Today In Disney History ~ July 13th
Fraggle Rock debuted in 1983 as one of the first shows involving the collaboration of Henson International Television (HiT Entertainment from 1989), the international arm of Jim Henson Productions and of Deluxe Digital Studios. The co-production brought together British regional ITV franchise-holder Television South (TVS), CBC Television, United States pay-television service Home Box Office and Henson Associates (later Jim Henson Productions). Filming took place on a Toronto sound-stage (and later at Elstree Studios, London). The avant-garde poet bpNichol worked as one of the show’s writers. In the early days of development, the script called the Fraggles “Woozles” pending the devising of a more suitable name.
Henson described the Fraggle Rock series as “a high-energy, raucous musical romp. It’s a lot of silliness. It’s wonderful.” While the program proved accessible to audiences of all ages, it used the fantasy creatures as an allegory to deal with serious issues such as prejudice, spirituality, personal identity, the environment, and social conflict.
In 2009, as part of the Jim Henson Foundation’s donation of puppets to the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Atlanta museum displayed many of the original puppet characters from Fraggle Rock in their exhibition Jim Henson: Wonders from his Workshop.
After the show ended on HBO in 1987, the channel started to rerun the series. In the late 1980s, it ran on TNT. The show aired on Disney Channel from October 1, 1992 to 1996. From 1999 until 2001 the show moved to Odyssey Network, which had recently been purchased by Henson & Hallmark. After Hallmark took full control, it discontinued the reruns.
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