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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

    Dear Jim,

    May I say that I love the viral Muppets campaign! It's amazing! Can't wait to see who else joins!

    Oh, and if you see Fozzie anywhere, tell him that I said "thank you" for becoming my first Muppet friend on YouTube.
  2. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Jim, Jim Lewis, here's TogetherAgain here with another quick little question for ya. I was wondering if it was sheer coincidence that Rizzo the Rat's first YouTube video (featuring ROWLF! YAAAAAAAY! I love that dog) was posted on theprawncracker's eighteenth birthday, or if that was planned as a gift from the Muppets to one of their biggest fans and financial supporters. (Seriously. His bedroom is like a freaking Muppet Museum. I'm surprised he hasn't invested in any glass display cases and "Do Not Touch" signs. ...Although, come to think of it... That would imply that HE couldn't touch, either, so... nevermind about the display cases and the signs.)
  3. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Jim, hi, Ryan again. I don't have a question this time, but I just have to tell you how moved I was by Jim Henson's Doodle Dreams. I got a copy for my birthday today and I just sat down and read through it... Wow. Jim, sir, my friend... it was such an enjoyable and uplifting and just amazing read. So many profound and fantastic sentiments that matched along with Jim's beautiful artwork gorgeously. I was just SO impressed. It's a shame this hasn't gotten more publicity because it really, really deserves it. You really should be a motivational speaker and just read from this and Before You Leap. I don't know how else to describe my profound love for this piece of writing other than that. It truly is just perfect and I recommend it to anyone who loves Henson's work, needs an uplifting read, or just wants to smile a whole, whole lot.

    If you're wondering, my favorite quote from the book: "Kids think anything is possible. Be a kid again." It just... fits so perfectly. I turn 18 today, you see--legally an adult now... and really this just made me so happy. Thanks for that, Jim.

    I wish you and your family all the best! Thank you for everything, sir! And I'll be back with more questions as soon as these get answered. MWoO ha ha ha!
  4. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Ryan since this is the week of your birthday would you like to send this batch?
  5. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Sure thing, Dwayne! Thanks a lot! :D
  6. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Good I can't wait and all the jokeing i did in your birthday thread aside Happy B day!
  7. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    *is patiently waiting for Jimmy L.'s responses*
  8. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Questions for Jim Lewis – October 25, 2008

    From dwayne1115:
    In the last batch of questions you answered you said that you considered Rowlf as one of the core Muppets. Is Rowlf going to make a comeback, like it seems Dr. Teeth is trying to do?

    A comeback? I think so. After Jim’s passing, all of his characters (except Kermit) took a hiatus. Gradually, they’ve been coming back. At this stage, it’s just a matter of opportunity. Given the right place and scene, Rowlf and Teeth are center stage. That said, I still don’t think the prognosis is very good for Fleet Scribbler. But hey, I’ve been wrong before.

    From AnimatedC9000:
    Dear Jim,

    Thank you for answering my previous questions. I think I may need to re-word my last one, though. You see, I'm a child of two people who practically grew up with the Muppets (Sesame Street coming out when my father was nine, and the Muppet Show first airing when my mother was in kindergarten). The thing is, they didn't have much time to watch them. So here I am, a girl in the 21st century, watching characters as old (or older [Kermit]/younger [Gonzo, Piggy, Fozzie, and others]) as my parents, and they make me laugh. The problem is that they mostly think that it's a phase I'll grow out of it. (Plus, I'm trying to get my two little brothers into the Muppets as well.) Any advice?


    Ahh! You want me to answer the question you actually asked! Who knew! Sorry for my lack of cognitive abilities on the last try at this. I started thinking about my own family, and soon my mind swooned and I began sputtering out aphorisms. Here’s another try:
    What should you do? Ignore them. Yup. Enjoy every bit of it yourself, and let them see you enjoying it. Then, maybe, by your example, they will become curious and come to realize what a hilarious, revelatory experience you are having with the Muppets. If not, then you can simply strike a pose of superior humor quotient. (It worked for me. In my case, however, it was my love of the Three Stooges that stymied my family.) Taste in comedy is something you can’t teach. People laugh and enjoy what they will; and sometimes it makes no sense why. So, my advice is to become a professional critic and force your opinions on others…..
    By the way, if this wasn’t the question you asked, then please try again. Maybe I’ll get it the third try.

    From Colbynfriends:
    Dear Jim, do you yourself do any impressions of the Muppets?

    No. God forbid. I can, for reasons I can’t understand, affect Big Bird’s high reedy pitch for a few lines…enough so that Elmo once said “woo, that’s spooky”. However, I don’t attempt any impressions. What I do is affect all of the voices when I’m writing. If I’m writing dialogue, I will say it out loud in the close-as-I-can-get-it voice of the character, more for pace and rhythm than for pitch. This usually happens in my privacy of my office, where only my family can be embarrassed. Sometimes it happens in public, where I am usually served with a restraining order.

    From theprawancracker:
    Hey Jim! BIG question! We just saw the launch of Fozzie and Rizzo's YouTube/MySpace accounts yesterday--AMAZING! Fozzie's video was AWESOME! So good to see Rowlf again! But what's really making me squeal, is Rizzo, Sam, Fozzie, Statler and Waldorf, and Chef posting comments on the various Muppets' YouTube pages and MySpace pages. I gotta know, who writes these comments? You? Steve/Eric/Dave? Do they have access to these pages too? It's SO awesome! I also got a friend request e-mail from Rizzo that was just amazing. Can you tell us who wrote that? THIS IS SO AWESOME! VIVA LA FUZZY RENAISSANCE!

    I can’t tell you. I can’t remember. It might have been me. In the words of the late great John Banner (i.e. Sgt. Schultz of “Hogan’s Hero”): “I know nothing!”

    From AnimatedC9000:
    Dear Jim,

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


    Of course. I was, too.

    May I say that I love the viral Muppets campaign! It's amazing! Can't wait to see who else joins!


    Thanks, on behalf of all the people who actually did the hard work.

    Oh, and if you see Fozzie anywhere, tell him that I said "thank you" for becoming my first Muppet friend on YouTube.


    Will do. I gotta get me some friends, too.

    From TogetherAgain:
    Jim, Jim Lewis, here's TogetherAgain here with another quick little question for ya. I was wondering if it was sheer coincidence that Rizzo the Rat's first YouTube video (featuring ROWLF! YAAAAAAAY! I love that dog) was posted on theprawncracker's eighteenth birthday, or if that was planned as a gift from the Muppets to one of their biggest fans and financial supporters. (Seriously. His bedroom is like a freaking Muppet Museum. I'm surprised he hasn't invested in any glass display cases and "Do Not Touch" signs. ...Although, come to think of it... That would imply that HE couldn't touch, either, so... never mind about the display cases and the signs.)

    Coincidence? Are you kidding? These things have been in the planning stages since theprawncracker’s 16th birthday. We at the Muppets have Ryan under surveillance. Wouldn’t you?

    From theprawncracker:
    Jim, hi, Ryan again. I don't have a question this time, but I just have to tell you how moved I was by Jim Henson's Doodle Dreams. I got a copy for my birthday today and I just sat down and read through it... Wow. Jim, sir, my friend... it was such an enjoyable and uplifting and just amazing read. So many profound and fantastic sentiments that matched along with Jim's beautiful artwork gorgeously. I was just SO impressed. It's a shame this hasn't gotten more publicity because it really, really deserves it. You really should be a motivational speaker and just read from this and Before You Leap. I don't know how else to describe my profound love for this piece of writing other than that. It truly is just perfect and I recommend it to anyone who loves Henson's work, needs an uplifting read, or just wants to smile a whole, whole lot.

    If you're wondering, my favorite quote from the book: "Kids think anything is possible. Be a kid again." It just... fits so perfectly. I turn 18 today, you see--legally an adult now... and really this just made me so happy. Thanks for that, Jim.

    I wish you and your family all the best! Thank you for everything, sir! And I'll be back with more questions as soon as these get answered. MWoO ha ha ha!


    Thank you for the kind words about the book. It’s one of those titles that, I hope, will sit near the register and catch ones attention….then as you read it and look at those marvelous drawings, you decide you need it. It as an honor to work on that. I read over everything the archivist could gather, and I remembered what little time I had working with Jim. And you have the result. It is his spirit that makes it so uplifting. And yes, I like that quote, too.
    And oh yes, Happy 18th. We’re watching you.
  9. AnimatedC9000

    AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    *giggles* Oh, Jim! XP *tries to type between giggles*

    Dear Jim,

    Thank you for answering my questions. (Yes, you did get that one right.) Now, I've read somewhere that your favorite Muppet movie is "The Muppet Movie" (am I correct?), and I know that your favorite Muppet is Fozzie Bear (from various questions asked). Now for the question: What are your favorite Fozzie moments (from the movies, the TV shows, or any moments you can think of)?
  10. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I wonder what he means when he says "We are watching you"? Better yet who is this "WE"?
  11. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    I don't know... I don't really care... I'm THRILLED! :excited: :p
  12. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    LOL Well thats good! I wonder if your the only one they are watching!
  13. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Hey Jim!

    Now that Pepe's book is out, do you think Hyperion might set up a book tour/signing with you and Bill? :rolleyes::)
  14. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I have a question! Jim Is writeing for Pepe easier now, after the book is done?
  15. JimJudy

    JimJudy New Member

    Hey this is JimJudy, I have another question, why on Muppet Wikia does it say your a former Jim Henson staff writer? Is that referring to the pre-Disney era?
  16. Ignorance

    Ignorance New Member

    Hello Jim [assuming this message goes straight to you],
    Two quick questions.
    1) This is Ask Jim Lewis... so what can we ask you questions about? Muppets? Yourself? Anything? I'm a tad confused. Not to mention I just asked a question about asking questions. Boy, I'm an idiot. :crazy:

    2) Sorry if this question has been asked before [and I'm guessing it has], but do you know how Kermit rides a bike in The Muppet Movie? If so, can you please explain?
    Thanks.
  17. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Welcome Ignorance! to help answer one of you questions yes your questions go right to Jim just as you post it. Hope that helps, and i will send these questions tonight.
  18. muppet_dk

    muppet_dk Active Member

    You don't need to ask Jim Lewis about that, heres the answer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBbfG-79Qqc
  19. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the clip Muppet DK ya know somone is posting all the old Jim Henson Hour shows on youtube! that is really great because i don't think we will ever see it on DVD.


    I'm running a little behind on the questions and will get to them this afternonn. Sorry for the delay.
  20. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    I really can't think of a question for Jim... I just have to compliment him until I grow blue in the face on how awesome Pepe's book was. It was just amazing. A perfect "voice" for the Prawn and answered a lot of questions I had about his personal life, past, and relationship with some of the Muppets (also if he does actually type/write out the "okays" and that he DOES indeed spell it "okay" and not "hokay" like in the fan-fics I write). But anyway! It was truly fantastic, Jim, and I really can't wait for Piggy's! I really liked the change in format from Kermit's book, too. A very welcome surprise, okay!

    Take care, Jim! I'm sure I'll come up with a question for you someday soon!


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