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Fraggles versus Minions by Petzrick Fraggles versus Minions by Petzrick
The thought process that led to this poster is logical. First, there was a desire to tribute Jim Henson, who is a fantastic source of inspiration. Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock" (1983-1987) has always been truly important to me, since I first watched it as a child in the 80s. Fraggles do the right thing and never make choices based upon morally corrupt motives. In all ways, they represent GOOD.

In reversing that concept, my mind immediately went to the 1987 children's horror film, "The Gate." When I was little, this film connected with me in a way completely opposite of the goodness of Fraggle Rock. The minions, and the amazing stop-motion and forced perspective work that brought them to life, truly terrify me and always will. I dare not think about minions too much while outside at night. They represent EVIL.

Both are small underground-dwelling creatures. And I believe if these two universes crossed, they would immediately become sworn enemies. And despite Fraggles having no concept of "war," it would become necessary to wage an all out battle with the creatures unleashed from The Gate.
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Numbuh88 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Junior Gorg could go toe-to-toe with the Demon God.
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Yes! Absolutely.  He's a walking, talking, breathing ball of fire!
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Imaginary101 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
"In a time before the earth, before the sun and before the light of the stars, when all was darkness and chaos! The old gods, the forgotten gods, ruled the darkness!! But what was theirs now belongs to the world light and substance, and the old gods, the rightful masters, are jealous!!! Watching mankind with a hatred that is as boundless as the stars, with plans for the destruction of man that are beyond imagining… Hahahahah!"

"There is a passageway between our physical world of light and pleasure, and their spiritual world of madness and pain!! A gate, behind which the demons wait, for the chance, to take back, what is theirs!!! Hahahahaha!"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D1Z8O…


I was 6 or 7 years old when I saw The Fate... and it scared the shit out of me... good times;)
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Sorry for my delay in responding!  This is quite a response, thank you!  People who haven't seen The Gate seriously don't know what they're missing.
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Lake333GLD Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Amazing!
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you!
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Plaid-F Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BEST.
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Thanks! And thanks for the favorite too!
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Plaid-F Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! The cool use of perspective and the too-many-details-to-name regarding each character made this a winner for sure :nod:
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dhulteen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Now THERE'S a crossover I've never considered! Great work!
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thank you! I literally came up with this based on emotion. I thought of how good Fraggle Rock makes me feel, then I went after the complete opposite.
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
That is sure to be an epic "Fraggle Rock" story.
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
That's what I was going for!
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Too bad it can't be a movie. That could be something.
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
It would be really something to see an all out epic with Fraggle Rock. Although, I would be the first person to say this theme or any theme with Fraggles engaged in combat would be totally inappropriate. It's not something Jim Henson would have done.
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
True. Maybe an idea like this could be considered for something else besides Fraggle Rock.
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Have you seen The Dark Crystal? To me, that's the kind of epic I'd like to see with Fraggle Rock. They throw around ideas every once and a while but it's usually "fish out of water" comedy stuff like those Alvin & the Chipmunk movies. I'd like to see something like Dark Crystal. The source material is definitely there. There's so much going on with Fraggle Rock. I also only recently learned how Fraggle Rock kind of materialized out of concepts from Dark Crystal. There are these creatures in Dark Crystal called Podlings (that look a lot like Doozers) and originally plans existed to have an underground group of Podlings that did construction.... Doozers!

The idea of combative underground creatures would be something. It seems like that would be more successful with the Gate franchise (if I can call it that... there's only the two movies). I've heard rumors that they plan on doing a remake of the original Gate. I'm skeptical because to me what's disturbing with the Minions only works with the stop-motion used to portray them.
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Have seen Dark Crystal and own it on DVD. You're right about both "Dark Crystal" and "Fraggle Rock" concepts having some of the same ideals on characters and some of their characteristics. I wouldn't be surprised if a crossover between the two and, call it crazy, maybe "Labyrinth". It shouldn't be a comedic gimmicky kind of thing.

I've never seen The Gate nor have I heard on any plans on remaking it. Though, knowing Hollywood, it seems like an easy tactic to remake a movie that was, at a time, considered a classic.
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Every once in a while, there's also buzz about a Dark Crystal sequel. From the little information I've heard, it sounds like it would be set under ground. Think about it!

The Gate is certainly not Henson. I only chose it because the creatures featured in it -- Minions -- have personally scared the crap out of me, around the same time Fraggles inspired me. A combination of stop-motion, forced perspective, and guys in rubber suits on enlarged sets were used to show these small demons, and something about them, especially how they moved, really got me when I was a kid. If you get a chance, check it out. It's probably 8 bucks or something.

And remakes... don't get me started!
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
I haven't seen this "The Gate." But I will go do so right now. However, I'm afraid I must interrupt your feeling of safety for a moment. Forced into war, a species like the Fraggles would be utterly decimated by an evil war-like species. No amount of goodness could make up for viciousness.

You know, it wasn't even the pic that made me want to check out "The Gate?" It was the way you described how Fraggles represent good and the Minions represent evil. You did a great job writing that bit, and now I'm off to see a movie because of it. Good job :)
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
There's an episode of Fraggle Rock during the last season where the Fraggles encounter a different group of hairless Fraggles who attempt to initiate war. The main Fraggles of no concept for war and eventually peace is achieved instead. Realistically I think that should demons and minions come through the gate, decimation might be likely.

That being said, the gate's agenda is total hell on earth. I think with the contrast being so drastic, and the threat affecting not just all Fraggles but all life, including silly creatures... The Fraggles might rise to the occasion and defend.

At their disposal:

Portals across the earth and beyond.
An extremely honed ability to adapt to unique situations.
A group perseverance that is almost unbeatable.
And most importantly, "the Magic." As far as the imagination allows for the gate to cause acts of evil, the same applies for the Fraggles and acts of good.

I think the most probable scenario would actually involve the overwhelming goodness of the Fraggles to absorb the minions. All those little demons would sprout multi colored hair and start singing until one gigantic chorus is heard. The Magic prevails.
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I finished the Gate last name. I have no question as to why that movie scared you. There were some horrific scenes! The dead dog in the bed. The dad's face being ripped off. The barbie doll leg being shoved into that boy's eye. It was a shockingly gruesome movie!
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Definitely! For me, it was the movement of those minions. When I was 7 and saw those things... ugh. Still disturbs me.
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
They really did a good job on making it disturbing, that's for sure. Like the way that one flailed about while the kid with glasses was stomping him...
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Yes! A good mesh of stop-motion, guys in suits, and forced perspective shots.

Somewhere on the internet, a guy replaced all the heads of the minions with Gary Busey heads.
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Really remarkable work for it's time. And really disturbing even for our time!
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ColdMoons712 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
At the end of The Gate, wasn't it a gift of goodness and love that stopped the biggest demon? If that is so, then the Fraggles are very much indeed their sworn enemies :b
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
I'm glad you pointed this out. The toy rocket in The Gate represented the "gift of goodness and love" between the boy and his sister. I did intentionally substitute the rocket with Uncle Traveling Matt's walking stick but I didn't think out completely how the meaning is perfect. Very cool. THANKS!
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Lordwormm Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist
You totally lived my childhood, this is the most brilliant thing I have seen in a while!!!
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
THANKS! This is the piece I think I'm proudest of. It truly grew right out of my childhood memories so I'm glad we're in the same place.
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CyrusGrissom Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Very original! I saw The Gate in theaters when i was 5 and grew up with Fraggle Rock.

Do you remember Making Contact aka Joey?
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
I wasn't able to see The Gate in theaters but similar effect seeing it on VHS when I was 6 or 7. Fraggle Rock, of course, was my show growing up!
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Emeowrald Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Cool! Even Lamford and the Doozers are getting in on the action.
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
I am pleased you noticed these side characters! I love Lanford because his design very much resembles Audrey 2, which is also a Henson shop creation. With the Doozers, there are two specific characters, Wrench Doozer, and of course, Cotterpin!
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Emeowrald Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
You're welcome.
Lanford hardly gets any fanart.
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
He was introduced late in the show (maybe season 4?) so a lot of fans may not be as familiar with him. Anyhow, we agree Lanford needs more fan art.
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