Fraggles live a generally carefree life, spending most of their time they have a thirty-minute work week playing, exploring, and generally enjoying themselves. They live on mainly radishes and Doozer sticks, made of ground-up radishes and the material with which the Doozers build their constructions. The Fraggles seek wisdom from Marjory the Trash Heap, who is located in a corner of the Gorg's garden. Marjory the Trash Heap is a large, matronly, sentient compost heap.
According to her rat-like companions Philo and Gunge, the Trash Heap "knows all and sees all. Within Fraggle Rock lives a second species of small humanoid creatures, the pudgy, green and industrious Doozers. Doozers spend much of their time busily constructing all manner of scaffolding throughout Fraggle Rock, using miniature construction equipment and wearing hardhats and work boots.
Doozers build their constructions out of an edible candy-like substance manufactured from radishes which is greatly enjoyed by Fraggles. This is essentially the only interaction between Doozers and Fraggles; Doozers spend most of their time building just for the sake of it, and Fraggles spend much of their time eating Doozer buildings which they consider delicious. The Doozers do not object, instead saying in an early episode that "architecture is meant to be enjoyed. Fraggles are considered pests by the Gorgs, as they often steal radishes from the garden.
The Fraggles don't consider it stealing. The Gorgs use the radishes to make anti-vanishing cream, without which they disappear headfirst. In the British version the situation is much the same, except that the hole leads into the living quarters of a lighthouse where the keeper "The Captain" lives with his dog also called Sprocket. Gobo must go out into Doc's workshop to retrieve the postcards from his uncle Matt from the wastebasket where Doc throws them, assuming they are misdelivered. Traveling Matt a pun on travelling matte , the technique used in his segments is exploring the wider world, observing humans and reporting humorously false conclusions about their everyday behaviour.
Sprocket often sees and chases Gobo, but can't convince Doc anything lives beyond the wall. Sprocket and Doc have many similar miscommunications throughout the series, given the language barrier, but overall, they understand each other quite well. In the final episode, Gobo tells Doc that Fraggles refer to humans as "silly creatures", and apologizes. Doc smiles and tells him that he thinks that it's a very good name for humans. After the show ended on HBO in , the channel started to rerun the series. In , it ran on TNT.
The show aired on Disney Channel from April 6,  to November 5, After Hallmark took full control, it discontinued the reruns. In , Fraggle Rock reruns aired on television in several countries. The Complete Fourth Season actually includes seasons four and five. The DVDs have no special features. A set of plush dolls of Gobo, Wembley, Boober, and Red were released by Sababa Toys, each accompanied by a DVD featuring two episodes of the show, and one episode of the animated series. TVS , the original ITV broadcaster, has passed through several owners since dropping out of the ITV network in and it was believed only these twelve episodes had survived.
Research found more episodes, but many of the original 95 remain lost. When UK television channels wish to broadcast the show, they must use US versions; such was the case with Boomerang and Cartoonito in In addition to the unknown fate of the physical master material, much of the original TVS production paperwork and sales documentation has been lost during the intervening years.
This problem affects the majority of the TVS programme archive, preventing any commercial exploitation. These releases are the same as the American box sets, except without bonus features. It released a complete series box set on November 4, but did not release the final season in a separate release. Season 4 had originally been scheduled to be released on the same day as the complete series set but at the last minute it was scrapped and was never released. The season box sets have been re-released by Vivendi Visual Entertainment, but the 5 DVDs with 3 episodes are still sold in stores.
It subsequently released the final season on DVD for the first time on November 3, On February 18, , Vivendi Visual Entertainment announced it had acquired the rights to the series.
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This disc set features all 96 episodes of the series as well as bonus features. On July 11, , Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced that they would be releasing a complete series set of Fraggle Rock on Blu-ray in honor of the show's 35th anniversary. The disc set will include remastered versions of all 96 episodes of the series in high-definition, and will include all features from the previous DVD season releases as well as additional new material such as a Today Show segment featuring Uncle Traveling Matt, a series of on-set videos with creator Jim Henson, and all 13 episodes of Fraggle Rock: It is scheduled to be released on September 25, Doc and Sprocket rent the farmhouse of Fozzie Bear's mother while she plans to go to Malibu until Fozzie shows up with his friends.
Doc and Sprocket end up adjusting to the Muppets and the characters from Sesame Street even to the part where Doc volunteers to help Kermit by looking for Miss Piggy in the blizzard. During the Christmas songs near the finale, the five Fraggles came up where Uncle Traveling Matt was seen sitting near Doc and Sprocket.
In the final scenes, Sprocket helps Jim Henson to wash the dishes where Sprocket dries the dishes that Jim washes. The series began airing on Hulu on April 25, The Movie , with the aim of a release in The story allegedly involves the original Fraggle characters. On October 20, , Darkhorizons.
The film was written as a live-action musical by Cory Edwards , who would also direct.
The film would involve all of the core characters from the series. The story would take the characters "outside of their home in Fraggle Rock, where they interact with humans, which they think are aliens. In , Weinstein's deal with Henson expired, leaving production of the film in doubt. The Scissor Sisters were announced to write music for the film. New Regency and the producers are currently in discussion whether to use puppets or CGI as well as a mix of live-action. Once this has been decided, it will look to a writer for the movie. In , James Byrkit and Alex Manugian were announced as screenwriters.
Music played a central part in Fraggle Rock. Every episode featured two or three original songs co-written by Canadian poet Dennis Lee and Philip Balsam , as well as incidental music. Several episodes usually involving Cantus and the Minstrels focused primarily on music—such as Red Fraggle's attempt to find "her song" for the Fraggle Medley, or the effect of music on the breaking of winter or the presence of light in Fraggle Rock.
The "Fraggle Rock Theme" reached number 33 on the British music charts during the phenomenon. A Collection , a three-disc box set of Fraggle Rock music, on October 30, The collection [ citation needed ] featured "restored and remastered" versions of three original Fraggle Rock LPs. The collection also included "special liner notes featuring rarely seen photos, contributions from the original composers and even sheet music for select songs.
Mirkin and is written by Mike Petersen and Saul Pincus. Interactive books produced for Playskool 's Talk 'n Play:. The Star Comics imprint of Marvel Comics published two separate Fraggle Rock comic-book series in and respectively. Originally, the first series was to be drawn by Marty Taras , the creator of Baby Huey , and the cover of the first published issue of the Fraggle Rock comic is done by him.
Also, at least one penciled page of his Fraggle work for that first issue has been preserved in print. Roz Storey  and also in the five. Two sets of gamebooks in a Choose Your Own Adventure style have been published. These books involve reading small sections of print and being given two or more options to follow, with a different page number for each option.
The first series of these, written by Stephen Thraves, featured stories loosely based on the original books. They were issued in plastic wallets with accessories such as maps, dice and codebooks. The gamebooks were titled as follows:. The books in this series were based on the first six original Famous Five books:.
In an interactive fiction computer game based on the first of the books, Five on a Treasure Island , was released. He originally started coding the game on the ZX Spectrum using his own "worldscape" technique. Most of comic books in the series are based on Famous Five books created by Claude Voilier.
Books were released by Hachette Livre.
The first three of these volumes have also been released in English, under the name Famous Five. Each issue published a full length illustrative comic book story adapted from Famous 5 Novels. The series came to end in the s. The Five inspired the Comic Strip parody Five Go Mad in Dorset and its sequel Five Go Mad on Mescalin , in which the characters express sympathies with Nazi Germany and opposition to the Welfare State , homosexuals, immigrants and Jews, in an extremely broad parody not so much of Blyton but of wider perceived s prejudices.
Both parodies made use of Famous Five set pieces, such as the surrender of the criminals at the end when Julian states "We're the Famous Five! Unlike the books, the four children in the Comic Strip parody are all siblings, and none is the child of Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin. The series was revived in with Five Go to Rehab , with the original cast reprising their roles, now well into middle-age.
Reuniting for Dick's birthday after decades apart, the four and Toby lament how their lives took unexpected paths while Dick drags them on another bicycle adventure, which he had meticulously planned for fourteen years. In a reversal, George had married a series of wealthy men whom she cuckolded with, among others, one of her stepsons her continuing penchant for bestiality with the latest Timmy is also implied ; whereas Anne has become a strongly opinionated vegan spinster and is suspected by Dick of being a "dyke" — an accusation made against George by Toby in the original Five Go Mad in Dorset.
George and Julian have been committed to an alcoholics' sanatorium, the latter owes a large debt to African gangsters, and Anne recently served a prison sentence for setting her nanny aflame. Robbie Coltrane reprised both of his roles. Five Go to Rehab utilises a form of a floating timeline ; although the original films' events are said to have taken place thirty years in the past and "five years after the war ", the reunion film appears to be set approximately contemporaneous to its filming.
Amidst a plethora of deliberate misspellings, he lists no fewer than ten members of the Five, not counting a dog named Cragesmure. A man warns them off Woenow Abbey and they subdue and question him. The story, like many other stories in this nonsense volume, stops there. Viz comic has parodied the series' style of writing and type of stories on a number of occasions, most notably in its Jack Black strip. In one such strip, Jack Black actually murders a group of young detectives clearly based on The Famous Five so they won't compete with him for a reward. The parody was based on the first book Five on a Treasure Island.
A story in The Guardian also parodies the Famous Five. It argues that Anne, Dick, George and Julian are caricatures rather than characters, portraying Anne as having no life outside of domestic labour. It highlights what the writer, Lucy Mangan , considers to be the power struggle between Dick, George and Julian while Anne is sidelined. British comedian John Finnemore did a radio sketch in which Julian and George run into each other as adults and reminisce.
It is revealed that Julian has gone on to a career as a smuggler and regularly has to deal with copycat groups of children trying to thwart his plans. George is a happily married mother, Dick has gone to live in a commune in America, and Anne has just been released from prison having murdered a man with a ginger beer bottle. Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls features "The Famous Five Go Pillaging", — a short story which parodies the writing style of Enid Blyton ; five children witness the collapse of Roman imperialism and their friends and family are slaughtered by invading Vikings.
A spoof series of five books was published in November Julian has become a successful stockbroker, Dick is a well-meaning but inept and overweight policeman, Anne is a worrisome housewife, and George is a feminist community worker with her flatulent bulldog Gary in tow. Adventures then ensue, involving a host of other original characters. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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