Premiered December 24, 1984
The fraggles are preparing for their annual holiday that takes place around the Winter Solstice. They call it the "Festival of the Bells" and believe that by ringing bells and doing the dance of the Weebabeast, they can keep the Rock from slowing down & stopping thus allowing time to continue as usual.
|Red (Karen Prell), Boober (Dave Goelz) and Mokey (Kathryn Mullen) with a portion of the Weebabeast costume|
|Sprocket is ready for the holidays!|
|Gobo is an unenthusiastic Weebabeast head|
|Wembley and Gobo check out the map|
He asks that the fraggles wait to ring their bells and celebrate until he returns and Wembley rashly promises that they will all wait for him.
|Gobo makes a cold and lonely journey in search of the Great Bell|
|Cantus talks to Gobo|
I am not sure that I saw "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" when it first aired, but I certainly remember watching and enjoying the Fraggle Rock program when it aired on HBO. I probably did see this episode, but it would have been out of season and hence, it didn't make as big an impression on me the first time around.
|Red, Mokey, Boober and Wembley trying to keep warm as the Rock slows down|
The seasonal themes continue with a Christmas Carol-esque hint of spooky when Gobo returns to find that his friends seem to have been frozen in time. Fortunately, the freezing proves reversible when Gobo -- like Scrooge -- manages to find his holiday spirit.
|Gobo discovers a frozen Wembley|
|Doc explains how axial tilt creates the Winter Solstice|
|Uncle Traveling Matt wonders why the "Silly Creatures" don't know about the Weebabeast|
3 candy canes
J.A. Morris says:
I can't add much to what RigbyMel said, but I have to mention that I enjoyed the original songs, written by Phil Balsam and Steve Whitmire. "There's A Promise" is very catchy and festive. Another song, "Weeba Weeba" performed by the young fraggles as they practice the Weebabeast dance, is amusing. It consists of nothing but the words "Weeba Weeba" shouted over an 80s synthesizer accompaniment. Not very complicated, but it is the sort of thing kids would sing and it's also a been stuck in my head since I watched "The Bells Of Fraggle Rock."
|Wembley rings a bell at the festival.|
This episode is available on dvd, in the season 3 set and on a standalone disc called A Merry Fraggle Holiday. It also streams on Amazon and iTunes.
"The Bells Of Fraggle Rock" is a good holiday episode that teaches a nice lesson about faith and also shows how different cultures celebrate Christmas and other Winter holidays.
|Sprocket and Doc wish each other a Merry Christmas.|
J.A. Morris' rating:
3 candy canes.