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Your Thoughts: Fraggle Rock DVD

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Phillip, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    I e-mailed HIT last night, using the "contact us" link on their website. I asked them several questions about the Fraggles. When will more DVDs be released and what will they be (seasons, single episodes, what)? When will this DVD be added to their online store? I also expressed my fan-ship of the fraggles and stated I would prefer season sets, DVD extras, and DVDs geared towards hard-core Adult fans aswell as kids. About 13-hours later I got a response back. It brought some interesting news. Here is a copy of the E-mail I got. Enjoy!

    Thank you for contacting us. HIT Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of Fraggle Rock Where It All Began on VHS/DVD. You may purchase title at Wal-Mart or call our company direct toll free at 1-877-259-7425 to order. Our web team is currently working on adding this release to our webstore.

    Also, look for the Special Edition Where It All Began DVD in specialty stores this October. The special edition DVD will feature more bonuses and special features. Then look for next Fraggle Rock VHS/DVD release next Spring.

    We will also pass your interest in seeing box or season sets to our Brand Team for future consideration.

    Thank you for your interest in HIT Entertainment.

    I am now torn on getting the DVD now, or waiting until October for the Special Edition. Plus I can't wait until the spring when we'll get some more DVDs. I suggest E-mailing HIT if you have questions or comments. They seem to listen, and care about the input from fans. I hope to see great things from HIT with the Fraggles brand. :excited:
  2. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt Well-Known Member

    Well, I picked up the Fraggle DVD a couple of days ago and yes, Oliver, the first two episodes are merged. It seems quite apparent that HIT didn’t put too much effort into this release.

    Oddly enough, I didn’t receive an insert declaring that there would be future releases in the fall. I called HIT’s 877 number to talk with someone and got several questions answered. Please keep in mind I was very polite and courteous to the person over the phone (who was not responsible for making the decisions). This is what got me the results I desired.

    1. There are no current plans to release Fraggle Rock in boxed season sets.

    2. HIT has seen BlueFrackle’s online petition that has those tens of thousands of signatures. The woman I talked with looked at the site herself just yesterday. Again she makes no decisions, but at least its been seen.

    3. The decisions to release Fraggle Rock is not placed entirely on the shoulders of HIT. Both HIT and Henson are in charge, and one can’t release without the permission of the other. It’s a partnership.

    4. HIT does have plans to release future volumes. The catch, however, is that the DVD released this fall will be the SAME one on shelves now. What makes the new edition different is that it will be furbished with some “extras”.

    I politely told the woman over the phone that this made absolutely no sense. I put in my request with her to please release the series in boxed sets. I mentioned that Fraggle Rock only has five seasons, so they could easily be put together and released over a period of just two, perhaps three years. I also put in a request with her for “Down at Fraggle Rock: Behind the Scenes” to be one of the “extras” for the fall release.

    What I am going to do, and what I suggest everyone who wants boxed sets of the series released by season to do as well, is to write a short, polite formal letter to HIT. Not obnoxious phone calls, not crabby e-mails.

    Things to mention:

    - season sets
    - Online petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/Fraggle/
    - Many of the creative talent who were involved in the show have signed it, making them part of over 27,000 people who
    want DVDs.
    - These are only the folks who happen to look up "Fraggle Rock" online. Tens of thousands more would buy it if they
    came across it in a store.

    Form letters will be opened by the people in consumer relations, who can forward it on to the folks who make the decisions (of course, as long as it is an appropriately-worded letter that is polite, but firm). Online petitions and e-mails are fine, but they are still held at arms length. Having physical evidence of the demand in their hands will speak the loudest. That they cannot deny. This is the only way we, the fans, can make this happen.

    The address to mail your form letters is:

    HIT Entertainment
    Attn: Consumer Relations (Fraggle Rock)
    P.O. Box 9000
    Allen, Texas 75013

    **Putting “Fraggle Rock” in the address will help Consumer Relations better handle the mail and file it correctly. It will also keep the brand name in their minds. That alone can speak volumes.

    Phone calls are also monitored, so the more the better. If you would like to politely call them, their number is 1-877-259-7425. Having the subject of Fraggle Rock mentioned over the phone will speak volumes as well (no pun intended).

    Mailing your same form letter to Henson is also a good idea. The California-based address on this site is probably the best place to mail. Again, I would put “Consumer Relations” and “Fraggle Rock” in the attention line.

    Good luck!
  3. WiGgY

    WiGgY Well-Known Member

    HIT is doing this all wrong and i don't know why. They released the DVD to one store and one store only, so I have no idea how that tests the market. Then they are releasong the same DVD with special features in October, so how does releasing the same DVD test the market? Are they testing to see how many people will buy the same thing twice? Then they don't release another DVD until Spring. What are they doing? Couldn't the Henson Company have found a better distributor?
  4. dlphntat

    dlphntat Well-Known Member

    Horns of a dilemma

    Hmm, I really want to get the Fraggle Rock DVD, but do I want it enough to move beyond my distrust and hatred of Wal-mart?
    hmm. Maybe I can convince my wife to get it for me.
  5. doctort13

    doctort13 Well-Known Member

    I will NOT buy Fraggle Rock at W*L-M*RT!!!

    Why don't I want to save some $?

    Because, Wal-Mart is an BAD company.

    How bad you ask?

    Well they claim to be "family friendly" yet will not allow mothers to breastfeed their children inside their stores. Don't believe me?

    Read this!

    And if you choose not to read the link:


    On April 7, 1997, Plaintiff Dana Derungs was shopping at the Wal-Mart store located in Lebanon, Ohio. She attempted to nurse her son, Devin Derungs, on a bench next to a dressing room. She was prohibited from doing so by a Wal-Mart employee and told that she had the option of breast-feeding her son either in the restroom or outside the store. In response, Ms. Derungs left the store with her son.

    Plaintiff Jennifer Gore had a similar experience in another Wal-Mart store. On November 8, 1997, Ms. Gore was waiting in a lay-a-way line at a Wal-Mart store in Trotwood, Ohio with her son, Austin Gore. She started to breast-feed Austin but was interrupted by a Wal-Mart employee who told her she was not permitted to breast-feed her son in the store. The employee informed Ms. Gore that she could breast-feed her son in the restroom, or she could leave the store. She voluntarily left the store with her son.

    Plaintiff Angie Baird also attempted to breast-feed her child in the Trotwood, Ohio Wal-Mart store. On February 18, 1999, Ms. Baird attempted to breast-feed her daughter, Kassidee Baird, on a bench near the portrait studio in the Trotwood Wal-Mart store. Like her co-plaintiffs, Ms. Baird was interrupted by a store employee and informed that she could either breast-feed in the restroom or had to leave the store. She, too, elected to leave the store with her child.

    On March 31, 1999, Dana Derungs, Devin Derungs, Jennifer Gore and Austin Gore filed a complaint in Ohio state court alleging that in refusing to permit Ms. Derungs and Ms. Gore to breast-feed their children, Wal-Mart discriminated against them on the basis of sex and age under Ohio Revised Code § 4112.02(G). Plaintiffs also alleged three common-law claims in their complaint: tortious infliction of emotional distress, tortious interference with parental rights, and loss of consortium. On April 19, 1999, the complaint was amended to add Angie Baird and her infant daughter, Kassidee Baird, as party-plaintiffs. Wal-Mart timely removed the action to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on May 3, 1999 on diversity of citizenship grounds.

    On September 26, 2000, the district court granted Wal-Mart’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and dismissed Plaintiffs’ statutory claims. See Derungs v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 141 F. Supp. 2d 884 (S.D. Ohio 2000). Then, on March 15, 2001, Wal-Mart’s Motion for Summary Judgment on the remaining common-law claims was granted, and a Final Judgment was entered on April 11, 2001. Plaintiffs timely filed a Notice of Appeal.(1)

    I am not a woman, but I will be a father in 13-14 weeks. I will not spend a penny at a business who will not allow a mother to feed their baby. Why does Wal-Mart find breastfeeding so appalling?

    My mother breastfed all of her 5 children, my wife was breastfed, both of my sisters breastfed/feed their children, and all of our children will be breastfed.

    Heck, I bet that all of the Henson children were breastfed too!

    I'll find somewhere else to buy this DVD. I hope that this has opened a few eyes to the REAL greed that is killing our country.

  6. WiGgY

    WiGgY Well-Known Member

    Maybe they don't want women taking their boobs out in the store rows. What is wrong with going into the rest room and breast feeding? You can't walk a few feet into a private space? I see nothing wrong with not allowing someone to breast feed right in the open of the store. It's not anti-family. Anti-family would be not allowing children in the store. Is it hard being a mom? Yes. But that does not give mothers permission to do anything they want. They did NOT keep the woman from feeding her child. They asked her to do it in another area of the store or go outside. I'm sure the child can wait a few freaking seconds so that we don't all need to see this a babdy hanging off of a woman's breast. I'm sure YOU don't mind seeing it, but some people feel uncomfortable.
  7. gfarkwort

    gfarkwort Well-Known Member

    Yea other mothers don't want their children to see womens' breasts. Wal-mart is looking out for a majority who may not like seeing it. I am NOT a supporter of Wal-Mart. There public restrooms are NASTY. It seems I'll have to wait untill the 27th.

    Why does Wal-Mart only put out new dvd's on Tuesday?
  8. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    All new DVD's in any store generally hit the street in the US on Tuesdays. Just like "most" movies debut on Fridays before the weekend.
  9. dlphntat

    dlphntat Well-Known Member


    if I may quote Chandler from 'Friends':
    "Can... open. worms...everywhere"
    (and for the record, my problem with Wal-mart is a bit different than that. )
    so, in the opinion of those who have purchased it, does this DVD merit the trip to Sprawl-Mart, or is it better to wait until October?
  10. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    Why is it always Wal-Mart? We don't have any in my area. Stupid Exclusive deals, excluded way to many people! :grouchy:
  11. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    Regardless of how you feel about Wal-mart, it does not look like HIT will move this specific release out to other places (it is just to test a sample of the market). If you are anti-Wal-mart you should be able to order the DVD from there online store soon. Plus the "special edition", which will be out in October, should have a much wider release.

    In the wake of this product's release, I started to wonder about the future of the Fraggle-DVD franchise. I wrote a letter to HIT and Henson, I mailed it and E-mailed it. I hope they read and consider what I say. I also hope other fans write letters too. Let's have our voice be heard - We can make a difference! Below is a copy of the letter I wrote. I thought you might enjoy reading what I had to say to the "power that be".

  12. baby sinclair

    baby sinclair Well-Known Member

    Well, all i know is that on tuesday (hopefully my walmart has this dvd today) i will purchase where it all began the first edition. i'm not buying the same dvd with just with a few extras. i think thats just silly. Why cant they just release the next episodes. id rather have a NEW fraggle dvd this fall than just another version. This is so messed up. Not at all how i wanted it. Not at all.
  13. BigTiny

    BigTiny Member

    It seems that Alabama stores do in fact have it! I figured the west-coast would be the first to see it. :) I'm a little suprised that only some stores will get it before others...
  14. vetters

    vetters New Member

    GelflingWaldo, that was a great letter. Thanks for posting it. And thanks to Traveling Matt for suggesting what to write and where to send it! Hopefully we'll get our season-by-season DVD release. I know that I will write a letter.
  15. doctort13

    doctort13 Well-Known Member

    I must call you on this buddy!

    First off, the part of a woman's body that a baby nurses from is a BREAST. Not a boob. Most mothers are very discreet about feeding their children, and do not "take their boobs out in the store rows".

    Secondly, would you eat in ANY restroom? I doubt it very much. I used to work for a company that serviced Wal-Mart stores, and used their restrooms...which were ALWAYS filthy! I could never suggest that a mother should have to feed their baby in a WAL-MART restroom, let alone have to use it for the purpose that it is intended for.

    I hope that if you ever become a parent you will see things differently. I would hate to know that your children were hungry while you and your family were shopping, and that the store would eject you (or your wife) for breast feeding your baby.
  16. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    I was out shopping today at many stores and asked the employes/managers of the stores I was in what their responce to A WOMAN breast feeding in their store would be. The following stores said they would ask the mother to leave or go to a private areas (restroom/changing room).

    SunCoast Video
    Old Navy
    Burger King

    These are just places I went to and asked, many other places probally have the same rules. Of all the places I went, none said they would be "Ok" with it. Places have policies on this issue, I think Wal-Mart is one of the few where the mothers complained and they had law suites. Many places don't allow shoppers to eat or drink in their stores and no one complains about their right to eat in the store. Regardless, it does not look like this Fraggle DVD will be moved out of Wal-mart.
  17. SillyRed

    SillyRed Well-Known Member

    :excited: Just saw that The Wal-Mart Nearest me has the Fraggle Rock DVD!! I can't wait to buy it tomorrow!!!
  18. jeremyactor

    jeremyactor Well-Known Member

    When I say they were merged, I mean they took the end credits off of one, the beginning intro off another and put a graphic in the middle to separate them. Obnoxious? Yes. End of the world? Nope. But I will be voicing my displeasure with HIT.

    As for the audio problems - I have to do some looking, but it could just be my player. I'll try it in my computer and see what happens.

  19. WiGgY

    WiGgY Well-Known Member

    Boob, breat, melon, bazonga, same diff "buddy". Don't get caught up in details. I'll use what ever word I want to.

    Is the baby licking the floor of the restroom? Is the mother quirting milk on the tile and having the baby lick it up like a cat? No? So what is that problem? It's not like walking into the restroom with a hamburger and seting it down on the counter or the rim of a toilet seat. And there is that second option of going outside. What is so wrong with that? Just walk right outside. The kid can't wait for a minute? Please.

    If I ever become a parent and my wife breast feeds I will still be on the same side. First of all, why bring the kid to the store? You can't leave the child with a baby sitter while you take an hour to shop? Do you really think other people want to hear your child screaming? I know i don't. Does that make me anti-family? No. It makes me anti-hearing other people's screaming babies. If the child can not be away from you for an hour or 2 so you can shop, then you should not go shopping. Send someone out, leave the baby, order online. There is no reason to burden others with your screaming baby.

    Anyway, there is no reason not to breast feed in a private place away from other people other than selfishness. It's doesn't bother you, so why should you care if it bothers someone else?
  20. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Guys, let's move on from the breast-feeding discussion. The focus here is on the Fraggle DVD. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

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