Fraggle:complete Animated Sers
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Voices of Michael Laskin, Barbara Goodson, Aya Hisakawa. Jim Henson's successful live-action series was followed by this short-lived, but very entertaining, animated spin-off. The oddball friends who live underground explore the amazing caverns of their home together in one daring and fun adventure after another. 13 episodes on 2 DVDs. Animated. 1987/color/5 hrs., 12 min/NR/fullscreen.
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So, just for old time's sake, I picked up the animated series to re-watch it. It's neither as great as I remember, nor as bad as it could have been. But, I think that, as an 80's cartoon, it stands up pretty well to the test of time and probably rivals such classics as Muppet Babies and the Smurfs, despite its short run-time (2 discs, somewhere around 14-16 episodes?). Strangely enough, after watching it, it does kind of make me nostalgic enough to want to check out the original Jim Henson muppet-y original...
It's aimed at the young'ns, probably 4-8 y/o? It's colorful, it's got a lot of the 80's "built-in messages" about friendship, trust, courage, etc. It's a bit nonsensical at times, especially since they like to make up random pseudo-baby talk-ish nonsense phrases. While kind of catchy, they're also a little annoying. Most episodes have a very brief musical number of some sort. Maybe a minute or two.
Unlike so many cartoons aimed at kids today, this show didn't pander too much to the educational mottos of repetition and such that you see all over young kids programming today (Dora, etc.). Rather it just providers cartoonish kid-level adventures with good dialogue / "messages" etc. I think that most young'ns would probably enjoy it considerably, as would a few of their parents, who grew up with it themselves.
Overall, it's not the greatest cartoon out there, but it's pretty good. If you want a popular show, see Scooby Doo or the Smurfs. If you want to go off the beaten track see this one. For the $8-15 you might spend on it, I'm pretty sure it'll give your kids hours of enjoyment.
Ohh, and as far as special features go, well, a little out of luck there. The discs have a play all feature and the ability to select specific episodes, but not much beyond that. But the picture looks good and the audio seemed good too. Just don't leave it on the main menu screen too long or the theme song on repeat MAY drive you temporarily insane. Fair warning! Heh.
All in all, it's not going to blow anyone away with its quality, but it's a fun way to pass the time.