The reason I’m so excited to celebrate this Fraggle Friday, is not only because are Fraggles effing cool and Jim Henson created them, but because 30 years ago (on Jan 10th to be exact, and yes I know it’s the 11th LET ME EXPLAIN) Fraggle Rock aired for the first time on HBO, and it has been a running hit ever since. Fraggles soon went from puppets to cartoons, to books etc.
Now my excitement to celebrate them on a Friday is because, The Jim Henson Company dedicates Fridays to Fraggles, hence the #FraggleFriday tag. I’d be overwhelmingly excited if it were a Monday (day + date it aired) but since it didn’t land on a Monday, oh well.
Anyways, if anything from my childhood has survived in such vivid memories its between Barney and Fraggle Rock. I remember the first real moment I had watched those frisky Fraggles and fell in complete love with the show. i was 4 or 5 (I judge this based on either or because we lived in San Diego around that time) and my Mom was off doing something in her bathroom and Im sitting on her bed near the edge holding my stuffed purring Nala toy, and then I heard the opening theme “Dance your cares away, Worries for another day, let the music play, down in Fraggle Rock!..” It was the episode that the Fraggles decided not to eat the dozers structures, but ended up in the end eating them because if they didn’t the dozers wouldn’t have any space to build, thus having no purpose anymore. Im not sure why this is the episode my brain chose to remember first of them, I know from talking with my parents that i had been watching the show since i was in diapers, yet watching them didn’t stick in my memory til much later.
I love The Muppets, absolutely adore them, they’re charismatic and dramatic. Jim chose to create such an amazingly vivid world of creatures with human like actions and train’s of thought. I learned so many useful facts and a great deal of morales I keep engrained in my brain, and these little quips come out every so often to remind me of what it means to be ever compassionate and to always keep wondering, but first and foremost have fun while doing both! Part of those quips that keep me sane, came from the brain of my hero, Jim Henson. Without Jim’s creations in my early life, I don’t know what kind of person I’d be today. My sense of humor came from watching the witty puppet comedy The Muppet Show, the endless ways I solve a problem came from Fraggle Rock, my understanding of the ABC’s came from Sesame Street, I learned how to use my imagination with The Labyrinth, and I learned how to persevere through the dark times with The Dark Crystal. So many more “I learned -this-” from Jim’s creations, I know they’re not the only things that have shaped me, but I give most of the credit to the Henson Creature Shop, I mean even my beloved Ninja Turtles came from Jim’s creature shop (the live action suits, not the actual comic and banter.)
Jim Henson sparked my thirst for fairytales and myths with The Storyteller series, my favorite still being the tale of the boy “Fear Not “and how he learned what it felt like to fear.
Emmet Otter taught me that to sacrifice is the biggest gift to receive, for in the end my charity will not go in vain but will flourish with Love and admiration.
This is so jumbled and off track!!!!!!!
It’s just a big circle and Ill continue to praise Jim Henson up til my last breath, so Ill just say how amazing I think The Muppets and The Fraggles are.
Kay, Im done.