- Aug 8, 2003
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Finally finishing chapter five, I just have to say... that response Jim wrote to this so-called, "Mr. Dionne" cracked me up!
Then you look elsewhere instead of settling.
Well, a big difference between Henson and the Kroffts was Jim did, indeed, pour his heart and soul into just about everything project he came up with, and his were pretty much genuine creative endeavors that he did for the artistic value; the Kroffts, on the other hand, were admittedly very commercial and always went for the mass, which is why Marty Krofft admits that other puppeteers or puppet troupes were never big fans of them, because they were always cashing in on what they created, without necessarily doing it for creativity or artistic value. On that same note, Marty even confesses that Jim was a much better puppeteer; Lisa Henson even told him, point blank, she hated them as a kid because they were the ones who had all these different shows on TV, while her father only had TMS, which she didn't understand how that could be, and thought it was really unfair. Again, it was all mostly because Jim really did do his projects out of creativity and artisticness, whereas the Kroffts really did it to make money, and as such, the Kroffts ultimately were far more commercially successful that Henson or others, but at the same time, as fun as the Kroffts' stuff can be as well, they really can't hold a candle to what Jim created.And no offense to the Kroffts, legends in their own right, I'm sure, but I'd put the scope and ambition of Henson and the Muppets above anything they were or may be doing.
I also have to wonder, reading about the disagreement about Oscar's overall character between Caroll and Jon Stone, if maybe that, somehow, played some kind of a factor in the two men not getting along with each other. I'm well aware that they treated each with professional respect when the cameras were rolling, however, when they stopped, Stone would want nothing to do with Caroll, and if they were in a situation together, Stone would be really hard on Caroll for seemingly no reason.