Sid Krofft

Children's Show Creator


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In their three-and-a-half hour Archive interview (a half-hour solo interview for each and two-and-a-half hours together), brothers Sid and Marty Krofft recount their early years in a puppeteering family. They discuss working with Judy Garland and appearing on The Dean Martin Show. They describe creating their first television series, H.R. Pufnstuf, after achieving success in designing the live-action costumes for Banana Splits, which launched them into children's television. They also talk about the origin of their other cult-favorite programs including: Lidsville, The Bugaloos, Lost Saucer, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and Land of the Lost. They recount their involvement with amusement parks, and also speak of their lawsuit over McDonaldland. Karen Herman conducted the interview on July 27, 2000 in Sherman Oaks, CA. 

"Wherever I go, when people get so excited and impressed by what my brother and myself have done... I don't see it that way. I'm just having a good time. I can't believe that I get paid for this nonsense that I come up with. It's amazing."

Highlights
Sid Krofft on touring with The Ringling Bros. Circus
01:05
Sid and Marty Krofft on their pitch for H.R. Pufnsuf
02:08
Sid and Marty Krofft on creating Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
01:37
Sid and Marty Krofft on sage advice from Walt Disney
02:05
Sid and Marty Krofft on advice to aspiring puppeteers
00:49
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood and early influences; on how he got involved in puppetry; on his father's puppetry
10:33
On his favorite movies; on getting an agent and being billed as "the world's youngest puppeteer"; on touring with The Ringling Bros. Circus and his first television appearance; on Sonja Henning being a fan of his act and suggesting they put it on ice
13:36
On appearing on The Kate Smith Hour and The Ed Sullivan Show; on how he'd like to be remembered
03:04

Chapter 2

START OF JOINT INTERVIEW WITH MARTY KROFFT: On their collaboration; on putting together "Les Poupee de Paris" show; on their relationship with Six Flags and their appearances on The Dean Martin Show
16:32
On performing in Europe and their puppets in Six Flags taking off
02:49
On working on Hanna-Barbera's Banana Splits Adventure Hour
04:33
On creating H.R. Pufnsuf
04:43

Chapter 3

On the early days of H.R. Pufnstuf, pitching the show and gaining a solid reputation, but losing money; on problems with Standards & Practices on H.R. Pufnstuf
08:37
On the (false) drug lore surrounding the show; on the premise and cast of H.R. Pufnstuf
12:20
On production on the show; on the music of H.R. Pufnstuf; on the educational value and look of H.R. Pufnstuf
07:20

Chapter 4

On the end of H.R. Pufnstuf and the movie; on their favorite episodes of the show
02:28
On their lawsuit with McDonalds
02:06
On creating The Bugaloos and the success of the show; on the music on the program
10:24
On creating Lidsville and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters; on creating Land of the Lost
13:40

Chapter 5

On the concept and production of Land of the Lost; on the show's writers and the program's success
05:42
On creating Far Out Space Nuts and The Lost Saucer
02:13
On producing Donny & Marie; on working with the Osmond family
04:16
On creating The Krofft Supershow; on their creative partnership
05:17
On working on The Brady Bunch Hour; on the premise of Pink Lady; on their theme park, The World of Sid and Marty Krofft
11:16

Chapter 6

On producing Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters; on creating the syndicated show D.C. Follies
05:30
On their then-current projects; on advice to aspiring puppeteers
04:28
On B-roll of photos from their career: from Pink Lady, Land of the Lost, H.R. Pufnstuf, and from Sid Krofft's pre-television puppet shows; on the puppet versions of themselves
11:44
Shows

All in the Family

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Sid and Marty Krofft on creating Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and some characters being partly based on the British (original) version of All in the Family, ('Til Death Do Us Part)
01:39

Banana Splits Adventure Hour, The

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Sid and Marty Krofft on working on Hanna-Barbera's Banana Splits Adventure Hour
04:33

Brady Bunch Hour, The

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Sid and Marty Krofft on working on The Brady Bunch Hour
03:20

Bugaloos, The

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Sid and Marty Krofft on creating The Bugaloos
03:39
Sid and Marty Krofft on their responsibilities on The Bugaloos
02:05
Sid and Marty Krofft on the success of The Bugaloos
01:14
Sid and Marty Krofft on the music of The Bugaloos and not casting solely for musical talent
02:36
Sid and Marty Krofft on the adult audience of The Bugaloos and on child fans from the '70s still remaining fans
01:43
Sid and Marty Krofft on casting British talent for The Bugaloos
01:13
Sid and Marty Krofft on re-vamping The Bugaloos for a movie
00:20
Marty Krofft on photos from The Bugaloos
01:00

Dean Martin Show, The

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Sid and Marty Krofft on their appearances on The Dean Martin Show
00:48
Sid and Marty Krofft on their act on The Dean Martin Show and why they got fired from the show
02:40

Donny & Marie

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Sid and Marty Krofft on producing on Donny & Marie
02:43
Sid and Marty Krofft on working with the Osmond family on Donny & Marie
01:33

Ed Sullivan Show, The aka Toast of the Town

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Sid Krofft on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show
00:52

H. R. Pufnstuf

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Sid and Marty Krofft on their relationship with Six Flags amusement parks and the birth of "H. R. Pufnstuf"
01:19
Sid and Marty Krofft on creating H.R. Pufnsuf
03:48
Sid and Marty Krofft on the budget and production of H.R. Pufnsuf
00:55
Sid and Marty Krofft on the early days of H.R. Pufnstuf, pitching the show and gaining a solid reputation, but losing money
03:40
Sid and Marty Krofft on problems with Standards & Practices on H.R. Pufnstuf
04:31
Sid and Marty Krofft on the premise of H.R. Pufnstuf
01:58
Sid and Marty Krofft on the cast of H.R. Pufnstuf
06:52
Sid and Marty Krofft on some of the characters on H.R. Pufnstuf
02:03
Sid and Marty Krofft on production of H.R. Pufnstuf
04:22
Sid and Marty Krofft on the music and theme songs of H.R. Pufnstuf
01:20
Sid and Marty Krofft on the educational value and look of H.R. Pufnstuf
01:37
Sid and Marty Krofft on the end of H.R. Pufnstuf and the movie
01:10
Sid and Marty Krofft on their favorite episodes of H.R. Pufnstuf
01:19
Marty Krofft on a photo from H.R. Pufnstuf
00:30
Marty Krofft on a photo of the man who voiced H.R. Pufnstuf
00:46
Sid and Marty Krofft on a photo with a tree from H.R. Pufnstuf
00:28

Kate Smith Hour

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Sid Krofft on appearing on The Kate Smith Hour
00:17

Land of the Lost

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Sid and Marty Krofft on creating Land of the Lost
01:06
Sid and Marty Krofft on the concept and production of Land of the Lost
03:11
Sid and Marty Krofft on the writers on Land of the Lost coming from Star Trek
00:33
Sid and Marty Krofft on the success of Land of the Lost
00:51
Sid and Marty Krofft on their favorite episodes of Land of the Lost
01:07
Marty Krofft on photos from Land of the Lost
01:56

Lidsville

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Sid and Marty Krofft on creating and pitching Lidsville
02:02
Sid and Marty Krofft on casting Lidsville
02:47
Sid and Marty Krofft on the hat characters on Lidsville
00:53

Star Trek

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Sid and Marty Krofft on the writers on Land of the Lost coming from Star Trek
00:33
Topics

1939-40 World's Fair

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Sid Krofft on the 1939 World's Fair
00:51

Advice

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Sid and Marty Krofft on sage advice from Walt Disney
02:05
Sid and Marty Krofft on advice to aspiring puppeteers
00:49

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Sid and Marty Krofft on problems with Standards & Practices on H.R. Pufnstuf
04:31

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Sid and Marty Krofft on Michael Eisner being a mentor and offering them opportunities
00:31

Historic Events and Social Change

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Sid Krofft on the 1939 World's Fair
00:51

Pivotal Career Moments

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Sid and Marty Krofft on Michael Eisner being a mentor and offering them opportunities
00:31

Pop Culture

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Sid and Marty Krofft on the theme songs to H.R. Pufnstuf
00:35

TV Theme Songs

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Sid and Marty Krofft on the theme songs to H.R. Pufnstuf
00:35

Television Industry

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Sid and Marty Krofft on sage advice from Walt Disney
02:05
Sid and Marty Krofft on problems with Standards & Practices on H.R. Pufnstuf
04:31
Sid and Marty Krofft on advice to aspiring puppeteers
00:49
Professions

Performers

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Sid and Marty Krofft on advice to aspiring puppeteers
00:49

Puppeteer

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Sid and Marty Krofft on advice to aspiring puppeteers
00:49
Genres

Children's Programming

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Sid and Marty Krofft on creating H.R. Pufnsuf
23:23
Sid and Marty Krofft on the creation and production of H.R. Pufnstuf
28:17
Sid and Marty Krofft on creating The Bugaloos
10:24
Sid and Marty Krofft on creating, pitching, and casting Lidsville
05:41
Sid and Marty Krofft on creating Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
06:53
Sid and Marty Krofft on the concept and production of Land of the Lost; on the show's writers and the program's success
05:42
People

Joseph Barbera

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Sid and Marty Krofft on working on Hanna-Barbera's Banana Splits Adventure Hour
04:33

Jimmy Carter

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Marty Krofft on President Carter watching one of their puppet shows
00:41

Cyd Charisse

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Marty Krofft on a photo of him with Cyd Charisse
00:36

Walt Disney

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Sid and Marty Krofft on sage advice from Walt Disney
02:05

Michael Eisner

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Sid and Marty Krofft on Michael Eisner being a mentor and offering them opportunities
00:31

Judy Garland

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Sid and Marty Krofft on touring with Judy Garland and beginning their collaboration
01:06
Sid and Marty Krofft on the inspiration for "Judy the Frog" on H.R. Pufnstuf
00:44

Billy Graham

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Sid and Marty Krofft on Billy Graham not approving of their "Les Poupee de Paris" show and the publicity surrounding it
02:41

Jerry Lewis

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Marty Krofft on a photo of him with Jerry Lewis on Pink Lady
00:29

Liberace

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Sid and Marty Krofft on touring with Liberace and why they got fired from The Dean Martin Show
01:07

Penny Marshall

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Sid and Marty Krofft on Penny Marshall auditioning for "Witchiepoo" on H.R. Pufnstuf
00:26

Dean Martin

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Sid and Marty Krofft on their act on The Dean Martin Show and why they got fired from the show
02:40

Mike Nichols

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Sid and Marty Krofft on Mike Nichols being a fan of H.R. Pufnsuf
00:25

Fred Silverman

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Sid and Marty Krofft on the premise of Pink Lady
05:01

Ed Sullivan

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Sid Krofft on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show
00:52

Larry White

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Sid and Marty Krofft on Larry White suggesting they create their own show, which became H.R. Pufnsuf
03:48

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