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The Brand New Ask Jim Lewis Thread

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

  1. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Ryan would you like to send these questions off?
     
  2. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Surely, D-Man! Should I wait for more, or just send now?
     
  3. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Whatever you think is best i think if we send some now it might boost people to ask more questions latter.
     
  4. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I have a question, before you send!

    Well, Mr Jim Lewis of St Louisiana (or...somewhere near there...or nowhere near but it sounds more interesting...) I wondered what movies you've seen in the cinema this year, or what movies you are looking forward to seeing this year? Sure, it's not exactly Muppet related, but it's interesting to see where you get your inspiration. (Plus makes it much easier for stalking...er...I mean, talking...obviously). For me, it's been the Wolverine Movie with the huge visuals.

    On a similar note, do you have any thoughts about the upcoming Fraggle Rock movie? Again, not connected, but interested.
     
  5. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    ANSWERS FROM Jim Lewis -- May 25 2009

    From minor_muppetz…
    Back in 1992, the Muppets made weekly appearances on Good Morning America. Did you write any of those sketches?
    Yes, I did. With Craig Shemin, under the eye-rolling “what-am-gonna-do-with-you-guys!u201D tutelage of Jerry Juhl. Some worked. Some didn’t. We didn’t stay long enough to find a groove.

    From TogetherAgain…
    Mr. Jim! Mr. Jim Lewis sir! Hello! TogetherAgain again here, realizing it has been forever and a semester since sent a question to you. ...Okay, so maybe just a semester, but if you add in winter break and the couple weeks I've had of summer already... alright, I digress. My point is, I have a QUESTION again! Actually, multiple questions. In your esteemed opinion, of ALL the Muppets, who is most likely to be trapped in a mineshaft and why? Also, how would he or she get out? (Or WOULD they? Dun dun dun!)
    Mineshaft. For getting out. Crazy Harry. For conversation. Kermit. For laughs. Fozzie. For hunger. Chef. For someone who knew his way around, Mokey…oh wait, wrong Muppets.

    Also, regarding the wonderful, marvelous, amazing, magnificent, incredible, fantastic, astounding, stunning, glorious Miss Piggy... Do you think her hairstyle has any effect on how you or anyone else writes her character? And is it possible to use too many complimentary adjectives when referring to her?
    Piggy’s hairstyle. I am contractually forbidden from commenting on her hair, fashion or any other aspect of her which might in any way be considered a criticism. That said, I usually avert my eyes when writing so the hairstyle doesn’t affect the writing. Though sometimes I gotta wonder why she looks like that. Uh-oh. I’m toast.


    From theprawncracker…
    James! It's been far too long, my friend! Always good to have you as our question answering slave! I'm kidding, of course... you're more of a question answering serf.

    Now! On to the question(s)! Are you a Mac or a PC?

    On a completely different note, I recently recieved a signed photo of Gonzo the Great from the equally great Dave Goelz. He signed it "To Ryan, with cool regards from the center of your cosmos... The Great Gonzo & Dave Goelz." What does this have to do with you, you may ask? Well! IF you were to sign a piece of fan... signing stuff, what would you have it say? What character would you have on said signing thing? Would you even have a character? Or would it be a picture of you? What would you be doing in the picture? Why not just sign a picture of Steve Carrell and keep people guessing?

    Thank you and good night!
    I’ll go with the picture of Steve Carrell, especially if I am also able to cash his paychecks.
    I don’t really do the fan picture autograph thing – not merely because there’s not a lot of demand for it (i.e. none whatsoever), but because I am lazy.

    From Beauregard…
    Well, Mr Jim Lewis of St Louisiana (or...somewhere near there...or nowhere near but it sounds more interesting...) I wondered what movies you've seen in the cinema this year, or what movies you are looking forward to seeing this year? Sure, it's not exactly Muppet related, but it's interesting to see where you get your inspiration. (Plus makes it much easier for stalking...er...I mean, talking...obviously). For me, it's been the Wolverine Movie with the huge visuals.
    I really enjoyed the new “Star Trek”. I wasn’t a serious fan of the original TV series, but I came to love the characters through the movies – not the least of which was Kirk Thatcher as the Punk on the Bus in “Star Trek IV”. Brilliant! Sincerely, I love the interplay of that group; they are so well defined and endlessly enjoyable to watch. And I thought the new movie did a great job of capturing the chemistry. How does this relate to Muppets? Well, our characters have, at their best moments, a similar delicious chemistry. So I’m inspired to see a different ensemble pull off such a feat. Other movie I want to see? I’m a stuff-blows-up guy, so anything with major pyro is on my must-see list. So I’ve seen “Wolverine” (okay, not as wonderful as I wanted it to be, but this may be prejudice left over from the days when I was a DC Comics guy rather than a Marvel Comics guy)…..And I saw “Terminator: Salvation” because, as with Star Trek, it’s always intriguing to see how one keeps a story going and keeps it intriguing over so many movies.

    On a similar note, do you have any thoughts about the upcoming Fraggle Rock movie? Again, not connected, but interested.
    Exactly, I’m not connected with the movie (or the original series). Interested. Of course. But, as I’ve said in the past, when it comes to the Henson oeuvre, I’m more of a “a little song a little dance a little seltzer down your pants” guy than a fantasy world type. Yet another of my many character flaws.
     
  6. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Wow we really get to know a little bit more about Jim in these set of questions.
     
  7. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    This may be the best thread in the Muppet Central Forums. It is so nice to have a Muppet Professional give so much of thier time to the fans on such a consistant basis.
     
  8. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well I don't know if I would go that far but thanks! This thread is really here for you the fans to get to know someone who works with the Muppets, and really cares about his fans, and the fans of the Muppets.
     
  9. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    It is really great that Jim gives so much of his times to the Muppet fans. From answering questions from us on the forums to giving up time to be on the Muppetcast with Mr. Swanson. He just seems to be a very giving man.:)
     
  10. wemblingalong

    wemblingalong Active Member

    Hi Jim!

    I am an elementary computer lab teacher and outside my classroom I have the "think different" poster of Jim and Kermit. Inside my lab I have a Kermit poster to spread Muppet awareness. Some of the kids ask who BOTH Kermit and Jim are and that concerns me!

    With all the competition of CGI 3-D movies, computers, and various other forms of entertainment. What sort of things are being done to appeal to the next generation of possible Muppet fans?
     
  11. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Wow thats a very interseting question!
     
  12. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Dear Jim,
    I know you had a hand in helping The Muppet Show Comic Book come to hillarious fruition, so you're really the only person I can ask this question to...

    How does one explain to his mother why he used her PayPal account to pay for roughly $40 worth of comic books in the past two months?

    Thanks Jim!
     
  13. Davina

    Davina Well-Known Member

    hehehe good luck with that prawnie.. :)
     
  14. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well you could say that you hired me as your personal finanical advisor and that buying these comics was an inesvtent into the future!
     
  15. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Right! Good! I'll just have my mom contact you. Good luck Dwayne-o! ;)
     
  16. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    Jim,

    As I have stated in this forum, it is amazing to me how much time you give back to the fans. Why do you think you appreciate the fans so much? Were you an appreciated fan of something in your youth or even now? I can not tell you how appreciative I am of your commitment to us. Thank you!

    Matt "unclematt" Blecha
     
  17. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Jim, you worte some segments for VeggieTales. What do you think about the show? I think it's one of the better kids' shows.
     
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I have a question about script writing in general...

    When a scene is rewritten, or needs to be, does a writer just rewrite that scene, or does the writer completely rewrite the whole script, even for just one small but important change?
    I hope what I'm asking is clear.
     
  19. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    These questions are great and I'll send these off tomorow. I want to say I'm sorry for not sending them off sooner just had some things come up.
     
  20. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Enjoy!

    And here are the answers!



    Questions For Jim Lewis (June 21, 2009)





    1. From New Askie (Is that a word) wemblingalong: Hi Jim!

    I am an elementary computer lab teacher and outside my classroom I have the "think different" poster of Jim and Kermit. Inside my lab I have a Kermit poster to spread Muppet awareness. Some of the kids ask who BOTH Kermit and Jim are and that concerns me!

    With all the competition of CGI 3-D movies, computers, and various other forms of entertainment. What sort of things are being done to appeal to the next generation of possible Muppet fans?

    The world is a more crowded place. It’s tough to get attention when the markets are divided into so many niches that there is a niche for people who want to ask me question. . The Muppets are doing many thing in many places – many you’ll see soon (I hope), some of which are more long term and all of which I can’t talk about or I’ll be selling shaved ice. How to appeal? Well, my feeling is that these characters have an advantage over most every CG and 3D and animated character in the world, because the Muppets live in our world. They don’t need to be rendered, they are here in real time. And no matter how good your HD, they’re still fuzzy (or at least some of them are). We can only do what Jim Henson did, which was entertain and amuse to the best of our ability (and for all audiences) and then hope folks find us. I’ve also considered trying to get federal stimulus money, but no luck on that so far.



    2. From Ryan: Dear Jim,
    I know you had a hand in helping The Muppet Show Comic Book come to hillarious fruition, so you're really the only person I can ask this question to...

    How does one explain to his mother why he used her PayPal account to pay for roughly $40 worth of comic books in the past two months?

    I don’t know. I have to explain the same thing to my wife. I’m at the comic book store every Wednesday for new books. The missus thinks I’m crazy. Even my kids look at me as odd, until I share my purchases with them. If you come up with a good excuse, please let me know.


    3. From UncleMatt (The fan not the Fraggle):Jim,

    As I have stated in this forum, it is amazing to me how much time you give back to the fans. Why do you think you appreciate the fans so much? Were you an appreciated fan of something in your youth or even now? I can not tell you how appreciative I am of your commitment to us. Thank you!

    You answered your own question. Here you are appreciating me and I feel good. So I’ve already got my payback. Your guesses are good. I was a fan of various people when I was younger – the humorist Jean Shepherd, the writer Tom Wolfe, and Jim Henson – and in each case, these people responded when I contacted them (long before the internet). Hey, if REALLY important folks like that can be kind and friendly and encouraging, why not me? Besides, someday you may be extremely powerful and I can come to you for a favor. See, it’s all about me being selfish. I feel so cheap.




    4. From antsamthompson9: Jim, you worte some segments for VeggieTales. What do you think about the show? I think it's one of the better kids' shows.

    I became entranced by “Veggietales” on video when my kids were younger. (I haven’t really watched the episodes on TV, so I can’t speak to those) Not only is the moral message great, but the humor was deliciously absurd, with plenty of jokes, gags, asides, sly references for a grown-up audience. (To this day, I still say “Nope, not Tito” which will mean nothing to anyone who hasn’t watched “Esther”) I loved it. As it happens, I got to meet one fo the Veggietales creators, Phil Vischer, and develop a script for them. I haven’t done much more, but meeting him I could see he had that same spirit, that same let’s-entertain-ourselves flair that Jim Henson had. Hope I get to do more someday. Long may they run!



    5. From Minor Mupptz:I have a question about script writing in general...

    When a scene is rewritten, or needs to be, does a writer just rewrite that scene, or does the writer completely rewrite the whole script, even for just one small but important change?
    I hope what I'm asking is clear.

    That’s clear. Just the scene is usually rewritten by the writer. But sometimes (often) changing the scene changes the scenes around it meaning that you’ve got to go through and make sure the story, characters, etc all “track”. Rarely do you tweak a scene and not have fallout elsewhere – sometimes major, sometimes minor, usually for the better, sometimes not, and always followed by complaints from the writer.



    7. From Dwayne: One of the questions got me thinking about writing for kids shows such as Sid the Science kid, and then a family show such at the Muppet Show. How do yoo personaly determan what is good for a kids show and what makes for a good family show? Because a lot of family show or movies tend to be to much for just kids, or the other way around. What's your take on the whole kid/ family shows.

    With “Sid” – that show was built from the curriculum up. It was and is intended as a pre-school science prep show to get kids interested in the idea and techniques of science. It is very focused, tested, information based – with laughs (we hope). With a family show, the goal is to entertain and connect emotionally with the audience, and who cares if you learn anything. (e.g. Always duck when Fozzie walks by with a 2x4). In each case, I think the humor should be smart enough (or silly enough) to entertain a younger or older audience. And it’s equally important that, in each case, the writer is treated like a king – though this, to my knowledge, has never happened.


    I also want to say that it has really done me good to get back into doing this! I missed it, and can't wait to see what you all ask next. I also can't wait to see what Jim says.
     


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