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Pre-Order Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Phillip, Oct 26, 2009.

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  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Pre-Order Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series and Save!

    Lionsgate says that... "Fraggle Rock: The Complete Animated Series is on DVD for the first time! This 2 disc set includes all 13 episodes from the animated series, plus all-new never before released special features fans and collectors will love."

    Since most of us will be getting this long-awaited Fraggle release, we'd like to mention that if you order Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series that a small portion of your order will go to Muppet Central to help keep the site, forum and radio running smoothly. It's a great way to help MC and get a great price on these DVDs with a low-price guarantee. Meaning, you can pre-order now and save off the regular price (and if Amazon lowers the price even more you're guaranteed the lowest price by pre-ordering). We appreciate each person that helps support MC by placing orders through the site.
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'll add a woohoo to that. The cartoon may not have lived up to the quality of the show (what does?), but I can't help but enjoy it anyway. I love me some Fraggles. :coy:
  4. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    I saw this just a while ago and that was really cool to see. I had been thinking that the Fraggle Rock cartoon series would probably get released soon enough as a complete series on DVD back when the individual episode DVDs were being released. It took a bit longer than I would have hoped but at last it's finally here! As much as I loved the live action Fraggle Rock show as a kid (and still do), I also equally loved the cartoon and still love watching it now. So it's great to see both series out on DVD!
    This calls for a Fraggly celebration!:coy::smirk::excited:
  5. Quazimoto

    Quazimoto Well-Known Member


    While no-where near as great as the original series, it will be so frickin' awesome to have a fully complete fraggle show collection.
  6. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Now THIS is the news i've been waiting for! I mean now that the complete series is out on dvd it seemed like kind of a no-brainer to release the cartoon series since that's the remaining main Fraggle project that still needed to be put on dvd in its entirety. Makes much more sense than another three pack of already released Fraggle Rock episodes celebrating Groundshog's Day.
  7. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    this is great news
  8. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Neat! It's not the best thing ever, but it's still cool I'll have a complete and comprehensive Fraggle DVD collection (that is until the movie comes out...) I never would have thought the animated Fraggles would come to DVD in series set form before Muppet Babies.

    I guess this means I can part with all of my single-disc Fraggle DVD's as well. There's nothing on those worth keeping them around for besides Pingu episodes and Fraggle Songs. :smirk:
  9. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    When i saw this on TV Shows on DVDs i was like...what? This can't be true. I'm glad to see them all on DVD now. This'll be great and can't wait to show the necies when i get it.

    Glad to see everything Fraggle out on DVD that is till the movie and can't wait for that either.

  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I wasn't expecting to do it that soon, if they planned on doing it at all. I mean, the well was running dry on FR releases... they finished the series completely in single season sets this time, and they even want to release a DVD full of episodes centered around a holiday and themes that just don't exist in the context of the series.

    It was only natural that they'd do this eventually. I agree, it pales in comparison to the original series, but that's what a lot of us kids who didn't have cable had to make due with. I wouldn't be a Fraggle Fan if I wasn't able to watch the cartoon series.
  11. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    I grew up watching both the live action and cartoon versions of Fraggle Rock and I've always enjoyed both equally, but I guess that's just me. Anyway- it's exciting to see all of the Fraggle Rock series out on DVD!:excited:
  12. Baby Gonzo

    Baby Gonzo Well-Known Member

    Woah. Now that's an unexpected release! The cover art looks cute too.
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Although I only bought the first season and a few of the single-disc releases, this news is exciting.
  14. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised at how soon the release date is for this beauty. Despite the not so stupendous animation and akward voices that were used in this version of the show, I will definately want to add this to my Henson collection. "The Rock Goes On". :smirk::excited::coy:
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The only voice I really hated in the series was Junior Gorg's. They really should have auditioned more people before casting. And no matter how hard Townsend Coleman tried NO ONE can emulate Jerry's voice at all. Even new puppeteers recast as his roles. But Rob Paulsen was beautiful in this show. He took characters like Boober and Marjorie and made them his own. And when Rob does that, you know you're gonna have fun.

    As for the animation... it's a large step up from the last few seasons of Muppet Babies.... I mean, look at that one. Like they didn't even try.

    The sad thing here is I might just get the animated series before I get any of the live action sets (don't have a single one yet... financial stuff don't ya know)... but I think any money I get after Christmas will go to the Mighty Mouse series. They really gave that one an unreasonably high SRP...
  16. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    I've always thought the animation was great and so are the voices. The same goes for Muppet Babies, for that matter. I'm a big fan of both.:)
    Oh well- to each his own.:cool:
  17. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Yes there was a good amount of effort put into the animated version of the show. Unfortunately though, it just did not seem to meet the standards of the Fraggles that we all know and love so well. As Karen Prell had mentioned once, the animation had been done too quickly, which did not allow enough time to really fix things up and make it more beautiful.

    Of course, I personally look forward to this DVD release. Even though the bonus features may not be too much, probably because the series did not last very long on television, it will make an excellent addition to anyone's Henson video library. ;)
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The thing I want to know is why didn't they just together 13 episodes of the actual series and just show that on Saturday Mornings instead. Sure, cable rerun viewings were unheard of then (good ol' days and everything), and they wanted original programming.

    I really think the major problems were the production deadlines. Could you imagine if they had a syndication weekday deal? 65 episodes? Could you imagine that quality? Worse than what we had. Then of course, there's the factor of originality... They basically continued what had happened in the series (and ignoring the original concept of the animated show by shoving Doc an Sprocket in there)... whereas, say Muppet Babies and Little Muppet Monsters had the same characters, but in different settings that really worked well in animation.

    Of course, I have to say, FR has much better animation than Muppet babies had at the time. I think the second season TOEI really got a handle on the characters... but the last seasons Akom did... poor eye placement, bad depth perception (Kermit's eyes would almost be on top of each other in certain circumstances) and over all bad coloring and film development (Muppet Babies The Next generation... the scene where Scooter is angry that bean replaced him... it has a bad film quality that makes everything look purple).
  19. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Fraggles and Babies did have some quality in their storytelling and purpose, but were initially created to generate cash for the Jim Henson Company's variety of other projects. Hence the lesser production standards in quality. However, if they hadn't met Jim's approval he would have yanked them like he did Little Muppet Monsters. Fraggle Rock is such a dense world with a lot more opportunities to explore through animation that didn't really come to fruition. I wouldn't mind a revival of new animated Fraggles if they had higher standards like Foster's, Samurai Jack or like the fantastic stuff Marvel's been doing with Wolverine and the X-Men.

    And maybe this time they could ask the performers to lend their voice talent. I don't believe they were even approached before.
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I see what you mean there... seems like the only thing that it really added was to chase sequences and more complex camera angles to various scenes... stuff they just couldn't really have done with puppetry due to their complexity. And there is some action that they just couldn't have replicated in puppetry, unless they had a really large movie budget. But over all, there could have been much, much more done had they had a really high budget for animation, and the technology to meet deadlines to the second.

    Hmmm... I remember someone saying that Karen Prell said that they were considering using the original puppeteers, but there was some sort of odd schedule conflict that they just couldn't get together.

    That said, a Pigs in Space cartoon (much like the one on LMM, the highlight of the animated segments, I think) with the original voice cast and writers (ala the Star Trek series from the 70's) would have had a lot of potential...

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