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Jim Henson Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated May 2021
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There is a sense of our characters caring for each other and having respect for each other....A positive view of life.
As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood.
Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.
You're assisting the audience to understand; you're giving them a bridge or an access. And if you don't give them that, if you keep it more abstract, it's almost more pure. It's a cooler thing.
Yeah, well when I first started working, it was $5 a show; it was probably a little higher by the time I got to my own show, but I remember that they put me under contract at $100 a week, which to me was really an astronomical price.
Yeah, we pretty much had a form and a shape by that time - a style - and I think one of the advantages of not having any relationship to any other puppeteer was that it gave me a reason to put those together myself for the needs of television.
Yeah, I think we did the term Muppets before we got the show Sam and Friends - a few months after I started working.
Yeah, I did some small parts in high school and the first year of college and then fairly soon thereafter I settled into the backstage scenery, and then at the University of Maryland I was doing posters for their productions.
When The Muppet Show ended, we all sat around and said, what kind of television show would we like to do. We felt the need these days are for some quality children's programming.
When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.
When I was a kid, I never saw a puppet show. I never played with puppets or had any interest in them.
Well, Detroit Institute is kind of a key - probably the largest permanent collection of puppets in the US.
We thought it would be fun to try to design a show that would work well internationally and so that' s what we're intending to do with Fraggle Rock, and we are indeed now selling it around the world.
There was a little afternoon show that was called Afternoon. Back in those days in television, most local stations had a midday show for housewives that had a series of things. It was like a variety show for midday.
The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children.
Somebody like a Piggy or a Kermit, there needs to be several versions and so there will be several of them.
No, there's not much competition between puppeteers in general because everybody's working their own style.
NBC was trying to convert all of their local programming to color right away to encourage the sale of the sets, so I barely remember working in black and white, although I do know that I did do it, but there was not a major difference, though.
My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.
It's into the same bag as E.T. and Yoda, wherein you're trying to create something that people will actually believe, but it's not so much a symbol of the thing, but you're trying to do the thing itself.
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