Here we are, 16 hours from the release of Sid and Marty Krofft’s Land of the Lost and reviews are coming in from all over. Good or bad, the review I didn’t expect to see was from the St. Petersburg Times, “‘Land of the Lost’ remake rude, crude and definitely not for kids”.
No matter how much creators Sid and Marty Krofft talk up the movie’s devotion to the TV show’s spirit, I don’t recall Chaka the caveboy being chronically horny, or Rick Marshall gulping dino-urine and being sprayed with dino-loogies. The language here would’ve made my parents turn off the TV set.
Land of the Lost is just another rude, crude Hollywood ripoff capitalizing on fond pre-cable memories, like Starsky and Hutch and The Dukes of Hazzard before it.
After reading that, I started to think of the numerous clips that have been shown for LOTL and came to a unhappy realization that he may be correct. Recently, my kids (ages 8-14) have watched the entire series over again via the new DVDs. Part of the charm of the show was the unapologetic innocence. I would be a shame if they’ve lost that.
I’m still going to give LOTL a chance, and Sid and Marty the benefit of the doubt (that worked out so well with George Lucas). I’ll be there tomorrow with my entire family. No matter the quality, I hope that it’s a success so that someday I’ll be writing about the Sigmund, Pufnstuf and hopefully Lidsville movie.
There was one funny quote in the article that I’ll leave you with:
Plans are in the works for a movie version of the Kroffts’ psychedelic series H.R. Pufnstuf that recreational drug users in the ’70s enjoyed as much as the kids. Judging by this remake, it’ll be called Pineapple Express II.
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