Die Puppen-Serie "Fraggles" (US-Titel: "Fraggle Rock") von Jim Henson ist kult...
Unter der Werkstatt des exzentrischen Erfinders Doc (in der deutschen Fassung gespielt von Hans-Helmut Dickow) liegt Fraggle Rock, eine eigene Welt, die von fröhlichen kleinen Wesen namens Fraggles bewohnt wird. Doc hat keine Ahnung davon, doch sein Hund Sprocket sieht die Fraggles regelmäßig aus einem kleinen Loch in der Wand hervorschauen. Natürlich kann er es niemandem erzählen, und so sehr er sich diesbezüglich auch um Aufmerksamkeit bemüht, nimmt ihn Doc nicht wirklich ernst...
Der mutige Gobo ist der Anführer der Fraggles, die anderen sind die nimmermüde Red mit den zwei roten Zöpfen, ihre beste Freundin Mokey, eine verträumte Künstlerin, der Zauderer Wembley und der ängstliche Langweiler Boober. Er trägt eine Mütze, und die Haare hängen ihm so weit über die Augen, dass er das drohende Unheil, das ihn ständig beunruhigt, wenigstens nicht sehen muss...
Das Loch zur Werkstatt hat in der ersten Folge Gobos abenteuerlustiger Onkel Matt entdeckt und sich sogleich auf die Reise in die Außenwelt gemacht. Von unterwegs schreibt er Postkarten für die Fraggles an Docs Werkstatt. Doc weiß mit dem Adressaten natürlich nie etwas anzufangen und wirft sie in den Mülleimer, wo Gobo sie unter Einsatz seines Lebens und auf der Hut vor Sprocket herausfischt. Auf den Karten schildert Matt seine Forschungsergebnisse im Reich der merkwürdigen Zweibeiner, die z. B. Wasser vom Himmel holen können, indem sie eine umgedrehte Schüssel an einem Stock in die Luft halten. Mit den Fraggles zusammen leben in deren Höhlensystem die Doozer, eifrige Winzlinge, die den ganzen Tag Türme und Brücken bauen. Unentwegt. Und unermüdlich...
Die Fraggles ernähren sich von zwei Dingen: Radieschen, die im benachbarten Garten wachsen, der von den riesigen, unfreundlichen Gorgs Pa, Ma und Junior bewohnt wird, und deren Ernte entsprechend gefährlich ist, und von den Bauten der Doozer. Den Doozern macht es nichts aus, dass dauernd ihre Arbeit gefressen wird, denn dadurch haben sie Platz für neue Bauwerke. Alles außerhalb ihres eigenen Reichs ist den Fraggles ein großes Rätsel. Was Matts Postkarten nicht beantworten, versuchen sie selbst zu entschlüsseln. Das gelingt ihnen nicht immer. So bemühen sie sich vergeblich, dieses helle Ding zu fangen, das regelmäßig in ihrem Teich schwimmt (der Mond). Bei den wirklich wichtigen Fragen des Lebens konsultieren die Fraggles die allwissende Müllhalde Marjorie. Doch um zu ihr zu gelangen, müssen sie den Garten der Gorgs durchqueren...
Wann und ob der geplante "Fraggles"-Kinofilm kommt, steht noch in den Sternen... *g*
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New Regency today acquired rights to turn the Jim Henson series Fraggle Rock into a feature film. The property was shopped and caught the interest of studios, before New Regency made the deal for a film that will be produced by The Jim Henson Company and the Montecito Picture Company. The series premiered on HBO in 1983, ran for five seasons and was broadcast in over 80 countries. It revolved around puppet characters Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red, who lived in Fraggle Rock. They interacted with humans who thought they were aliens.
New Regency was recently reconstituted by Arnon Milchan, who brought in Brad Weston to put together a slate of filmmaker-driven films that are mostly geared for adults. However, the Alvin And The Chipmunks franchise has been lucrative for New Regency, and this was an opportunity to add another family film franchise. It is not immediately clear whether the film will use puppets or be a CG/live-action mix. New Regency and the producers are figuring that out now and will set a writer shortly.
Auf seinem Blog schreibt der Regisseur Cory Edwards...
Many, many, many of you have repeatedly asked for some kind of update on the Fraggle Rock movie. The truth is, I got nothin’. There’s nothing to report except that The Weinstein Company has everything they need to move forward, and the ball is in their court. They’ve talked about getting a new writer, which I’m willing to do. They’ve talked about starting over from scratch, which I’m willing to do. But I have not heard a peep from their camp in almost a year. I completely sympathize with all of you that are waiting for a movie, but let’s all remember that the next best thing to making a Fraggle movie is avoiding making a BAD ONE. So at least we’re doing that.
Until something new happens to awaken the project from its deep coma, we can at least enjoy the untainted TV series on DVD and The Hub Network. As for me, I’m already working on new things. I hope you’ll stick around and check in here... I’ll be announcing my next project very, very soon.
MTV sprach mit Brian Henson...
[...] Henson told us that "Fraggle Rock" is "still in very active development. Very active development. That has a very strong script." Woosh. See that emphasis on the second 'very'? That's all Henson baby. He was emphatic in his "Fraggle" talk. And that's not all!
"It'll have a strong musical component," he said. "It'll be expanded to an older audience. 'Fraggle Rock' [the TV show] was presented... for a pretty exclusively children's audience. The feature film does expand it to be more accessible to a wider audience." [...]
"Both of those projects... are very close to going into pre-production," Henson said. "They're both really ready to go. [The studio is] just [in the process of] putting together the final finance pieces and the final distribution pieces." [...]
The Weinstein Co. will turn the Jim Henson series "Fraggle Rock" into a live-action musical feature.
Cory Edwards, who directed the animated "Hoodwinked!" for TWC, will helm the picture and write the screenplay. The Jim Henson Co. will produce and TWC will distribute.
Just like the series, the film will be populated by a mix of human characters and Fraggle Rock puppets. TWC co-chair Harvey Weinstein, who has been steering his company more aggressively into the family film arena, made the marriage with Lisa Henson, who runs JHC with her co-CEO brother, Brian Henson.
Ahmet Zappa will be exec producer with Brian Inerfeld.
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.
The deal furthers the relationship between TWC and the "Hoodwinked!" creative team. Edwards is reteaming with "Hoodwinked!" co-writer Tony Leech on the animated alien adventure "Escape From Planet Earth," on which Leech is making his directing debut.
Edwards is separately developing a live-action feature adaptation of Cedar Fair's Halloween Haunt franchise, designed to be shot in 3-D by Kerner Optical and produced by Davis Entertainment, Dave Phillips and Tracey Edmonds. That pic is looking for a backer.
"One of our main priorities when we first launched the Weinstein Company was to feature a broad range of family-friendly franchises like 'Fraggle Rock,' " Weinstein said.
Ahmet Zappa, one of the producers of the forthcoming - and rather belated - "Fraggle Rock" movie, blabbed a bit to MTV about his plans for the Muppet movie.
"I grew up having the Fraggles on television, singing songs that I thought were really catchy and fun," Zappa remembered, professing his love for the colorful 22-inch characters and the Gorgs, Doozers and talking trash heap that surrounded them for five seasons on HBO. "There are a lot of messages in 'Fraggle Rock' that fans have kept close to their hearts, so we have to be respectful of the television show and very respectful of Jim Henson's Fraggle message. As far as the movie's concerned, that's what we are focusing on now: how to maintain Fraggledom."
Zappa's script will pick up with level-headed Gobo, artistic Mokey, athletic Red, nervous Wembley and chronically depressed Boober in the same underground tunnels where we left them 20 years ago, and follow the crew as they journey for the first time into "Outer Space" - or as we like to call it, the real world.
"Traveling Matt is in the movie," Zappa confirmed, referring to Gobo's adventurous uncle whose naive reports from Outer Space are indicative of the fish-out-of-water humor Zappa will embrace. "The funny part about Traveling Matt and Outer Space is he'd see a fire hydrant and assume it was a person. He thought cars were animals, that they were living organisms, and he thought elevators were people changers, because the doors would close and then open, and there'd be new people in there all the time.
"Back when that show was made, there weren't cell phones, so imagine a Fraggle finding a cell phone," Zappa said, citing one early idea. "It's been a lot of fun putting myself in that head space. It's not every day that you wake up and imagine yourself Fraggle height and take it seriously - being that tall, what would the world look like to you?"
Zappa, who has been inundated with calls from actors and singers wishing to cameo in the film, said the film will also reflect larger changes in the world. "A lot of things have become disposable, and there are certainly a lot of environmental changes," he observed. Invoking the name of the wise, old talking compost-heap character, he added, "A lot of bad stuff has happened since the original 'Fraggle Rock,' and Trash Heap is all-knowing. She was always my favorite character on the show, so we're going to do her some justice."
"Fraggle Rock", The Movie, will be in theatres either in 2008 or 2009.
The Jim Henson Company now confirms what millions of internet fans have speculated: the Company is in development on a full-length feature about the Fraggles, stars of the 1980's television show "Fraggle Rock." The announcement was made today by Lisa Henson who serves as co-CEO of The Jim Henson Company with her brother Brian Henson.
The untitled film will for the first time take Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red on an adventure outside of Fraggle Rock where they will interact with the strange beings in "outer space" (also known as humans). The treatment is being written by author Ahmet Zappa (The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless) who will also executive produce the project with Brian Henson and Jason Lust. Lisa Henson will produce.
Lisa Henson said, "'Fraggle Rock' has remained a favorite project at our Company and has certainly continued to be loved by its many devoted fans, so we are thrilled to begin work on this project. With its message of celebrating diversity and its ambitious goal of promoting world peace, now is the perfect time to embark on a new Fraggle adventure."
"I'm very excited to be working with The Jim Henson Company on this project," said Ahmet Zappa. "So much of my childhood was spent watching 'Fraggle Rock' ... I never missed an episode! I'm also really looking forward to using music to tell the story; it played such a central role in the original series and truly helped create the 'Fraggle Rock' that we know and love today."
"Fraggle Rock" premiered on HBO in 1983 and over five seasons garnered multiple awards and a global fan following. The show was created by Jim Henson as an international co-production and was adapted for each territory to meet the needs of its audience. By showing cooperation and conflict resolution among the different inhabitants of the Rock (the Fraggles, the Doozers and the Gorgs), the show taught the concepts of mutual respect and peace. Recently, devoted fans petitioned online for a DVD release of the series. The season one box set exceeded expectations and its incredibly strong consumer response led to the successful season two release.
Muppet Central News meldet...
The Jim Henson Company is in the early stages of creating an all new "Fraggle Rock" feature film. The idea of returning to Fraggle Rock has been floating around ever since the show ended in the ‘80s, but now the Henson Company feels that it the right time to bring the Fraggle’s universe back to life and reintroduce the world to the funny little creatures known as Fraggles. Henson responded saying that early work on a Fraggle Rock film is underway.
Henson says that the project will find the Fraggles having to come out into "outer space" (a.k.a. the human world). The group will have a wild adventure as they find themselves in this weird and wild new world, far away from Fraggle Rock. Henson has also stressed that the story will be aimed at both children and young adults (as they hope to appeal to new young fans, and also the fans that grew up on the show). The original Fraggle characters are planned to be the stars of the film. The early work on developing the project is underway within the Henson Company and they hope to start shooting sometime next year.
The company is working to bring back many of the original Fraggle Rock cast and crew for this project. There is no exact information on who is "on board" at this time, however some rumblings say that Jerry Juhl, Jocelyn Stevenson, Brian Henson, Cheryl Henson, Lisa Henson (among others) have meet to discuss the project on several occasions. Henson states that they are aiming for a 2007 release, however at this point it could change. Henson is also hoping to make this a theatrically released film; however the project could be reduced to TV-movie or direct-to-video status. No director, writers, or cast have been announced yet.
The idea for a "Fraggle Rock" movie is not a new one; Jim Henson had talked several times with Jerry Juhl about producing a film. However the plans never materialized. Many of the Fraggle creators, cast and crew are excited about the idea of revisiting the world, the themes, and the magic of the show. Although the idea for a Fraggle film is not new, the idea has gained much more support in the last year.
Upon selling the Muppets characters to Disney, the Henson Company has been looking at ways to revive some of their other popular creations. In January 2005, Henson co-CEO, Brian Henson said that "the studio's now considering filming new "Fraggle" material". Since January, internal support for the idea grew. Along with the large response for Fraggle products over the past year (including 6 new DVD releases, including the complete first season), Henson feels that now is a perfect time for a new production. Not only would it appeal to the fans (who are now able to rediscover the classic show on DVD), but a new production could be just the thing to really re-launch the Fraggles and draw in a new generation to the world of the Fraggles.
The company is already working strong to continue and revive many of their popular fantasy-world and sci-fi franchises; however they are also hoping to get back on top by reestablishing their power in family entertainment. They hope that a "Fraggle Rock" feature film will be a good step in the right direction - thoughts of even creating a new Fraggle Rock television show have been mentioned (however, Henson wants to see how the response to a new movie is before they start over committing themselves).
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Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock
Let There Be Rock / Down At Fraggle Rock [UK IMPORT]
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Sheila Bruce, Lawrence DiFiori (Illustrator)
Die Fraggles: Das Radieschenjubiläum
52 Seiten (1983)
Die Fraggles: Onkel Matt auf Reisen
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