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Favorite little moments and details

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Borples, May 8, 2012.

  1. Borples

    Borples Well-Known Member

    There's so much going on in Fraggle Rock. The wonderful people who made the show had four seasons to really explore the Fraggles and their world. I wanted a thread where we can mention the little things that caught our notice--either tiny character/puppetry moments, little throwaway lines, blink-and-you'll-miss it details in the scenery--you know, the good stuff!

    I'll start out with one I caught yesterday. In 'Boober Rock,' when Boober tells Wembley, "You are a Fraggle who likes to . . . run around yelling 'squeet squeet squat squat.'" Wembley starts to do this little dance, like he just can't help himself. It's adorable. :coy:

    Anyone else?
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  2. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I have two little moments I can think of off the top of my head, and they both involve little asides from Boober. I love when in Doomsday Soup, after Red explains that his soup can make Fraggles invisible, he says "that's fine if you want an alternative lifestyle". There's something so formal about that phrase that makes me laugh.

    And in Uncle Matt's Discovery, when the gang is waiting for Matt to come home, Boober describes the cabbage cake icing as being "aged in small oaken casks" and does this little tiny hand motion to show how small the casks are. Boober, the food snob.
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  3. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    There are so many little moments in Fraggle Rock that make the characters that much more vivid. One that comes to mind is in Doomsday Soup, when Gobo meets Mokey, Red, and Boober, who had been planning a picnic outside. Gobo greets Mokey and Red, and after an uncomfortable pause Boober says reproachfully "Hi, Boober."

    There's some wonderful Boober-Wembley interplay in Scared Silly. Boober leans on Wembley right before telling him it's in the timing, he kisses Wembley on the cheek just to annoy him, and he makes his own "tink-tink-tink" sound effects when sneaking around (which I think is a SST reference, but it's been too long since I watched the show to be sure). It's like Sidebottom is lurking just below the surface in that episode.
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  4. PanthraDion

    PanthraDion Well-Known Member

    Well, in Marooned, when Red and Boober are first trapped, Boober does this little hand motion on the rock next to himself as he is talking to Red. That's really the only one that I can think of off hand right now.
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  5. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    "It's all in the timing."
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  6. bandit

    bandit Well-Known Member

    Ohhh jeeze! Fraggle rock is littered with these moments and touches. That's what I think makes it such a stand out show. I can think of dozens of little double takes or snout wrinkles that crack me up. (Red wrinkling her nose during Wembly's song in Wembly's Wonderful Whoopie Water cause he sings 'I believe in love!' and leans into her. She looks aghast.) It adds personality and realism to each one of these little guys. Okay....here are a couple.
    This is a teeny tiny detail but, in the Lost Treasure of the Fraggles when Red and Gobo crash through the wall and are just awestruck by this cave tunnel they've discovered, one of those cave spiders suddenly skitters infront of Red and she does this yelp thing. Gobo laughs but she watches it skitter away and gives this shuddering cry of disgust. It's small but it's SO true!
    Another is in the Secret Society of the Poobahs when the gang (sans Boober) is singing 'Keep on Smilin' and Mokey keeps ineffectually trying to interject. There's a moment where it's obvious they are just going to sing and in her frustration, she just waves a hand at them as if to say 'Would you just -look- at this?' It's priceless!
  7. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Boober's dance in "Music Makes Us Real" from "Mokey and the Minstrels"; I love it.
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  8. Borples

    Borples Well-Known Member

    That's one of my absolute favorites. He sidles up to her, and she's like, "...yech." :) I also enjoy that, throughout that entire song, she and Gobo are looking at Wembley like he's completely lost his marbles.

    Ha! I'd forgotten about the oaken casks. And then he has his little connoisseur moment in Wembley's Wonderful Whoopie Water. "An amusing little drink..." He really IS a food snob. Maybe that's why nobody else likes the Doozer stick stewwww. They're just not sophisticated enough to appreciate it. :sigh:

    Great one, it's a classic. Dave even talks about it in the DVD extras. Apparently, he moved some of the crew to tears. I also love at the end of that ep, after they've been rescued and all of the Fraggles are dancing and singing around Boober, he throws his head back and laughs for joy. It's beautiful.

    Another classic! I could watch Boober and Wembley interact all day. As a matter of fact, I think I might have done.

    How about Mokey using her baloobius as a paintbrush in 'I Want To Be You'? (note: I always thought it was "beluvious" or similar, but I trust the wiki.)
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  9. bandit

    bandit Well-Known Member

    Oh oh! Speaking of painbrushes! In "A Brush With Jealousy" the scene where Mokey is showing off her painting and the brush begins to lose control....The way the Red and Peddly lurch back away from her as she swings the brush their way is hilarious! I love it.

    And yeah! The bit in "Marooned" is great. Boober's got some great little moments like that too. He's pretty funny.
  10. AlittleMayhem

    AlittleMayhem Well-Known Member

    I'm very VERY new to Fraggle Rock (I was born way too late to watch it) but I have seen a few episodes and I like it so far. It has a certain sweet and mystical feeling about it that you don't see in Sesame Street or The Muppets. I love the Fraggles' naivety towards what little they know of the human world and their culture, while goofy, is utterly fascinating. And the songs are great, too.

    As for little moments...hmm, I'd say the character introductions for Gobo's friends in the first episode. Watching these characters within a few seconds, I knew Boober was the worry-wart, Wembley was the excitable one, Red was the tomboy and Mokey was the dreamer. Their interactions were just perfect, you can really tell that they've known each other for a long time the first time you see them. That, for me, is a sign of great story-telling.
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  11. bandit

    bandit Well-Known Member

    Here here! I agree completely. Well said, May!
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  12. AlittleMayhem

    AlittleMayhem Well-Known Member

    May?! Huh, is that my new nickname here? XD
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  13. bandit

    bandit Well-Known Member

    Haha! YEP! Definitely.
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  14. PanthraDion

    PanthraDion Well-Known Member

    Also, at the end of Marooned, during the last song, Wembley and Gobo lean against Boober as they are singing. I think that is really touching.
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  15. Tom Fraggle

    Tom Fraggle Well-Known Member

    Wow, there are so many favorite moments, it would take me forever to type them all up. The show has very many touching moments, I still get all emotional at times. I'll try to return to post some favorite moments when I got more time to wemble:coy: through all of them and decide what to list here.
  16. Grifoshka

    Grifoshka Well-Known Member

    This is an old thread, but I just noticed a funny detail when watching Mokey, Then And Now. When Mokey recites the theme song to Fishface, not only Wembley grunts the last note of the theme (and gets weird looks from his friends), but Boober and Wembley lip-sync the last line and Boober places his head on his hands like he does in the opening. I thought that was really cute.:)
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  17. RowlfFan12

    RowlfFan12 Active Member

    I think for me, it depends by character. I'll name a few of those characters' moments. I'll try not to take too long.
    Gobo: When he tackled Wembley to the ground in "The Secret of Convincing John". Just something about how he ran in and was able to get him on the ground so fast when Wembley ran out of Convincing John's cave.
    Mokey: The name of the episode escapes me, but when she makes the rag doll that looks like herself. And then proceeds to dance with it, it's just so cute.
    Red: When she finally received her song.
    Wembley: Trying to figure out which side of the bed to get out of.
    Boober: "I don't know, but I wish I had the recipe".
    Gorgs: "Dumb of a Son of a Gun", and all of "Junior Faces the Music". Too many great moments to name just one.
    Cantus: When he comforts Mokey in "Mokey and the Minstrels" after she thinks that she failed.
    Convincing John: When we see that he is a wembler, and just seeing a more humble side of him.
  18. Bliffenstimmers

    Bliffenstimmers Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised there isn't a Muppet Wiki page for this awesome scat singing snake from "Scared Silly". I love the way he's designed too!
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  19. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    How about the dog Sprocket doing an impression of The Swedish Chef? One of my favorite moments!
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  20. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Well-Known Member

    That was the one I was going to name! It's right after Boober says "squeet squeet squat squat", Wembley kind of looks at himself and does the dance, as if to say, "yeah, I guess that IS what I do."

    A lot of the little moments I recall (and a lot of the ones listed above) are Wembley & Boober moments. I imagine a lot of that had to do with Dave & Steve being such good friends and working so well together.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole

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