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Fan Demand Brings Back ‘Fraggle Rock'

3 Mar, 2005 By: Erik Gruenwedel

The classic HBO kids' series “Fraggle Rock” hit DVD this year, spurred by more than 30,000 fans who signed an online petition urging its DVD release.

HIT Entertainment in January began releasing boxed sets of the children's series, which aired from 1983-1988. The third set of episodes, Live by the Rule of the Rock, is due April 2 at $16.99 (VHS $7.99).

Created by the Jim Henson Co., puppetry-and-animation-based “Fraggle Rock” featured 96 episodes showcasing a musical universe of Fraggles, Doozers and Gorgs.

Bonus materials on the DVD include behind-the-scenes with Traveling Matt; “Fraggle-oke,” featuring sing-along songs from the show; “Fraggle Rock Trivia”; and two animated episodes.

“The Fraggle Rockers had a very active Web site, and there was a big demand for the programming they grew up with and were nostalgic about,” said Debbie Ries, SVP of home entertainment sales for Los Angeles-based HIT Entertainment.

Ries said association with the Jim Henson name coupled with evergreen topics such as recycling, environmentalism, and different people working and living together work well with a new generation of viewers.

“Those topics are very relevant today, and this is a great brand for [fans] to share with their children now,” Ries said.

Tyson Craemer, the 22-year-old creator of FraggleRocker.com and key proponent of the online petition, said the series' laughter, games, music and characters always gave him a warm feeling.

“I think that is important, because it teaches you unity and life's lessons for everyone to get along,” he said.

HIT released the inaugural “Fraggle” DVD sets, Where It All Began and Dance Your Cares Away in January.

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