Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It’s hard to believe that the adorable gang of furry underground cave-dwellers have been around since the Reagan era, but unlike their fans who are now adults, the Fraggles remain forever young. To celebrate three decades worth of Fraggle Rock, The Jim Henson Company and friends are kicking off a year-long series of celebrations and far-out fun by introducing the brand-new Fraggle Rock: 30th Anniversary Collection DVD box set. Meanwhile, the HUB TV Network is airing a Fraggle Rock marathon, and iTunes is offering free episodes and discounted seasons on the beloved childhood favorite.
A few apparel companies are getting in on the Fraggle action, too. Community-based design company, Threadless invites fans to design their own Fraggle Rock T-shirts, and Heydey presents a pair of very awesome limited-edition Fraggle Rock footwear. Truffle Shuffle in the UK is also issuing a wide range of Fraggle-themed T-Shirts and clothing, and so is Cafe Press.
But it doesn’t stop there. There’s also Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock graphic novel, Fraggle Rock wall graphics from Walls 360, and Fraggle playthings from Manhattan Toy and FAO Schwartz. There are a also a few examples of comparatively unconventional Fraggle Rock merchandise, including Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Fraggle Rock perfume oil blends (which have actually been around before the big ol’ anniversary blowout), and a deck of limited-edition playing cards from The Spare Room, an upscale bar and old-school gaming establishment inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Speaking of The Spare Room, Hollywood’s swanky bar hosted Fraggle Rock‘s 30th Anniversary Party on April 24, when friends and fans of the show sipped specialty Fraggle-inspired cocktails like “Enjoy the Architecture,” a vodka concoction with with a salted radish and pulled sugar doozer stick. Celebrities such as Rich Sommer aka Harry Crane on Mad Men came to show their admiration and support of Fraggle Rock, and to wish the likes of Red, Gobo, Wembley, Boober, Mokey, and Uncle Traveling Matt “happy birthday” and many more to come. Stay tuned for more special events and partnerships in honor of the 30th anniversary of Fraggle Rock this year. In the meantime, we wanted to show our own love by sharing a few interesting tidbits from the show. Enjoy!
Fun Facts About Fraggle Rock
- Originally airing on HBO from 1983-1987, Fraggle Rock featured a total of 96 total episodes and 100 original songs. Henson described the Fraggle Rock series as “a high-energy, raucous musical romp. It’s a lot of silliness. It’s wonderful.”
- Fraggle Rock was actually an intended as an international production, originally televised in Germany, France, the UK, and Canada, and syndicated in other countries around the world. In Germany, the show was called Die Fraggles. In Norway, it was Fragglene; in Sweden, it was Fragglarna; in Turkey, it was Dünya Fraggle; in Finland, it was Fragglit; and in Israel, it was Ha’Frogguelim.
- Early scripts of the show called the Fraggles “Woozles.”
- Canadian poet bpNichol was a writer on the show.
- The “Fraggle Rock Theme” reached number 33 on the British music charts.
- Gobo Fraggle, Wembley Fraggle, Boober Fraggle, Mokey Fraggle, Red Fraggle, and Uncle Traveling Matt appear in the music video for the Ben Folds Five song “Do It Anyway.”
- A feature-film version of Fraggle Rock has been in the works since 2005. It was supposed to hit theaters in 2009, but numerous writers and production companies have been shuffling it around, preventing it from being released as planned. Most recently, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that the writers of Rango, Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian, are working on the film right now. Let’s hope it hits theaters before the Fraggles turn 40.