Eureeka’s Castle co-creator R.L. Stine on the show’s inception, success, and ultimate demise
“Eureeka was just like Sesame Street except we didn’t teach kids anything.”
AVC: Do you have tapes of the show?
RLS: Yeah, in a closet somewhere. You know what else I have?
RLS: A blooper reel. Of these puppets making mistakes and then yelling, “Oh, shit! Oh, shit!” And they all stay in character.
AVC: That’s really funny.
RLS: It is. And they mess up. So I have a 20-minute blooper reel of all these characters.
AVC: Some people would consider that tape the Holy Grail of Eureeka’s Castlefandom.
RLS: Well, here’s a horrible story. We got a letter from this mother whose family was going to visit New York and their 9-year-old daughter was this huge Eureeka’s Castle fan. She asked if they could come to the studio and watch us tape a show. And the producer was like, “Yes, you can.” So the family comes to New York with their 9-year-old daughter, they walk into the studio—this is a true story—the puppets are all rehearsing and the puppeteers are all walking around and the 9-year-old daughter bursts into hysterical tears. They couldn’t get her to stop for 10 minutes. She was crying her eyes out.
AVC: Because she was afraid of the puppets?
RLS: No, because she thought they were real. She didn’t know they were puppets. Can you imagine? And they couldn’t get her to stop crying. Horrible, just horrible.