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In Development: Henson's Fraggle Rock Movie

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Phillip, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. wes

    wes Well-Known Member

    Can you type that a Little Louder i didn't here you type it the First time!:p ;)

    Just kiddin, I understand and agree.
  2. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    thank you Wes. It seems like we would really get along. We should talk more.
  3. wes

    wes Well-Known Member

    Ya i'm here as much as Possible IM me on my hotmail account.
  4. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    It's a shame the Muppets and FR are now ruled by 2 different companies ... because the Muppets could have helped provide some links to FR.

    Since the best "plot" we have so far is "Fraggles in Outer Space", it's hard to know the best way to market it. Putting out the DVDs helps give us some background, but the general public won't be getting those. There needs to be a way to increase general interest. Despite what anyone feels about Bayformers, I think they got it right in dragging the rest of the public into the theaters. X-Men did a good job too, with those "Mutants are real" kind of things where we got to see Sen. Kelly's political ads and stuff.

    I would imagine we'd need to set up Outer Space first, introducing the idea that all this time there has been another world with weird critters in it. Hype up the nostalgia-escapism factor. Have spots with differently-aged humans (so it doesn't just come off as a kid thing), each with their own different "issue" (like a lonely kid in a playground or a frazzled office worker). Have a Fraggle hole dramatically open up in a wall, out pops out Gobo or somebody, cheers up the human and offers them some fun down in Fraggle Rock.

    After spots like those have been playing ahwile, do some ad parodies. Do some "insurance" ads courtesy of Boober or the Firefighters. Have Gobo and Red play sports in "Gatorade" spoofs (maybe with "Is the magic in you?"-type tag lines). Have Junior advertise some gardening equipment. Have Uncle Matt show up in random "real" commercials in the background or even commenting on the products/services. None of the products would be real, of course ... they'd all be spoofs ... but they'd get the attention they need.

    Follow this up with a web site like the new Muppet one with all the really hilarious blog-type stuff and games and such.

    This way, any re-casting doesn't have to seem like absolute blasphemy, as fans already know who's dead/retired and the general public wouldn't care anyway. It'd also give the new voices time to stretch their chops before the movie comes out. Put the ad parodies with shows whose creators are big-time hard-core Muppet fans ... maybe it'll be cheaper that way ;D . And for God's sake, if the movie comes out, have a follow-up project. Whether it's a new show or a continued Web presence or whatnot, don't just drop it after the movie. FR can still be milked plenty ... take advantage of it.
  5. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    Somehow, the idea of FR being 'milked' doesn't sit well with me..But still they can't really sell out anymore for the movie promoting ads than they did in the 80's ;). Plus it would get us use to any new voices...
    And new fast food toys will be nice :3
  6. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    Have we heard anything about this actually happening? I am curious
  7. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    Well, I didn't mean to sound so crass about it. I'm just saying that if you want to make money off it (it is a business, after all), you need to market it well. Even people who don't watch Kermit or Mickey or Superman know who they are. THAT'S good marketing.
  8. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Well-Known Member

    I say its going to happen. I mean a fraggle movie takes time to write & produce, the production value of the show was massive. And the writing is very good, recreating that style is tough, & staying true to the show would take lots of research. Think about that though because frankly, good products take time.
  9. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    I appreciate your optimism Barry Lee
  10. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Looks like if we want any more news of this project, we'll have to send out the news pigeons to literally force them to give it to us...

    Bea:zany:{Off you go Bernice, good girl}regard
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Agreed. But if we have to chose between the horrible decision of DTV or No movie at all, I'm going to have to say DTV is the better of the 2. i WANT a theatrical film, not a cheap little DVD. If they can make 2 harold and Kumars (thinking about them only because an add just aired on TV), someone can get a Fraggle Film together. maybe Lion's Gate and HIT can make it happen.
  12. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    I honestly think I can say I would rather not have a movie.
  13. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I'd rather have a Rubber Duckie...but that's hardly an option right now.

    Bea:zany:{But floats better than a movie in the tub}regard
  14. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    Well, if it is only on tv there might be a chance it might not be cheapy after all ;). There is always hope, and FR has never been cheap by nature to make IMHO (besides maybe, the cartoon version:))....
  15. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I guess i'm find with whatever they do i would have really wanted a theater movie but i'm with it no matter what.
  16. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'm Convinced

    :excited: I have faith that this theatrical Fraggle Rock movie is happening. With the Muppets gone, the Fraggles are now the crown jewel in the Henson Company cap. I can imagine any trouble drumming up support for this project is due to the misconception by many studio executives that the Fraggle brand isn't very strong and see it as a long gone cable niche program. This film has mass appeal - global appeal as we know. I imagine the trouble is from a financial point of view. Puppet building sets and new additional CG work (that we know will be appropriately integrated) costs a lot. The cost alone would secure this as a theatrical feature. Don't lose heart. It will just take some time. The Fraggles have remained uncorrupted and I'm certain Henson is insuring that in this lengthy preproduction. :coy:

    In fact, I see two or three Fraggle films in the future if they're done right. It would be nice to get a Fraggle trilogy like the original Muppet one. I think this will be quite successful while keeping Fraggle values intact. Bottom line = this is happening...eventually. :busy:
  17. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I think now is a perfect time FOR a Fraggle Rock movie...With racism gaining strength again as the contry fills up with imagrants.

    I'd love to see something along those lines relating to Fraggle-world.
  18. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's a great point, Beau. It's time for a global message again.
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    A nice idea, that. Though I hardly think that (political opinion) the Fraggles will unmask the huge corporate conspiracy that makes immagrants the scapegoat for their greed and willingness to over turn various human rights while buying political influence and paying off pundits (end political opinion). But it also will try to stem the tide of hate. Of course... the question is, will those values still be in the minds of the kids who see this film, when they become bitter hateful adults?
  20. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    :coy: Will Pat Buchanan and Lou Dobbs make all of the Fraggles register for special work visas, will they try to throw them completely out of the country or simply toss them back into their fraggle holes? :o

    "We must seal every fraggle hole for national security!" :attitude:
    He he. But seriously I am impatient for a Fraggle movie for the simple fact that the world needs their message now more than ever.

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