Fraggle Rock is a children’s show musical fantasy show which features creatures that look like puppets. It is also known as Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock because Jim Henson is the creator of the series. The show is the result of an international production between the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom, respectively HBO, CBC and TVS.
The Muppet Show and Sesame Street inspired the creation of Fraggle Rock, except that the latter is entirely an international production. Four different versions of the show have aired in different countries. Fraggle Rock: Rock On is the previous season of the show, which premiered on Apple TV+ in April 2020.
It was a huge success, following which broadcasters renewed the show for a new series called Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock. It premiered on Apple TV+ last January.
Fraggle Rock: Back To The Rock – Plot
Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock is a fun show full of musical adventures for the main character, Fraggles. The story this time dealt with much more serious topics, including the current situation with the environment, how to deal with insecurities, and how to deal with conflict.
It’s also very different from the simplistic Muppet Show and Sesame Street from the 80s. The show calls humans “Silly Creatures” – and we can’t blame them – helps kids develop flexible minds with complex sentences which might require a bit more understanding and some subtle jokes. Fraggles talking about climate change is undoubtedly a great example for our children.
The show tells the story of a group of 5 friends Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober and Red. Each of them is unique, with its attributes and character development.
Fraggle Rock: Back To The Rock – Characters
There is an anthropomorphic species that lives in Fraggle Rock. Of these, our story is specifically about four rational creatures: Fraggles, Doozers, Gorgs, and Silly Creatures (aka Humans). The Fraggles are approximately 56cm tall and can be any color. Their distinctive feature is their tail, which is full of hair. They live a carefree life and love to play games and experience new adventures.
Next are the Doozers, which are greenish, 6 inches tall, and look like humans. They love radishes. They love to build things, and that’s how they spend most of their time. They don’t know much about the outside world but plan to move when their constructions outgrow the world of Fraggle Rock.
Gorgs are huge humanoid creatures that stand up to 264 inches tall! They regard the Fraggles as worthless parasites. And finally, humans are considered “dumb creatures” by the other four species. That’s when the Fraggles come in – they eat the things the Doozers have created, thus living in a symbiotic relationship.
Fraggle Rock: Back To The Rock – Previous Works
Fraggle Rock’s animated series first aired in 1987 – nearly three decades ago! Fraggles and Doozers were also introduced, but the work was minimal. The same year, they also appeared in “A Muppet Family Christmas”, where the characters of the series are on vacation in Malibu.
Jim Henson’s company also created a computer-animated show called the Doozers for children. It started airing on TV in 2014. Another feature film was canceled in 2015. And finally, on April 21, 2020, Fraggle Rock: Rock On arrived on Apple TV+, and on January 21, 2021, the spin-off next off, Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock, arrived.
Fraggle Rock: Back To The Rock – Actors
John Tartaglia is the main puppeteer. He is the one who puppeteer Gobo Fraggle, Sprocket, Gunge, Lyle Craggle, Barry Blueberry and Architect Doozer. Karen Prell, Donna Kimball, Jordan Lockhart are some other main puppeteers. Frank Meschkuleit plays Uncle Traveling Matt, while actor Kevin Clash portrays him. Other actors include Kanja Chen, Kira Hall, Andy Hayward, Ingrid Hansen, Ben Durocher, etc.
Many voice actors are part of the cast. They include Dave Goelz as Boober Fraggle, Uncle Traveling Matt, The World’s Oldest Fraggle, Daveed Diggs as Jamdolin, and more.