A Trippy Memory Lane
March 15, 2003 8:43 PM   Subscribe

Wanna buy a piece of your childhood? Sid & Marty Krofft were the creative minds behind a rash of trippy children's television programs in the 1970s (who can forget H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos,Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Land of the Lost and many, many others?). Now they're auctioning off puppets, props and drawings from over three decades of their television shows. Who wouldn't want to own their own Sleestak?
posted by filmgoerjuan (20 comments total)
Fantastic post, I need to go listen to theme to Bugaloos now. Thanks!
posted by riffola at 8:45 PM on March 15, 2003

Nice links! I had an H.R. Pufnstuf lunch box in 1st grade, looking at these prices I wish I still had it. Time to go do some serious looking. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
posted by RunsWithBandageScissors at 8:47 PM on March 15, 2003

The "Bugaloos" theme is soooooo persistent...once in my head (as it is now), it will take about 7 weeks to get it out. But damn, the female (Joy?) was gorgeous, even to a six year old boy.

And re: HR Pufnstuf -- jolly good fun, childhood memory, and all that -- but what the f**k WAS that creature, anyway...?

And who can forget Charles Nelson Reilly in his *greatest* role ever as the Evil Genius of Lidsville? Wow.
posted by davidmsc at 9:17 PM on March 15, 2003

wow wow wow! thanks for the post. a few years ago tvland (or something) had a syd and marty kroft marathon. i have a vhs of it somewhere. SO MANY MEMORIES.
posted by tomplus2 at 9:37 PM on March 15, 2003

On H.R. Pufinstuf, all the mushrooms talk... hmmm
posted by Fupped Duck at 10:29 PM on March 15, 2003

Lidsville was ultra-creepy.
posted by Vidiot at 10:29 PM on March 15, 2003

Kathy Coleman was the first girl I ever had a crush on. I mean, at eleven years old I was seriously obsessed with those blond braids and that red and white checked shirt.

Years later, I saw a rerun of Land of the Lost (the first incarnation of which, if you didn't know, featured TONS (scroll down to the writer's credits) of well known names writing for it) and noticed all the actors wore as much pancake makeup as your every day drag queen.

It all came together for me then in a sweet, sweet epiphany.

Thanks for the memories!
posted by WolfDaddy at 10:30 PM on March 15, 2003

I seem to remember really liking Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. I mean, what's not to love? Beaches, surfing, sentient seaweed and a campy Rip Taylor.
posted by dejah420 at 10:35 PM on March 15, 2003

Re: Land of the Lost credits

Holy smokes! Bill Laimbeer from the Detroit Pistons played a sleestak.

The writers' credits are mindblowing. I had no idea. No wonder I was hooked on it. Ted Sturgeon, Larry Niven, Ben Bova, DC Fontana
posted by billder at 10:56 PM on March 15, 2003

So I wasn't the only one creeped out by Lidsville?
posted by nyxxxx at 12:28 AM on March 16, 2003

more bugaloos!
posted by quonsar at 3:06 AM on March 16, 2003

I'll just step in to mention the fine "Mr. Show" parody of H. R. Puffnstuff, "The Altered State of Druggachussets," and quietly leave.
posted by UKnowForKids at 5:40 AM on March 16, 2003

Lidsville is the Koo-Koo-Kookiest,
Lidsville is the Ki-Ki-Kickiest,
Lidsville is the Groo-Groo-Grooviest...

(i wonder too what they were smoking the night they dreamed that show up--but it was hysterical to this 2nd grader)

Living Island also has tons of info and links to all the theme songs (it was the name of pufnstuf's island, and is run by the Kroffts)

and juan! mwahhh!

posted by amberglow at 9:26 AM on March 16, 2003

"To this day, the scars of Lidsville run deep through American society," Kreutz said. "Remember, approximately 40 million Americans were exposed to this show as children, so we're talking about a mass, televised trauma whose psychological ramifications continue to weigh heavily on our collective national psyche."

from The Onion, of course.
posted by O9scar at 10:23 AM on March 16, 2003

Hnnh-hnnh-hnnnnnnnhhhh! How's that for a topper? Hnnh-hnnnnnhhhh!
posted by LinusMines at 11:07 AM on March 16, 2003

Dude, I just bought a sleestak - now I gotta wait til October I guess...
posted by Big_B at 2:08 PM on March 16, 2003

LinusMines, that line ("How's that for a topper...?") has been, probably, the single most persistent phrase lodged in my head from the first time I saw that show back in the day...the way CNR sneered it, with that strange laughing/mocking noise (as you captured adequately), has remained buried in my psyche...can't get it out...no matter what...
posted by davidmsc at 2:20 PM on March 16, 2003

$12K-$18K for this...un-freakin-believable.

Only if it included Joy.
posted by davidmsc at 2:22 PM on March 16, 2003

There used to be a Sid & Marty Krofft theme park here in Atlanta, so I hear [PDF]. Glad I missed it. Put me in the "those shows were creepy" camp; Some of us are just old enough to remember them, but too young to have understood what the hell was going on. I don't know very much about the Kroffts, but I'm willing to bet they never took a child psychology class. To a three-year-old most of their shows were pure nightmare fuel.

Someone needs to buy all the Sleestak stuff and burn it.
posted by tyro urge at 2:56 PM on March 16, 2003

There used to be a Sid & Marty Krofft theme park here in Atlanta, so I hear.

yeah, it's strange to conrast CNN Center today (and the tour thereof) with those old maps of the theme park.
posted by Vidiot at 3:56 PM on March 16, 2003

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