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Dreamworks Announces “Lidsville” Animated Film

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

If you weren’t a child of the 80s or a raging pothead, you probably don’t remember Sid and Marty Krofft. The duo is responisble for some of most drug-reference-riddled children’s television to ever grace the boob tube, and I still have nightmares featuring some of their characters to this day.

So I instantly broke out in a cold sweat upon learning that Dreamworks is adapating their “Lidsville” series to the big screen.

Here is the press release from Dreamworks:

GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced that it will bring the well-loved Sid & Marty Krofft characters from the 1970’s television series Lidsville to the big screen in a feature film by the same name.

Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek 2) — animation veteran and lifelong fan of the Krofft’s work — brought the project to DreamWorks Animation. Brothers Sid & Marty Krofft will serve as executive producers. Vernon, DreamWorks Animation’s head of development Alex Schwartz and development executive Chris Kuser are overseeing the project at the studio.

“Sid and I have had a longstanding relationship with Jeffrey Katzenberg and we’re excited to bring Lidsville to DreamWorks Animation,” said Marty Krofft. “It’s incredible to envision a high-quality 3D animated movie being made out of one of our favorite shows.”

“The Krofft brothers helped define a generation with the wildly imaginative characters and worlds they created,” said Alex Schwartz, head of development for DreamWorks Animation. “I am thrilled that Conrad is joining forces with them on the first animated feature film adaptation of their work.”

“Over the past year I’ve had the privilege of working with and getting to know Sid and Marty and I thought their brand of crazy kookiness would work well at DreamWorks Animation,” added Vernon.

Lidsville will take inspiration from the premise of the original television series, in which a young rebellious kid falls into an alternate reality world of living hats and talking caps. The Los Angeles public TV station KCET Kids & Family Channel recently announced that it will feature the Lidsville television series in an all-new “The Sid & Marty Krofft Hour” together with H.R. Pufnstuf during its weekend programming block on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

About Sid & Marty Krofft
Brothers Sid & Marty Krofft have been producing quality family entertainment for over 40 years. Sid & Marty became a household name 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 beloved programs created by the Kroffts, including The Bugaloos, Lidsville, Land Of The Lost, Far Out Space Nuts, Sigmund & The Sea Monsters and The Krofft Supershow which included Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, Wonderbug, Dr. Shrinker and Bigfoot & Wildboy. The Kroffts’ success with Saturday morning television prompted a demand for them to produce prime-time programming. They produced various prime-time series and specials, including The Brady Bunch Hour, The Donny & Marie Show and Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters. On April 5, 2011 Vivendi Home Entertainment will begin releasing The Complete Series Collector’s Editions of all the classic Krofft shows, including H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and The Bugaloos.

It’s an odd choice for a film, but frankly it’s pretty exciting. The Dreamworks team has a lot of fun characters to play with, and the chance to take the plot in one of several mind-bending directions. I’ve also heard rumors that instead of theaters supplying 3D glasses for the release, they’re just going to hand out acid tabs shaped like Shrek.

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