Sid Krofft, ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’ And ‘Land Of The Lost’ Creator, Looks Back And Ahead In 75th Instagram Live Episode

DEADLINE: Why are you doing Instagram Live?
I was the creative force and didn’t want outside influence.” /> SK: I was always warned by my legal team to never look at other pitches.
Krofft answered a few questions from Deadline on this new venture and his wide-ranging career.
DEADLINE: How far can this go?
DEADLINE: What’s your view on the use of CGI in today’s production, versus the costuming you used to create your fantasies?
April Fools! On April Fools Day 2021, I announced that it was my last show. SK: I am going to continue as long as people are watching. I got bombarded from all over the world with messages of tears that they watch my Instagram Live every single Sunday and look forward to it and begged me not to stop.
SID KROFFT: After my 12-minute speech at the Hollywood Walk of Fame tribute where over 900 people showed up, on our trip home my assistant Kelly Killian told me that I needed to be on Instagram and share my stories. It intrigued me that I could be reliving my life because there were 28 years of me being a performer before H.R. I am sharing my stories and possibly whoever is listening may be able to use some of my experiences for their own journey. Pufnstuf and all the other stuff.
3) he'll return to Instagram Live with the 75th episode of Sundays with Sid, an online variety show that has celebrity guests, live puppeteers, viewer “parties” and lots of reminiscing. Tomorrow, (Sunday, Oct. Now, at age 92 and after 82 years in show business, Krofft is about to hit another mark.
He was the opening act for Judy Garland and Liberace, had his own theme park, joined the circus and appeared on Broadway. Sid Krofft has had many milestones in his long career.
I've always gone left in my career and had fun in every single decade. I’m always working, thinking and creating. SK: Of course it appeals to me. In my 82-year journey in show business, I've tried to always move with the times. Everything I create today I try to be as original as possible.
DEADLINE: What was the wackiest thing you were ever pitched?
Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost, Sigmund and the Sea Monster, Sideshow, and Middle Age Crazy. Most were so out there that the producers were accused of drug inspiration in their creation. Not to mention, he was the mastermind with brother Marty behind the TV and movies for H.R.
DEADLINE: Does working in today’s version of Hollywood appeal to you? Or was it more fun in the ‘70s and ‘80s?
DEADLINE: Stories of other-worldly dimensions have mushroomed (The Matrix, Stranger Things, The Magicians). Do you think your concepts played a role in inspiring any of them?
This was mostly little people inside of costume characters. However, what blew my audience away in the 60s was the realistic dimension of my characters. I have been doing this for so many years before H.R. Pufnstuf in all my puppet shows at Six Flags, Kings Island and Busch Gardens with theaters that sat 1,200 people. They never knew. In every one of my puppet shows, I would mix little people on strings to fool the audience. So I have been putting little people in costumes since the early '60s and it sure as hell worked in our shows. SK: With CGI, you are able to get facial expressions that we could not do with a costume. This was something they had never seen before.
This Sunday's guests include David Copperfield, Beverly D'Angelo, Paul Reubens, Debbie Allen and Donny Osmond.
Twenty years after Land of the Lost came Jurassic Park with CGI dinosaurs where ours were stop motion. Our shows were so outside of the box that people today still question whether or not I was on drugs. with Victor Mature. SK: Yes. Today, nothing in the world is original and it's the way you creatively approach it. movie became a classic. I’m aware that they did. The idea came to me from the second movie that I ever saw, One Million B.C. Ten years after I created Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, the E.T. Land of the Lost, which was our most successful show, had dinosaurs.

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