Those watching alongside me were all amused to notice that the frog puppet used in both episodes was the same, even though the character is Leapovich in the first episode and Mavis in the second. However, each had a very different view of the world. Leapovich thought he was the world's best leaper and Mavis was more of a mothering type.
The last item included here is an episode of Fraggle Rock, "River of Life," from season five of the show which aired on HBO the mid-1980s. In the episode something has contaminated the Fraggles' water supply; any Fraggle who drinks it becomes very sick. The water is also killing the vegetable garden of the Gorgs. What the Fraggles don't know is that Doc, a human inventor living outside the Fraggles' cave, has made a deal to test a waste disposal technique in the caves. The waste is polluting the water and once Doc figures that out, he pulls the plug on the experiment and flushes the system with fresh spring water, which makes everything better.
As with all Fraggle Rock episodes, the Fraggles struggle to find their place in their corner of the world. With humans on one side, Gorgs on another, and the wise and powerful Marjory the Trash Heap providing guidance, the little Muppets do their best to fit into the big picture (as we all do).
All in all, this is a fun collection of Jim Henson classics that directly relate to the world we live in. Even now, these shows are relevant and provide a good message to the youth of today. So if you're looking for some environmentally-related but fun programs for your kids, be sure to check out Jim Henson's The Song of the Cloud Forest and Other Earth Stories on DVD today!
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