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Happy Fraggle 20th Anniversary!

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by KPrell, Jan 10, 2003.

  1. anathema

    anathema Well-Known Member

    This is a massive coincidence, but I've just watched my first FR - ever - pretty much exactly 20 years to the minute after its first tx!
    I'm not sure why I never watched it when I was a kid - I was certainly aware of it, and we'd always watched TMS. Just one o' those things :)

    *beginning to understand what all the fuss is about :)*
  2. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Wow! Twenty years! My goodness!

    (great job on the banner)

    And, what makes this occasion even more special, we're actually talking to Karen Prell! Red! Wow! Now, that's an anniversary party!:cool:

    Congratulations everybody involved! Fraggle Rock was a great show.

    (exert from Muppet Show role play:

    Go Beau! Go Beau! Go Beau! (get it? huh? huh? Go Beau? Go-Beau! Hehehehehhehehe!:D Nevermind.)

  3. Sir Didymus

    Sir Didymus Well-Known Member

    I've only been a fan of this show for 2 years, but I just have to say how much I love it! It's the only show that I accually tell people about, and It's the only show that I sing songs from all the time. I don't have a favorite Fraggle, I love them all! And someday I would love to see some new Fraggle figures, and new videos.

  4. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Well-Known Member

    If anyone here taped that, and would like to trade, please let me know. It sounds quite interesting.

    I also find it amusing that this series is exactly 41 days older than I am.
  5. crazy ernie

    crazy ernie Well-Known Member

    I really want Fraggle Rock on DVD. My 2 tapes ( Red's Club and Wembley's whoopie water) are begining to crack.
    I have some of the cartoons on tape. I have a MD Red car that I got at Goodwill. I got 2 activity books at Wall Drug last summer and a few fraggle books.:cool:
  6. Zack the Dog

    Zack the Dog Well-Known Member

    Happy 20th birthday Fraggle Rock! yeah it's hard to belive it that old, it's a few months older then I am.

    I think Fraggle Rock DVD's would sell better then the Muppet Show one's, everyone who has seen Fraggle rock during some point in their life love's it.

    Congratuations to Karen Prell and Terry!
    and another specataular Menu by Jamie! who should win an award or something!

    Zack) Rowlf the, Dance your cares away! Worries for another day!Dog.
  7. Boober_Baby

    Boober_Baby Well-Known Member

    I was born the same year as Fraggle Rock. ^_^ Except 9 months later. Even so, I've been watching the Rock since I was in the womb! My mom even liked the show. It's funny, cuz I don't remember watching it so much when I was little, even though I did, but when CBC aired Fraggle Rock again 2 years ago I remembered SO many things from each episode. It was a flood of nastalgia taking over me like a tidal wave, and now it's still one of my favourite shows!

    I really think that people around my generation were some of the luckiest kids. We had the best toys, the most fun and we definitely had some of the finest children's programming ever seen. When I look at kids shows today, some of it is almost disgusting and none of it can even compare to Fraggle Rock. A world of peace, harmony and unity that every child understood. I don't think there will ever be a show like this again.

    And they shouldn't just re-air Fraggle Rock in the U.S, they should also re-air it in Canada! No, they should re-air in throughout the entire world so all the kids of the world can share the same magic we did.

    ^_^ Debo
  8. Foodie

    Foodie Well-Known Member

    Wow. I'm so old! That's wonderful though. I wish they'd comemmorate this in someway. Heh heh DVDs & action figures would be nice. * hints to the Henson folks * Heh heh heh.

  9. electricmayhem

    electricmayhem Well-Known Member

    That is so completely true!! I can't stand most of todays kids shows and I just feel bad that they don't have all the cool ones that we grew up with. Fraggle Rock is one of the best examples of that! If it were up to me (or any of us) Fraggle Rock would be back on in a split second so that kids can have some quality entertainment for a change.
  10. Cantus81

    Cantus81 New Member

    Happy anniversary Fraggles!

    20 years? Amazing! Words cannot describe what the Fraggles meant to me growing up. I myself am 21 and embarking on what will most likely be an international opera career ... and I owe it all to the Fraggles. They instilled in me a love for music that has defined my life -- I am so grateful! Happy 20th anniversary, let's hope they're around for another 220!

    Much love to all -- Justin
  11. pezbalubah

    pezbalubah Well-Known Member

    Yeah! It's first airing was just 5 days before I was born! I grew up loving Fraggle Rock and Karen, Red was my favorite! I still have my Red doll which I would take almost everywhere. I don't think there has ever been another childrens show produced with such high quality- the music, the performers, the morals. The dvds should be on the priority list for Henson, the world needs Fraggle Rock now more than ever.
  12. Jivepuppet

    Jivepuppet Well-Known Member

    20 years, huh. I remember seeing the adds in MuppetMagazine like it was... 20 years ago!

    That's a great achievement for all who worked on the show, to have it still remembered and loved all these years later. Congrats to all!

    Does this mean I'm getting old? Ha!
  13. SillyRed

    SillyRed Well-Known Member

    :D Happy 20th, Fraggle Rock!! It's a good thing I caught up with that show since 1986, and watched it on Disney Channel, before the edited versions were aired back in 1999. Not only should they be on DVD, they should be re-released on video!! It should be on the "coolest young children's shows ever!!" list!! Karen, I love you and Red will always be my Fave Fraggle!! By the way I thought up a new Fraggle named Trembley, She has been trying to go back to Fraggle Rock to escape High School science class.
    She is Wembley's sister, they have been seperatedbefore they even knew how to talk. And, she trembles all the time!! I hope they make a Fraggle Anniversary CD, and I hope "Friendship Song" is on there!!
  14. Wembley

    Wembley Well-Known Member


    Neat! I remember the first time I watched Fraggle Rock - it wasn't the first episode, but, if I recall, it was "The preachification of Convincing John" - one of the first episodes made.

    I grew to love FR so much that I watched it every time it was on. One night I had a babysitter (my aunt, as a matter of fact) who decided to watch one of her shows for some reason (I mean, come on, there IS no better show that Fraggle Rock!) and I actually *ahem* adjusted *ahem* the TV and cable box to get nothing except Fraggle Rock! Kinda drove her nuts, but, well, I got my Fraggles!

    I wonder though, since Fraggle Rock was filmed directly on video tape, in what condition are the master tapes? Normal video tape of that era (most likely some sort of 3/4 inch format IIRC) only has a ilfetime of about 15-20 years, even properly stored, I read somewhere. Given that, I would imagine that soon, (unless they've been converted to digital), these tapes will have degraded to the point of being un-broadcastable.

    Anyway, to all the Muppeteers on this site (both active and lurking), thanks for creating a great show that even this 25-year-old kid at heart still loves! Let's hope that someday, some way, there will be new Fraggle stuff produced... (cue "We are the children of Tomorrow") either on TV, or movies. (If "Star Trek" can have a a "Next Generation", how 'bout the Fraggles?)...

    Thanks again, and thanks to all the staff, contributors, and members of Muppet Central for keeping the magic alive!

    Rick "Wembley" Miller
    ..."You can NOT leave the magic!"
  15. Therecanbonly1

    Therecanbonly1 Active Member

    20 Years!!

    :D I really can't believe its been 20 years. I still remember starting the VCR (we were one of the first families in my area to get one of these) as the first episode started and thinking "I want to save this for MY kids". Back then TV shows were not something that was just available to buy like they are now. I wound up taping it at the slowest speed (SLP/ EP) so the quality of the picture wasn't too great. I still have 2 six hour tapes full of episode and have introduced my 10 month old daughter to the fraggles. She starts dancing with EVERY song (Even the one about the Tweedle Beetle 's daughter doing curtseys like she outta on a spitted spotted stone...) I have 1 cd of Fraggle music but wow the songs they DIDN'T include on the CD... Well congrats on 20 years and here's to hoping for DVD Releases (so my grand children can see 'em too!)
  16. anathema

    anathema Well-Known Member

    Re: Wow!

    Aside from some digital formats, there's only one 3/4" tape format - U-Matic - which wasn't typically used for studio recordings. It was developed originally for the domestic market, but never caught on due to the high cost. TV stations picked it up for ENG uses, and it's also used in university A/V units and for corporate videos and the like.

    'Fraggle Rock' would most probably have been made on either 2" Quad or 1" C-format videotape. Given a broadcast picture (or a decent VHS), I could identify which :)

    Videotape lifetime varies, depending on factors such as the brand (some of the original Scotch tapes didn't age well, for example) and storage conditions. In general, both formats I mentioned above should survive for a good long while so long as they're well looked after.

    A more serious problem is that the number of machines to play them on is dwindling, particularly in the case of Quad. Any respectable broadcaster or archive should be well aware of this, and should have been transferring their holdings to a more modern format. The BBC, for example, have copied all their Quad tapes onto a modern digital format (the originals are now held at the BFI in case they should be needed again; while some have fallen apart, the vast majority are perfectly playable, and the newest are almost 20 years old), and are currently working on their 1" tape library.

    There will certainly be some deterioration of the tapes, but a lot of it would have been present on first broadcast. I can't comment on FR directly, but I've seen a lot of TMS tapes over the last six months, and there are scratches, dropouts and other faults actually recorded into the masters. Pretty much all of these are repairable given modern technologies (I do some of this myself), so there won't be any real problems for the forseeable :)
  17. Wembley

    Wembley Well-Known Member

    Okay, glad you set me straight on that. :) I actually have one of those U-Matic VCRs (somewhere) in my basement, the sucker is HEAVY! I got it when the school librarian was throwing it out, and was told I could have it on one condition - that she never see it again. I oblidged. :)

    I would hope that the Henson people have converted their masters to some sort of digital - I would hate to see FR become unwatchable...

    (Interesting side note - I once visited a community television station in Newton... (I think) - it was all done with SVHS if I remember right...)

    -Rick "Wembley" Miller
    ..."You can NOT leave the magic!"
  18. anathema

    anathema Well-Known Member

    I've got an old lo-band U-Matic deck too :) You think they're heavy - this is a Quad:



    Community TV stations are typically short on cash, so it wouldn't surprise me to hear they used SVHS :) I've seen some SVHS material on broadcast, and it looks so-so. It's still interesting to note that for all its size and complexity, no other tape format has come close to matching the picture Quad was capable of...
  19. Wembley

    Wembley Well-Known Member

    Actually, in your UMATIC.JPG picture, the one on the left is the one I have, IIRC. I wonder, one of my other interests is amateur radio, and I bet some of this "old" video equipment, etc would be fine for amateur TV use.... hmmm....

    I'll have to do some research.

    -Rick "Wembely" Miller
    ..."You can NOT leave the magic!"
  20. anathema

    anathema Well-Known Member

    The one with the blue front? Wow! Mine's a much newer Sony model. Not that I actually have any use for it...

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