Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Krofftverse: Here's the story......of a werewolf named Brady (Bigfoot & Wildboy, 1977)

Yes, kids, Christopher Knight (The Brady Bunch Variety Hour) guest-starred on the Bigfoot & Wildboy segment of Krofft Supershow, which was likely in exchange for Kaptain Kool & the Kongs visiting the Bradys' Sunday night soiree. Christopher played a young man seemingly afflicted with lycantropy. Stress seemingly.

Edit, 10/12/17: Know It All Joe gives up the complete episode:

Series creators Joe Ruby & Ken Spears also were responsible for the segment Bigfoot replaced, Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, so they were working for the Kroffts AND Hanna-Barbera for those two seasons (1976-8) before launching their own studio. Ya wonder, though, if they were able to reclaim the rights from the Kroffts, and if they did, could Bigfoot & Wildboy make a comeback?

No rating. I have no memory of seeing this episode.


magicdog said...

After watching this episode after over 30 years, I have to say nostalgia can NOT cover this one!

The whole thing was a mess from beginning to end! Lucky for Chris Knight, his participation in those hair transplant commercials is keeping him in the pubic eye because it certainly isn't his acting ability.

The whole premise should have been animated anyway. Much of it doesn't make sense in live action 20th century America anyway! Wildboy was old enough to want to get some affection from any woman over 14 and yet he hangs out with Bigfoot and the animals! Even Tarzan and Mowgli had to grow up and move on!

BTW, why is it that Bigfoot has bionic powers? He can run at least 50 mph and jump like Steve and Jaime did! I seem to remember they did something similar with the (Bionic)Bigfoot on THOSE shows too!

hobbyfan said...

I think the Kroffts were copying the "bionic" Bigfoot from Universal, but just didn't want to admit it.

SaturdayMorningFan said...

Absolutely! I remember being confused about whether or not this Bigfoot was supposed to be bionic because of the similar sound effects the Kroffts used when Bigfoot would do something requiring super-human ability (similar, but different enough not to get sued by Universal apparently). In my defense, back then I was a wee lad and didn't really understand copyright and didn't pay much attention to which studio owned what characters, and cross-overs between studios were more common - it was a friendlier world. I think the Kroffts were trying to ride the wave of popularity of Bionic Bigfoot at the time by making us kids confused by using those similar sound effects.

SaturdayMorningFan said...

BTW, as far as a comeback for Bigfoot & Wildboy, it's probably not outside the realm of possibility. Bionic Bigfoot himself has staged a bit of a comeback lately - you can buy an 8" Mego-like action figure of him and the rest of the Six Million Dollar Man cast (except for Jamie), you can buy 3-3/4" action figures of Steve & Bionic Sasquatch, and Bionic Sasquatch graces the covers of 2 of the SMDM Season 6 comic book series, being featured prominently on one of them. Maybe the non-bionic Bigfoot of this show could ride his coat-tails again?

hobbyfan said...

Possibly. I bought the 1st issue of SMDM Season Six, but couldn't get the rest, as not enough copies were ordered at the local shop. Waiting on a trade paperback release, if that hasn't already been done.

SaturdayMorningFan said...

I have the same problem; I managed to get up through issue 4 through Dynamite's store on Amazon (free shipping), but then they didn't carry 5 or 6, and my local comic shop sold out. I too am hoping for a trade paperback, but I don't know if 6 issues is enough to warrant one. Maybe they could combine them with the 4 issues of The Bionic Woman Season 4 to make it more viable. Between these series, Dynamite's expansion of the original Battlestar Galactica story through comics, The new Godzilla comics, that Star Trek series awhile back that rehashed TOS episodes through the eyes of the Klingons, and the upcoming Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover comic (original iterations of both their respective franchises - The Primate Directive), I find myself buying more comics in middle age than I did as a kid!

Speaking of POTA and ST:TOS, and to kinda bring this rambling post on-topic, both of those titans of 70's sci-fi were brought to Saturday Morning TV in that decade, but the third major player, the Bionic franchise, was not. I wonder why? Maybe, with the current surge of 1970's nostalgia, someone could do so now. Maybe even have cross-over episodes with the 2 Bigfoots (Bigfeet?), the bionic one and the pretend-bionic Krofft version. Would they be allies or enemies?

hobbyfan said...

Maybe Dynamite cancelled Six Million Dollar Man abruptly due to low sales? I'll check with the airheads at my local shop.

As for Universal not adapting the Bionic franchise into cartoons, I think part of the reason might be that they tried that with Emergency! (Emergency! Plus 4) and that was, for all intents & purps, a relative failure. Plus, there was probably the issue of getting Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner, and/or Richard Anderson to commit to such a project. BW ended her 1st run on NBC, which fumbled the remake 30 years later, and maybe there was some fallout from that, too.

FWIW, the Apes cartoon lasted 1 season to Trek's 2 (EP4 also lasted 2), and back then, toons weren't as much of a priority as now. However, with news of a SMDM feature film back on course, this time with Mark Wahlberg in a more serious adaptation (Jim Carrey was attached to a spoof that never got past the talking stage), maybe a toon can finally happen.

SaturdayMorningFan said...

That's what I read online from one of the comic's authors, that the sales weren't what Dynamite had hoped. The creators wanted to go past 6 issues, but now the future of the series is in doubt. At least there seems to be a chance for it's continuation. Maybe they brought the sales problem on themselves by not getting enough copies out to comics stores? Glad to hear the SMDM parody was killed, I would have hated to see another Land of the Lost style debacle!

hobbyfan said...

Here's an idea: Why not adapt Bigfoot & Wildboy for comics, since Dynamite's buying up a lot of 70's nostalgia?