February 29, 2024
Marty Krofft (C) speaks as he and brother Sid settle for a Pop Tradition award throughout their tribute on the taping of the seventh annual TV Land Awards in Los Angeles. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Followers and collaborators are remembering Marty Krofft, one half of the manufacturing crew behind ground-breaking, whimsical youngsters’s packages together with “H.R. Pufnstuf,” “The Banana Splits Journey Hour,” and “Land of the Misplaced,” who has died at age 86.

Family mentioned Krofft died Saturday of kidney failure at his Los Angeles-area residence.

“I’m heartbroken over the lack of my child brother,” Sid Krofft, the opposite half of  San Fernando Valley-based Sid & Marty Krofft Productions mentioned on social media. The put up included a 6-minute memorial video recalling their lives and work with the tagline ‘Love you Marty. What a visit we had.’

“I actually know that every one of you meant the world to him,” the put up continued. “It’s YOU that made this all occur. Thanks for being there with us all these years. Love, Sid.”

Of their 50-plus-year collaboration, characterised by psychedelic units and playful costumes, Sid Krofft instructed ABC7 “I had my goals and Marty obtained them accomplished. I’m so grateful for the time I started working with him on the exhibits that took you on a visit.”

Different exhibits produced by the duo included “The Bugaloos,” “Lidsville,” “Sigmund & the Sea Monsters,” and “Pryor’s Place” starring actor-comedian Richard Pryor with the final coming in 2015, “Mutt & Stuff” for Nickelodeon.

The 2 additionally produced primetime hits for adults together with the “Donny & Marie Present,” “The Brady Bunch Selection Hour,” “Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters,” and the “D.C. Follies.”

These exhibits and extra introduced an outpouring of recollections onto social media platforms all through the day Saturday.

“RIP Marty Krofft, whom with brother Sid served as one of many two kings of kiddie psychedelia,” fan Ryan W. Mead  wrote. “From the Banana Splits to H.R. Pufnstuf, their work is an enthralling throwback to the times when foolish costumes and humorous voices have been all that have been wanted to entertain younger and outdated alike.”

Beth Pratt, regional government director of the Nationwide Wildlife Federation, was one in every of many remembering weekend mornings stuffed with Krofft productions.

“I spent most of my childhood Saturday mornings immersed within the imaginative world of Marty Krofft productions,” she wrote on X, previously Twitter. “Saddened to be taught of his dying right now.”

And from syndicated author Jay Bobbin: “Saturday-morning TV is what it’s now, however within the period of such exhibits as “H.R. Pufnstuf,” it really was a beautiful world of escapism for teenagers. Right here’s to the late #MartyKrofft and his brother Sid for being two of its foremost and most authentic contributors.”

The fansite Muppet Historical past additionally paid tribute to a well-liked forerunner to their exhibits.

“Relaxation in Peace to Marty Krofft,” Muppet Historical past’s creators wrote. “Whereas they by no means had any important direct connections to the Muppets, the affect that Marty and his (survived by) brother Sid had on the world of puppetry and their affect on popular culture is simple.”

Marty Krofft was born in Montréal and labored as a used automobile salesman earlier than becoming a member of his puppeteer brother, Sid, in present enterprise in 1958.

Maybe their greatest remembered present, “H.R. Pufnstuf” adopted the adventures of a boy who was trapped in a improbable land with a pleasant dragon named Pufnstuf and a witch enemy generally known as Witchiepoo.

The present solely produced one 17-episode season, which aired on NBC between 1969 and 1970, however the present lived on in reruns.

“We screwed with each child’s thoughts,” Marty as soon as instructed The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s a Krofft look — the colours. There’s an edge. Disney doesn’t have an edge.”

In 2007, TV Information named “H.R. Pufnstuf” No. 27 on its listing of the highest cult exhibits ever.

Different Kroffts ventures included the World of Sid & Marty Krofft amusement park in downtown Atlanta in 1976, which was unfold over six ranges and billed because the world’s first vertical amusement park and drew about 600,000 guests however shut after six months because of monetary difficulties.

They have been additionally artistic administrators for Six Flags, producing reside exhibits in parks throughout America, and created puppets that have been used on excursions by the likes of Judy Garland, Liberace, The Mills Brothers, Tony Martin & Cyd Charisse and Frank Sinatra.

Sid and Marty Krofft acquired lifetime achievement honors through the forty fifth Annual Daytime Emmy Inventive Arts Awards in 2018 and a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame in February 2020.

Along with his brother, Sid, Marty Krofft is survived by one other brother, Harry; daughters Kristina, Kendra and Deanna; 5 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of floweres, the household asks that donations be made in Marty Krofft’s reminiscence to Marley’s Mutts Canine Rescue, www.marleysmutts.org/donate.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.