All you poor young puppet/muppet deprived youngsters need to get educated. Now that Sid and Marty Krofft have the rights back to their own stuff new generations will finally be able to enjoy H.R.Pufnstuf, Sigmund and The Sea Monsters, The Bugaloos, and Lidsville. These were Saturday morning TV shows that mixed a human cast with giant felt characters and the corniest jokes you could imagine. The Kroffts also produced live action shows like Dr. Shrinker, Bigfoot and Wildboy, Electro Woman and Dyna Girl, Far Out Space Nuts and Wonderbug. While Land of the Lost has been available for some times, these other programs have been very hard to find. Anyone that grew up watching them will rejoice. First airing in 1973 Sigmund and the Sea Monsters told the story of Sigmund, an outcast Sea Monster thrown out of his family for being to nice. He finds himself adopted by two beach comber kids who hide them in their backyard clubhouse. Besides Billy Barty, who played Sigmund and was one of the most beloved little people in the history of Hollywood the show also showcased famed child actor Johnny Whitaker whose credits included TV shows like Family Affair and a...

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  • Robo-James’ Time Machine: Terra Nova 1.0

    Posted by JAMES PONIEWOZIK It's fair to say that Terra Nova is the most anticipated new fall show, or close to it, if only because of all it's trying to pull off—a TV show made on a blockbuster movie scale, with a massive budget, extensive CGI, location shooting in Australia, and a plot that incorporates dinosaurs, conspiracy and time travel. The jury's still out—what I've seen of the pilot is still preliminary, even as it approaches airing in a month. But for all its fancy production and the imprimatur of Steven Spielberg, it would be hard to imagine it coming up with a storyline half as wild and creative as TV's original family/sci-fi/dinosaur/time-space-travel show, Land of the Lost. As with any Sid and Marty Krofft production of its era, it's easy enough to make fun of the details of Land of the Lost: the stop-motion special effects, for instance, the latex Sleestak costumes, or the opening white-water sequence, above, which appears to take place inside a fourth-grader's nature diorama. The dialogue was corny, the resolutions were sentimental and much the mythology hallucinatory. But oddly, the essential premise is surprisingly like Terra Nova's—except, when you think about it, darker and ten times...

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  • Sid & Marty Krofft Interview

    Sid & Marty Krofft By Will Harris August 18, 2011 Although siblings Sid and Marty Krofft started working in show business several decades before they made inroads on the small screen, by the time the ’70s rolled around, they were the uncontested sovereigns of Saturday morning. After creating a cornucopia of classic series, including H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, Sigmund And The Sea Monsters, and Land Of The Lost, the Kroffts made the jump to prime time, producing variety shows for everyone from the Brady Bunch to Barbara Mandrell And The Mandrell Sisters. In recent years, Sid and Marty have taken a step back from working on new properties, instead turning their attentions to repackaging their ’70s shows—the duo signed a deal with Vivendi Entertainment which thus far has seen the release of H.R. Pufnstuf: The Complete Seriesas well as a single-disc best-of collection, Sid & Marty Krofft’s Saturday Morning Hits—and transforming more of their past successes into feature films. With the reissue of Sigmund And The Sea Monsters: Season 1 on the horizon, the Kroffts spoke with The A.V. Club about what the future holds for H.R. Pufnstuf as well as the origins of their career, their disappointment over the Land Of...

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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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  • 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


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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