Red Fraggle Puppet

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Description (Brief)

Red Fraggle is a hand-rod puppet performed by Karen Prell on the television show Fraggle Rock. In a hand-rod puppet, like Red, the performer’s dominant hand goes into the puppet’s head and operates the mouth and sometimes other facial features. The less dominant hand controls the arm rods, which are thin rods connected to the puppet’s hands. Red is adventurous and energetic, and she loves to swim. It is her job to keep the Fraggle Rock pool clean. She is one of the five main Fraggles on the children’s program Fraggle Rock created by Jim Henson that aired for five seasons on HBO from 1983 to 1987. Henson created the Fraggle world as one where different types of creatures lived together in a world where they were interconnected and important to one another. From the beginning, the show was designed to be easily adaptable to different cultures, which generally led to each country having its own human character, such as Doc in the American version, with the same Fraggle scenes dubbed in local languages.

Location
Currently not on view
date made
1980s
performer
Prell, Karen
maker
Henson, Jim
Physical Description
foam (overall material)
felt (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 26 in x 16 in x 7 in; 66.04 cm x 40.64 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
2013.0101.16
accession number
2013.0101
catalog number
2013.0101.16
Credit Line
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
subject
Children's television programs
Puppetry
Television
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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