Beginnings — Gobo's Uncle Traveling Matt discovers a way to leave Fraggle Rock and venture out into our world - a land he calls Outer Space. Thus begins the adventures of Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, and Red. Marjory the T... more »rash Heap sees it as trouble.
Wembley and the Gorgs
The giant Gorgs, who claim to be the rulers of the universe, capture Wembley Fraggle and enslave him. Gobo, Red, Mokey and Boober form a rescue party but soon need rescuing themselves.
Let the Water Run
Red plans a one-Fraggle swim show, but just before the performance, a drought hits Fraggle Rock, and the swimming hole turns into a mud puddle. The pipe bangers are unable to work their usual magic. Red tries to solve the problem - and finally does - with a little help.« less
S. Granger | Los Angeles, California United States | 09/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD first came out as a Wal-Mart exclusive that contains the first three episodes of the series, and a bonus episode of a Swiss claymation-style show called Pingu. But this version will also include new extras like a featurette called "Fraggle Songs: A 45 minute Musical History of Fraggle Rock", plus an episode of the 1987 cartoon version of Fraggle Rock called "The Great Fraggle Freeze". All told, the features and the supplements are said to run 170 minutes together.
Personally I'd give this 5 stars, but I really want a season set. Or even split season sets like Lost In Space. At this rate we'll have 32 DVDs to buy...96 episodes.
The video is good as is the audio."
After a long wait the Fraggles are here and better than ever
S. Granger | 01/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD has been on my wishlist since before it was even announced! (I put a rare VHS episode on my wishlist and included a comment that I wanted to find a DVD collection). I kept checking back Amazon and everywhere else for more Fraggles, and finally saw that the first DVD would be coming out and took just a fraction of a second to add it to my wishlist. I've anxiously waited through get well soon's, holidays, and finally my birthday, but never got the DVD of my dreams. Finally, the day after my birthday, I saw the disc at Target, and much to my surprise, a second volume too! I begged and pleaded with my wife to get it and after promising her a Pirates! video game and my 1 year old son two Wiggles DVDs, I was allowed to get them BOTH (it ended up costing about $100, but worth every penny!).
Early the next morning, I cranked up the volume on the TV and introduced my son to the best TV series ever made. We sang and danced in front of the screen until my wife yelled to turn it down, she was trying to sleep. I could hardly imagine that anyone would want to sleep when the magic of the Fraggles was in action, but I did as requested and we sang quieter.
We had to spread it out over several days because my son isn't allowed to be a couch potato like daddy, and I just finished the last of this first disc.
The songs are as good as I remember, and I was surprised how many I've remembered after 20 years. The characters are lovable... Gobo and Wembly, Boober, Red, and Mokey are the main characters, but there's also the Trash Heap, Uncle Travelling Matt, the Doozers, poor Sprocket the Dog, and all the rest of the menagerie.
Wembly used to be my favorite character, being so uncertain about everything, right down to which of his identical banana print shirts to wear, he makes you want to feel sorry for him. But after watching these from a much more aged perspective, I think I'd have to vote for Mokey, the serene hippy-esque matron of the clique. Her expressions are adorable when she's singing her wise advice, and then going off and taking it far too literally.
I got to the end of the three episodes, and decided I'd see what the bonus features had. I'm rarely impressed by the bonus features on discs, but this was awesome. The 'musical history' track is a whole 45 minutes or more of the best songs I do and don't remember all strung together with Matt's intros between. I got to sing and dance till my feet were raw, my son was hungry and my dog was very confused. All through, I was wishing I could copy this to a CD to play in the car.
After that, I tried the Pengo track, and am still puzzled by why it was there. It was kinda cute in a slightly French humor sorta way. No singing, no dancing, no muppets, no speaking, and almost no story. Why was a short animated story about a penguin being a pest included on a Fraggle DVD?
The remaining track, an animated Fraggle episode (The Big Freeze) more than made up for that disappointment. I expected a mini-episode, dumbed down for the Saturday morning crowd, but what I got was a full episode that felt and sounded much like the real shows. The pace of the show was a little faster so they could cram even more story into it (apparently you can animate an action easier than you can make a puppet go through those same motions; Isn't physics a pain?). Some of the voices sounded a little off but close, probably the original voice actors weren't available, but other than that it was an excellent episode, with a story I'd never seen before.
I have only a few minor complaints about this DVD. The picture quality was a little low. This could be because the tapes it was from were pretty old, or the show was never filmed in DVD quality (it's just puppets), or they tried to fit a bit too much content on the disc (I don't like to complain about that!). Second, each episode didn't have the opening and closing credits. I love that song so much I missed hearing it over and over again. Third complaint, Wembly's banana tree shirt episode wasn't one of the episodes included. I've waited 20 years to see my favorite episode, and I'm still waiting. This rolls into my fourth and final complaint... I want more episodes."
RELEASE MORE FRAGGLE DVDs
Katie Kaus | Rockledge, FL USA | 09/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I also purchased this nearly a month ago from an online source and I LOVED my dvd. I have many fraggle episodes on VHS tape, but would like a more cataloged and lasting copy to share with my own children one day. I really hope that many more of these DVDs will start being produced. You will love the DVD if you get it and if you are a Fraggle Rock fan you should get it to support the effort of other fraggle rock fans to have these hard copies! :-D
"When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope still is to leave the world a little bit better for my having been here." -Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets"
RELEASE THE ENTIRE SERIES!!!!!
Katie Kaus | 09/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD a couple weeks ago from another online source. So I have watched it and must say it made me regress back to my childhood. It was amazing watching the three episodes included on this DVD and actually enjoying them as much as I did when I was kid. It was funny watching them and realizing much of the adult content as well. But I guess that is the magic of the muppets! Thank you Jim Henson!!!! I just wish they would go for broke and release them as season DVD's. I don't think they realize how many people want to buy this show in it's complete form. *sigh* Please hurry."
More More More!
Busy Mom | Wilmington, NC USA | 11/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was so excited to find this at a local store, and can hardly wait to share it with my kids for Christmas. My husband and I are considering breaking the seals to watch it before then!
Fraggle Rock encourages young children to use their imaginations, look at the world around them, and ask questions. The variety of characters and catchy tunes makes for a show that I have to believe most children will love. These are timeless in my opinion, but best for children 1-4 and their parents.
I will also purchase all of the DVDs that come out, but I think this one, "Where it all began" is a logical first step for an entirely new generation of fans that can be engaged in this series thanks to the DVD releases (some of us now refuse to buy videos). An entire season worth of Fraggle Rock, to a child that's never seen it before, might be kind of overwhelming. A few episodes at a time is the way most of us learned to love it, and I'll gladly share it with my children the same way! But... lets not put too much time between releases, ok???"