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Fraggle Rock: 40 Years Later – “Do not Cry Over Spilt Milk”


Authentic air date: March 14, 1983

Are you acquainted with Muppet Assembly Movies? They’re a collection of quick movies that the Muppets made between the Nineteen Sixties and the Nineteen Nineties, particularly for the aim of promoting them to companies as one thing to point out to enliven their in any other case boring conferences. All of them have one thing to do with company tradition, or gross sales, advertising and marketing, customer support, and so forth.

I’ve seen this episode of Fraggle Rock many instances earlier than, however on this re-watch it occurred to me that your complete episode would have made a tremendous Muppet Assembly Movie.

Right here’s what occurs: Gobo ventures into Doc’s workshop to examine for a postcard from Uncle Touring Matt, and whereas he’s hiding there, Doc decides it’s a very good time to board up that gap within the wall. You understand — the one Gobo must get again to Fraggle Rock. This leaves Gobo stranded in “the Different World” (they don’t name it Outer Area on this episode!), and the opposite Fraggles are pressured to answer this improvement.

The Fraggles react like several workforce of associates would when confronted with a problem: They’ve a gathering! This assembly principally entails everybody singing a track about how unhappy they’re.

The track begins as a somber affair, with lyrics about buckets of woe, gushes of sorrow, and wastepaper baskets filled with heartache. However as a result of the Fraggles can’t assist themselves, it quickly turns right into a dancin’, hand-clappin’, electrical guitar solo-jammin’ rocker. The entire thing goes fully off-track. Haven’t you been in conferences like that?

As soon as that merchandise of enterprise is out of the best way, Gobo’s buddies lastly devise some short-term methods to perform the purpose of rescuing Gobo. However once more, it’s identical to a brainstorming assembly, as a result of all of them have fully totally different concepts!

Mokey wanders off to sit down alone till inspiration strikes. Boober’s strategy is to face by the outlet to Doc’s workshop and lament his lack of a very good plan. (This strategy will not be very efficient.) Crimson, probably the most proactive member of this workforce, resolves to ask the Trash Heap for recommendation. Wembley, probably the most Wembley member of this workforce, follows Crimson as a result of he doesn’t know what else to do.

After filling up many flipchart pages and taking many espresso breaks, the 4 colleagues find yourself specializing in two strategies: Mokey and Boober steal the Doozers’ catapult (very similar to stealing workplace provides from one other division) to allow them to break the boards overlaying the outlet, whereas Wembley and Crimson intentionally pour milk on the bottom (a transparent OSHA violation) and check out to not cry — as a result of the Trash Heap advised them that “Don’t cry over spilt milk” is nice recommendation. (“Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk” is kind of just like the smart phrases usually discovered on inspirational posters in workplaces.)

One factor results in one other, and Mokey slips on the milk, knocking Boober into the catapult, which prompts, sending Boober flying by means of the air and crashing by means of the boards, which provides Gobo a possibility to flee.

Now, right here’s the factor. Mokey and Boober’s concept is a genuinely good one, and at all times had a very good probability of success by itself. Alternatively, Wembley and Crimson’s concept is absurd! Below regular circumstances, it will have been fully pointless. And but, when it was mixed with the opposite workforce’s idea and just a little little bit of luck, the consequence was a smashing success.

So sure, this episode ought to have been bought as a Muppet Assembly Movie, and it ought to have been marketed particularly at corporations the place half the staff have been sensible and half of them have been form of dumb. They’d have made a fortune on it!

Strongest Second: The a part of this episode that I haven’t talked about but is Doc and Sprocket’s personal storyline, through which Doc turns into obsessive about these little blowy, tweety occasion noisemakers. First he needs to present them a reputation (I like his suggestion of “foomaphone”), then he builds an elaborate musical instrument utilizing dozens of them and gleefully performs it. It form of feels like a refrain of cartoon geese, and it’s superb.

Weakest Second: None that I seen! Which is shocking, as a result of as Muppet Wiki tells me, though this episode was aired tenth, it was taped second. They found out how you can make this present good fairly shortly!

Greatest Joke: Gobo, lamenting the truth that he’s caught within the workshop as a result of he doesn’t need to be seen by Doc: “Doesn’t he ever depart this room?”

MVF (Most Invaluable Fraggle): Though Gobo is on the heart of the story, I’ve to present it to Boober. I actually felt for the man throughout his second of helplessness on the boarded-up gap. And as he rightly factors out, within the profitable catapult launch, he’s the ammunition!

Musical Spotlight: Apart from Doc’s track? “Really feel So Unhealthy,” fingers down. I’m going to sing the track the following time I’m feeling dangerous, and see if it cheers me up. Sadly, I gained’t have a refrain of swaying Fraggles behind me. Or will I?

Coolest Puppetry Impact: Sprocket blows the noisemaker! How’d they do this?! Honorable point out goes to Gobo’s little Fraggle toes protruding from below a field and dancing as Doc performs his musical instrument. And a technical achievement award to the shot the place Gobo holds out his fingers to display the scale of the rock they’d want to interrupt the boards, and a rock flies by means of the air and lands proper between his fingers.

Obscure Character Watch: As at all times, I really like all of the little cave creatures occupying the body. Mokey sings her melancholy track to just a little elephant-looking critter. I like that critter.

One Extra Factor…: There are a number of instances when characters look straight on the digital camera and look like addressing us within the viewers. That’s not typical for Fraggle Rock, is it?

Okay, One Extra Factor…: I assume Doc gave up on attempting to cowl up that gap after these boards spontaneously broke.

Click on right here to congratulate me on arising with probably the most tortured, roundabout manner of claiming “This episode is about teamwork” on the Powerful Pigs discussion board! Particular because of Shane Keating!

by Ryan Roe – Ryan@ToughPigs.com

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