Rumor Control: The Krazy Kreations of Sid and Marty Krofft on the big screen

I don’t know if this is true, but it would be awesome if Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and H.R. Pufnstuf are going to join Land of the Lost on the list of Sid and Marty Krofft shows making the leap to the big screen. (Marty Krofft has been talking for nearly a decade about getting Sigmund and Pufnstuf movies made, so we’ll believe it when we see it.) Usually, I dread the idea of movies adapted from old TV shows, but it’d be hard to ruin the Krofft oeuvre, since their early ’70s Saturday morning shows were so weird and, really, not that great. Of course, like the rest of Gen X, I loved those shows anyway (despite their narrative sloppiness, laughable cheapness, and ridiculously broad campiness) for the imaginative silliness of their psychedelic visuals. A world populated by giant talking hats? Why not? A fey dragon with a Southern accent? Sure!

Of course, the Krofft brothers have always denied that drugs influenced their trippy creations, but the hallucinogenic qualities of Lidsville, Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos, and other Krofft shows is so disorienting, it’s a wonder the brothers were able to get away with foisting them on a captive audience of kids already hopped up on sugary cereals. So even a hacky director couldn’t turn these programs into something more inept and off-putting than the originals. Still, wouldn’t you love to see what a gifted fantasist like Peter Jackson or Guillermo Del Toro could do with this material? Though I doubt anyone will ever do a better tribute to the Kroffts than this travesty homage by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross on Mr. Show.

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  • Bethann

    I always maintain that this stuff looks like someone’s bad acid trip, but I know my husband would drag me to be the first people in line to see such a movie…

  • Stephanie T.

    It’s official, you can now smoke pot in a movie theater as well as at a rock concert. :-p

  • Snarf

    H.R Puffenstuff directed by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp as Puffenstuff and Helena Bohem-Carter as Witchy-Poo. Come on! is that a match made in heaven or what?

  • khrystyne

    Oh my god, The Bugaloos was my favorite show when I was six. I just got the complete series DVD set last week!

  • Pamela

    HR Pufnstuf and The Bugaloos were quality kids’ TV, Gary! Ahhh, my mis-spent childhood.
    Just look at what today’s ankle-biters get: Tinky, Winky, a purple dinosaur, a cute rounded face kid that likes exploring (looking at you Ms “eat too many pies” Explorita), a bunch of Australian men dressed in yellow who should know better (are the Wiggles of higher quality than the Banana Splits? Nah nah naaa, na na na naaah, I say. That sounded soooo much better in my head). No less trippy, seems to me.

  • Elizabeth

    Why didn’t Cross bust out that wig for “Arrested Development”?

  • jes

    Lo-o-OVED Sigmund and the Sea Monsters!! Oh, Saturday mornings. :::::::siiiiigh:::::::

  • Al Fredo

    I’ll be contrarian. While this was a big presence growing up (Pufnstuf especially; I wanted that flute as bad as Witchypoo), I think it can stay in the past as a fond remembrance.

  • JoeC

    Weren’t the Kroffts responsible for ‘Land of the Lost?’ Man, as a pre-teen I had a big crush on the girl who played Holly on that show. It seemed so scary then….

  • KateDFW

    When will the “Banana Splits” Movie be made?

  • Stephanie T.

    I actually have The Dickies version of The Banana Splits theme on my MP3 player. The song is so much fun, but the show really was not a show. The Splits were really just hosts of some children’s shorts and cartoons from Sid and Marty Kroft, and they would have some songs in the middle.

  • DanOregon

    Forget separate movies, I would pay to see a mish-mash of all of the Kroftt players, featuring Jack Black as a grown up Jimmy.

  • Robert

    I remember a show with Ruth Buzzie and Jim Neighbors, where they were space androids… Anyone remember the name?

  • strickens_girl

    omg please no! My grandmother took me to see the HR Pufnstuf movie in the theater when I was little and I still have nightmares to this very day. THE HORROR!!

  • cindy

    the show with ruth buzzi was “lost saucer” i remember it now, it had jim nabors in it too.

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