• San Diego Comic-Con: Sleestaks and Sea Monsters with Sid and Marty Krofft

    I grew up in the seventies when Saturday mornings belonged to kids. I'd wake up at the crack of dawn and run downstairs to turn on the TV just loud enough to hear, but not loud enough to wake my still sleeping parents. There were some wonderfully cheesy programs on Saturday mornings, but my favorite show, the one I'd never miss, was Land of the Lost. First, it had a fantastic opening sequence, with an earthquake and then a little raft plummeting to it's near doom. Second, it had a theme song that to this day, I can sing on cue. And lastly, it had Sleestaks, those creepy human-alien-lizard-things-in-rubber-suits-that-hissed. I hated the Sleestaks and they scared me so much that they gave me nightmares, but I still loved that show. At San Diego Comic-Con on Friday I attended a panel with the show's creators, Sid and Marty Krofft, and I was star-struck. These two little old men sat at a table on a stage while fans who still remember shows like Banana Splits, Sigmund and the Sea Monstersand H.R. Pufnstuf delighted in their every word. We listened as they talked about their early lives selling cars and working in a circus. We heard about how cheaply their...

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  • San Diego Comic Con: Krofft Panel Coverage

    Sid and Marty Krofft have come to Comic-Con for years and yet there’s still a little bit of a performer’s opening night fears as they wait in the wings to come onstage for a panel, the brothers say.     “I’m really surprised that there are so many people here to see us,” says Sid Krofft, at 81 the older brother. “I always think that we’re going to walk out and nobody’s going to be there — who would remember us after 40 years?”   But just mention the names of some of the iconic late ’60s and ’70s TV series they created – “H.R. Pufnstuf,”“The Bugaloos,” “Land of the Lost,” and “Lidsville,” to name a few — and watch people’s eyes light up with memories. Or listen to Sid describe one woman at the panel he and Marty did on Friday morning here.   “She said, ‘I have children and I grew up with all of your shows, and I want to thank you,’” Sid Krofft says, describing how the woman started crying, overcome, midway through her comments. “She said, ‘There’s nothing out there for kids that’s so pure.’”   There’s also little out there that’s so over-the-top wild, with giant puppets, bright colors, and sometimes what-were-they-on-when-they-came-up-with-THAT? craziness? “H.R....

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  • H.R. Pufnstuf – The Complete Series DVD Review: can’t get enough Pufnstuf

    It was the start of the fall television season in 1969 when children were first pulled into The World Of Sid & Marty Krofft. For over a decade, their shows would rule the live-action corner of Saturday morning television. These weren't just shows with live actors -- these shows existed within lands that were full of bright colors, oversized puppets, talking animals, and objects and most importantly, where good was always good and evil wasn't so scary. Their first show, H.R. Pufnstuf, was their first show and it's often the one that is thought of when the Krofft name is invoked. H.R. Pufnstuf - The Complete Series is being released again this month from Vivendi Entertainment. There was a Complete Series a few years ago that was a bit more expensive with more commentaries. This scaled back version is very affordable and looks great (especially for those of us who watched the series originally on B&W televisions). The series lasted for two seasons and contains 17 episodes. This initial foray into episodic children's television for Sid & Marty Krofft set the template that they would use for the rest of the 1970s. The basics of the...

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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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