• 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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  • FOG! Chats With TV Legend, Producer MARTY KROFFT!

    Growing up, with five channels on television, popular culture united children everywhere. Fortunately it also provided a venue for a number of talented people that have affected my life in ways that I could never successfully articulate; Jim Henson, Glen A. Larson, Stephen J. Cannell, Sherwood Schwartz, Kenneth Johnson, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and Sid and Marty Krofft. Throughout my childhood, Sid and Marty Krofft brought imagination and verisimilitude to Saturday mornings. Among their work that will exist forever in my heart as "comfort television" simply because of the joy they provided me as a child are such shows as H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Bigfoot and Wildboy, Lidsville, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Far Out Space Nuts, Wonderbug, The Bugaloos and Dr. Shrinker. Last week, prior to his appearance at Comic-Con, I had the pleasure and honor to speak with Marty Krofft about his past, present and future work. Were you and your brother, Sid, close as children? Well actually, not, because he’s eight years older than me, so he was off and running, doing his act, while I was still going to school. How did your professional relationship begin? Actually, he needed some...

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  • SIGMUND AND THE SEA MONSTERS resurface on DVD

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The entire first season of the classic Sid and Marty Krofft series makes its return to DVD with a three-disc collection. Los Angeles, CA; July 11, 2001 - Sid and Marty Krofft redefined Saturday morning television for children in the early 1970s with wonderfully colorful shows likeH.R. PufnstufandLidsville. In 1973, the sibling puppeteers introducedSigmund and the Sea Monsters, their fourth series in five years and one of their biggest hits. The imaginative series, which originally aired on NBC from 1973 to 1975, followed the adventures of Sigmund Ooze - a friendly googly-eyed sea monster that ran away from his family after refusing to frighten people - Johnny and Scott Stuart (Johnny Whitaker and Scott Kolden) - played brothers who befriend Sigmund and kept him hidden in their backyard clubhouse. Vivendi Entertainment presents a three-DVD set with all 17 episodes from the show's debut season, bringing these treasured stories back into print after an absence of several years.SIGMUND AND THE SEA MONSTERS: SEASON 1will be available September 6 at all retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $29.93. The set's special features include commentaries by Whitaker and Kolden, plus an exclusive look at last year'sH.R. PufnstufAmerican Cinematheque event in Los Angeles. The extras...

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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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