Thursday, October 26, 2006

Sid and Marty Krofft made me what I am today!

A blue mutant? No, no that's not it. A fan of fantasy and sci-fi of course. You probably have to be a bit older, like me, to remember the shows put out by Sid and Marty Krofft. But if you are my age, chances are you not only remember, but devotedly watched them like I did. I mean, who could resist? Talking cars (before Knight Rider), bugs, sea monsters and whatever a Pufnstuf is. If I try to remember the Sid and Marty Krofft shows I watched as a kid, the first one that comes to mind is Land of the Lost. My husband and I still refer back to this show; usually it's something like, doesn't that guy look like Chaka? Land of the Lost was a show about a family, Rick, Will and Holly Marshall, who were rafting when a big earthquake hit and sucked through a dimensional portal into the Land of the Lost. I remember it kind of being a prehistoric place, populated by dinosaurs and cavemen like people-- including Chaka; though other people from other times in history were also brought there. Like all Krofft shows, the costumes are cheesy and the sets even worse. But who cares when you're a kid? I thought it was great. What could be better than reptilian/insectoid villains like the Sleestak? H.R. Pufnstuf is another Krofft show that has managed to become part of the vernacular of my life. Witches are not witches, they're Witchiepoo! This is another show where a human gets lost in another land. This time it's a boy named Jimmy who gets lost on Living Island, where everything is well....alive. H.R. Pufnstuf is a dragon who befriends Jimmy and tries to help him. Jimmy also has a talking flute named Freddie that Witchiepoo is always trying to get. And if that doesn't sound good enough, then how about the fact that Witchipoo rode a broom with with a steering wheel named Vroom Broom? I don't make this stuff up folks. And then there's Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. Oh, I loved Sigmund. Instead of a human getting lost, this time it was the sea monster who ended up in the human world. Sigmund left his mean sea monster family and ends up being taken in by Johnny and his brother Scott. There isn't much more to it than that. Again, totally cheesy costumes, but I swear, my son looked just like Sigmund when he got his first tooth in. Another one of my favorites was the Bugaloos This one was about a bunch of buglike people who had wings and could fly. I think I liked this one because they always played music. The Bugaloos were a musical group that lived in Tranquility Forest who were always being chased by the jealous Benita Bizarre. Bizarre was jealous of the Bugaloos talent and popularity and was always trying to catch them. And lastly, there was Wonderbug a show about a talking Dune buggy. Basically a rip off of Speed Buggy, a cartoon about a talking Dune buggy. But who cares about these things when you're a kid? I didn't. I just liked the show because it had a talking car. I mean, who doesn't? A lot of these shows, when I look at them as an adult, make me think they were conceived over several bong hits. And lots of people apparently felt the same way since there was this whole controversy over the name H.R. Pufnstuf. Many thought Pufnstuf referred to "puffin' stuff" like pot. The Krofft brothers denied this, but really, who comes up with stuff like the Vroom Broom and the Sleestak's when they're sober? I'm just sayin' But oh, the happy, lost Saturday afternoons I spent watching these shows. How lucky was I that I didn't have a Mom who insisted I do something more constructive with my time? Thanks Mom.

20 comments:

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

I remember seeing Wonderbug a few times, there was one episode where the villain turned WB evil -- he had a goatee and top hat and everything.

I haven't really seen much of the other shows, though I did see the Kroft Super Show. It had WB (I think), The Shrinker, Electrawoman and Dyna Girl, and Bigfoot and Wildboy.

SQT said...

How could I forget Bigfoot and Wildboy. I was looking on google to jog my memory and found it listed on jump the shark.
http://www.jumptheshark.com/b/bigfootandwildboy.htm

They voted that it never jumped the shark. Gawd, that's great. I do remember it now. Fun stuff.

Nate Smith said...

I've linked to you now. I didn't even know you were an admirer. Thanks! My mustache is science fiction. You should feature it sometime.

http://nateisablog.blogspot.com

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Oh yeah, I found that TNG episode that I referenced a few posts ago. It's titled Conspiracy

Nate Smith said...

Yeah, a story would be awesome. I look forward to it.

SQT said...

Nate

Oooh, a creative challenge. I must ponder........

Jon
Thanks!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I don't think any of those shows made it across the Atlantic to Britain.

Empress Bee said...

well honey i've linked you too, over by jon in the category of stuff i know nothing about... but, like jon, i'll defend your right to say it with my very life....

bee

SQT said...

Why thanks Bee!

SQT said...

Jean-Luc

The Bugaloos were actually played by British actors, though I don't know if the show ever aired in Britian. If you don't remember them though, it probably didn't

Andrew said...

Hi SQT,
Thanks so much for dropping by my site and for leaving such a supportive comment. I love it when new folks happen by and say hello. I'm glad you found me.

And I love the picture on your post -- it is so unashamedly fun and just "out there" -- it's great!

All the best,
Andrew
To Love, Honor and Dismay

Crunchy Carpets said...

Didn't the Kroft guys do the
Banana Splits!?

That was on in the UK in the 70's...very bizarre and the 'monsters' looked like the sea monsters in Sigmund and ... (we also have that on dvd. Our poor children).

My hubby gets sooo nostalgic over this stuff...the thing is..go look at the writers who contributed to Land of the Lost....big frakking names!!!

SQT said...

Ooooh, ooooh you said frakking. Does that mean you're a fan of Battlestar Galactica by chance??

SQT said...

I looked up the Banana Splits on Wikipidea. Turns out, the Krofft brothers created the Banana Splits, but Hannah Barbara produced the show. Which is probably why it wasn't listed on the Sid and Marty Krofft page. But score one for Crunchy Carpets. She knows her Krofft brothers when she see's it!

Crunchy Carpets said...

Lol.I aim to please....

and yes...don't get me started on BSG.

Barb said...

I remember the show you pictured here! And yes, even though I knew it was totally stupid, I watched it week after week. Didn't the opening sequence show a loop of the family going over a waterfall? So funny. Thanks for the memory jog.

SQT said...

Yeah, they did open the show with them going down the waterfall. I remember that pretty clearly. It was hokey, but I loved it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarge Charlie said...

Well now Miss Sqt, I reckon, with all the sothern charm I can muster, that I just must thank you so much for your nice comment. I am right proud that you looked in on my first blog, I sure hope I can keep you a looking.

Thanks agian

PS: I was a trekkie in the 60's.

lm1 said...

good lord woman.... I remember all of those and so does my husband... and yes we watched them faithfully. I just happened by your blog and read this part...wow!
i will tell my si-fi geeky friend all about you! she will love you.

SQT said...

Cool. The more sci-fi geeks the better.