The Return of H.R. Pufnstuf…after 40 Years
If H.R. Pufnstuf went off the air forty years ago, that means my kids are…oh, never mind. Sid and Marty Krofft’s H.R. Pufnstuf was shown on Saturday mornings and originally broadcast between 1969 and 1971. In celebration of this momentous anniversary, Vivendi Entertainment releases H.R. Pufnstuf: The Complete Series on DVD, April 12.
What makes this release notable is the inclusion of a “rare” series episode, “Horror Hotel,” never before on DVD. Also included are downloadable, vintage coloring sheets for interactive H.R. Pufnstuf fun. H.R. Pufnstuf: The Complete Series is available in standard and collector’s editions; for a few dollars more, purchasers of the collector’s edition get their very own H.R. Pufnstuf Bobblehead.
Inexplicably popular and overwhelmingly socially redeeming, there were seventeen episodes of H.R. Pufnstuf ; all are included in this three-disc boxed set. The show has also been resurrected by Los Angeles independent public television station KCET and is included in its weekend line-up of children’s programming.
Sid and Marty Krofft followed up their Pufnstuf success with a variety of other kids’ programs, including The Bugaloos, Land of the Lost, and Sigmund & the Sea Monsters. Okay, I admit it…Land of the Lost was my favorite; I never missed an episode. Vivendi entertainment plans to release further collections of these memorable shows from the 1970s. Now Generation X can introduce these fondly remembered relics of childhood to its own children.