One day I got thinking about all those great 1970s Saturday morning shows I grew up with...and remembered Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. So, I came to Amazon to see if it was on DVD, thinking it would be fun to watch a couple again. When I was about 9 it was one of my favorite Saturday shows.
So, I bought Season One, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. I haven't watched all the episodes yet, but those I've seen were entertaining.
The boys bring a little sea monster home, who's been mistreated by his family. The family is nevertheless desperate to get him back, because they like to have him clean the cave, and take all their abuse. Sigmund's two brothers are stupid, and mean. His mother is batty, and mean. And the father is Archie Bunker-esque - and mean. Nearly every episode he sends the brothers out to try to bring Sigmund back from the boys' place. (They have him hidden in a building in their backyard they use as a hangout. It's right by the beach.) And, every episode the boys struggle to keep Sigmund hidden from their housekeeper (who watches after them while their parents are away - which they always are), and sometimes from her Sheriff boyfriend or snoopy neighbors. It's all pretty predictable, but entertaining nevertheless.
Billy Barty is Sigmund, and plays him sympathetically. How can you not like the little guy and hope he can escape the clutches of his vile family?
Johnnny Whitaker ends every episode with a song, each of them quite earnest. (He actually released an LP of songs from the show.)
It's fun to revisit shows from childhood, and if you have fond memories of sitting in front of the TV on Saturday mornings watching Sigmund, or any of Sid & Marty Krofft's other shows, you'll probably enjoy this DVD.