Monday, April 4, 2011

Sid and Marty Krofft's H. R. Pufnstuf Celebrates 40 Years

As H. R. PUFNSTUF marks 40 years since the series ended its trailblazing run on Saturday mornings, Vivendi Entertainment honors the iconic Sid and Marty Krofft creation with H. R. PUFNSTUF: THE COMPLETE SERIES. This three-DVD collection features all 17 episodes, which were originally broadcast between 1969 and 1971.

Presented in standard and collector’s editions, both versions include the entire series accompanied by downloadable vintage coloring sheets, and – for the first time ever on DVD – the rare series episode, “Horror Hotel.” In addition, the Collector’s Edition comes with an exclusive H.R. Pufnstuf bobblehead. Each will be available April 12 at all retail outlets for a suggested list price of $24.99 (standard) and $34.97 (collector’s).

Four decades have past since H. R. PUFNSTUF left NBC airwaves, but the colorful series remains popular, not only among those reliving their childhood, but also with others discovering the whimsical world of Living Island for the first time. As a testament to the series’ longevity, Los Angeles based KCET, the largest independent public television station in the country, recently added H. R. Pufnstuf to its weekend line-up of children’s programming.

H. R. PUFNSTUF: THE COMPLETE SERIES is the latest release to stem from the partnership the Krofft brothers and Vivendi Entertainment formed last year. The ongoing collaboration promises to produce a series of DVD sets and compilations that will spotlight the sibling puppeteer’s iconic catalog of children’s television shows.

One of those programs, Lidsville, is heading to the big screen courtesy of DreamWorks Animation. The Krofft brothers will serve as executive producers for the project, which marks the first animated feature film adaptation of their work.

The Kroffts have been producing entertainment treasured by families for more than 40 years. Sid & Marty rose to prominence in the ’70s with a series of remarkable programs that featured elaborate sets and fanciful characters. H.R. PUFNSTUF was the first in a long line of popular programs created by the Kroffts, including THE BUGALOOS, LAND OF THE LOST, SIGMUND & THE SEA MONSTERS and THE KROFFT SUPERSHOW which included ELECTRA WOMAN & DYNA GIRL, WONDERBUG, DR. SHRINKER and BIGFOOT & WILDBOY to name but a few. The Krofft’s success led them to produce various prime-time series and specials, including THE BRADY BUNCH HOUR, THE DONNY & MARIE SHOW, and BARBARA MANDRELL & THE MANDRELL SISTERS series.

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