TV producer Marty Krofft, creator of HR Pufnstuf, dies at 86

Marty Krofft, creator of iconic children's shows like H.R. Pufnstuf, has passed away at 86 due to kidney failure.

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Alongside his brother Sid, the Canadian-born puppeteer duo produced imaginative shows such as Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and Land of the Lost.

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The Krofft brothers ventured into adult programming, co-producing prime-time shows with A-list celebrities like Donny and Marie Osmond and Richard Pryor.

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Originating from a puppeteer family, the Kroffts began with a risqué puppet show for adults in California before entering mainstream TV.

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Their breakthrough came when they designed costumes for The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, leading to the creation of the trippy Saturday morning show, H.R. Pufnstuf.

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Marty highlighted their unique style, saying, "There's a Krofft look—the colors. There's an edge. Disney doesn't have an edge."

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Sid was recognized as the creative genius, while Marty managed the business side of their operations, including a theme park and live shows.

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The Krofft legacy continued until 2015 with their last production being a Nickelodeon show. Sid, expressing his grief on Instagram, thanked fans for their years of support.

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