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Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft Reflect on Road to Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Variety
Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft Reflect on Road to Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award
Sid and Marty Krofft created memorable, magical Saturday morning live-action television shows including “H.R. Pufnstuf,” “Land of the Lost” and “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl,” but their success extends far beyond sea monsters, magic flutes and Vroom Brooms. They’ve entertained millions, employed thousands and inspired many of today’s content creators — they’re still in production today with “Mutt & Stuff,” which airs on Nickelodeon. Recently, a revival of “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” appeared on Amazon. Now, the dynamic duo is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

“It’s not easy to be in the business with your relatives,” says Marty Krofft. “But we’ve lasted longer than most marriages in the world.”

“You just make it work,” says Sid Krofft. “We’ve been together professionally for 60 years. We argue, but that’s just part of being Sid and Marty Krofft.
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Sabrina, Samantha and More: The Best Witches in Pop Culture History

Sabrina, Samantha and More: The Best Witches in Pop Culture History
Who's the best witch in all pop culture-dom?

That's a tough question to answer, since movies and TV have offered us all manner of witchy women. Some are good. Some are bad. Some are beautiful (but aren't so nice inside) and some look scary (but are still a lot of fun). In lieu of power ranking the various pop culture spellcasters, we've heralded their individual achievements with yearbook-style superlatives.

1. Most Improved: Mildred Hubble in The Worst Witch

Mildred (Fairuza Balk) is a witchy underdog. No one at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches thinks much of Mildred's potential as master of the supernatural elements,
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Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season on Blu-Ray Today!

Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Seasonnow Available On Blu-rayfrom Warner Archive Collection

First 52 Episodes of Popular Animated Series Arrive Today on Two Blu-Ray Discs

Teen Titans Go!, the popular Warner Bros. Animation television series airing on Cartoon Network, gets the full HD treatment via Warner Archive Collection when Teen Titans Go! The Complete First Season debuts on Blu-rayTM today (April 21). Orders are now available via wbshop.com.

What happens after everyone’s favorite teenage super heroes have saved the planet from total annihilation? Swing by Titans Tower and find out as Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy chill out after a hard day of crime fighting and take on some real challenges like laundry, chores, video games and plain ol' trying to get along! Enjoy the laughs when Beast Boy introduces his new villainous girlfriend, Raven's demonic father stops in for a visit, or Cyborg has his birthday
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Pufnstuf

Here’s another installment featuring Joe Dante’s reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!

Modest, lively juvenile fantasy‑with‑music from the TV series combines live actors and life‑sized puppet characters in broad slapstick. Ok for matinee and family trade. Rating: G.

Economically expanded from Sid and Marty Krofft’s Saturday morning NBC‑TV kiddie show, Pufnstuf is lively and flashy enough to hold the attention of the kids for whom it was designed, although the fantasy has a plastic aura which prevents it from attaining a much higher level than that of cardboard whimsy. A smart merchandising deal with TV sponsor Kellogg, a ready‑made audience, and its G‑rated comic nature will enable the Universal release to score in family situations and kiddie matinees, though it definitely requires a
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Party Favors: Hufn Pufnstuf

  • Quick Stop
Lidsville -Sid Krofft talked to me over the phone. That’s almost as wild and weird as the shows he created with his brother Marty that dominated the ’70s. Their live action Saturday morning series mixed puppets and people went perfect with the sugar rush from a fresh bowl of Count Chocula. This was like a weird childhood dream as I had so many questions that had puzzled me since childhood. Krofft was eager to give answers.

He was excited about Vivendi Entertainment’s recent release of H.R. Pufnstuf: The Complete Series Collector’s Edition. There’s also a normal H.R. Pufnstuf: The Complete Series. What’s the difference? A cool bobblehead of H.R. Pufnstuf. I’ve had little contact with the bobblehead since my two year-old has turned it into her new best friend. I told Sid Krofft how another generation has embraced the lizard hero of my youth.
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[TV] H. R. Pufnstuf

"Who's your friend when things get rough?" the theme song asks us. A 7-foot, green, dragon-man with red hair, a southern accent and a mayor's sash; that's who! For a generation of kids who grew up in the late sixties (Of which I'm one) H.R. Pufnstuf holds a special, nostalgic place. Today, guys in big, rubber costumes pretending to be benign monsters went out with Barney, but there was a time when kids weren't so jaded about such things.

Looking at it today, if you aren't familiar with 60s children's TV, you might be put off by the show's deliberately psychedelic appearance and ask "What the hell were they smoking when they made this?" That's actually a valid question, since H. R. Pufnstuf was the product of a period where certain shows were marketed toward both young children and also young adult stoners. Producers Sid and Marty Krofft churned out
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Videolog News: Machines that Made the Moon Possible

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In this incarnation of our Videolog column (which began in 1982 with VHS and Betamax and later laserdisc), Starlog posts information (usually on Tuesdays) on selected genre titles being released (or re-released) on DVD and Blu-ray. Here’s what’s new (not much this week).

DVD Releases for July 14, 2009:

Bewitched: The Comple Eighth Season (Sony, $39.95): The magic of Elizabeth Montgomery’s sitcom ends in this eighth and final year, which consists of 26 episodes on four discs. The guest stars this season include Peter Lawford, Julie Newmar, Bernie Kopell and Witchiepoo herself, Billie Hayes.

The Haunting In Connecticut (Lionsgate, single disc, $29.95; Unrated Special Edition, $34.98; Blu-ray, $39.99): You have three choices when it comes to buying this DVD of the Virginia Madsen-starring supernatural thriller supposedly based on a true story. If you want to see the longer version of the film, go for the “Unrated Special Edition” or Blu-ray,
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AOL Picks TV's Best Witches

  • Comicmix
Being Halloween, lots of places are running themed lists including beleaguered AOL which attempts to list the Top 20 witches on television. While we don’t find any glaring omissions, we wonder about many of the placements.

20. Alex Russo, The Wizards of Waverly Place

19. Miss Cackle, The Worst Witch

18. Marge Simpson, Treehouse of Horror VIII

17. Amanda Tucker, Tucker's Witch

16. Ella, Hex

15. Witch Hazel, Looney Tunes

14. Endora, Passions

13. Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan), Charmed

12. Tabitha Stephens (Lisa Hartman), Tabitha

11. Mildred Hubble (Fairuza Balk), The Worst Witch

10. Prue Halliwell (Shannen Doherty), Charmed

9. Endora (Agnes Moorehead), Bewitched

8. Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo (Billie Hayes), H.R. Pufnstuf

7. Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano), Charmed

6. Tabitha (Juliet Mills), Passions

5. Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart), Sabrina the Teenage Witch

4. Grandmama Addams (Blossom Rock), The Addams Family

3. Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs), Charmed

2. Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan), Buffy the Vampire Slayer

1. Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montrgomery), Bewitched

We applaud Piper over her sisters given
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H.R. Pufnstuf & Sigmund and the Sea Monsters: Headed to the Big Screen?

Any kid who grew up in the 1970s likely remembers the psychedelic kids' shows H.R. Pufnstuf and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. Well, if Sid and Marty Krofft have their way, the kids of today will become acquainted with their far-out characters as well.

Created by the Krofft brothers, H.R. Pufnstuf debuted on September 6, 1969. The brightly-colored series told the story of a young boy named Jimmy (Jack Wild) who owns a magic flute named Freddie. The boy is lured to Living Island by the evil Witchiepoo (Billie Hayes) who wants to steal the flute. Thankfully, the mayor of the island, H.R. Pufnstuf (voiced by show writer Lennie Weinrib), and his friends save Jimmy and manage to keep the boy from the evil witch's clutches. Though the series is well-remembered, it only ran for one season of 17 episodes.

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters followed the escapades of a sweet young sea monster,
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