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Kukla, Fran and Ollie 60th Anniversary DVD

By Christopher Gildemeister

Release Date: Out now

Starring: Burr Tillstrom, Fran Allison

Recommended age: 3+

Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green

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In 1947, puppeteer Burr Tillstrom and singer Fran Allison combined their talents to bring a puppet show to the earliest days of television. The result was Kukla, Fran and Ollie – one of the best-regarded and most fondly remembered classics of early television, beloved by generations of children…and not a few adults.

Because the program aired live in the early years of TV, when modern videotape technology was not available and film was considered an expensive luxury, the program was aired live – with the result that nearly all of the early broadcasts of Kukla, Fran and Ollie are lost forever. But in 1979, Burr and Fran reunited the “Kuklapolitan Players” for a 39-episode run on PBS in color. Unlike their previous shows, these were saved; and the first five episodes of that PBS series are now available on DVD.

Combining the gentleness of Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop with the wit and hilarity of Jim Henson’s Muppets (not coincidentally, Tillstrom was an inspiration to both), Kukla, Fran and Ollie is a delight for children and adults alike. In this set, the Kuklapolitans stage a raucous a musicale and a circus, celebrate Christmas and Columbus Day, and deal with Ollie running for office. This DVD presents a perfect opportunity to share a genuine piece of TV history AND music, laughs and fun with a whole new generation of children.  

Because of its classic status and delightful humor, the Parents Television Council is thrilled to award the Kukla, Fran and Ollie 60th Anniversary DVD with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. The PTC recommends this DVD for all viewers over age three.


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