Kukla, Fran and Ollie - The First Episodes, Vol. 1
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The Kuklapolitan Players and their creator, Burr Tillstrom, are back in the first DVD of the earliest episodes of the Peabody and Emmy-award-winning series.
Order from The Burr Tillstrom Copyright Trust to receive the latest edition of Volume 1, which contains higher quality re-transfers of certain episodes not seen in the earlier editions of Vol. 1 sold by other sellers.
KFO is unique in television history: a live, ad-libbed, daily puppet show watched by more adults than children. Filled with references to the theater, opera, and current events, it counted Orson Welles, Katharine Hepburn, John Steinbeck, Tallulah Bankhead, and Adlai Stevenson among its many adult fans.
Burr Tillstrom’s ability to create over a dozen distinct characters (he was the only puppeteer) and his rapport with Fran Allison were essential to the show’s humor and believability.
The 20 black-and-white kinescopes in the set have undergone extensive audio and video restoration to provide the best possible presentation.
All episodes are presented complete and uncut, with commercials included. For a list of the episodes in the set, visit kukla.tv
The Washington Post
"The most authentically classic episodes are being released and they are, encouragingly, as wonderful as a former fan is likely to remember them."
The New York Times
"Irresistibly appealing...the Kuklapolitans must have seemed like welcome emissaries from a world where violence was unknown, and tensions could be resolved with the nuzzle of a felt nose. They scarcely seem less so now."
"This is a great set that will hopefully find its way into a lot of DVD collections. Highly recommended."
TV Worth Watching
"This simple show couldn't be wittier or more clever. What a surprise delight!"
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Top Customer Reviews
The episodes are all top notch. The selection chosen for this set gives you a really good cross section not only of the range of types of episodes they did, but also how the show evolved as it adapted to different time formats. The songs are all terrific. The fact that the show lasted for 10 years in it's initial run is a testament to the repartee between Burr Tillstrom and Fran Allison, but just as entertaining is the interaction between the Kuklapolitans and the mostly unseen crew who you can frequently hear laughing off-screen. The look of early kinescopes is what it is, and a lot of care has clearly gone into making these DVDs looks as good as they do (I can testify they look considerably better than any the very few episodes that have been available out there, in fact.)
For all it's antiquated technology, these shows really hold their own when stacked up against modern TV shows--even the best of them. Even though we're now living in a time when there's quite a lot of live television on the air again, we take it as a given that people are reading their lines off of a teleprompter and that the viewing experience is going to be heavily edited one. Here a single camera stares unflinchingly as a master performance artist (and his equally creative partner) improvise their way through a germ of an idea on a a single stage that is so simple it's almost stark. Compared to today's standards, KFO looks positively avant garde. This show looks like nothing that's on the air today, and it's very uniqueness makes it particularly refreshing.
Burr Tillstrom was a genius, and Fran Allison had both the poise and talent to do live television without a script, only the barest bones of an outline guiding her performance and interaction with Tillstrom's Kuklapolitan puppets. Stir in all of the original commercials, and those of us who remember when or want to learn about when TV was really Television will be delighted with this DVD set. Hurry and buy this before they run out!