- Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 April 2020 01:12
- Written by Lupe R Haas
Apple TV+'s original programming mostly skews adult so it makes sense for Apple to diversify their platform while millions of Americans are staying indoors during the pandemic. “Helpsters,” “Ghostwriter" and "Snoopy in Space” will also be streaming on Apple TV+ along with the return of Fraggle Rock. Produced by The Jim Henson Company, the new, original collection of mini-episodes bring Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle Traveling Matt back together again for new stories and classic Fraggle songs. New mini-episodes will continue to premiere globally for free, every Tuesday.
Interestingly, the Fraggles' return was conceived specifically for the need for educational programming during the COVID-19 lockdown. Artists and producers from The Jim Henson Company shot footage on the artist's iPhone 11s from their homes, and the mini-episodes will promote Covid-19 “Safer at Home” guidelines in an educational and entertaining way. Best part is you won't need a subscription to watch these talking puppets.
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The Fraggles make their return in Apple’s “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!,” a new, original collection of mini-episodes, produced by The Jim Henson Company, premiering today for free exclusively on Apple TV+, a home for award-winning, educational children’s programming. The beloved stars of the classic 80s series, Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle Traveling Matt, join together again for new stories and classic Fraggle songs that show everyone how we are all connected through friendship. New mini-episodes will continue to premiere globally for free, every Tuesday.
While the Fraggles might be in different parts of the Fraggle Rock caves, they can still find ways to have fun together, with music, silliness, special guests, and of course the help of devices created by the industrious Doozers - lovingly called the Doozertubes! In the first mini-episode entitled “Shine On,” now streaming on Apple TV+, new Doozertubes are delivered to the Fraggles’ caves, allowing them to come together for a favorite song “Shine On, Shine On Me.”
The all-new short form episodes are produced by The Jim Henson Company, and executive produced by Halle Stanford and John Tartaglia. In accordance with the Covid-19 “Safer at Home” guidelines, “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” is all shot on iPhone 11 phones from the homes of the production team and individual artists from all over the U.S.
“Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” joins an award-winning lineup of shows from today’s most trusted brands in kids and family programming that are now streaming for free on Apple TV+, including Sesame Workshop’s “Helpsters” and “Ghostwriter”; and “Snoopy in Space,” from Peanuts. With families around the world staying at home, Apple is featuring curated collections of TV shows, movies, music, podcasts, books, apps and games for families and kids of all ages. These collections have been created to help parents educate and entertain their kids and to assist teachers who are exploring creative ways to facilitate remote learning.
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