Today in "I'm sorry, I must have misheard you" news, Joseph Gorgs, er, Gordon-Levitt is recommitting himself to adapting all of our favorite content and is set to star in and produce a Fraggle Rock movie with The Henson Co. Anyone else want to start a petition to get Kate Leth on board?
As a Henson nerd, one of the highlights of New York City Comic Con for me was attending the "Jim Henson Company: Upcoming Comics With Archaia" panel. Unfortunately, it also gave me some pretty unrealistic career goals. How exactly does one become a Henson historian? Just asking for a friend.
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Doozers is a new original show from the Jim Henson Company and Hulu. It brings the industrious background characters from Fraggle Rock to the forefront in a computer animated kids show that puts the focus on creativity and engineering.
You have geeky clothes, geeky posters, and geeky toys, but do you have geeky smells? You can thanks to the folks at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. They're going to hook a Geekosystem reader up with a $100 gift certificate, and all you have to do is tell us what you think Fraggles smell like. Read on for details.
Bleeding Cool has this video from a Dragon*Con panel that featured Red and Mokey (and, of course, their silly creature counterparts, Karen Prell and Kathryn Mullen), reminiscing about their many adventures down in Fraggle Rock.
Previously in Fraggle Rock
If you're familiar with Boom! and Archaia as comics publishers, it could be for any of more than two dozen licensed lines of comics based on television, animation, movies and kids fare, as well as any of the original creator owned books the two comics publishers put out. Boom! especially, has acquired the comic making rights to a lot of our favorite stuff, like Adventure Time, The Muppet Show, and The Regular Show, and done very good work with them. Any fans of genderswap Adventure Time characters Fionna and Cake really owe it to themselves to check out their comic book miniseries, for example. Today, Boom! announced that they'll be expanding with the acquisition of Archaia Studios, the publisher behind Mouse Guard and the comic adaptations of Jim Henson Productions IP like Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal.
Unless you live in Spain you won't be able to see Cover to Cover, an exhibit currently on display at Madrid's Susanita's Little Gallery, in person. But hey, that's what the Internet is for. You can check out some of our favorites behind the cut and then, should your children's TV-loving heart wish it, head over yonder for the rest.
We don't usually go in for music videos here unless there is something really amazing that we strongly feel you need to see. Ben Folds Five doing what amounts to a very brief, musical episode of Jim Henson's classic Fraggle Rock for their latest video is precisely both of those things. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Oh, and make sure you stay all the way to the end. Just sayin'.
If you've been missing Fraggle Rock, you're in luck. Not only does Archaia Entertainment publish a Fraggle Rock comic, Ben Folds Five is giving them another spotlight (with a few Hollywood so-and-sos along for the ride). Check out their new music video for the song "Do It Anyway" after the jump!
You might not recognize Jerry Nelson's name, but you're probably more familiar with Sesame Street's the Count, Amazing Mumford and Snuffalupagus, or Statler (half of the heckling duo of Statler and Waldorf), Floyd Pepper (the mustachioed guitar player in the Muppet Show house band), Lew Zealand (that guy who chucks fish), Gobo Fraggle, Robin the Frog, or maybe even Emmet Otter. Though he may never have had roles as iconic to the Muppets as some of his colleagues, his long, long history with the group touches almost everything they've ever done. He passed away yesterday after a long period of declining health, at the age of seventy-eight.
And that's certainly a good enough reason to collect a few videos of his characters and share them below.
Neil Gaiman writes stories all the time. He eats them and breathes them. But for the first time, the writer has penned a short story on a t-shirt. It's a preview of Comics on Tees Vol. 6 from Threadless. In the past they've featured work from Becky Cloonan, Jill Thompson, Jeff Lemire, and lots more. Gaiman teamed with artist Ben Templesmith on this one and you can read the story here. (via WearCareful)
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.
Amy Mebberson never ceases to amaze us with her Disney/comic book combos! Here are her Mutant Princesses featuring Tiana as Storm, Belle as Rogue and Ariel as Scarlet Witch. Hit the jump for some other fun stuff we saw today!