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H.R. Pufnstuf - The live-action puppet series H.R.PUFNSTUF/NBC/1969-71 told the story of a magic flute owned by a boy named Jimmy (Jack Wild) who got stranded on an island ruled by a dragon-like mayor named H.R. Pufnstuf.

When Pufnstuf saw that Jimmy was in danger from an evil witch (Witchiepoo) who tries to snatch away the boy's magic talking flute (Freddy), H.R. instructed his trusty crew of Rescue Racers (Cling and Clang) to pull the boy out of the water after his ship sank.

But the witch was persistent in her desire to snatch Jimmy's flute, so Pufnstuf took the boy under his protection until he could find a way to get Jimmy safely home to his own world.

Meanwhile Jimmy was a guest on Living Island, so named because literally everything on the island was a living being (trees, flowers, books, candles etc.)

Residents included Cling and Clang (two bird policemen), Dr. Blinkey (a professorial owl), The Boyds (a band of musical birds), and Ludicrous Lion (a scam artist). Psst! H.R. means "His Royal"

H.R. Pufnstuf

H.R. Hufnstuf & Friends

Mayor H.R. Pufnstuff in his
 official wardrobe
Jimmy with Pufnstuf, the
Rescue  Racers and a living rock

Theme Song Lyrics
(by Leslie Szarvas & Paul Simon)

H.R. Pufnstuf, who’s your friend when things get rough?
H.R. Pufnstuf can’t do a little cause he can’t do enough.

Once upon a summertime just a dream from yesterday
A boy & his magic golden flute heard a boat from off the bay
"Come and play with me, Jimmy. Come and play with me.
And I will take you on a trip far across the sea."

But the boat belonged to a kooky old witch who had in mind the flute to snitch.
From her broom broom in the sky she watched her plans materialize.

She waved her wand. The beautiful boat was gone
The skies grew dark. The sea grew rough
And the boat sailed on and on and on and on and on and

But Pufnstuf was watching too. And knew exactly what to do
He saw the witch’s boat attack. And as the boy was fighting back

He called his rescue racer crew. As often they’d rehearsed
And off to save the boy they flew. But who would get there first?

But now the boy had washed ashore. Puf arrived to save the day
Which made the witch so mad and sore. She shook her first and screamed away.

H.R. Pufnstuf, who’s your friend when things get rough?
H.R. Pufnstuf, can’t do a little cause he can’t do enough.
H.R. Pufnstuf, who’s your friend when things get rough?
H.R. Pufnstuf, can’t do a little cause he can’t do enough.

Pufnstuff & Jimmy


Cast Credits

Roberto Gamonet as H. R. Pufnstuf
(died 3/01/2006) Jack Wild as Jimmy
Billy Hayes as Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo
Sharon Baird as Shirley Pufnstuf/
Judy the Frog/Lady Boyd
Joy Campbell as Orson/Cling
Billy Barty as Googie
Martha Raye as Boss Witch
Angelo Rossitto as Seymour/Clang
Lennie Weinrib as Voice of H.R. Pufnstuf/
Seymour Spider/Ludicrous Lion
Joan Gerber as Freddy the Flute
(and other voices)
Walker Edmiston as Voice of Dr. Blinkey/Orson Vulture/Additional Voices

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