Word is out today that an old childhood favorite from those wonderful Kroft Brothers is making its way back into production with Amazon Studios. Sigmund and the Seas Monsters has been ordered to pilot with a redesigned and upgraded look. Could this be the start of a revival for more of those classic 70’s Saturday morning kids shows?
If you’re old enough to have seen this on television like me then you already know the series plot, but for you younger folks that has never had the pleasure of watching Sigmund and the Sea Monsters while scarfing down a big bowl of Captain Crunch in front of the family television, here’s the synopsis.
Sigmund is a sea monster. He’s also a tremendous embarrassment to his family because, unlike a normal sea monster, Sigmund has no desire to scare anybody. He runs away from home rather than scare people, and meets up with Johnny and Scott. The three become best friends and Johnny and Scott keep Sigmund in their clubhouse. Johnny and Scott spend their time alternately (A) keeping Sigmund from being kidnapped by his family and (B) keeping him a secret from everyone else.
That’s right, it’s E.T. for Sea Monsters. Marty Kroft had this to say at the announcement:
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.
Roy Rice, Vice President of Amazon Studios said:
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.
Man this brings back memories. The Kroft Brothers produced a ton of children’s television: H.R Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos, Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, the list goes on. They used a ton of practical and some special effects that back in the day were high-end, but still cheesy as possible. Let’s not forget all the lipsync!!! Yep there was a ton of music in the show and every damn time they recorded it with the actor (Johnny Whitaker) actually singing the song and then had the actors lipsync it for the camera. What the hell is up with that?
Seriously, if any show was made for television with a cast and crew that were high as hell during production then Sigmund and the Sea Monsters was it. Those guys had to be tripping mushrooms the entire series.