Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock
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Promotional poster for Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock.
Genre
Based onFraggle Rock
by Jim Henson
Developed by
  • Matt Fusfeld
  • Alex Cuthbertson
Starring
Voices of
ComposerChristopher Lennertz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producers
ProducerRitamarie Peruggi
Production companies
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Original releaseJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21) –
present

Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock is a children's musical fantasy comedy puppet television series about interconnected societies of creatures,[a] intended to be a reboot of the original 1983 series Fraggle Rock created by Jim Henson. The first season was released on Apple TV+ on January 21, 2022.

Plot

In the house belonging to a woman named Doc and her pet dog Sprocket, there is a hole that leads into Fraggle Rock. The Fraggles Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, and Red live their lives within Fraggle Rock while experiencing different adventures along the way as well as interacting with Doozers and avoiding the Gorgs while harvesting radishes.

Characters

Main article: List of Fraggle Rock characters

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Pilot"Paul FoxMatt Fusfeld & Alex CuthbertsonJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

Gobo Fraggle tries to prove himself a brave explorer when his Uncle Traveling Matt invites him to explore Outer Space.

In Outer Space, Doc and Sprocket settle into their new living quarters.
2"Red and the Big Jump"J.J. JohnsonJohn TartagliaJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

A new Doozer construction proves to be the perfect platform for Red's new diving game. But, when she tries to force Wembley to dive, he literally freezes with fear.

Meanwhile, Sprocket feuds with a crab that Doc brings back from the beach.
3"The Merggle Moon Migration"J.J. JohnsonJocelyn StevensonJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

Mokey has a prophetic dream that convinces her she should trust her own intuition rather than facts, which leads her into trouble as the Fraggles make their way to witness the Merggles's one-in-a-generation migration dance. Meanwhile, Cotterpin and Architect Doozer go out looking for new sources of radishes.

In Outer Space, Doc and Sprocket use a drone to watch baby sea turtles hatching.
4"The Glow"Paul FoxSabrina JaleesJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

Boober discovers his baloobius is able to glow and tries to hide it from his friends, just as the famed Archivist comes to check out an Outer Space artifact sent by Uncle Traveling Matt. Meanwhile, Junior Gorg also makes friends with a plant.

In Outer Space, Doc deals with plastic litter on the beach.
5"Four Wembleys and a Birthday"J.J. JohnsonMaurin MwombelaJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

Wembley's friends want to celebrate his birthday with different activities. His attempts to participate in all of them end up splitting him into four, individual versions of himself. Meanwhile, Cotterpin makes a gooey discovery in a strange vine.

In Outer Space, Doc takes to the internet to bring attention to the ocean's plastic problem.

Note: The episode's title is a reference to Four Weddings and a Funeral.
6"The Legend of Icy Joe"Paul FoxDouglas LyonsJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

Gobo and Wembley discover the recently-unfrozen body of Icy Joe, a legendary Fraggle explorer who's temperament makes it hard to adjust to modern Fraggle society. Meanwhile, Junior Gorg continues work on the Gorg fountain.

In Outer Space, Doc tries to stay awake while writing a paper.
7"Flight of the Flutterflies"Jordan CanningCharley FeldmanJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

The Troubadours come to the rock to celebrate New Day's Day. Boober becomes the unwilling centerpiece of the festivities, where he must give a holiday speech and release a new swarm of Flutterflies.

In Outer Space, Doc prepares to propose her plastic-eating bacteria to her professors.
8"Craggle Lagoon"Jordan CanningMaurin MwombelaJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

Inspired by the latest correspondence from Uncle Traveling Matt, the Fraggle Five decide to take a vacation at Craggle Lagoon. They discover that all the water has gone missing and Inspector Red helps the Craggles figure out what happened to it. Meanwhile, the Doozers try to find a way to use the mysterious pink goo Cotterpin discovered, and Junior Gorg looks for the perfect place to sun his plant.

In Outer Space, Doc and Sprocket take a "staycation".
9"The Giggle Gaggle Games"Jordan CanningSabrina JaleesJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

Part 1 of 5. To help the Craggles fit in, Mokey Fraggle uses her supposed knowledge of Craggles to come up with a plan: the Fraggles will play all sorts of games with the Craggles. The Craggles do not enjoy Mokey's pandering, and Mokey learns that there's far more to understanding someone then meets the eye. Near the end, Pa Gorg tells Junior to drain all of the water causing Barry Blueberry to declare (and become) a cliffhanger.

In Outer Space, Doc tries to contact her landlady and ends up hearing a message from Cotterpin Doozer.
10"Wembley the Spokesfraggle"Jon RosenbaumCharley FeldmanJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

Part 2 of 5. The Doozers use the pink goo in their Doozer stick recipe, but the Fraggles loathe the taste and avoid eating them. In order to construct more towers, famed and persuasion expert Jack Hammer recruits Wembley to promote them.

In Outer Space, Doc creates a robotic replica of herself to take care of Sprocket while she's at work.
11"Deep Dive"Jon RosenbaumDouglas LyonsJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

Part 3 of 5. With the Merggles now residing in Fraggle Rock with goo-induced hiccups, Red tries to fix all the problems that have been piling up, but injures herself in the process. Gobo, Wembley, and Boober Fraggle find a way to cure the Merggles while Mokey tries to find an outlet for Red's anxiety. Meanwhile, Cotterpin continues finding a way to get rid of the goo which has now made its way to the Gorgs (with mixed reactions).

In Outer Space, Doc tries to get Sprocket to take his medicine among other problems.
12"Into the Trash"Adam Stein & Zach LipovskyJohn TartagliaJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

Part 4 of 5. Boober feels insignificant amid the growing chaos of Fraggles, Craggles, and Merggles when all he's tasked with is making soup. He is soon recruited to help an ailing Marjory the Trash Heap by going into her trash pile to find a cure. Meanwhile, Junior Gorg is forced to give up his plant and Cotterpin finds a solution to the goo problem in Outer Space.

In Outer Space, Doc studies her new bacteria for potentially eating microplastics.

Note: The Foo Fighters make a special appearance during Uncle Traveling Matt's postcard.
13"All of Us"Adam Stein & Zach LipovskyMatt Fusfeld & Alex CuthbertsonJanuary 21, 2022 (2022-01-21)

Part 5 of 5. Gobo has a dream that inspires him to get everybody including Junior Gorg to solve the mounting problems in Fraggle Rock.

In Outer Space, Doc puts her bacteria to the test and Uncle Traveling Matt gets trapped by Sprocket.

Cast

Puppeteers

Voices

Production

In January 2021, The Jim Henson Company announced that production had officially started on a reboot of the show. This new show is distinct from the Fraggle Rock: Rock On! shorts that were released in April 2020, and will consist of full-length episodes. The show is filmed at the Calgary Film Centre.[2]

On May 26, 2020, following the success of the Fraggle Rock: Rock On! shorts, Apple TV+ announced that it had signed a deal with the Henson Company to produce a full-fledged reboot of Fraggle Rock, consisting of half-hour episodes, in addition to exclusive streaming rights to the original series and specials.[3] Each episode features original songs, as well as reprises of songs from the original series.

Along with the return of characters from the original series, the new show features new characters voiced by celebrity guests, including Patti LaBelle, Cynthia Erivo, Daveed Diggs, Ed Helms, and Kenan Thompson. Foo Fighters also appear as themselves in one episode.[4]

Pre-production on the series began in fall 2020 under the working title Raphanis (derived from the Latin word for "radish"). Filming commenced on January 25, 2021, in-studio at the Calgary Film Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada[5][6] and wrapped in June.[7]

A trailer for the show, revealing the Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock title, was released in November 2020. It also revealed a January 21, 2022 premiere date.[8]

Notes

  1. ^ The title cards of the original Fraggle Rock TV series states the puppet characters as "Jim Henson's Muppets". After The Jim Henson Company sold the Muppet franchise to The Walt Disney Company in 2004, the Fraggle Rock characters, which Henson retained, stopped being referred to as Muppets (though Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock was co-produced by Regency Enterprises and 20th Century Studios's subsidiary New Regency, owned by The Walt Disney Company following its acquisition of 21st Century Fox's assets on March 20, 2019.[1]).

References

  1. ^ McClintock, Pamela; Bond, Paul (February 6, 2019). "Anxiety, AWOL Executives and "Bloodshed": How Disney Is Making 21st Century Fox Disappear". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Ahearn, Victoria (January 25, 2021). "Fraggle Rock children's puppet series reboot starts production in Calgary".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Vulture "Dance Your Cares Away, a Fraggle Rock Reboot Is Coming to Apple TV+" by Josef Adalian, May 26, 2020
  4. ^ Happy New Year, silly creatures from outer space! “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” to debut January 21, 2022 on Apple TV+ Apple, January 5, 2022
  5. ^ Calgary Herald "Fraggle Rock reboot to begin production at Calgary Film Centre in mid-January" by Eric Volmers, November 24, 2020
  6. ^ Edmonton Journal "Cameras to roll next week on Calgary-based Fraggle Rock reboot" by Eric Volmers, January 22, 2021
  7. ^ Donna Kimball on Instagram, June 4, 2021
  8. ^ Heldman, Breanne L. (November 15, 2021). "Dance Your Cares Away! Apple TV+'s Fraggle Rock Reboot Teaser Recreates the Original Intro". people.com. Retrieved 2021-11-19.