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The MuppetCast - Show #39 - Dance Your Cares Away!

Discussion in 'On the Web' started by stephenjlizard, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. Can you believe it's been 25 years since Fraggle Rock's first episode aired on HBO? Well it has, and January 10 marks the anniversary date, so we're celebrating here on The MuppetCast! The show includes a nice Fraggle retrospective, and another exclusive interview, this time with Fraggle Rock co-creator and writer Jocelyn Stevenson!

    This episode is completely Fraggle. Very little in the way of any non-Fraggle updates, since I was afraid this was going to be another long episode anyway. Turns out I was right; it's a little long, but just listen to it in chunks if you can't do it all in one sitting. I think you'll really enjoy it.

    The show email remains me@muppetcast.com, and the voice line is 614-364-4270 if you'd like to call and leave comments or questions in the show voicemail. Thanks again for all the Muppet love in 2007, here's to a great 2008!

    Have a great week!
  2. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Just have to say thanks so much for the interview with Jocelyn Stevenson! You really got a feel for what it must have been like working on Fraggle Rock, and also the experience of a writer in the entertainment industry. When she talked about how she volunteered to bring the board to Jim Henson when someone else wouldn't, that shows just how persistent and brave you have to be when building a career.

    I also really enjoy hearing her comments on Jerry Juhl and Richard Hunt. Finally, I'm glad she is standing up for children's Television, a medium that is sadly overlooked and under estimated. :)
  3. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hey Steve. Finished listening to Show 39. Lots of good Fraggly fun and memories. Sesame will always be #1 to me, but yeah, I do have some memories of watching Fraggle Rock.

    Some of the episodes that I have a connection to are the one with the Merggles, merfolk versions of Fraggles. And another episode where Uncle Traveling Matt comes home to Fraggle Rock and makes a grand discovery. Him and Gobo learn of a magical room accessed by a sort of ramp that opens up like the Indiana Jones boulder rampway, except in this case there's a Doozer-statue that opens up the underground lair. Once there, you'll find lots of arches, each one swirls with brightly-colored light and takes you to a different Outer Space local.
    Another episode that resonates with my time of watching the show on HBO is one where Doc sort of agrees to team up with other scientists to conduct experiments on the water supply. He says that he's only doing it because he has no sign of creatures living behind or beyond the wall that would be affected. This could be a precursor to Honk of Honks I guess, not sure as I don't have the episode's title. Doc finally desists once Boober, from the other side of the Fraggle-hole, pushes out a stack of Uncle Matt's postcards tied with some mossweed.

    There's a lot of stuff I want to send for the Richard Hunt show, mostly from my friendships here on the forums. There's a story in the Fanfiction section I wrote this last September/December called For Richard or Poorer. It needs a bit of set-up which I'll go into in what will be sent your way. But check it out, you might find a certain Muppet media man making an appearance.
  4. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    Downloading it right now. Can't wait to hear the interview. Yeah Fraggles!
  5. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Steve, i'm so stoked you managed to get Jocelyn, i was hoping you would. I'm so happy about it i'm actually NOT listening to this just yet and saving it as i'm travelling next week and want to listen to it on my journey. So its getting pride of place on my itinery, lol. I'll have to tell ya what i think after.

    Keep up the good work!
  6. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Ok here is my question. Is Fragle Rock as good as all the talk has been lattly? I ask because i really have never seen many of there shows, and can really only rembere the fragles being on a Muppet Family Christmas. I need to get a hold of some Fragle shows some how, and really see for myslef. Also is Jim Henson involved in the show much or was he busy with other things like The dark Cristal and stuff. If yall can show me the light i would really be thankfull.
  7. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Heh, well this is just my opinion, but Fraggle Rock is every bit as good as the talk says and more, lol. Of course, you would really have to decide that for yourself. But to me it's funny and strange and written almost as an adult show but for kids. Jim Henson only has two main characters aren they aren't on the show much, but they definitely make impressions. :)
  8. Sure dwayne, I think I can help you there:

    Not that I'm biased or anything, but Fraggle Rock IS as good as everyone says it is. It's a fun, lighthearted show that is very Muppet-y at its core, yet is very different in some ways from the Muppet Show. FR represented Jim Henson's big chance to do something huge to change the world, and Jim took it as a chance to make an international children's show that did, I think many will agree, leave a big impact on many of us.

    Jim was very involved with Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, overseeing practically every detail. With Fraggle Rock, he let those in his core group take the reigns, and while he was out working on projects like Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, he gave this group of people consisting of producers, performers, and writers, enough freedom to take what they'd learned from Jim over the years and make the show that so many of us watched weekly on HBO. Jim was immensely involved in the planning and formation stages of the show, and was in fact there at the beginning of shooting, but as time went on and he became more busy, Jim only returned to the Fraggle set periodically. These appearances are manifested in the show with characters like Cantus the Minstrel and Convincing John, among others.

    The episodes are, luckily, very easy to come by these days. Go pick up season one and get started! If you have any trouble finding it, let me know. I think you'll really enjoy what you see!
  9. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Or if you can't afford the big season sets at the moment, there are some Fraggle DVDs out with two or three episodes. :)
  10. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    I really enjoyed every bit of this show. You caught my eye when you had that interview with Jocelyn. I thought my goodness you got the one who help write most of the episodes. You made this episode one of my top 10 favorites. You always out do you self Steve. Keep them coming and can't once again wait for the next one to come out.
  11. Thanks Ernie! I hope Jocelyn happens to read across this thread and sees how much everyone enjoyed her on the podcast. Always glad to be of service.
  12. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Steve. Quick BTW: The name of the World's Oldest Fraggle's flunkie, the one he always hit or bopped on the nose with his walking stick? Henchi Fraggle.
    Hope this helps.
  13. Henchy! That's right. I couldn't think of it when I was recording that segment, but he was always good for a laugh. Although the Muppet Wiki has a funny way of describing him:

    "He usually repeats everything the World's Oldest Fraggle says before the World's Oldest Fraggle has a chance to say it."

    I'm not sure how that works, repeating something that someone else hasn't said yet, lol. But yes, good call as always, Count.
  14. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    No prob. Haven't watched any of the two seasons of FR I have, gotsta get Season 3, though maybe I'll do that this fall with Season 4. Memories of this great show hark back to happier times... But hey, let's celebrate. There's a party goin' round, so all you Fraggles gather near. For the time has come I've found. To sing and dance right here!
  15. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Steve I think i have been a little afraid to watch Fraggle Rock because it would be another kids show made by the Muppets and i would be made fun of. then i think ya know what i really should not care what people think of me with my love for the Muppets. I have loved the Muppets for as long as i can remember, and I am not going to let people make me hide how i feel about the Muppets and the work of Jim Henson. \
    I look at you and Greg from the Muppet news Flash, and think man if i could just get back on fire for my love for the Muppets then i would really feel better about myself because i think i have been holding back and not letting my love for the Muppets and such really shine. This year i'm going to do that and I'm not going to be afraid of what others think. Thanks Steve again for kind of showing me where i have lacked.
  16. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah don't worry about what other people think of you, especially when many kids shows (especially Muppet ones) are better than most adult show! ;)
  17. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Your so right about that one i even feel kind of dirty when i watch some of my late night talk shows. If you know what i mean.
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I noticed a mistake in the podcast. I should have brought it up earlier, but didn't. It's said that Change of Address is the second episode to not have the regular ending. That is not true. Ther eare three episodes with different endings. The other two are The Bells of Fraggle Roc and The River of Life (the one that The Count mentioned where Doc experiments with the water supply).
  19. Really, River of Life? Huh. I'll have to go back and watch that one. Thanks for pointing that out, I never would have known!


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