Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Is It Really Necessary?

When it comes to the genius of Jim Henson, few have done more for this genre of television and film to capture the hearts and minds of big and little kids alike. I consider the original Muppet movie among my top 10 favorite movies of all time (I'm not kidding) and can still, to this day, quote the entire scene with Kermit and Rowlf the Dog commiserating at the bar after Miss Piggy walked out on our little green friend.

However, Fraggle Rock, another Henson creation, was not exactly a big hit with me. Though it ran for 5 seasons on HBO (back when the HBO ensigma used to scare the beJesus out of my friend Al who, fearing it would actually come out of the TV and get him, would head for the hills every time a movie was about to start), I don't ever think it quite captured the childhood imagination, social commentaries, and overall likeability as the Muppets did.

Unfortunately, the Weinsteins disagree with me. So, Fraggle Rock will be made into a major motion picture:

Just like the series, the film will be populated by a mix of human
characters and Fraggle Rock puppets. .Pic will take the core characters Gogo,
Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red outside of their home in Fraggle Rock, where they interact with humans, which they think are aliens. The show premiered on HBO in 1983, ran five seasons and was broadcast in more than 80 countries. It posted strong sales recently when the first three seasons were released on DVD.

Strong sales through a recent release of DVDs???

Two words: college kids

If you were a fan of the show, congratulations and enjoy the clip below; as for the rest of us, lets keep our fingers crossed that Alf is not next.

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