If you’re a child of the 70s, then the names Sid and Marty Krofft is one that brings a smile to your face. After all, they were the ones responsible for many childhood Saturday morning shows such as ‘Land of the Lost,’ ‘Electra Woman and Dyna Girl,’ ‘Far Out Space Nuts,’ and ‘H.R. Pufnstuff.’ Now Amazon has brokered a deal with these veteran producers to bring back another of their most popular shows, ‘Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.’
The original series consisted of 29 episodes which ran from 1973-1975 and centered on a sea monster named Sigmund (played by Billy Barty) who is thrown out of his home by his family because he refuses to scare people. He is soon “found” by two brothers, Johnny (played by Johnny Whitaker) and Scott (played by Scott Kolden), who take Sigmund under their wing and subsequently get into all sorts of comical situations trying to hide Sigmund, trying both to keep him from being discovered by the adults in their lives and by Sigmund’s brothers who are looking for him to return him back to Sea Monster Central.
This isn’t the first attempt to revive Sigmund’s adventures. Back in 2008, it was reported that the writer and producer of ‘The Simpsons,’ Dana Gould, was in the process of scribing a script for a feature film version for Universal. However, with the lackluster box office numbers from another of Sid & Marty Krofft creations, ‘Land of the Lost’ (starring Will Ferrell), the project was shelved. (Also shelved was the plans to bring ‘Electra Woman and Dyna Girl’ to the big screen.)
How Amazon plans this “re-imaging” of the series is yet to be known. Also unknown is whether they will have Sigmund as a costumed sea monster or be created via CGI. Whatever the decision, Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios, is very excited to be working with the Kroffts:
“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.”
At the moment, Amazon has only given the project a pilot order so it means we won’t be getting our weekly seaweed fix just yet. Once a pilot is made, Amazon will then let their viewers decide whether the project is worthy of moving forward. For some cases, enough votes were given for the project to go to series. In others (like in the case of ‘Zombieland’), that’s as far as it will go. ‘Sigmund and the Sea Monsters’ is just one of the many children’s shows that Amazon is currently developing so it will be interesting to see if nostalgia is enough to drive the pilot to series.
So while we wait for Sigmund’s return, we can at least relive the opening credit from the original series below!