DreamWorks Animation is Adapting Sid & Marky Krofft's 'Lidsville'
by Ethan Anderton
February 1, 2011
Though the adventure comedy Land of the Lost didn't exactly translate to box office success, Sid and Marty Krofft have plenty of TV creations that are ripe for the big screen. We already know and adaptation of H.R. Pufnstuf is in the works, but now another trippy TV show from the Krofft crew is getting the film treatment. Today DreamWorks Animation announced they will adapt the 70's TV series Lidsville into a feature length film with director Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek 2) at the helm of the project. It will actually be the first attempt at adapting the Krofft brothers' work into an animated feature rather than live-action.
The series followed a teenage boy named Mark who fell into the hat of Merlo the Magician (Charles Nelson Reilly) and arrived in Lidsville, a land of living hats. The wacky hats on the show are depicted as having the same characteristics as the humans who would wear them. For example, a cowboy hat would act like a rootin' tootin' cowboy. Marty Krofft commented on the project, "Sid and I have had a longstanding relationship with Jeffrey Katzenberg and we’re excited to bring Lidsville to DreamWorks Animation. It’s incredible to envision a high-quality 3D animated movie being made out of one of our favorite shows." The real test will be whether today's kids will become enamored with a show that hasn't been around for decades. What do you think?