• Sigmund and the Sea Monsters – Season One (2011)

    Sigmund and the Sea Monsters - Season One (2011) by Barry Meyer Sid & Marty Kroftt Classic Now on DVD! It’s oft been said that today’s kids demand more from their entertainment. This usually comes from producers and promoters, and all the others who profit from children’s’ entertainment… as well as the parents who consume it. They would have us all believe that our little Dakotas and Skylars and Hunters would never be caught watching the stuff we used to watch, because it’s so simple and booooring. Truth be told, kids are gonna watch what ever catches their eye, be it a black and white cartoon of Popeye, a Punch and Judy puppet show, or a flip book cartoon. And truth be told, it’s the parents who are demanding more from their kid’s entertainment. They want to see stuff in the programming that they can relate to, or that makes them laugh. And the producers are all too obliging, because they know who’s buying the stuff —it’s the parents, not the kids. I like to prove the theory of theirs wrong. I regularly my li’l Pop Cereal flakes with a good dose of retro kid fun. And truth be told… they love it. Sure...

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    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 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 Sid & Marty Krofft's father Peter Krofft, discovered seven-year-old Sid (born July 30, 1929) had puppeteering talent and auditioned him in his own production of “Snow...

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