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Happy Birthday, Jim Henson: ‘Fraggle Rock’ Bonus Specials Arrive on Apple TV+ for Creator’s 85th

Jim Henson with the original Fraggles of Fraggle Rock.
Jim Henson with the original Fraggles of Fraggle Rock.

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Happy Birthday, Jim Henson: ‘Fraggle Rock’ Bonus Specials Arrive on Apple TV+ for Creator’s 85th

In honor of what would have been Jim Henson’s milestone 85th birthday (1936-1990), three bonus specials from the Emmy Award-winning, fan-favorite series Fraggle Rock are now streaming on Apple TV+, including:

  • Down at Fraggle Rock (1987), hosted and executive produced by Jim Henson and featuring the performers, artists and of course puppets that bring the series to life, this one-hour special reveals the magic behind producing the whimsically fantastical series. Diana Birkenfield and David Gumpel serve as producers.
  • Doozer Music (1984), a music compilation featuring favorites from those industrious Doozers including “Doozer Work Theme” and “Doozer Marching Song,” features introductions from Uncle Travelling Matt and Cotterpin Doozer and is produced by Jim Henson, Lawrence S. Mirkin and Duncan Kenworthy.
  • Fraggle Songs (1983), another music compilation which highlights popular tunes from the first season of the “Fraggle Rock” including “Friendship Song,” “Beetle Song” and “Convincing John” and is produced by Jim Henson, Lawrence S. Mirkin and Duncan Kenworthy.

As the streaming destination for Fraggle Rock, Apple TV+ is also home to Apple Original shorts Fraggle Rock: Rock On!, featuring award-winning special guests Alanis Morissette, Common, Jason Mraz, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish and Ziggy Marley. The series aims to show everyone how we are all connected through friendship with new stories and favorite Fraggle songs from the same beloved characters of the classic ’80s series and were created in partnership with The Jim Henson Company.

Last year, Apple announced a new partnership with The Jim Henson Company to reboot the beloved, classic series Fraggle Rock. The highly anticipated reboot of the beloved classic which will be reimagined as a global Apple Original series for new generations of fans to enjoy together on Apple TV+. Produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with New Regency, the series will reunite the original stars – Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and Uncle Travelling Matt – for new songs and adventures, with the same spirit as the classic.

Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford will executive produce the new series for The Jim Henson Company. Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer of New Regency and long-time Henson collaborator John Tartaglia (Splash and Bubbles, Johnny and the Sprites) are also executive producing. Showrunners Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson (New Girl, American Dad!, Community) are attached to executive produce and write. Rita Peruggi (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Yo Gabba Gabba!) will produce. Dave Goelz (performing Boober and Uncle Travelling Matt) and Karen Prell (performing Red) are also attached to the project. Harvey Mason Jr. is the executive music producer for the series.

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