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‘The Banana Splits’: Trippy 1960s Kids Show Returns As Horror Project?

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Bingo, Fleegle, Drooper and Snorky, the zany collective better known as The Banana Splits, are coming back with a vengeance — and with a body count?

As revivals go, this one may be as audacious as it is unexpected: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Syfy are bringing back the Banana Splits, the trippy-dippy characters introduced back in 1968 as the anthropomorphic hosts of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour variety program. This time around, however, the Banana Splits are being served up in a horror thriller.

The original movie will premiere this year from Blue Ribbon Content, Warner Bros Television Group’s digital studio, via a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release that will be followed by the television debut on Syfy. The official synopsis: “In the upcoming horror thriller, a boy named Harley and his family attend a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which
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How Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft Inspired The Next Wave of Content Creators

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How Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft Inspired The Next Wave of Content Creators
Sid and Marty Krofft have often said that, through their programming, they “messed with kids’ minds.” But that has proven not to be a negative thing, as their programs not only entertained but inspired future content creators.

“Instead of trying to capture grounded reality with their puppetry, [Sid and Marty] celebrated the absurd and embraced the cartoon sensibility,” says Dan Milano, creator of “Greg the Bunny,” who later worked with the Kroffts on a feature adaptation of “H.R. Pufnstuf.”

“They understand a child’s imagination and how fragmented and sweet — but with an edge of darkness — it can be.”

Milano discovered at an early age that it was entirely feasible to grow up and become a paid creator by watching Krofft productions.

“It made it so that I didn’t feel it was unusual at all that I would draw silly pictures, do silly voices, put on puppet shows, make them talk, and
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Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft Reflect on Road to Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award

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Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft Reflect on Road to Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award
Sid and Marty Krofft created memorable, magical Saturday morning live-action television shows including “H.R. Pufnstuf,” “Land of the Lost” and “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl,” but their success extends far beyond sea monsters, magic flutes and Vroom Brooms. They’ve entertained millions, employed thousands and inspired many of today’s content creators — they’re still in production today with “Mutt & Stuff,” which airs on Nickelodeon. Recently, a revival of “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” appeared on Amazon. Now, the dynamic duo is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

“It’s not easy to be in the business with your relatives,” says Marty Krofft. “But we’ve lasted longer than most marriages in the world.”

“You just make it work,” says Sid Krofft. “We’ve been together professionally for 60 years. We argue, but that’s just part of being Sid and Marty Krofft.
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Carolyn Hennesy Will Host the 2018 Daytime Emmy Red Carpet Pre-Show — Find out More!

Soap fans are gearing up for daytime's biggest night of the year as the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards approach. And as the gala event nears, we've got answers to all your burning questions about this year’s ceremony! When are the 2018 Daytime Emmys? The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has revealed that the Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, April 29. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held two days earlier on Friday, April 27. Where are the Daytime Emmys being held? Both the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards are being held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is excited to be moving our signature show to the historic Pasadena Civic Center," said Chuck Dages, Chairman of NATAS, last year. "With its grand lobby and world-class architecture, it is a fitting
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Sigmund And The Sea Monsters Review

One of the best bonuses to come out of the original streaming explosion is the launch of tons of new content for kids and family, and that includes a few throwback titles, like Amazon‘s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.

The original show first aired when I was about two, and was part of a larger Sid & Marty Krofft world that became an integral part of ’70s culture. While there is much to be said for both incarnations of the wacky, family adventure, the best recommendation you can probably give for either is that the spirit of the Krofft effort is fueled by such a childlike imagination that you’re going to end up with something fun. For good or ill, the new effort feels like transporting yourself back in time, not just because the production isn’t exactly updated, but also because the mindset behind the creation isn’t different.
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The Pied Piper | Blu-ray Review

A forgotten oddity from the early 1970s is Jacques Demy’s English language mounting of The Pied Piper, a rather bleak but mostly unequivocal version of the famed Grimm Bros. fairy tale about a titular piper who infamously lured the children of Hamelin to their assumed deaths after being rebuffed by the townsfolk when he similarly rid the town of plague carrying rats.

Set in the 1300s of northern Germany, this UK production blends bits of Robert Browning’s famed poem of the legend into the film, but the end result is unusually straightforward and unfussy, considering Demy’s predilection for inventive, colorful musicals, such as the classic confections The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort. The stunt casting of Donovan as the piper generates a certain amount of interest, although he’s whittled down to a supporting character amongst a cast of master character actors like Donald Pleasence, John Hurt, Peter Vaughan, and child star Jack Wild.

Notably, The Pied Piper is one of the few Demy films not to be built around a strong, beautiful female lead, which may also explain why there’s no center point in the film. Cathryn Harrison (daughter of Rex, who starred in Louis Malle’s Black Moon) and a gone-to-seed Diana Dors (though not featured as memorably as her swarthy turn in Skolimowski’s Deep End) are the tiny flecks of feminine representation. It was also not Demy’s first English language production, as he’d made a sequel to his New Wave entry Lola (1961) with 1969’s Los Angeles set Model Shop. So what compelled him to make this departure, which premiered in-between two of his most whimsical Catherine Deneuve titles (Donkey Skin; A Slightly Pregnant Man) is perhaps the film’s greatest mystery.

Cultural familiarity with the material tends to work against our expectations. At best, Donovan is a mere supporting accent, popping up to supply mellow, anachronistic music at odd moments before the dramatic catalyst involving his ability to conjure rats with music arrives. Prior to his demeaning, Demy’s focus is mostly on the omnipotent and aggressive power of the corrupting church (Peter Vaughan’s Bishop) and Donald Pleasence’s greedy town leader, whose son (a sniveling John Hurt) is more intent on starting wars and making counterfeit gold to pay his gullible minions than stopping the encroaching plague. Taking the brunt of their violence is the Jewish alchemist, Melius (Michael Hordern), who is wise enough to know the rats have something to do with the spread of the disease. Demy uses his tragic demise to juxtapose the piper’s designs on the children.

While Hurt and Pleasance are entertaining as a toxic father and son, Demy seems estranged from anyone resembling a protagonist. Donovan is instantly forgettable, and the H.R. Pufnstuf and Oliver! child star Jack Wild gets upstaged by a wild mop of hair and a pronounced limp (which explains why he isn’t entranced along with the other children), and the film plays as if Donovan’s role might have been edited down in post. The script was the debut of screenwriters Andrew Birkin (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, 2006) and Mark Peploe (The Passenger, 1975; The Last Emperor, 1987) who would both go on to write a number of offbeat auteur entries.

Disc Review:

Kino Lorber releases this obscurity as part of their Studio Classics label, presented in 1.66:1. Picture and sound quality are serviceable, however, the title would have greatly benefitted from a restoration. Dp Peter Suschitzky’s frames rightly capture the period, including some awesomely creepy frescoes housing Pleasence and son, but the color sometimes seems faded or stripped from some sequences. Kino doesn’t include any extra features.

Final Thoughts:

More of a curio piece for fans of Demy, The Pied Piper mostly seems a missed opportunity of the creepy legend.

Film Review: ★★½/☆☆☆☆☆

Disc Review: ★★★/☆☆☆☆☆

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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’: How Laika Made the Thrilling Boat Sequence (Exclusive Video)

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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’: How Laika Made the Thrilling Boat Sequence (Exclusive Video)
If there’s any moment in “Kubo and the Two Strings” that best demonstrates why it’s been nominated for both animated feature and VFX Oscars, it’s the boat sequence (watch the video below). Monkey not only fights the evil sister, but Kubo and Beetle also get entangled underwater with sea monsters in the Garden of Eyes.

“It’s a distillation of the ambition and the insanity of the entire affair,” director and Laika president Travis Knight told IndieWire. “It’s at the mid-point of the film. There’s a raging storm at sea with a boat made out of hundreds of thousands of leaves — it’s a kinetic martial arts battle with action choreography and dynamic cinematography.”

Read More: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’: How the Film’s Inventive VFX and Costume Design Became Oscar Contenders

“And then, because we’re masochists, we decided to go underwater as well with this enormous,
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It Came From The Tube: Halloween Edition

Halloween is a time when regular folk allow themselves to see the world as us horror lovers do – weird and wonderful, sinister mischief with tongue in cheek under (and over) tones. They watch that scary movie they’ve been meaning to get to for the past year, string up skeletons, and parade around at office parties in the latest ironic costumes (expect tons of Trumps and Weiners this year). But for the fearful faithful, this is our workaday; we watch the films daily, display our rooms with terror trinkets, and dress up as our favourite icons at constant conventions around the globe. So what separates the actual day of Halloween from our normal routine? TV viewing, of course.

‘Tis the season when every station trots out horror programming, sometimes for weeks on end leading up to and including the big night. A lot of this is for Johnny and Jane
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What's the First TV Show You Remember Watching?

Odds are, some of your earliest memories contain images of Big Bird, Kermit the Frog, or the surreal silliness of H.R. Pufnstuf. There are few modern childhoods that don't involve watching TV, but what about you?

What was the first TV show you remember watching? Was it Sesame Street? Was it Alf? Was it perhaps one of Nickelodeon's '90s classics like Rugrats? We want to know.

Tell us the first TV show you remember watching in the comments section below.
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ALF Actor Michu Meszaros Dead at 76

ALF Actor Michu Meszaros Dead at 76
Michu Meszaros, the man responsible for physically bringing ’80s TV icon ALF to life, has died. He was 76.

According to TMZ, which also confirmed his passing, Meszaros was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home last week, and spent several days in a coma.

Though the titular alien (voiced by Paul Fusco) was typically only shown from the waist up, allowing for puppeteers to control his movements, certain scenes required Alf’s entire body to be on display — and that’s where Meszaros came in.

Meszaros — who stood at just 33 inches tall — started performing in the circus in his home country of Hungary,
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Legends of the Hidden Temple Reboot: Host Kirk Fogg Returning for TV Movie

Legends of the Hidden Temple Reboot: Host Kirk Fogg Returning for TV Movie
Nickelodeon is about to make denim shirts and khaki shorts look cool again.

Kirk Fogg, who hosted the network’s game show Legends of the Hidden Temple from 1993 to 1995, will be back for its TV-movie reboot.

RelatedHey Arnold: The Jungle Movie Greenlit at Nickelodeon, Series Creator Confirms

Slated to premiere this fall, the scripted Legends revival will follow three siblings who break away from a ho-hum jungle tour, only to find themselves immersed in a high-stakes series of obstacles that they must complete to stay alive.

Details of Fogg’s character are fuzzy, but he will play a key figure
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How 86 And 78-Year-Old Sid And Marty Krofft Translated A Library Of Old Kids TV Shows Into The Digital Age

Sid and Marty Krofft are no spring chickens, but they’re full of forward-thinking ideas, and as a result, their joint career is taking an interesting turn. Sid, 86, and Marty, 78, are best known for creating 70s television shows like H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and Electra Woman & Dyna Girl. In recent years, the Kroffts have ushered in several reboots and spin-offs of their existing shows, and their multi-platform approach provides a compelling case study for any traditional TV producers who are approaching new media.

The Kroffts have been producing shows together since the 50s, but the most relevant phase of their creative collaboration began in 1969, when they brought H.R. Pufnstuf to NBC. With its colorful puppets and unique characters, Pufnstuf has since endured as a cult favorite, as have several of the other children’s series the Kroffts premiered in the following years. In 2007, for example, TV Guide
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Special: Original '80s Turtles Return in New Clip

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Special: Original '80s Turtles Return in New Clip
Nickelodeon is staging a major reunion (of sorts) later this month. We just hope the network ordered enough pizza to go around.

RelatedDuckTales Revival on Disney Xd: First Photo of Scrooge McDuck’s Team

The March 27 episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (11/10c), titled “Trans-Dimensional Turtles,” finds the famous foursome — Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo — traveling to another dimension, where they encounter alternate versions of themselves from the original 1980s Ninja Turtles cartoon.

Cam Clarke (Leonardo), Rob Paulsen (Raphael), Barry Gordon (Donatello) and Townsend Coleman (Michelangelo) all return to voice their respective turtles, with Pat Fraley also coming back to voice the nefarious Krang.
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Legends of the Hidden Temple: Nick Reviving Game Show as TV Movie

Legends of the Hidden Temple: Nick Reviving Game Show as TV Movie
Blue Barracudas, Purple Parrots and Red Jaguars, listen up!

Nickelodeon is rebooting its classic game show Legends of the Hidden Temple as a TV movie, our sister site Variety reports.

RelatedNickToons Movie to Feature Characters From Rugrats, Rocko and Other Series

To refresh your memory: The original Legends, which was hosted by Kirk Fogg and ran from 1993 to 1995, pitted six pairs of kids against each other as they tackled physical and mental challenges, all in the hopes of making it to the final round, where they ran through the dizzying (and sometimes terrifying) obstacle course that was The Temple.

Similarly,
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Sneak Peek: H.R. Pufnstuf, Freddy the Flute Visit Nickelodeon's Mutt & Stuff

Sneak Peek: H.R. Pufnstuf, Freddy the Flute Visit Nickelodeon's Mutt & Stuff
The nefarious Witchiepoo and her Vroom Broom are nowhere in sight (whew!), but this first look at H.R. Pufnstuf’s visit to Nickelodeon’s Mutt & Stuff nonetheless will speak to your younger self.

RelatedH.R. Pufnstuf Characters to Make TV Return on Nickelodeon

On Monday, Feb. 15 at 10am Et, Living Island’s dragon mayor — toting Freddy the talking flute and joined by the ever-verbose Cling and Clang on their Rescue Racer — pays a visit to the freshman series’ Calvin and his dog school.

Press play above to get an extended sneak peek at the episode (Pufnstuf and his familiar theme
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NickToons Movie to Feature Characters From Rugrats, Rocko and Other Series

Everybody loves The Avengers, right? Ok, now replace Iron Man and the gang with characters from Rugrats, Rocko’s Modern Life, The Angry Beavers and more classic Nickelodeon cartoons. Admit it: You love that idea a lot more.

PhotosAll That Reunion: Nickelodeon Stars Reunite at New York Comic-Con

No, I’m not describing the trip I had last weekend while binging eight hours of DVR’d NickToons; I’m talking about an actual movie in the works at Paramount.

Our sister site Deadline reports that Napoleon Dynamite scribe Jared Hess, along with wife Jarusha, has been tapped to write a
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Linda Ellerbee Retiring; Final Nick News Broadcast Set for December

Linda Ellerbee Retiring; Final Nick News Broadcast Set for December
After spending more than 40 years in journalism — informing generations of adults and children, alike — legendary newswoman Linda Ellerbee is ready to hang up her hat.

Ellerbee on Tuesday announced she will retire after the final broadcast of Nick News With Linda Ellerbee; a one-hour retrospective special titled “Hello, I Must Be Going!” will air Dec. 15 at 8/7c on Nickelodeon.

Before launching Nick News in 1991, Ellerbee anchored and wrote for NBC News Overnight in the early 1980s. Prior to working at NBC, Ellerbee honed her craft as a reporter for the Associated Press in Houston, then as an on-air reporter for CBS.
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Hey Arnold! Revival Movie Will Reportedly Feature Arnold's Parents

Hey Arnold! Revival Movie Will Reportedly Feature Arnold's Parents
If Stoop Kid’s looking for another reason to leave his stoop, I think I’ve finally found one.

Nickelodeon is currently developing a made-for-tv Hey Arnold! movie, set shortly after the events of the June 2004 series finale, our sister publication Variety reports.

RelatedH.R. Pufnstuf Characters to Make TV Return in Nickelodeon Special

Though Nickelodeon couldn’t confirm when the movie might air, we do know it will tie up several loose ends, including answering the big mystery surrounding Arnold’s M.I.A. parents. (Update: Arnold’s parents were shown once in the “Parents Day” special in 2000.) The titular character,
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Sabrina, Samantha and More: The Best Witches in Pop Culture History

Sabrina, Samantha and More: The Best Witches in Pop Culture History
Who's the best witch in all pop culture-dom?

That's a tough question to answer, since movies and TV have offered us all manner of witchy women. Some are good. Some are bad. Some are beautiful (but aren't so nice inside) and some look scary (but are still a lot of fun). In lieu of power ranking the various pop culture spellcasters, we've heralded their individual achievements with yearbook-style superlatives.

1. Most Improved: Mildred Hubble in The Worst Witch

Mildred (Fairuza Balk) is a witchy underdog. No one at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches thinks much of Mildred's potential as master of the supernatural elements,
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‘Sesame Street’ Introduces First Autistic Character

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‘Sesame Street’ Introduces First Autistic Character
Sesame Street” is introducing its first autistic character to the longtime children’s show in an effort to destigmatize the disorder and reduce bullying. With her big smile and bright orange hair, Julia is part of a new initiative called “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children,” which includes a free app that uses storybooks, videos and other visual media to assist autistic kids and their families with their daily tasks. In the storybook “We’re All Amazing, 1, 2, 3,” Julia explains to her pals Elmo and Abby why she plays a little differently than other kids. Also Read: '
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