Fraggle Rock: Rock On

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Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Fraggles make connections in fun, charming musical shorts.

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Positive Messages

The Fraggles and their Doozertube chats can help kids learn about friendship and communication.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Fraggles are kind, optimistic creatures who are curious about their world and always support each other. 

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Some pratfalls, but no one gets hurt. 

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Popular musicians appear, but they aren't promoting anything. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fraggle Rock: Rock On is a series of shorts that follow the continued adventures of the Fraggles and their human musician friends. In case you need a refresher, the Fraggles are sweet, cave-dwelling creatures who love radishes and rely on technology created by even tinier underground folks, the Doozers. This series finds them apart but still able to communicate using a device called a Doozertube, and most episodes feature a real musical guest, like Jason Mraz, Alanis Morissette, or Common, who joins the gang in a song. Lessons about friendship and communication are prominent, and these shorts are a fun treat from friends we haven't seen in a while. 

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What's the story?

At the start of Fraggle Rock: Rock On, the Doozers have helped the Fraggle community by distributing Doozertubes, communication devices that appear to be made of a rock, some wire, and a little plastic. Doozertubes work a lot like Zoom or FaceTime, and allow the Fraggles to chat with each other and even check in with Uncle Traveling Matt as he visits a human home and even makes friends with a "hairy monster" (actually a very cute dog). The Fraggles also use Doozertubes to hang out and jam with some musician friends, including Alanis Morissette, Ziggy Marley, and Jason Mraz. 

Is it any good?

It's a delight to see the Fraggles again in this light, charming series of shorts that subtly help kids process the quarantine experience. Even in the brief running time, the vibrant, familiar personalities of each Fraggle shine through (Red's manic energy, Mobley's chill vibe, and Gobo's nerves might remind kids of their own diverse friend groups). The musical guests are fun, but the Fraggles are the true stars of the show, and their optimistic, curious nature is a balm for kids and parents alike. It's also notable that the show itself was created in quarantine, with each puppeteer working in their own home using a smartphone -- the result is seamless and an incredible example of creativity under fire. Parents who grew up with the Fraggles will enjoy sharing these quick bites of classic Henson fun with their kids. 

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  • Families can talk about the Fraggles and their different personalities. Which Fraggle do you think you're the most like? What's it like to have friends who are different from you? 

  • Why is music so important to Fraggles? Is it a big part of your family's life? What musical guests would you invite on Fraggle Rock: Rock On?

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