I was having one of those moments in life when you absolutely must hear a song and so I scurried away to Youtube and started typing… Fraggle Rock… and hey presto, I was presented with the always-awesome theme tune from the classics 80’s show. And then I reached the end and Youtube offered me up some other videos that I might like and one of the thumbnails had my favourite Fraggles posing like the image above.
Intrigued, I followed the link and found this 18-month old Nerdist video of a Ben Folds Five track called Do It Anyway, featuring Fraggle Rock!
It isn’t up to the high standard of the proper theme but it is the actual Fraggles and this makes me very happy. Best of all, there is a companion Behind the Scenes video too! Hard to believe that the Fraggles are more than 30 years old now!
A Muppet Family Christmas is one of those Muppet projects that is horribly underrated. It was broadcast on TV back in the late 1980s and is available on DVD. Sadly it is not being printed anymore so the price is high and because of musical rights it is not the original broadcast, but an edited down version. This is a real shame, because the show is a magical Muppet extravaganza that takes characters from different shows and puts them together in a tribute to Christmas. I remember watching it and I was giddy to see the Sesame Street characters interacting with Muppet Show character and my mind was further blown when they threw the Fraggles into the mix.
Here is the scene where Kermit and Robin head down into the Rock to wish the Fraggles a Merry X-mas. Of course a song ensues…
If you get the opportunity to watch the special for the first time, look for a super special cameo towards the end of the show.
McFarland says of this very odd mixture of characters and locations, A mashup of Fraggle Rock, Oz, and Smurfs, drawn mainly to amuse a certain someone with who I share a few fandoms. At some point I noticed that Smurfs are about the same size as Doozers, and this pic developed from there. It got a laugh out of me, that’s for sure, plus as she says, You never know where new Fraggle holes will open up! If you are interested in either Smurfs or Fraggle Rock, make sure to check out the aptly named Smurfs Podcast and Fraggle Rock Podcasts that I have done.
Fraggle Rock premiered in early 1983 on US television. A few months before ads started to appear in TV guide like the one below that just about made my young Muppet-loving brain explode. I knew at that point my family needed to get HBO.