Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

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Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
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StarringBilly Barty
Johnny Whitaker
Scott Kolden
Mary Wickes
Joe Higgins
Rip Taylor
Fran Ryan
Fred Spencer
Paul Gale
Van Snowden
Sharon Baird
Sparky Marcus
Margaret Hamilton
Voices ofWalker Edmiston
Sidney Miller
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes29
Production
Producer(s)Sid and Marty Krofft
Running time25 minutes (per episode)
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 8, 1973 –
October 18, 1975

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters is an American children's television series that ran from September 8, 1973 to October 18, 1975, produced by Sid and Marty Krofft and aired on Saturday mornings. It was syndicated from December 1975 to June 1978 and later as part of the Krofft Superstars show from 1978 to 1985.

Plot[edit]

The show centered on two brothers named Johnny and Scott Stuart. While playing on the beach near Dead Man's Point, the two of them discover a friendly young sea monster named Sigmund who had been thrown out by his comically dysfunctional undersea family for refusing to frighten people. The boys hide Sigmund in their clubhouse.[1]

Sigmund, Scott and Johnny in the program's 1973 premiere episode, 1973.

Plotlines were very simple and straightforward, usually some variation on the idea of Sigmund doing something silly to arouse attention, and the boys working to prevent him from being found by Sigmund's brothers Blurp and Slurp who want Sigmund to scare people in order to impress their parents Sweet Mama Ooze and Big Daddy Ooze. The brothers also worked to hide Sigmund from their overbearing housekeeper Zelda, elderly neighbor Mrs. Eldels, and Sheriff Chuck Bevans. Strangely, the parents were never seen on the show, nor did they return home by the end of the series.

The episodes included songs as part of the plot development. The character(s), generally Johnny, would sing a song about what he was thinking or feeling about something going on in his life, from things that made him happy to anxiety about girls.

While videotaping the first episode of Season Two, a hot light fell and started a fire.[2] No one was injured, but the fire destroyed all of the sets and much of the costumes and other props.[2] Most of Season Two was taped with minimal sets.[2]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Sigmund Ooze (performed by Billy Barty, voiced by Walker Edmiston) - A sea monster who was kicked out of his family for not being able to scare a human.
  • Johnny and Scott Stuart (portrayed by Johnny Whitaker and Scott Kolden) - Two brothers who discovered Sigmund when they were playing at the beach

Ooze Family[edit]

The Ooze Family are a family of sea monsters that live out at Dead Man's Point. They kicked Sigmund out after he wouldn't scare a human. Most episodes would have them trying to harm Johnny and Scott to no avail. The Ooze Family consists of:

  • Big Daddy Ooze (performed by Sharon Baird, voiced by Walker Edmiston) - The patriarch of the Ooze family.
  • Blurp Ooze (performed by Bill Germaine and Larry Larsen, voiced by Walker Edmiston) - The brother of Sigmund.
  • Slurp Ooze (performed by Fred Spencer and Paul Gale, voiced by Walker Edmiston) - The brother of Sigmund.
  • Prince - The Ooze family's pet lobster who acts like the family dog.

Humans[edit]

  • Zelda (portrayed by Mary Wickes) - The overbearing housekeeper who watches over Johnny and Scott.
  • Mrs. Eldels (portrayed by Margaret Hamilton) - The elderly neighbor of Johnny and Scott.
  • Chuck Bevans (portrayed by Joe Higgins) - The local sheriff.
  • Gertrude (portrayed by Fran Ryan) - A housekeeper who briefly replaced Zelda during the second season. Gertrude was a tough USMC drill instructor. The boys were relieved when Zelda returned after Gertrude was scared away by the house being "haunted."

Other characters[edit]

  • Sheldon (portrayed by Rip Taylor) - A magical "Sea Genie" who lives in a shell that debuted during the second season. Unfortunately, Sheldon was a bumbler and his "whammy" spells seldom worked properly.
  • Shelby (portrayed by Sparky Marcus) - A Sea Genie who is Sheldon's nephew.

Music[edit]

The songs for the show were co-written by Danny Janssen, Bobby Hart and Wes Farrell.

A cover of the show's theme song, performed by Tripping Daisy, is included on the 1995 tribute album Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits, produced by Ralph Sall for MCA Records.

Album[edit]

Eleven songs from the show were released on Johnny Whitaker's album Friends (Music from the Television Series 'Sigmund and the Sea Monsters') (Chelsea Records, BCL1-0332).

All songs written by Danny Janssen and Bobby Hart, except where noted.

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Friends" (Janssen, Hart, Farrell)
  2. "Keep It a Secret"
  3. "A Simple Song"
  4. "The Magician"
  5. "Monster Rock" (Janssen, Hart, Farrell)
  6. "It's Up to You"

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Can't Get You Off My Mind"
  2. "Running 'Round in Circles"
  3. "Lovin' Ain't Easy"
  4. "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters"
  5. "Day and Night"

Production[edit]

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters was the first Krofft Saturday morning production that was produced for more than one season. Previous entries H.R. Pufnstuf (1969), The Bugaloos (1970), and Lidsville (1971) were in production with new episodes for only a single season.[2]

Sigmund, however, did not follow the "stranger in a strange land" premise as many of the previous Krofft shows had done. Other Krofft shows which did not follow the premise were Bugaloos, Bigfoot and Wildboy, Pryor's Place and Wonderbug.[2]

Costumes were created by Oliver Soublette.

One episode features an appearance by H.R. Pufnstuf and another that features Jack Wild (who had played Jimmy on H.R. Pufnstuf).

The series was created and produced by Sid & Marty Krofft and Si Rose.

Partial episode list[edit]

Episode Number Air Date Episode Title Synopsis
Season 1
S01E01 Sep. 8, 1973 The Monster Who Came to Dinner Johnny and Scott bring Sigmund home to live in their clubhouse.
S01E02 Sep. 15, 1973 Puppy Love Sigmund falls in love with a canine named Fluffy. Zelda cleans the clubhouse and Slurp tries to lure Sigmund home.
S01E03 Sep. 22, 1973 Frankenstein Drops In Sigmund's family kidnaps Scott, so Johnny dresses up like Frankenstein's monster to save him.
S01E04 Sep. 29, 1973 Is There a Doctor in the Cave? Johnny gets captured. The Wolfman makes a surprise appearance at the Ooze cave.
S01E05 Oct. 6, 1973 Happy Birthdaze Sigmund decides to surprise the boys by cleaning the house, but his brothers crash in.
S01E06 Oct. 13, 1973 The Nasty Nephew Zelda's obnoxious nephew Leroy stays the weekend.
S01E07 Oct. 20, 1973 Monster Rock Festival Sigmund submits his song to a radio songwriting contest and wins.
S01E08 Oct. 27, 1973 Ghoul School Days Sigmund runs away because he feels like he's getting in the way. The Assistant Principal visits to discuss the boys' slipping grades.
S01E09 Nov. 3, 1973 The Curfew Shall Ring Tonight Sigmund accidentally breaks Aunt Zelda's bowl and decides to get money from his family's cave to replace it, but he is caught after curfew by the sea monster sheriff.
S01E10 Nov. 10,1973 Sweet Mama Redecorates Sweet Mama decides to redecorate the sea monster cave.
S01E11 Nov. 17, 1973 Make Room for Big Daddy When Blurp and Slurp destroy the family Shellavision, they run away and move into the club house with Sigmund. Big Daddy chases them home, but elects to stay and watch the club house TV.
S01E12 Nov. 24, 1973 It's Your Move Sigmund's family evacuates the cave for a storm and Sigmund moves home to avoid Johnny and Scott's parents.
S01E13 Dec. 1, 1973 Trick or Treat On Halloween, Sigmund discovers the joys of trick or treating. The Ooze family learns that Sigmund has won a TV contest.
S01E14 Dec. 8, 1973 Uncle Siggy Swings Sigmund's Uncle Siggy comes for a visit and falls for Zelda.
S01E15 Dec. 15, 1973 The Dinosaur Show After thawing out of the ice, a caveman named Ook and his pet dinosaur Unkunk move into the Ooze's cave that they used to live in and force them out.
S01E16 Dec. 22, 1973 The Wild Weekend Jack Wild spends the weekend with the boys. Prince runs away from home.
S01E17 Dec. 29, 1973 Boy for a Day Sigmund gets amnesia and thinks he's a human boy.
Season 2
S02E01 Jul. 7, 1974 A Genie for Sigmund Sigmund finds a genie in a sea shell and meets Sheldon.
S02E02 Sep. 14, 1974 Paul Revere Rides Again Sheldon zaps Paul Revere into the club house to settle a dispute.
S02E03 Sep. 21, 1974 Now You See 'Em, Now You Don't Sheldon makes Johnny and Scott invisible.
S02E04 Sep. 28, 1974 Johnny-O, the Great With Sheldon's help, Johnny performs a magic act.
S02E05 Oct. 5, 1974 Super Sigmund Sigmund has Sheldon give him super strength.
S02E06 Oct. 12, 1974 Pufnstuf Drops In Sheldon accidentally zaps H.R. Pufnstuf into the club house.
S02E07 Oct. 19, 1974 Sheldon and the Nephew Sitters Sheldon has to baby-sit his magic nephew Shelby.
S02E08 Oct. 26, 1974 One Way Whammy to Tahiti Shelby sends Johnny and a girlfriend to Tahiti, but cannot bring them back.
S02E09 Nov. 2, 1974 Cry Uncle Zelda has to leave town.
S02E10 Nov. 9, 1974 The Haunted House While Zelda and the Sheriff are at the movies, the Oozes sneak into the house.
S02E11 Nov. 16, 1974 Mother Makes Ten Shelby's mother takes care of Burp and Slurp.
S02E12 Nov. 23, 1974 You Can't Beat a Magic Carpet Shelby and Sigmund get lost on a magic carpet ride.

Home media[edit]

In the United States, the first season of the show was released on DVD in 2005 by Rhino Entertainment, featuring all 17 original broadcast episodes, uncut and digitally remastered. It was released again in September 6, 2011 from Vivendi Entertainment. Although there were plans for season two to be released on DVD, it was scrapped because of low sales. In Australia, the complete series was released in a region-free four-disk set by Beyond Home Entertainment.[3] However this set (along with both U.S releases of season one) are now out of print and hard to find.

Reboot[edit]

In 2015 Sid and Marty Krofft announced that Amazon was partnering with them to create an updated version of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. In June 2016, the pilot was released.[4] In late 2016, it was announced that the pilot was picked up for a first season. Production for the first season occurred over the first half of 2017. A teaser trailer was released at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. In this version of the series, David Arquette plays Captain Barnabus who believes sea monsters are real and devotes his life to capturing them. Instead of living with a housekeeper, the boys are spending the summer at their aunt Maxine's with their cousin Robyn when they discover Sigmund. Seven episodes were released on October 13, 2017.[5] The rest of the cast consists of Solomon Stewart as Johnny, Kyle Breitkopf as Scott, Rebecca Bloom as Robyn, Eileen O'Connell as Aunt Maxine, Johnny Whitaker as Zach, Mark Povinelli as Sigmund, Drew Massey as the voice of Sigmund, Meegan Godfrey as Blurp, Michael Oosterom as the voice of Blurp, Dan Crespin as Slurp, Victor Yerrid as the voice of Slurp, Lexi Pearl as Mama, and Donna Kimball as the voice of Mama.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CD liner notes: Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits, 1995 MCA Records
  2. ^ a b c d e Martindale, David (1998). Pufnstuf & Other Stuff: The Weird and Wonderful World of Sid & Marty Krofft. St. Martin's Press. pp. 124–137. ISBN 1-58063-007-3.
  3. ^ "Fire-Breathing Dimetrodon Time: Sigmund and the Sea Monsters 1.2 – Puppy Love".
  4. ^ https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/sid-and-marty-krofft-sigmund-and-the-sea-monsters-revival-video-1201928730/
  5. ^ http://lufkindailynews.com/article_5e41b9b3-eec7-5708-b406-fb3276a59757.html

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