Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Alive And Well on Living Island

I just came back from a trip to Wal-Mart (or Wally World as we affectionately call it) where I went for a few odds and ends that we needed but was able to snag a copy of the Pufnstuf DVD for a mere $3.00!!! I popped it in as soon as we got back and my son immediately was into it! (Now I have a great excuse to tell my wife why I bought it!) Anyway, for those of you who are unaware of Pufnstuf, here's a little background: After creating costumes for characters in the live-action portion of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, Sid and Marty Krofft were asked to develop their own Saturday morning children's series for NBC. They recycled a live puppet show that they had staged in the Coca-Cola pavilion of the HemisFair '68 world's fair in 1968, including several key characters from this show, such as Luther the dragon and a silly witch. The show centered on a shipwrecked boy named Jimmy (played by Jack Wild) who takes a ride on a mysterious boat to kooky Living Island, home of dancing trees and singing frogs. The Mayor of Living Island is a friendly and helpful dragon named H.R. Pufnstuf (renamed from Luther). Jimmy had been lured to the island with his friend, a talking flute named Freddy, by a wicked witch named Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo (played by Billie Hayes). Jimmy is taken in by Pufnstuf, who is able to protect him from Witchiepoo. While the television series was still in production, the Kroffts were approached to do a film adaptation. The film retained most of the cast and crew from the series and featured guest appearances by "Mama" Cass Elliott and Martha Raye. The soundtrack from the film features both the score and songs. Originally issued on LP and 8-track when the film came out in 1970, it was never officially released in the US in the CD format. However, it was released on CD in the UK and featured an extra verse in the song, "Zap the World" that wasn't in the film. Here for you now is that release from the UK. Here is the soundtrack to "Pufnstuf". Enjoy!

Pufnstuf OST (UK release)


Crispy32 said...

Many thanks for posting this Dartman. I'm hosting a retro TV night, featuring lots of old Brit TV favourites like Marine Boy, Hetre Come the Double Deckers and The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. This is definitely going to be part of the evening's entertainment.

Lacey said...

Thank you

This is a unique gem.

My father grew up on H.R. Puffnstuf but I had to wait until Nick at Night (or T.V. Land) showed it.

Weird beyond belief, but still more fun than Saturday Mornings today.

Anonymous said...

Sadly this does not contain the musical intro from the opening of the TV show -- It's just the jingle that the darn thing opened with every Saturday morning -- Big disappointment after the DL, IMO. But the music is quirky and very 70s Brit prog-folk. oh-well...

Dartman said...

It doesn't contain the opening from the show because it's not from the show. It's the soundtrack from the film.

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