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Fraggle Rock

Fraggle Rock
Also known as Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock
Fraggle Rock with Jim Henson's Muppets
Created by Jim Henson
Written by Jerry Juhl (head writer)
Philip Balsam
Carol Bolt
David Brandes
Jim Henson
Susan Juhl
Dennis Lee
Barrie Phillip Nichol
Laura Phillips
Bob Sandler
Jocelyn Stevenson
Sugith Varughese
David Young
Directed by Nick Abson
George Bloomfield
Norman Campbell
Peter Harris
Jim Henson
Richard Hunt
Doug Williams
Martin Lavut
Terry Maskell
Wayne Moss
Perry Rosemond
Les Rose
Eric Till
Starring Gerry Parkes as Doc
Muppet Performers:
Jerry Nelson
Dave Goelz
Frank Oz
Steve Whitmire
Kathryn Mullen
Karen Prell
Richard Hunt
Jim Henson
Opening theme "Down At Fraggle Rock"
Ending theme "Down At Fraggle Rock"
Country of origin United Kingdom
United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 96 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jim Henson
Producer(s) Jerry Juhl
Editor(s) Christopher Roy
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Running time 25 Minutes
Production company(s) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Home Box Office
Henson Associates
Jim Henson Television
RYK-5
Release
Original channel CBC (Canada)
HBO (USA)
ITV (UK)
Picture format 4:3 (480i NTSC) (U.S.)
4:3 (576i PAL) (International)
Audio format Stereo (1983-1986)
Dolby Surround (1986-1987)
Original release January 10, 1983 (1983-01-10) – March 30, 1987 (1987-03-30)
Chronology
Followed by Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series
Related shows The Muppet Show
External links
Website

Fraggle Rock (also known as Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock or Fraggle Rock with Jim Henson's Muppets) is a British/American/Canadian children's live action puppet television series created by Jim Henson, about a society of Muppet creatures called Fraggles.

Fraggle Rock was co-produced by British television company Television South (TVS), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, U.S. pay television service Home Box Office and Henson Associates. Unlike Sesame Street, which had been created for a single market and later adapted for international markets, Fraggle Rock was intended from the start to be an international production and the whole show was constructed with this in mind.

Contents

  • History 1
  • International co-productions 2
  • Setting 3
    • Fraggles 3.1
    • Doozers 3.2
    • Gorgs 3.3
    • The Silly Creatures of Outer Space 3.4
  • Episodes 4
  • Broadcast history 5
    • Syndication 5.1
  • Home video 6
    • Australia 6.1
    • United Kingdom 6.2
    • United States 6.3
  • Spin-offs 7
    • Animated series 7.1
    • The Doozers 7.2
    • Feature film 7.3
  • Music 8
    • Album releases 8.1
    • Song list 8.2
      • Soundtrack musicians 8.2.1
  • In other media 9
    • Books 9.1
    • Comics 9.2
    • Live appearances 9.3
    • Internet appearances 9.4
  • References 10
  • External links 11

History

Fraggle Rock debuted in 1983 as one of the first shows involving the collaboration of Henson International Television (HiT Entertainment from 1989), the international arm of Jim Henson Productions and of Deluxe Digital Studios. The co-production brought together British regional ITV franchise-holder Television South (TVS), CBC Television, United States pay-television service Home Box Office and Henson Associates (later Jim Henson Productions). Filming took place on a Toronto sound-stage (and later at Elstree Studios, London). The avant-garde poet bpNichol worked as one of the show's writers. In the early days of development, the script called the Fraggles "Woozles" pending the devising of a more suitable name.

Henson described the Fraggle Rock series as "a high-energy, raucous musical romp. It's a lot of silliness. It's wonderful."[1] While the program proved accessible to audiences of all ages, it used the fantasy creatures as an allegory to deal with serious issues such as prejudice, spirituality, personal identity, the environment, and social conflict.[2]

In 2009, as part of the Jim Henson Foundation's donation of puppets to the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Atlanta museum displayed many of the original puppet characters from Fraggle Rock in their exhibition Jim Henson: Wonders from his Workshop.[3]

International co-productions

The producers made the series with the intention of it airing in various forms internationally. That concept grew out of Duncan Kenworthy's experience adapting Sesame Street to the requirements of foreign markets.[1] The human "wraparound" segments were produced separately in several countries, so the viewer could always relate to the world of the program. The series has appeared now in over ten countries and languages. The head producer was Wesley James Tomlinson.

  • The main version, filmed in Toronto, features an inventor named Doc (played by Gerry Parkes) and his dog Sprocket. This wraparound was also used in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Ireland, Scandinavia, Spain and Eastern Europe. Dutch, Scandinavian, Spanish and Eastern European shows were dubbed in their respective languages.
  • The British inserts were filmed at the [4] Nickelodeon repeated it in the UK from 1993, as did Boomerang and Cartoonito in 2007. The episodes shown were the Canadian versions.
  • In the German version, the action takes place beneath the workshop of the inventor Doc (played by Hans-Helmut Dickow). The series was named Die Fraggles with 85 of the 96 produced episodes being presented in German.
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