From Robin Levinson King of the Toronto Star:
Inside Torontoâ€™s shared history with Fraggle Rock
Lawrence Mirkin, producer of the beloved childrenâ€™s TV show, offers a look at what it was like working on Fraggle Rock: “As much fun as you would think it was doing the show, it was more fun,” he says. Continue reading.
4 thoughts on “Link: Inside Torontoâ€™s shared history with Fraggle Rock”
Back in the late 80s, early 90s, my brothers and I used to race home after getting dropped off at the end of our road after school so that we could catch a bit of Fraggle Rock and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I recall in my first year of university, my friends and I were at a bar and we were talking about cartoons we’d watched as kids and Fraggle Rock came up. A guy nearby got excited when he heard us talking and me and him got into this rather long convo about the Fraggles–that guy ended up being my first boyfriend. Fraggle Rock would definitely be in my top 5 shows from childhood (Mr. Dressup, TMNT, The Raccoons and Smurfs would make up the rest of my top 5).
I used to watch that show with my son. My favs were Doc and his dog Sprocket. Gerard Parkes who played Doc had a very impressive career, before FR he’d co-starred in ‘Home Fires’, Toronto during WWII, 1980-83, with Wendy Crewson as her character’s Doctor Father, boy that was a great mini-series, and after it on ‘Today’s Special’, but, I remember him also from other earlier shows. Littlest Hobo, Forest Rangers, and some other appearances. I was surprised just now to find out he won the very first Gemini Award in 1968. Then I got another surprise, sad shock, Gerard Parkes passed away just six months ago, Oct 2014, at the grand age of 90 ! Never heard a word about his passing in the Canadian news – figures.
Forest Rangers keeps popping up. I’ve heard the video tapes of that weren’t well preserved but Id love to be able to see it. I think that would be the perfect show for CBC Kids.
levitt is so wrong for that part.
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