• DVD Review: Sigmund and the Sea Monsters – Season One

    DVD Review: Sigmund and the Sea Monsters - Season One by R.J. Carter Published: September 22, 2011 Oh, the things that entertained us in our youth. Sid & Marty Krofft were the Roger Corman of Saturday morning kid fare, taking a minimal budget and turning it into a world in our imagination. Case in point -- take some gunny sacks, cover them with leaves, paste on some eyes and have actors run around in them, and you have a family of sea monsters ready to create weekly havoc. That was the milieu for Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, a series in which two brothers, Johnny (Johnny Whitaker, Family Affair) and Scott (Scott C. Kolden) Stuart, befriend a friendly sea monster, Sigmund Ooze (Billy Barty), who has run away from his mean family: Big Daddy, Sweet Mama, and two brothers, Slurp and Burp. The Ooze family may have felt fine with Sigmund taking off -- but on an almost weekly basis they have need to bring him back, by force, to cave-sweet-cave. Initially it's a visit from rich Uncle Siggy that prompts them to bring Sigmund home (or be written out of the will). Other times it's because they need Sigmund to do something...

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  • H.R. Pufnstuf featured as # 1 Retro Kids Show That Should Be Made Into A Big Screen Movie

    MOVIE MOBSTERS – September 19, 2011. Wow, where to begin with H.R. Pufnstuf? Created by Sid and Marty Kroft, who were also responsible for the equally odd Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and previous remake victim, Land of the Lost, Pufnstuf is clearly a product of its’ time period, the late 60s. There’s a plot there right? Sure, somewhere, and if you are a child with a thing for mescaline or LSD, it all may make perfect sense. There’s a magic talking flute named Freddy, a six foot dragon that is the titular character and a witch named Witchie-Poo. All of this is so surreally designed that it feels just like a fever dream brought on by a bad roast-beef sandwich eaten too close to bedtime. If there’s to be a remake, we need someone who can just cut loose and make all of that weirdness come alive up on screen. Forget the usual suspects, go scour the world of tv commercials, music videos and homeless street art and get us a Pufnstuf director. All of this trippiness will no doubt look super-wicked in...

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  • DVD Pick of the Week from TV Week- Sigmund & The Sea Monsters: Season 1

    Pick of the Week Sigmund & The Sea Monsters: Season One In 1973, after several successful Saturday morning TV series, Sid and Marty Krofft came up with this sitcom about two brothers who discover and befriend a little sea monster named Sigmund. This series would not have been out of place in prime time at the time with shows like My Favourite Martian, I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched all dealing with the problem of keeping someone unusual out of the public eye. Johnny Whittaker (Family Affair) and Scott Kolden starred as the brothers who did everything they could to protect Sigmund from their nosy housekeeper (Mary Wickes) as well as his own sea-monster family, who were out to get him because he wasn’t scary enough. This new DVD set contains all 17 first-season episodes on three DVDs, three of which contain fun audio commentaries from the two lead actors (who also contribute a new 20-minute interview), downloadable MP3s of 11 songs from the series and more....

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Bios

Sid & Marty Krofft Headshot

Many of the most colorful and fondly remembered children's series of the 1970s and 1980s sprang from the imaginations of Sid and Marty Krofft. Their groundbreaking, live-action fantasy shows were...

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Awards

  • Music City News | Sid & Marty Krofft

    Music City News

    Barbara Mandrell, Program of the Year, 1981
  • Action for Children’s Television | Sid & Marty Krofft

    Action for Children’s Television

    Pryor’s Place for Achievement in Children’s Television, 1985
  • Youth In Film | Sid & Marty Krofft

    Youth In Film

    Lifetime Achievement Award, 1992

History

It all started when their father, Peter Krofft, a master puppeteer in his own right, discovered seven-year-old Sid had puppeteering talent and auditioned him in his own production of “Snow...

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