VOTD: Jim Henson Predicts The Future

Jim Henson Predicts The Future

The Pitch: In this 1982 interview, Jim Henson talks about how High Definition Video is the Future of both Filmmaking and Cable Television, and how we’ll eventually have widescreen televisions in our homes.

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Fraggle Rock

For some kids it was Sesame Street, for others it was the Smurfs, for my best friend Jon it was Nightmare on Elm Street (which explains… a lot), but for me I grew up watching Fraggle Rock. I’ve always believed that the Jim Henson created 1983 television show was vastly underrated. Meanwhile the characters have earned cred in the hipster crowd in recent years. We’re coming up on the 25th anniversary of the series and The Weinstein Co have announced that they will be producing a live-action musical feature film.

The bad news is that Cory Edwards, the guy who directed the animated Hoodwinked! (which as you can tell, I wasn’t too fond of) has been hired to helm and write the project. The story will supposedly involve the Fraggles leaving their home to interact with the Aliens (humans) in “Outer Space”. Past rumors have involved a storyline where they go in search for Uncle “Traveling” Matt. While this seems like the logical direction to go in for a big screen adaptation, I think it’s a bad idea. The great thing about Fraggle Rock was, well, Fraggle Rock itself. You take the Fraggles out of Fraggle rock and all you have is a bunch of muppets running around in the real world. And we already saw how that worked out in the last few Muppet films.

The television show ran for 96 episodes over five seasons and focused on a group of creatures called the Fraggles, who live in a system of caves called Fraggle Rock. he series focused on one tight-knit group of Fraggles in particular; Gobo, Mokey, Red, Wembley, and Boober. The “Theme song from Fraggle Rock” was actually a top 40 pop hit in Britain.

According to wikipedia, the vision of Fraggle Rock articulated by Jim Henson was to depict a colorful and fun world. Also a world with a relatively complex system of symbiotic relationships between different “races” of creatures, an allegory to the human world, where each group was somewhat unaware of how interconnected and important they were to one another. Creating this allegorical world allowed the program to entertain and amuse while seriously exploring complex issues of prejudice, spirituality, personal identity, environment, and social conflict.[1] Fraggle Rock generally refused to over-simplify any individual issue, instead simply illustrating the consequences and inherent difficulties of different actions and relationships.

You can watch the classic opening of Fraggle Rock below:

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Discuss: Should the Fraggles leave Fraggle Rock for the big screen movie?

source: Variety

Cool Stuff: The Dark Crystal Castle Statue

The Dark Crystal Castle Statue

Dark Horse has created this wonderful Castle Statue from the Jim Henson cult fantasy hit The Dark Crystal. This limited-edition statue stands approximately 17″ tall, with a 9″ wide base. It’s expected to hit stores on July 30th 2008 for $274.99, but you can preorder now on Things From Another World for 20% off ($219.99).

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Cool Stuff: Fraggle Rock Vinyl Figures

Cool Stuff: Fraggle Rock Vinyl Figures

Cool Stuff: Fraggle Rock Vinyl Figures DoozerIn celebration of the 25th anniversary of Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock, MINDStyle has announced plans to release a series of Fraggle Rock vinyl figures later this year.

The initial line-up will include: Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, Red, Uncle Traveling Matt, The Trash Heap, Sprocket, King Gorg, a Fraggle, and the Doozers, each of which will include a “special building block” with “different letters of the alphabet on them, so with several figures you’ll be able to spell out words or names with the Fraggle blocks.” Seems rather pointless to me.

The Doozers were always my personal favorite. I can’t wait to get a bunch of these guys (pictured above from the NewYork ToyFair 2008) on my bookshelf building their their clear plastic-looking structures (they should release a Doozer playset).

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via: toysrevil

Jim Henson: The Movie

Jim Henson Movie

Empire Film Group has acquired the motion picture production and distribution rights to Henson, an original screenplay by Robert D. Slane that tells the story of the life and achievements of Muppets/Sesame Street creator Jim Henson. Empire plans to hire a major director, such as Penny Marshall, and name talent for this $30 million production which is aiming for a Summer 2008 start. The screenplay follows Henson’s rise from a teenager to entertainment mogul.

This biopic has tons of potential. I wish I could get my hands on a copy of the script. I wonder if they handle some of the moments with fantastical sequences (ala Miss Potter) but with puppets, with humor like Shakespeare/George Lucas in Love, or if the whole thing is played more traditionally.

source: comingsoon