- Sep 29, 2011
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I think that, and this is a natural thing, because this is a Muppet board and everything, we posters tend to overrate Fraggle Rock and its popularity. It was moderately popular in the 1980s, and has been remarkable persistent in reruns ever since, but it never got a giant audience in the first place being on HBO. Nowadays, outside of the shreds of dedicated fans like us, the fanbase for the show is the handful of kids watching it at 7 AM on the Hub and people who picked up on it on the neverending wave of 1980s nostalgia.Sure, we have to realize how lucky we've been in the Muppets department since about 2008, that they're actually acknowledging them (just not to the extent we want, other than a feature film we thought we'd never see). If anything, I'd say Fraggle Rock could be treated as the other Muppet thing they own. We'd probably get backing for the movie... but I wonder how much else we'd see. Kermit is more instantly recognizable than Gobo, after all. And it isn't like Disney's burning to do anything with the other Muppet license they own, Bear in the Big Blue House...
I love Fraggle Rock; it's probably my favorite television show ever, and Boober might be my favorite fictional character of all time. The scripts and subjects tackled on the show are unlike anything found on any children's show before or since, and I doubt there are too many shows in general that have as such a three-dimensional world and set of characters. But from a purely business standpoint, there's admittedly not much separating the Fraggles from lots of others 80s kids shows languishing in reruns. Sure, the characters are cute and nostalgic and all, but if you're in the movie development business, cute and nostalgic is dime-a-dozen. There is so much at play in producing a television show or movie, and I think the poor Fraggles are essentially lost in that mess.