If you grew up watching Fraggle Rock, you may find yourself enamored with Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock, a fresh retelling of a childhood gem through the puppetry of the master muppeteers at Jim Henson Company.
Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock comes on the heels of the success of Fraggle Rock: Rock On! The new show is executive produced by The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford, and longtime Henson collaborator John Tartaglia. Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson, who serve as showrunners, also executive produce as well as New Regency’s Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer. Co-executive producers are Dave Goelz and Karen Prell, and the executive music producer is Harvey Mason Jr. The series is produced by Ritamarie Peruggi.
Check out our review below:
Meet The Fraggles
The Fraggles are just hysterical, Gobo, Red, Mokey, Wembley, and Boober along with everyone else made sure there was nothing less than wholesome G-rated shenanigans. Behind the Fraggle clan lied some truly masterful puppeteers and actors who lent their voices to bring life to Jim Henson’s rich craftsmanship. Among them are, John Tartaglia as Gobo, Karen Prell as Red, Donna Kimball as Mokey, Jordan Lockhart as Wembley, and, David Goelz as Boober. While I may not have been able to see them act in the traditional sense, I know a good performance when I see one, and I’m delighted to say that I have had the privilege of seeing that here.
Each Fraggle embody a piece of childlike wonder. You get adventure from Gobo, he’s just this wide-eyed youth who wants to see what’s out there in the universe, every day is a grand quest for him. Red brings energy with her everywhere she goes, it feels like her heart has infinite battery life. Mokey has imagination, she’s the dreamer, an artist with a wealth of talent and creativity through, paintings, poems, among other mediums. Ultimately, she’s the soul of the Fraggles.
Wembley brings youth, and innocence, he’s close to Red in many aspects, like her he’s energetic and always ready to have fun, but he’s also the youngest which makes him quite impressionable. Then there’s Boober, the odd one out, now I don’t want to say that fear is a childlike wonder but that’s what you get with Boober, He’s afraid of every single thing imaginable. I will not however define him by his feelings of dread, he’s intelligent, thinks ahead, and has potential for greatness.
Along with the return of characters from the original series, there is an ensemble of new characters voiced by celebrity guests, including Patti LaBelle, Cynthia Erivo, Daveed Diggs, Ed Helms, Kenan Thompson, and The Foo Fighters. They’re all wonderful additions bringing their own flavor to nicely compliment the colorful show.
Fraggle Rock Is The Place To Be
Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock is John Tartaglia’s love letter to childhood, nostalgia and the art of puppetry, better yet, “Muppetry”. If you’re a fan of Muppets, have kids of your own, or just simply feeling nostalgic, you’ll have a hard time not loving this show. Kids would love the Fraggles, many of us already love them, as some of our fondest childhood from watching Fraggle Rock. There’s something beautiful about Fraggles being immortalized in a manner of speaking, parents can now share these treasured characters with their children and watch the grow with fond memories of their own. If we’re lucky, The Fraggles will be around for generations to come.
The highly anticipated reboot of the beloved classic series “Fraggle Rock,” titled “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” will make its 13-episode Apple Original series debut on January 21, 2022 on Apple TV+. From The Jim Henson Company in association with New Regency follows last year’s celebrated Apple Original shorts “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” Jim Henson’s fun-loving, musical Fraggles are back! Join Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober, and new Fraggle friends on hilarious, epic adventures about the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world.
All episodes of Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock release globally on Friday, January 21. Will you or your kids be tuning in? Let us know in the comments. If you like what you read and would like to find out more about the Fraggles, or if you’re hungry for more Apple TV+ content, then what are you waiting on? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook so you don’t miss any future updates.