. Dr. Teeth is a hottie. =P I dream of him all the time and--yeah, I'll just leave it at that. I mean, I'm only seventeen but I'd definitely take him over one of those "normal, cute singers" everybody else of my age and gender seems to be obsessed with like Zac Efron (ew) and Justin Timberlake (*gags*). It's already been established that I'm a bit "out there" (mmm...that's an understatement), but is this just totally disturbing or what? Should I seek help? =P

    I will pass your intentions along to the good Doctor. He always admires his admirers. Your perspicacity in finding connectitude with his grooviosity is most absotively and posolutely appreciated.




    Thanks Jim for all that you do for us fans. You sir are one of a kind!

    Me, one of a kind? Let’s be grateful for that! - JL


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