– As of Tuesday, boy band ‘N Sync has lost one very high-profile fan: Pufnstuf.
Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures, the creators of puppets and TV programs such as “H.R. Pufnstuff,” “Land of the Lost” and “The Bugaloos,” has filed a lawsuit against the band for copyright infringement. The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, also names the band’s manager, Johnny Write, and his merchandising consultant, Rick Barlowe.
According to the suit, Write contracted Marty Krofft to make 25-foot puppets of the band members for a performance. Krofft’s company made the puppets in 10 days and also registered his creations, making him sole owner and copyright holder of the puppets made in ‘N Sync’s likeness.
Now Krofft says that the band is illegally using similar puppets based on his creations in merchandise and promotional items without his consent. Krofft says there’s even an image of his puppets on the back cover of ‘N Sync’s latest album, “No Strings Attached.”
Sigmund the Sea Monster, call your agent. It had to happen, and here it is: Someone got the bright idea to turn one of those trippy Sid & Marty Krofft TV shows into a movie.
Danny DeVito's Jersey Films has optioned the film rights to "The Bugaloos," a Krofft offering from 1970-72 about a group of teenage rock musicians who, as it just so happened, were bugs. The band members all had English accents, and they hung out with a guy named Sparky and were terrorized by a music-hating witch named Benita Bizarre.
"We're fortunate that many of the people who grew up on our stuff now want to work with us," Marty Krofft told The Hollywood Reporter.
Other Krofft TV shows are already in development for films, including "H.R. Pufnstuf" and "Land of the Lost," both at Sony.
The story of the Bugaloos -- Harmony, Joy, Courage, and I.Q. -- human-formed singing insects and protectors of Tranquility Forest. Episodes concern the evil Benita Bizarre's disastrous attempts to destroy their "disgusting goodness."