Amazon Studios is partnering with veteran producers Sid and Marty Krofft to develop a reimagined pilot of their classic ‘70s children live-action series Sigmund And The Sea Monsters. The show centered on two brothers, Johnny and Scott Stuart who discover Sigmund, a friendly young sea monster who had been thrown out by his comically dysfunctional undersea family for refusing to frighten people.
“Sid found Sigmund swimming in the ocean as seaweed,” said Marty Krofft. “Boy, are we lucky to re-create Sigmund and the Sea Monsters with Roy Price and Tara Sorensen at Amazon Studios.”
Sid and Marty Krofft’s groundbreaking, live-action fantasy shows were mainstays of the Saturday morning airwaves, which had previously been the exclusive domain of cartoons. The Kroffts made their television debut in 1969 with NBC’s H.R. Pufnstuf, which centered on the magical adventures of a boy named Jimmy, a talking flute and a six-foot dragon. That was followed by The Bugaloos on NBC (1970) and Lidsville on ABC (1971). Sigmund And The Sea Monsters and Land Of The Lost premiered on NBC in 1974 and in 1975, respectively. Later kids shows included Far Out Space Nuts, Lost Saucer and The Krofft Supershow, which included installments of Wonderbug, Big Foot & Wildboy, Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, Dr. Shrinker and Kaptain Kool And The Kongs.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Kroffts also produced several popular primetime variety series such as The Donny and Marie Show, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, Pink Lady and Jeff and the top-rated Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters. In 1984, the Kroffts gave comedian Richard Pryor his own award-winning Saturday morning children’s series on CBS, Pryor’s Place, which explored important social issues such as child abuse, divorce and the importance of reading. The Kroffts got political in 1987 with D.C. Follies, a satirical TV series lampooning current events with larger-than-life puppets of celebrities, politicians and newsmakers.
“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,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios.