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Sigmund and the Sea Monsters S1

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters S1

Spring 2018 Television
Ages: 6 - 11 yrs.
Producer: Amazon Studios
Rating: TV Y

Folks who grew up in the 1970's are almost certain to recall the many Saturday-morning television programs created by producers and puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft. One of those programs, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, (1973 - 1975) has been treated to a reboot. This Amazon Original update is a presentation of Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures so the concept, theme song, and even and character puppets are the same as the '70s version, but the splashy motion graphics, scripting, and comic sensibilities and are all about 21st-century fun.

Dead Man's Cove is your typical beachside town, although for tourism and promotion purposes townspeople bill it as the "Sea Monster Capital of the World." Tween brothers Johnny and Scotty are visiting for the summer, splitting their time between working at their aunt's diner, surfing, and volunteering for beach clean-up duty. It's during one of those clean-up stints that the brothers discover what appears to be a bunch of seaweed and barnacles tangled up in a net. Turns out Dead Man's Cove really does have sea monsters. But the one they discover, Sigmund, is a sea monster who isn't very suited to the family business of scaring humans. Soon, all become fast friends. With the help of their cousin Robyn, they teach him about the human ways that fascinate this little creature.

The task is not without obstacles, of course. Keeping your monster-pal a secret from the rest of the town isn't easy. The local sea captain, Barnabus Keel, is a monster hunter determined to snag and exploit Sigmund. And Sigmund has a couple of bumbling brothers, Slurp and Burp, who want to take him back home to assume his duties as a fearsome monster. Throughout it all, the kid actors are competent, Sigmund is a sympathetic and likable creature, and David Arquette, as Captain Barnabus, offers a fine sense of odd and comic timing.

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters functions like a day at the beach: It's light, carefree, and not too serious. Storylines are driven by the kids' efforts to teach Sigmund about human behavior, with a focus on kindness, friendship, and fun.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2018 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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