Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
I was just recently talking to my 2 kids about cartoons and characters that they like. This allowed me to reminisce about some of the weird but likable characters that I can remember from my childhood tv viewing. I was an eighties kid(born in 74) and watched a lot of repeats of kid shows from the seventies.
Sigmund and the Sea Monsterswas a zany Sid and Marty Kroft production that originally aired from 1973 to 1975. Twenty nine episodes in total were made. I remember watching repeats of the episodes in the early eighties and remember that I loved it and thought it was really funny. Seeing a picture of Sigmund now makes me think of leafy vegetables. He definitely looks like a big piece of lettuce with eyes(although my 7 year old son thinks he looks like a piece of broccoli). Big colorful sets and cheap special effects were signatures of the Marty and Kroft productions in the 1970's.
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters also had a catchy theme song that I included at the end of my hub. Fun fact: Sigmund and the Sea Monsters was the first Marty and Kroft production to have a second season.
Like most kid shows the plot of Sigmund and the Sea Monsterswas pretty simple. Two brothers, Johnny and Scott find Sigmund on the beach one day. Sigmund was thrown out by his family for refusing to scare people. The boys hide Sigmund in their clubhouse so their parents won't know(the parents for some reason were on vacation the whole time of the show). In most of the episodes Sigmund would do something silly to attract attention and risk being found out. The brothers would work together to prevent Sigmund from being found by their housekeeper, nosy neighbor and the town sheriff. Johnny and Scott also had to keep Sigmund from being kidnapped by Sigmund's brother monsters, Blurp and Slurp. Songs were sung as part of plot development and were mostly sung by Johnny. Often the songs would deal with what was going on in his life at the time. In the second year a magical genie named Sheldon and his young nephew Shelby joined the cast.
Stars and Cameos
Sigmund was the star of the show and was played by the famous Hollywood short person Billy Barty. Barty had a long career playing bit parts in many movies. He also was featured in movies such as Under the Rainbow and the cult classic Willow.
Johnny was played by Johnny Whitaker. Whitaker is best known as playing Jody Davis on Family Affair from 1966-1971. Scott was played by Scott Kolden. This character is what he is most known for and today he is a sound engineer.
The housekeeper that watched over the boys in the first season was played by Mary Wickes. Wickes passed away in 1995 and had a distinguished movie and television career. In the movies she often played wise cracking characters. "Now Voyager" (1941), "Who Done It?"(Abbott and Costello) and "White Christmas" are among the famous movies that she has appeared in. Before she died she played a notable role in the Sister Act movies in the early 1990's. She played wisecracking nun Sister Mary Lazarus. Mary Wickes had a remarkable small screen career as well. Among her many parts were regular appearances on the sitcoms "Make Room For Daddy", "Dennis the Menace" and "Doc. She also had notable appearances in shows such as "Mash", "The Love Boat", and "Murder She Wrote".
The nosy neighbor was played by Margret Hamilton. Although Hamilton had numerous movie and TV appearances in her illustrious career, she will always be known for one particular role. Hamilton played the wicked witch in the movie classic "The Wizard of Oz".
The Sheriff role was played by Joe Higgins for six episodes. Higgins was a character actor who often played sheriff roles on TV. He originally played reoccurring roles on "The Rifleman"(1958) and "Arrest and Trial"(1963).
In the second season a genie was brought in to spice up the show. Rip Taylor, an American comedian and actor filled this role. Taylor is known for his high-voiced yells, toupee, and his handlebar moustache. Taylor has had an amazing career that has had him fill a variety of different roles on television and in the movies. He has done everything from cartoon voice over work, a frequent celebrity guest panelist on game shows, to being a regular on "The Brady Bunch Hour". Most recently on TV he has shown up on "Will and Grace", "The George Lopez Show" and "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody". Most young people today know Rip Taylor as an accomplice of the Jackass crew. He even appeared at the end of the movies Jackass I and II and is working on the third installment.
The genies young nephew Shelby was played by Sparky Marcus. This was was his first role and he also appeared other shows such as "The Bad News Bears" and "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman". He also did many voice over roles for Hanna-Barbera cartoons in the eighties. He is best known for providing the voice of Richie Rich.
Who was your favorite sea monster?
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