Fraggle Rock (1983)

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Air Date:  Monday, January 10, 1983  
Studio: The Jim Henson Company
Genre: Television
Rating: Fraggle Rock is rated TV-PGThis program is suitable for all ages.


Synopsis

Through a hole in the baseboard of a workshop, hidden from everyday reality, are brightly lit caves filled with wonderful creatures. This land, bound together by magic, is called Fraggle Rock, home to the furry Fraggles, who come in all sorts of colors and spend their days laughing, splashing, running, singing, playing games and telling jokes. Experience the wonder of this first season of the hit TV show created by Jim Henson.

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Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review


Jim Henson was a master of his craft. Not only did he give us The Muppets but he brought us the beloved series, Fraggle Rock as well. The show debuted in 1983 on HBO in the US (other stations internationally). The series became a hit with kids and continued for four seasons, with the last season airing until March of 1987. Now, those of us who grew up with the Fraggles can enjoy the series again and introduce them to a new generation with the release of Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series on Blu-ray.

This 12-disc release contains all 96 episodes of the series and it's a joy to relive favorite episodes and characters. The "cast" includes Gobo Fraggle, the level-headed main character of the pack who is also an explorer of the various tunnels in Fraggle Rock. His uncle is Uncle Traveling Matt, who explores "Outer Space", which is what the Fraggles call the human part of the world. Next, we have Mokey Fraggle, a free spirit type who is artistic and fairly low key; Wembley Fraggle, who is the high strung best friend of Gobo; Boober Fraggle, a highly intelligent yet often melancholy Fraggle; and Red Fraggle, the fun-loving and lively best friend of Mokey who would love to be in control of more situations like Gobo.

The entire collection is housed in digital sleeves which is not the best format to keep the discs scratch free and safe.  It also makes the package take up more space on your bookshelf while the protective coating on the Blu-rays make DVD scratches ancient history. While the packing of the Blu-ray states Fraggle Rock is in 1080p it is actually in 1080i with a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Because the source material was shot on video there was not much Sony could do to clean up the video to meet today's standards.  However, while they try their best, that 80s retro video feel and all the artifacting that comes with it still shines through even with the best equipment. Fairing a bit better is the DTS-HD 2.0 audio mix. The dialog is crisp and clear and the songs come through in better quality than ever heard before.

Special Features included in this set are:

  • NEW Fraggle Music Celebration
  • Celebrate your favorite Fraggle songs with sing-alongs for every episode or hit shuffle and let the Fraggles choose for you!
  • NEW Life on Set: Moments with Jim Henson
  • NEW 1993 "The Today Show" Segment featuring Uncle Travelling Matt
  • Down at Fraggle Rock: Behind the Scenes (48-minute version)
  • Fraggle Songs & Doozer Music
  • Interviews with Fraggle Rock Creators and Puppeteers
  • Seasons 2, 3 and 4 Overviews
  • Docs and Sprockets
  • "All Around the World" Music Video
  • Travelling Matt
  • 20 Travelling Matt Segments
  • Special Tribute to Jerry Juhl
  • Scared Silly: Art Imitating Life
  • Production Design Featurette
  • Electro-Mechanical Puppetry
  • Doozer Design
  • How the Trash Heap Came to Be
  • Gorg Design
  • Interviews with Michael Frith, Kathy Mullen, and Gerry Parkes
  • HBO Promos
  • You Cannot Leave the Magic: Excerpts from the Last Day of Shooting
  • Dance Your Cares Away: The Evolution of the Theme Song
  • The Inner Gorg: An Interview with the Performers Inside the Costumes
  • Let the Music Play: An Interview with Phil Balsam and Dennis Lee
  • Celebrating Fraggle Rock: Excerpts from the Wrap Party
  • Designing the Puppets: An Interview with the Puppet Makers
  • Directing the Fraggles: An Interview with Eric Till and George Bloomfield
  • Additional Interviews:
  • Dennis Lee with Mokey
  • Jerry Juhl with Gobo
  • Jocelyn Stevenson with Red and Mokey
  • Faz Fazakas with Cotterpin Doozer
  • A Minute with Travelling Matt
  • ADDITIONAL CONTENT:
  • All 13 Episodes of Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series
  • Animated Series Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Animated Series Character Galleries
  • Animated Series Opening Scene Storyboards

Sony and The Henson company made a great archive of one of the best shows of the early 1980s. While compared to today's video/audio standards the set does show it's age. However, for an 80s child like myself, it brings a smile to my face (I also am now taking my traveling Matt Cardboard Cutout that came with the set along with me everywhere I go!).

Fraggle Rock Blu-ray Box Set

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