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The World of Sid & Marty Krofft - The Bugaloos Complete Series (1970)

John McIndoe , Wayne Laryea  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: John McIndoe, Wayne Laryea, John Philpott, Caroline Ellis, Martha Raye
  • Writers: Marty Krofft, Sid Krofft
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino Theatrical
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 411 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F8OISW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The World of Sid & Marty Krofft - The Bugaloos Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Interviews and commentary with John McIndoe ("I.Q."), Caroline Ellis ("Joy") and John Philpott ("Courage")
  • Commentary with Sid Krofft and director Tony Charmoli
  • Photo gallery
  • The Bugaloos I.Q. Test, hosted by John "I.Q." McIndoe
  • The Bugaloos video jukebox

Editorial Reviews

Any history of rock 'n'roll's British invasion must certainly include The Bugaloos, the four-bug rock sensation of Tranquility Forest. From the limitless imagination of Sid & Marty Krofft comes this Saturday morning TV classic from 1970. The Bugaloos features the comic villainy of Benita Bizarre, the lovable neuroses of Sparky the Firefly, and, of course, the musical virtuosity of four British insects named Courage, Harmony, I.Q. and Joy. So get back to where you've always belonged-in the Krofft universe of young heroes, goofy puppets, great songs, and a million laughs.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're In The Air and Everywhere! June 30, 2006
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Man, does this take me back! The Bugaloos, a creation of Sid & Marty Krofft, are 4 teenage musical bugs who live in a surreal, psychedelic place called Tranquility Forest (along with their friend Sparky the Firefly) and are always prepared to fly to the aid of a friend in trouble.

I.Q., Harmony, Courage and (my favorite) Joy always seem to be at odds with the evil (but hilarious) Benita Bizarre, whose main goal is to become a famous rock singer. Benita stops at nothing to achieve fame, from kidnapping the Bugaloos to stealing their voices and even their wings! Though she and her flunkies bungle through every attempt, the Bugaloos always find a way to foil her plans.

With every episode, the Bugaloos treat you to a musical performance (a la Partridge Family style). With dreamy vocal harmonies and catchy pop/rock hooks, songs like "The Senses Of Our World", "I'm As Happy As Can Be" and "It's New To You" don't miss. These songs and more can be found on the Bugaloos Video Jukebox featured in this DVD set.

All 17 episodes of this show were restored brilliantly by Rhino. I haven't seen the Bugaloos since my VERY early childhood so this DVD set is a rare find a real treat! I can enjoy them now as I did when I was a kid.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Set, Very Pleased May 24, 2006
Growing up as a child in the 80's sometimes I would stay up late at night and catch H.R. Puff N Stuff or The Bugaloos on television. The next morning I would often think that the shows were a figment of my imagination. The beloved and cult Sid & Marty Kroft series The Bugaloos-The Complete Series is now available on DVD for the very first time.

The show is very much in its own place and time. It's very surreal. The Bugaloos is about four human actors who portray bugs (Courage, Harmony, I.Q., Joy) who live in Tranquility Forest. They also share their world with villains Benita Bizarre who really steals the show sometimes.

What makes the show truly unique besides the setting is the music. The characters sing great songs and The Bugaloos is considered a factor when discussing the British music invasion.

The Bugaloos-The Complete Series all 17 episodes of the show on three discs. The set also includes brand new special features which include cast interviews and commentary with Sid Kroft and show director Tony Chamoli among other features.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friends Indeed Should You Ever Need. September 20, 2006
If you remember this show as a kid and never got it out of your mind after all these years, you just have to get it. Not only is it a wonderful trip down memory lane, but introducing little relatives to Tranquility Forest will also be a pleasure for you as you watch a new generation learn important lessons like being able to do anything if you set your mind to it and learning the value of true friends.

I missed this short-lived series for so many years after the rare reruns on UHF and TVLand, so this DVD set is a genuine treasure for both myself and anyone else who ever loved this great cleancut show. All 17 episodes are here in blaringly irresistible color, right along with the great songs and the four English teenage bugs who won our hearts as children. My favorite episode is Benita's Double Trouble, in which IQ dresses up as Benita Bizaare in an attempt to rescue Peter Platter, and does a great impersonation of her. I always had a crush on "Big John" so maybe I'm prejudiced, but Little John Philpot (Courage) was no slouch either, and I always wanted to be Joy (Caroline Ellis). This was one of Sid and Marty Krofft's best Saturday morning shows; magical, colorful, imaginative, and full of great music, it's a shame there weren't more episodes. Still, we have to be grateful for what we got. Let's also give credit to our great villain, the late Martha Raye whose outfits and makeup alone were just a trip in themselves, and Billy Barty who played the cute little neurotic Sparky Firefly.

There are some really great extras in this box set as well, including interviews with Big John, Little John, and Caroline Ellis, as well as a trivia game, a video jukebox, and commentary on some of the episodes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A psychadelic romp June 2, 2006
I discoverd the Kroffts and their wacky brand of TV, a few years ago on TV Land. I had always heard about it from a friend back east, when I was in high school.

It all began with Pufnstuf, when I saw it. I didn't know what to think, it was quite unlike anything I had seen on TV. But a few years past, and eventually Pufnstuf came out on DVD.

I was amazed how well made these shows were, and this was true psychadelia. The Kroffts took you to lands where trees talked, hats walked, and sea monsters lived with boys. So, when I heard the Bugaloos was coming to DVD, I was over joyed.

The Bugaloos is about 4 teenage bugs that live in the forest. The show itself, has a very fantastical asthetic to it that is missing in many of the "head" aspects of our culture today. This is the live action equivilent of "The Beatles: Yellow Submarine". But the appeal goes way beyond there, the main villain in the show is Benita Bizzare(Martha Raye) who resembles a drag queen.

But I certainly recommend this show, for any fans of Head films...Psychadelia...Or just wants to remember simpler times before technology killed magic.

If you like this show, I also recommend picking up the rest of the Krofft catalog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy
I was a Sid and Marty kid.. and now my daughter is". had all their shows except the Bugaloos..thanx to you now I do. thanx. return customer! xx
Published 1 month ago by laura burch
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalia Runeth Over
When I was a kid this was one of my favorite Saturday morning shows. The visuals, the songs, the characters. I found it holds up pretty well after all this time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by infinte_variety
5.0 out of 5 stars They are in the air and everywhere - The Bugaloos....
The Bugaloos was an American children's television series, sortof the British version of the Monkees, produced by brothers Sidney Krofft and Martin Krofft, airing on NBC on... Read more
Published 14 months ago by carrollhollis
5.0 out of 5 stars bugaloos
arrived in a timely manner and in the way described. bugaloos are just as far out and funky as i remember
Published on May 26, 2011 by Sean P. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Bugaloos are perfect!
The bugaloos pack is the best thing to my daughter and me. Not only do I get to travel down memory lane but my 4 year old daughter loves the show. Read more
Published on March 16, 2011 by Baba 2
4.0 out of 5 stars The bugaloos
not quite how i remembered it ...lol but a great watch for the still today. quirky and daggy but good to see they werent racist even back then
Published on December 16, 2010 by mortie
5.0 out of 5 stars Castles in the Air!
I love the Bugaloos. Have ever since I was 6 years old in 1970, and I will love them until I die. Sounds stupid and mawkish, but I am not kidding. Read more
Published on November 20, 2010 by Carlisle Wheeling
5.0 out of 5 stars A Groovy Trip Back To The 70's.
"The Bugaloos" was the second series for television created by the great innovative minds of brothers Sid and Marty Krofft. Read more
Published on October 14, 2010 by johnnyb
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I made this purchase
I remember watching these shows when I was a child and loving them. I purchased this item hoping that my children would enjoy them too, and they do. Read more
Published on July 19, 2010 by Tesha
5.0 out of 5 stars bugaloos
buy this set it rock's!very well done in picture and sound!finally on dvd,and it was worth the wait!
Published on July 13, 2009
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