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Cautiously Optimistic

Fraggle Rock Ramping up for Another Try at a Movie


If I am remembering my obscure entertainment stories correctly, one day Jim Henson sat down with his fellow writers and muppeteers and said something like “I want to make a show that brings about world peace,” and after the rest of the room had stopped laughing and realized he wasn’t joking, they created Fraggle Rock. In its five seasons it, more than any other Henson production to date, focused exclusively on exploring social issues like prejudice, care of the environment, spirituality, identity, conflict and tolerance. It was also a huge hit, airing internationally in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany.

A Fraggle Rock movie has been in various states of preproduction since 2005. In 2008, the Weinstein Company entered into a deal to distribute it, which expired last year even as it was announced that the Scissor Sisters were down to write the show’s music… without much else to show that a movie really was being made. But! New developments indicate that the adaptation might not be as dead as all that.

The Hollywood Reporter, ah, reports that Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian have been tapped to deliver a script for a Fraggle Rock movie, and their previous work, Byrkit’s in particular, seems suited to the task. Byrkit shared a co-writing credit on Rango, which whatever else it was, was deliciously weird, in that way that makes you wonder what age, exactly, the movie was meant for. It also had something of a pro-environment anti-industrialization message as well as a (somewhat clumsier) finding your own identity message and a working together despite our differences message. All things squarely within the core themes of Fraggle Rock.

Manugian served as an executive in charge of production for Cartoon Network in the late ’00s, including on Tom Kenny‘s kid friendly but Mad Magazine-esque Plastic Man shorts, another influence that could serve a Fraggle Rock adaptation well.

Lets hope this one gets off the ground.

(via The Hollywood Reporter.)

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  • Anonymous

    If Scissor Sisters are still on board to do the music, I certainly hope they try harder than they did on this new album of theirs.  Yeesh.

  • Anonymous

    I’m down with Fraggle Rock *clap clap*

  • Anonymous

    Rango was the worst movie I’d seen that whole year, and I do not want to see Fraggles bastardized in that same way.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, your entertainment memory is correct, Henson had the idea for a show to create world peace while on a plane. I have a reproduction of his notebook that came out with the DVD release. 

    Fraggle Rock was also the FIRST Western television show to air in (what was) the USSR.  The show was designed to be aired in many countries, reproductions of Sprocket were sent to the production companies overseas, so local actors could play the role of Doc, and all the puppet scenes were dubbed in their native language. 

    Rock on Fraggles!

  • Anonymous

    It has far to go, though its journey is short.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gorillazfan Emily Hill

    DOWN AT FRAGGLE ROCK