Amazing news, parents! The Jim Henson Company has given Fraggle Rock a reboot and it’s available RIGHT. DARN. NOW! (Oh hey, comforting childhood memories! I’ve been looking for you hardcore since this old pandemic started, thanks for showing up!)
I am not even kidding you! Variety reported yesterday that not only is the beloved ’80s series back thanks to Apple TV, but the first episode is already available and there’s no subscription required to watch!
The reboot is called Fraggle Rock: Rock On!
It will bring us the best of both worlds; while it features our favorite characters from the past—Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle Traveling Matt—it’s also a modern technological wonder, shot at home by the cast using iPhone 11s in accordance with social distancing and stay at home orders due to COVID-19.
In a tweet yesterday, The Jim Henson company said, “The Fraggles might be apart in separate caves, but they can still have fun together! Join Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle Traveling Matt for #FraggleRock: Rock On! New shorts each week. Watch now on the @AppleTV app. No subscription required. http://apple.co/fragglerock”
HOW COOL IS THAT? Coronavirus can’t stop creativity, and in this case I’d argue that it’s spurred it on in a huge way. Because of the way it has to be produced, the episodes are short mini-sodes, but there will be a new one every Tuesday with the great characters, fun, and music that delighted so many of us GenXers and younger Millennials from 1983-1987.
I can hardly think of a better childhood fave of mine to share with the kids (that they haven’t already seen, anyway) and I’m soooo excited to spread the Fraggle Rock joy to the next generation. Rest assured the theme song is gonna be in my head (and subsequently being belted very loudly from my mouth) for the foreseeable future!
And truly, in my life there has never been a better time to embrace joy in the small things and shout out loud:
Dance your cares away,
Worries for another day!
Let the music play,
Down in Fraggle Rock!
Will you be watching this with your little ones? Or taking a few minutes to enjoy it by yourself?