Sigmund & the Sea Monsters: Season 1
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(Sep 06, 2011)
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Sigmund and the Sea Monsters was an American children's television series that ran from 1973 to 1975, produced by Sid and Marty Krofft and aired on Saturday Mornings. The show centered on two brothers, Johnny and Scott Stuart, who discover Sigmund, a friendly young sea monster who had been thrown out by his comically dysfunctional undersea family for refusing to frighten people. The boys hide Sigmund in their clubhouse.
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The visual/audio quality is exactly the way it should be. Sure, I'm a collector of old show but if this looked like it was made yesterday with overdone cleanup I'd be oddly disappointed. Not to say it looks bad, it just looks like 1970s TV on your 42" plasma. That's a good thing. ;)
I really like that packaging for the same reason. THIS is how it should have looked when Rhino did it, but they chose a minimalist approach with just Sigmund on the front. Here we get something with over-saturated color like the 1970s really was. Perfect! Awesome job. The packaging isn't quite as good as what they did with Pufnstuff (loved that big shot of Witcheepoo on the back!) but it looks like it belongs in the 1970s.
I've only viewed 1 extra so far, the "commentary" from the first episode by Sid Krofft is actually more like interview material played over the episode. It's informative and Sid seems like a super person. He seems to want to defend their creations endlessly but he really need not to that... folks like me, even at 45, still adore this stuff.
So, I bought Season One, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. I haven't watched all the episodes yet, but those I've seen were entertaining.
The boys bring a little sea monster home, who's been mistreated by his family. The family is nevertheless desperate to get him back, because they like to have him clean the cave, and take all their abuse. Sigmund's two brothers are stupid, and mean. His mother is batty, and mean. And the father is Archie Bunker-esque - and mean. Nearly every episode he sends the brothers out to try to bring Sigmund back from the boys' place. (They have him hidden in a building in their backyard they use as a hangout. It's right by the beach.) And, every episode the boys struggle to keep Sigmund hidden from their housekeeper (who watches after them while their parents are away - which they always are), and sometimes from her Sheriff boyfriend or snoopy neighbors. It's all pretty predictable, but entertaining nevertheless.
Billy Barty is Sigmund, and plays him sympathetically. How can you not like the little guy and hope he can escape the clutches of his vile family?
Johnnny Whitaker ends every episode with a song, each of them quite earnest. (He actually released an LP of songs from the show.)
It's fun to revisit shows from childhood, and if you have fond memories of sitting in front of the TV on Saturday mornings watching Sigmund, or any of Sid & Marty Krofft's other shows, you'll probably enjoy this DVD.
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.