Amazon in talks with Sid and Marty Krofft to remake classic 70s series "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters"



My response to today's press release informing the world that Amazon plans to reboot the classic kids' show Sigmund and the Sea Monsters was very professional. Something along the lines of:


Sid and Marty Krofft are best known for their work on the Banana Splits and later, the trippy H.R. Pufnstuf (magical adventures of a boy named Jimmy, his talking flute, someone-or-thing named Witchiepoo and a 6-foot dragon – sure), along with TV shows including The Bugaloos (four British bugs form a band ... and sometimes surf), Lidsville (teenage boy falls into magician's hat, ends up in a land of living hats) and Lost Saucer (Ruth Buzzi and Jim Nabors are time-traveling androids. In the show, I mean). Sensing a certain, uh, psychedelic theme here? Oh, those free-to-be-you-and-me '70s. 

The first TV show I remember watching is the Kroffts' comparatively realistic though Slestack-filled Land of the Lost (the less said about that 2009 reboot, the better) and then later, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. I don't really remember the setup or the storyline ... just some redheaded kid and his pet pile of seaweed ... and maybe they had a band? Whatever. It was Saturday-morning rerun catnip to a 5-year-old.

Even stranger news is that Amazon is actually partnering with Sid and Marty Krofft on this project – if asked, I would've assumed they were no longer living or at the very least, brain-blasted by LSD use (see: show about a dragon and a flute, show about surfing insects, et cetera). But no – according to Roy Price, veep of Amazon Studios, "Sid and Marty are geniuses and we are honored to be working with them to bring to the world a return of what we believe is TV's most fabulous and funniest sea creature ever."

Marty Krofft's contribution is delightfully in character (or what I imagine his character to be): "Sid found Sigmund swimming in the ocean as seaweed. Boy, are we lucky to re-create Sigmund and the Sea Monsters with Roy Price and Tara Sorensen at Amazon Studios."


My fondest hope is that the Kroffts can warp the minds of another generation of youngsters. If the pilot gets picked up as a series, we'll let you know.

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