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Sigmund & the Sea Monsters: Season 1

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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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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Smk Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 374 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055CP9R2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Although I had the "Best of" DVD, I missed out on getting Rhino's original First Season release since I wanted the whole show. I really regret not picking it up. But now here's a second chance. I'm hoping my single purchase will persuade this company to do future Krofft releases; particularly the rest of Sigmund. I was 7 or 8 when I first started watching the show...watched them over and over every Saturday morning. In fact, this is among a group of shows (along with Filmation stuff, Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle, etc) that takes me back to my childhood like a personal time machine to the 60s, 70s and 80s. It seems ridiculous at 45 to still be watching these shows. But somehow I find it still entertaining as well as comforting to sit down to it on Saturday mornings like old times.

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.
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One day I got thinking about all those great 1970s Saturday morning shows I grew up with...and remembered Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. So, I came to Amazon to see if it was on DVD, thinking it would be fun to watch a couple again. When I was about 9 it was one of my favorite Saturday shows.

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.
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By C. Dickson on April 24, 2013
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I used to watch this on Saturday mornings back in the early 70's and had very fond memories of the show. By todays standards it is dated but never the less fun to watch. I would highly recommend this to anyone of our age group that remembered Saturday morning cartoons and kid shows of the late 60's and early 70's. Also I think that young kids today might like the show.
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The show centered on two brothers, Johnny (Johnny Whitaker) and Scott Stuart (Scott Kolden), who discover Sigmund (Billy Barty), 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. This 3 DVD set of Series 1 contains all 17 episodes plus features such as commentaries with Johnny and Scott! As you know from watching Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, the 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 brother monsters, Blurp (Bill Germaine, Larry Larsen) and Slurp (Fred Spencer, Paul Gale). The brothers also worked to hide Sigmund from their overbearing housekeeper Zelda (Mary Wickes), elderly neighbor Mrs. Eldels (Margaret Hamilton) and Sheriff Chuck Bevans (Joe Higgins). Zelda was the boys' housekeeper while their parents were away on vacation. The parents were never seen on the show, nor did they return home by the end of the series. With over 434 minutes of Sigmund fun!

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.
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