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Vivendi to release new Fraggle Rock DVDs and other Henson Classics

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Phillip, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    It will be interesting to see what never-before-seen Fraggle material gets released...

    Jim Henson Company, Gaiam Vivendi Kick Off Distribution Deal With 'Fraggle Rock' DVDs

    "Fraggle Rock" fans, rejoice: The Jim Henson Company and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment will kick off a new multi-year distribution agreement with the release of new DVDs to mark the 30th anniversary of the puppet show.
    For the uninitiated, the Fraggles were a collection of radish-loving, musically-inclined cave dwellers who were cute enough to melt even the most hardened stalagmite. The new disc will be released in 2013 and will include never-before-seen bonus materials. Just what those extras will include remains in the planning stage, as the Jim Henson Company is still mining its archives for footage and collectibles.

    "The choice of a strong home entertainment partner was incredibly important because we want to reintroduce the 'Fraggle' brand to a whole new generation," Richard Goldsmith, executive vice president of global distribution for The Jim Henson Company, told TheWrap. "The 'Fraggle Rock' reissue of DVDs and digital content will be the first step in several years of plans we have for the brand."

    Among the events and consumer product launches tied to the anniversary will be the premiere of the "Fraggle Rock" television spin-off for preschoolers “Doozers." There is also a "Fraggle Rock" film in development at New Regency.

    Under its new pact, Gaiam Vivendi will receive exclusive physical and digital home video distribution rights to a number of Henson properties in the United States, as well as digital distribution rights in Canada.

    In addition to "Fraggle Rock," the company will re-release a number of Henson family titles such as “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas,” “The Hoobs” and “Animal Show with Stinky and Jake,” along with new productions such as “Doozers.” The company will also make available previously unreleased Henson series such as “Construction Site.”

    Goldsmith said the company spent months trying to find the perfect distribution partner, because even though DVD sales overall are on decline, childrens titles such as those Jim Henson specializes in, still attract consumers.

    What secured the deal, he said, was a summit Gaiam Vivendi held for its programming partners last September at its Boulder, Colo. headquarters, during which both companies engaged in presentations outlining their visions for the Henson titles.

    "We were overwhelmed by their enthusiasm, but also their sales and marketing and distribution plans seemed to be light years of the competition," Goldsmith said. "It proved to us that we had made the right decision."

  2. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I don't know if I really want to re-buy the entire series of Fraggle Rock again, but if they release anything of interest that hasn't been covered by any of Henson's past distribution partners, I'll be all over it!
    Muppet fan 123 and SuperGzilla12 like this.
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    They better the heck get the series Dog City.

    As long as they keep the Fraggle Rock DVD sets in print (I still only have the first season and it took me years to get it).
    Muppet fan 123 likes this.
  4. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Although I have all of Fraggle Rock on DVD--both the latest box set and the first three stand-alones, which I bought for the nifty extras)--I'll buy this if it has some really nifty extras. I'm talkin' international Doc & Sprocket (oh, you know) and Traveling Matt segments, and bloopers. Real bloopers, not Disney-like staged outtakes. Bloopers which involve the puppeteers. 'Cause Fraggles are puppets, and that's not something to be ashamed of, despite what Disney seems to think.
  5. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I'd definitely buy it if there were some cool extras. I'd like to see some more behind-the-scenes footage, and some international clips would definitely be cool. Maybe some new bits could be on there too, you never know.
  6. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    This is great I gotta have it the Fraggle Rock one.
  7. Mister Muppet

    Mister Muppet Well-Known Member

    this is AWESOME i would love to get the hoobs ( i use to always watch them:) ) i would also like to see them release mopatops shop because i always use to watch that when i was younger:)
  8. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hmm, I only got Seasons 1 and 2 of FR when released by HIT, dunno if I should actively seek out the other two seasons, the full production 20-disc release by Lionsgate, or just wait to see what stuff comes from this new partnership.

    Sure hope their version of Emmet Otter can be the intact version with Kermit, as well as The Christmas Toy.
    With this and A Special Sesame Street Christmas, it's making things much easier for us video/DVD consumers than when we had to resort to only tape trading routes.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm disappointed Lionsgate did only a fraction of what they could and just completely dropped the ball after the Henson's Place documentary release. They could very well have been a liaison between Disney and Henson, since they were releasing those really bad Disney (or rather ABC) produced sitcoms when Disney just gave up (According to Jim, for example). I think if anyone could have released Emmet Otter and Christmas Toy with Kermit, it was them.

    Then I remember the crappy source tapes that they used to make the 1980's TMNT cartoon DVD's.

    And I would gladly trade the Special Sesame Street Christmas's availability for Out to Lunch, but they're owned by 2 different companies. That's the ONLY reason SSSC is being released. SW doesn't own it.
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Does this mean we don't have to put up with Lionsgate anymore?
  11. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    I think that Gaim Vivendi will be better than Lionsgate for DVDs and Blu-Ray.
    I hope Vivendi doesn't block any of the Henson Company videos on Youtube not posted up by the Jim Henson Company itself.
    Plaid Fraggle likes this.
  12. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    I hope Vivendi releases the entire series of The Ghost of Faffner Hall, many episodes of Mopatop's Shop (even ones that haven't been on VHS or DVD yet), and the re-releases of Sesame Street: 20 Years and Still Counting and Henson's Place.
  13. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Everyone! At the Itunes store, I noticed that all the episodes of Fraggle Rock, Dog City, and Henson's Place aren't available at the moment maybe because of Vivendi taking over the Henson Company DVDs.
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    And I hope this means Lionsgate will stop taking down Henson-owned clips (though I've read that videos have been taken down because of copyright claims from companies that USED TO have temporary rights to content in the video long before YouTube was invented).

    I only have the first season of Fraggle Rock. I hope that some of the "new" bonus materials include both of the Fraggle Rock compilation videos (Fraggle Songs was a bonus feature on the "Where It All Began" DVD, but I'd like to see Doozer Music included as a bonus feature). I'd also like to see "The Fraggles Search for Jobs" (though Terry Angus did say on The MuppetCast that when fans were discussing the possibillity of that as a bonus feature he doubted it would be included on DVD but didn't want to say anything on the forums... But then the Henson Company did upload a clip on YouTube). I believe Terry Angus once said that there was a Fraggle Rock promo featuring Kermit. I hope that can be included, but then again we'll have to hope that Disney will be as lenient as they were when the Lionsgate releases came out (and of course those came out a year before "The Muppets" big relaunch).
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  15. Plaid Fraggle

    Plaid Fraggle Well-Known Member

    Must agree, I long to watch that :)

    Things 'bout to maybe finally hopefully get pretty awesome on the Fraggle front, sounds like! IT'S TIME TO THROW DOWN SOME FRAGGLE PARTIES, CAN YOU DIG IT
  16. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    No doubt about it and that video is also on YouTube.
  17. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Maybe, Lionsgate will unblock all the Henson videos on Youtube since they're not going to distribute the DVDs anymore.
  18. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    What do you mean Fracklefan2o12?
  19. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    You know, on Youtube, maybe Lionsgate (who was the past distributer of Fraggle Rock) will bring back all of the videos they blocked to the public. Then, the members who are terminated will not be terminated or banned anymore.
    Is that clear?
  20. Plaid Fraggle

    Plaid Fraggle Well-Known Member

    DANG! It really is! (In poor quality, but it's there!)

    Thanks for questioning me there, otherwise I wouldn't have searched for the whole thing specifically. I mean, I'd seen the snippets of the thing via the Henson Company Youtube page, but all this time I've never known it was all there! Thanks, Colgoff!

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