The long-delayed Fraggle Rock feature film is finally gaining momentum, all thanks to new puppet savior, Joseph Gordon-Levitt! Variety is reporting that he will produce and star in the live-action movie from New Regency, The Henson Co. and Lisa Henson.
There's really only one way to celebrate this unexpected news: dancing your cares away with the unforgettable theme song, of course.
The major adaptation has been in the works for almost a decade, and now with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the famous face of it, the Fraggles are sure to make some solid moves forward. Best of all, JGL seems like a major fan of the show, and he's committed to making a quality movie version of the unparalleled muppets. Here's what he had to say:
The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on ‘Sesame Street,’ and then on ‘Fraggle Rock'. Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project.
Welcome to the family, JGL!
To indulge our nostalgic side and celebrate this wondrous news, let's take a look at some facts you may not have known about Fraggle Rock.
1. The Fraggles did a song with Ben Folds and Anna Kendrick
In case any of you were worried that the Fraggles were no longer culturally relevant, they've been quietly making famous friends all across Hollywood for years now. Anyone that gets Anna Kendrick's badge of approval gets a new fan in me.
Pro-tip: for those who just want to watch a little tribute to the theme song, start the video at 5:16.
2. Fraggle Rock was HBO's first original series
The youth of America may be surprised to discover that there was a time when HBO was purely for movies (hence its full name, Home Box Office). That all changed when the Fraggles movie lead to a TV show. So, if you're a fan of [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) or [True Detective](series:755331), remember that you have muppets to thank for their existence.
3. Marjory the Trash Heap could be the voice of a new generation
Marjory knows all and sees all and encourages the Fraggles to come together and become more self-reliant. Sounds like just the type of hero a contemporary audience can look up to. Plus, she's a glamorous trash heap, what more could you want?
4. Pranks were part of daily life on the Fraggle Rock set
Like most of Henson sets, scare tactics were as important as puppeteering skills. Fraggle Rock was no different and competitive pranking ran rampant on the mystical set. For example, director/actor/puppeteer Frank Oz was terrified of seeds, so naturally another crew member lined the workshop's venetian blinds with layers of birdseed. When Oz went to pull them down, seeds exploded all over him. Let's hope the new set keeps this tradition alive (don't let me down, JGL!).
5. Boober was the original Debbie Downer
This type of misanthropic humor has really taken off in recent years, and no one did it better than Boober Fraggle. Always worrying and warning, Fraggle put Debbie Downer and April Ludgate to shame with his constant pessimism and various phobias. In other words, Boober should fit right in among my generation!