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Help Save British Fraggle Rock Episodes

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by charlietheowl, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Sad but true. Maybe, Fraggle Rock's 30th Anniversary should help get the show more popular.
     
  2. johnpeters999

    johnpeters999 Member

    That the trouble It may be 30th Anniversary of Fraggle Rock this year, but its not 30 in the UK until next January. At least on Twitter many people were not very happy at not seeing Fulton Mckay.

    If the Archive has been sent to the USA, would someone look at the tape? Disney might make some money out them of out of some of the content? ( I still believe the tapes are somewhere in the uk)
     
  3. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    Off-air recordings of another seven episodes have been found:

    Blanket of Snow, Blanket of Woe
    Gunge the Great and Glorious
    Wembley and the Mean Genie
    Gone but not Forgotten
    Mokey Then and Now
    Red's Blue Dragon
    The Perfect Blue Rollie

    This brings the total up to 64 now known to survive. I've updated my list with the details: http://www.nightshade.org.uk/fraggleuk.html
     
  4. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Wow! That's great! I can't wait to see the Blue Dragon's appearance in the UK version of Red's Blue Dragon.
     
  5. anathema

    anathema Active Member

  6. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Wow! Thanks for showing that picture to us!
    Isn't it great finding rarities like this one?
     
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  7. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    We are in fact now up to two-thirds of the episodes existing somewhere...
     
  8. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Wow! That's great.
    Are you going to upload any UK versions of Fraggle Rock on Vimeo or Dailymotion?
     
  9. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    No, sorry, I don't think that would be a good idea.
     
  10. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    It's okay.
     
  11. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Active Member

    2/3?! Whoa! That is much more than what I first heard! Thanks for the update, and I still wanna support y'all overseas! :excited:
     
  12. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    Here we go, folks - from The Honk of Honks, the moment when Gobo and BJ meet:
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    'BJ' stands for 'Birtwhistle Junior'. He's the son of the owner of the lighthouse, Mr Birtwhistle, with whom the Captain had a number of run-ins. BJ took over from PK at the start of Series Four, PK's departure being explained as due to him not wanting to stay now that the lighthouse is being automated. BJ is an interim caretaker to look after the place for its final few months before the computers take over its running.
     
  13. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Great pic. I believe that Jerry Nelson, Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Karen Prell, and Kathy Mullen all went to the U.K to perform the Fraggles during the final episode because they're show was already over in the USA. Is that right?
     
  14. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    Karen performed Red as she was in London at the time, but the other four were performed by UK puppeteers.
     
  15. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Did the other US people dub them later after the filming.
     
  16. Mister Muppet

    Mister Muppet Well-Known Member

    Its great to hear more Uk episodes have been found I really hope that some day these all get found and that they all make it eventually on to DVD I would love to see them :)
     
  17. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    Yes, all voices for the characters which appeared in the UK scenes (apart, presumably, from Sprocket!) were dubbed by the US performers.
     
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  18. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    I should stress that the majority of known recordings are on VHS, mainly recorded off-air at the time of the original broadcasts, and are not all of good quality. They're all watchable, but in many cases that's about all you can say for them. None of them are even close to being suitable for a commercial DVD release, but they're better than nothing.

    There are 12 broadcast-quality episodes available on DVD, and the BFI have a further 17 which I am informed are broadcast-quality and hence suitable for a DVD release. I don't know whether Henson have copies of these latter tapes, or are even aware of their existence. Beyond that the only hope is that the original mastertapes have survived somewhere.
     
  19. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I hope the original mastertapes survive somewhere, too. Speaking of original mastertapes, I think that The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years is in broadcast-quality, too.
     
  20. anathema

    anathema Active Member

    No reason why it shouldn't be - Henson seem to have been generally very diligent about retaining the master-tapes. FR:UK seems to be the exception, possibly because it was an overseas co-production.
     


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