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Video: Ben Folds Five and the Fraggles sing "Do It Anyway"

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by Loren, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I don't know I think it was Dave doing it sounded like it to me.
  2. zns

    zns Active Member

    If Jerry Nelson was still here a little while longer, I would love to hear his reaction to this video. :smirk::dreamy::coy::sigh::excited:
  3. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Oh that's awesome. I loved it. I loved the theme song at the end. I thought it was great that they put all the Fraggles instruments in there. They haven't chaged a bit. Even got the postcard reading in there.
  4. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    that was amazing
  5. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Return of Ben Folds Five = happiness.
    Return of Fraggles = happiness.
    Return of Ben Folds Five and Return of the Fraggles mixed together = sheer ecstacy and the greatest cross-polination since chocolate and peanut butter!

    The only thing i would have loved to see that wasn't there was i would have liked to see Wembley trying to nibble on the drumsticks as if they were Doozer sticks.
    Gonzo's Hobbit, jgidley and jvcarroll like this.
  6. Faylo

    Faylo Member

    Oh, I am SO happy to see the Fraggles back in action! I thought the song was pretty cute, too.

    Man, talk about those rebuilds! Red's is amazing, but I was expecting that as they've already rebuilt her (not sure how many times). They did an incredible job with Mokey, Boober and WEMBLEY! Wem is bang on! I thought Gobo and Uncle Matt were a little off but I don't think anyone can really tell besides us who pay super close attention. :excited:
  7. The Shoe Fairy

    The Shoe Fairy Active Member

    Yeah I agree about Gobo, something seemed skewiff with the character design - Wembley was fantastic.

    I loved this video, it was fantastic.
  8. Chris Wheeler

    Chris Wheeler New Member

    I love the Fraggles!!! I can't wait to see the video for the song and for the movie. I'm so excited!!!
  9. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Awesome!! I loved that Fraggle Rock music video!

    I really wanted to hear Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, and Boober's voices as well for the video. I hope more Fraggles, Doozers, Gorgs, the Trash Heap, Philo, Gunge, Sprocket, and other creatures make appearances in the movie and other future projects.

    It's also funny that the Nerdist Channel logo looks like a Fraggle tail in a triangle.

    I can also tell you that there is a Nerdist podcast where Ben Folds discusses the Fraggle Rock music video.
    http://www.nerdist.com/2012/09/nerdist-podcast-ben-folds/
  10. Cindy

    Cindy Moderator Staff Member

    I love every single thing about this. The band, the Fraggles... all of it! Obviously I'd love for the Fraggles to have more of a prominant speaking role, but it's a music video - getting to hear even Matt speak was unexpected! Excellent job!
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    This was unexpected. But good to know that all of the main Fraggles have been rebuilt. I recall back in 2001 somebody said that Henson wouldn't rebuild the Fraggles again unless they were going to be used on a regular basis (well Red kind of has been used on a regular basis).

    This is so much better than the Muppets appearing in the Go Fish video with Weezer. And I like the Muppets better than Fraggle Rock. In both cases the music videos were for songs that otherwise have no Muppet/Henson connection, the songs weren't written with Muppet characters in mind, and the music videos have moments where the Muppets appear to be singing with the bands (though it's really just lip-syncing). Of course the Muppets have always been there, and at the time of the Weezer video many Muppet productions were hit-or-miss. The Fraggles haven't been as active as the Muppets, not even when the show was on the air, so maybe that makes this better.

    The lack of Fraggle dialogue during the song is more acceptable. It's clear that not many of the original performers were there. Steve Whitmire (and Dave Goelz, who still managed to lend his voice) might be busy with the Muppets, and I'm not sure what might have kept Kathy Mullen from doing this (is she still performing?).

    I know that Jerry Nelson trained Matt Vogel to perform his characters, and I think he helped Matt prepare for a number of speciffic characters. I wonder if he gave any advice on performing Gobo or his other FR characters? Aside from maybe the movie which may or may not get made Jerry Nelson might not have thought there'd be a new Gobo appearance.

    I hope somebody can get a Henson isnider to confirm who all performed in this. I believe somebody contacted Karen Falk when the Weezer video was released and got a listing of performers from that video (but no answer on who performed Statler, who we later learned was Steve).
  12. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    I pray that Matt will do Gobo's voice well!:smirk:
  13. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Matt's done a fine job and all, but have guys ever thought that OTHER performers can do some of Jerry's characters? Eric didn't get all of Frank's - Dave's got Cookie. Jim's characters are scattered Steve, Bill and Dave. I mean, Eric's been doing Guy Smiley. Would anyone have thought of him? As I said, Matt's doing splendidly and I'm very grateful he's getting these characters back in the forefront, but I want to what other performers have in them. You'd be surprised what they can do.
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I know. These days it seems many of Frank, Richard, and Jerry's characters have been taken over almost exclusively by one performer each, in contrasts to the early days of recasting when they'd assign the characters to different performers, I guess based on how well they could perform/voice them. Even then, while David Rudman took over some of Richard's characters almost right away and has taken over more of his characters in recent years, it seems David Rudman doesn't do that many of Richard's characters (and even with John Henson no longer performing for the Muppets they had Matt Vogel take over as Sweetums as opposed to David Rudman).

    Of course some of Jerry's characters have been performed by others besides Matt. Peter Linz performed Droop in "Scratching the Surface". Although he didn't get any lines Tyler Bunch performed Thog in all his scenes in The Muppets. I feel there's another Jerry Nelson character who has been performed by somebody else but can't remember who off-hand (and I'm not talking about Statler).

    Makes me wonder if they'll have one understudy for all of Steve's characters when the time comes (assuming he doesn't have an understudy now), as well as for Dave and Kevin and so on. I'm surprised that Matt has never been an understudy for Oscar.
  15. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    When I first saw this it literally almost brought tears to me eyes as someone who was way more into Fraggle Rock as a kid then Muppets this was just awesome!!!
  16. Mike Quinn

    Mike Quinn Member

    Great to see this.
    Lots of smart observations from the fans here. I personally think the puppets are actually looking pretty good and accurate. Sometimes they look a little different depending upon how you hold your hand inside their heads.
    Let's hope this helps to bring on more live action Fraggles!
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  17. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    While I was disappointed to hear no one speak but Matt at the beginning and Red's buried in the rest singing at the end, but if it turns out it was basically just Dave Goelz and Karen Prell, I must say that whoever did the puppeteering for the rest did a dang fine job. Mokey is dreamy. Gobo has that sense of awe and wonder about him. Wembley takes some time to start rocking out but he does. I was very impressed.
  18. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    Me too Mike!
    But where have you been?
    We been waiting for months for next episode.
  19. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Active Member

    You gotta good point there, Oscarman. I've been saying it before, but the way I see it, whoever does Gobo must be called by the spirit of rock and roll. Why? Because Jerry Nelson was a rocker--to the core!! :sing::smirk:
    Hope y'all been seeing the other posts I've put down.
  20. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    This should be up to 20 pages. Dear goodness, FRAGGLE ROCK IS OFFICIALLY BACK. After a few Red Fraggle in person cameos and the Fraggle Rock return at Carnegie Hall, an *actual* official new Fraggle Rock produced thing...in how long? Since what, Uncle Matt and Cotterpin were on The Today Show in 1992? So magical, have to say overall fun wise I liked this even more than OK Go. It not only didn't come off as forced or awkward, it came off as a no brainer with how the concept of FR STILL works. And that these guys have to be back in an official capacity

    And if JHC reps can see this: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make a series of nerdist channel Uncle Matt segments for youtube!


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