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Your Thoughts: Fraggle Rock The Animated Series DVD

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Phillip, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Now Available on DVD: Fraggle Rock The Animated Series!

    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.

    After you get your copy of the DVD set, post here and share your thoughts.
  2. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Definately going up to Barnes & Noble after class to see if it is in today or not. Thank goodness for gift cards. :excited:
  3. Voiceroy

    Voiceroy Well-Known Member

    Hadn't kept up w/ DVD release news in the past few months due to a lack of fundage, but I saw the placeholder for this at Target last week and planned to add it to my Netflix queue.

    I'm hoping some kind soul here who buys this today could please share what exactly is included in those "never before released special features" which we "fans and collectors" are told we'll "love."
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    to quote Muppet Wikia:

    Seems pretty good to me.
  5. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    Bonus Features Rundown

    There are several great bonus feratures on this set.

    There is a short 8-minute behind-the-scenes featurette with co-producer, technical designer and Fraggle Rock co-creator Michael Frith. Frith talks about translating the world of Fraggle Rock into a new format. The piece also features a few early conceptual sketches and drawings interspersed thoughout Frith's interview.

    The set features the original storyboard reel for the opening theme song. The storyboard sketches are quite detailed and remarkable faithful to what is seen in the finished opening sequence.

    Finally there is a collection of character galleries, which include detailed notes about Gobo, Mokey, Boober, Wembley, Red, Traveling Matt, and the Gorgs. These short bios are taken from the show's "Writer's Bible", which was created by the original Fraggle team and given to the writers of the animated series.
  6. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't even have cared that much if there were extras or not really- but the line-up here certainly sounds pretty good. I'm excited to get this DVD when I can. And then I can really count my Fraggle Rock collection complete (as far as TV shows go... maybe one day there really will be a movie to add to that...):excited::smirk::coy:
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    To me, Bonus features say "HEY! We actually care about putting this on DVD!" instead of "It's on a DVD already! Stop hounding us!" And frankly, it's more likely to see future volumes (or even a completed series) if they take that time and care with it. Again, I'm glad Disney actually bothered releasing their cartoons on incomplete sets, but how hard would it have been to get Jim Cummings to take a break from his Pooh recording sessions to talk about Darkwing Duck for 2 minutes?
  8. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

  9. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    Despite the fact that everything seemed rushed when this version of Fraggle Rock was made in 1987, everything about this show seems pretty unique in its own way. Most fans, including myself of course, will definately prefer the live-action version of the show. But overall, the one true thing that both versions have in common is that they both convey the same messages about global outreach and relating to those are different from us. It is truly a fine DVD set for those of us faithful to Jim's legacy and the Muppets. :smirk::excited::coy:
  10. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Just got it for $15 at Best Buy. Sadly I have to report there's no real bonus features cept' the new Frith interview(which is rather short) but who would have ever thought something so obscure would have a full proper dvd release?

    The transfer is not very good, but its just amazing to have all the episodes; as FR animated was my only real exposure to FR in the 80's.
  11. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Target has it for about the same price of $15.
    I got it the other day and checked out the special features. It was pretty nice to have any special features at all honestly- and it was nice to see Michael Frith talking directly about the creation of the Fraggle Rock cartoon. And the character bios were neat too because these are the guidelines given to the show's writers to transition the live action Fraggles to the animation world. And then there's the opening sequence drawings- very cool.:excited:

    And mainly it's just great to have all 13 episodes of the Fraggle Rock animated series on DVD!
    Now if we can just get some other Henson animated series going... (hint hint- Muppet Babies and Dog City...);)
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Dog City NEEDS to be released... plus, it's more likely to get released than MB, since it doesn't have all those potential copyright nightmares getting all the film clip rights. All that has to be done is to get Nelvana to play ball with Henson and Lionsgate... unless Henson has the controlling interest in the property. And I'm sure they'd all play ball with it.
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I predict Dog City DVDs too.
  14. ginzop

    ginzop Member

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  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I should hope so... that is, if Henson plans to release all of its owned back catalog. I'd hope they release this as season by season sets... how long was it on? 3 seasons? I bet they could even make these fit into 2 volumes. And no haggling with Disney over character likenesses, unlike the actual Dog City special.

    If only Little Muppet Monsters were like Dog City... if nothing else, the animation/puppetry blend worked better.

    Besides... I'm getting sick of seeing "The Big Squeak" and "Boss Bruiser" over and over on the same VHS tape.
  16. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I'm glad the complete series was put on dvd. Animated Fraggle Rock was actually a good idea giving the characters the ability to do stuff in animation that may not have worked as well in puppetry/live action and the show did have some pretty good writing - but the animation itself which seemed rushed and lackluster despite some individual nice moments (love the homage to "Inchworm"!) and the voice "talent" really made it seem flat and cliched rather than rich. Most of the voice actors were veterans of the industry...which actually hurt more than it helped as it made FR Animated seem too much like every other cartoon at the time. Even when an individual performer was able to get the cadence/voice/delivery of their character (Boober's performer comes closest), they don't have the richness in their delivery/acting/interaction with the other performers. I find myself imagining each scene being performed with the Muppet performers (even just aurally) and i have a good sense of what they would do with the script and the writing really would have shone more with people that are all around actors instead of voice artists going through the motions on their latest gig.

    Which brings me to my biggest complaint with the dvd release. I'm glad they included the bonus features they did but they overlooked the most important extra that not only should have been included but also why fans like myself were hoping for a Complete Series treatment...the Uncle Matt material that the real Dave Goelz Muppet did for USA's airing on the series (don't know how many countries got treated to the Matt segments). My disappointment with these being left out really sours my overall opinion of the set, loses crucial "points" with me, and unfortunately ends up leaving me enjoying the overall show less. Especially since as i mentioned the series' biggest weakness was the voice actors and seeing some occasional performances from "the real thing" here and there would have made the overall experience much more pleasurable. Without them, Fraggle Rock Animated The (cough cough ahem) "Complete" Series comes across as a large birthday cake with no frosting or a taco platter with no cheese. Servicable but lacking something essential you were really looking forward to but left out.
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Or, they could have just splatted all 13 episodes onto one disk, giving them poor quality, and taken the source material from bad old VHS tapes in someone's basement like they did with the TMNT sets. They didn't even bother with special features until they stopped putting the show in large 13 episode volumes (again, poor quality that could have easily been handled by making ever volume a 2 disk 6-7 episode collection of 13 episodes). Somehow, I think this sounds pretty good for what it is.

    As for the voice acting, I have to say, Rob Paulsen at least made the characters his own, giving Boober and Marjory some life to them. The others seemed flat because they were trying too hard (in vain at times) to copy the puppet voices. The worst voice in the series HAS to belong to Junior Gorg. But then, didn't someone once say they planned on having the old puppeteers do all their voices but they couldn't agree to the schedule or some weird union thing prevented it or something?

    I have to get this set to watch all the episodes, but the animation isn't HALF as bad as last season Muppet Babies (which averaged one mistake per scene in some cases)
  18. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Anyone know why they couldn't get the real cast? I actually have no complaints with the show, other than how short it lasted. I grew up on the show(was 9-10 when it aired) and I was exposed to this more than the live action one.

    Also, the animation is pretty much on par with everything else in that decade(tho C.O.P.S. to me stands out as having some of the best)
  19. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I remember Karen telling me that nobody asked the cast back to record the voices. It's weird. I know that puppeteering and voice acting are very different professions, but who wouldn't want to record Jerry Nelson's fantastic voice for Gobo and the Trash Heap? That makes no sense.

    I've only made it part way through the series and no Uncle Matt. Did they remove all of those? If so, this is not a "complete" series set. Still, I'm enjoying it much more than expected. It still would have been cool if Frith had been the actual director of animation and not just submit preliminary character design to be later modified.
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I wonder if they even had access to those. Maybe Henson didn't actually have them, or they were on a separate mater than the FR cartoons, and no one thought to add them in... or maybe they forgot they were in there in the first place. Or, there could be the possibility this is a syndicated version (international version?) that they had on the masters. Lionsgate released the syndicated version of ALF, cutting out various scenes. But when they released the ALF cartoon (wish they completed both series) they had all the live action intros. If it's a commercial bumper, they usually remove those from DVD release.

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