Diving into more children’s programming, Amazon Studios has inked a development deal with sibling TV producers Sid and Marty Krofft to develop a pilot based on their ’70s kidvid live-action series “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.”
The pilot may or may not be turned into a full series. The company has not set a premiere date for the “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” pilot.
“Sigmund and the Seam Monsters” aired on NBC from 1973-75, becoming a syndication staple on local TV stations through the rest of the decade. In the quirky show, the titular sea monster is booted from his home by his nefarious brothers for being too nice, whereupon Sigmund is befriended by two boys who hide him in their clubhouse.
“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,” Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said.
Added Marty Krofft, “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.”
For subscription VOD service, children’s programming has become a hotbed of competition — as kids turn to Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and other services rather than traditional TV networks.
The Krofft brothers had strong run of kids’ TV shows in the ’70s and ’80s, with their trademark combo of live action and puppetry. Sid and Marty had their TV 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.
Other Krofft productions included “The Bugaloos” on NBC (1970), “Lidsville” on ABC (1971) and “Land of the Lost” on NBC (1975). Later series include “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.”
Other original children’s programming currently available from Amazon Studios includes “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” a live-action series for kids 6-11; animated “Tumble Leaf” from Bix Pix Entertainment; “Creative Galaxy” from Angela Santomero (creator of “Blue’s Clues”); and live-action series “Annedroids,” from Sinking Ship Entertainment. It also has ordered a full series of “Wishenpoof!” from Santomero.