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->''"He was stunned and he was fascinated, still he had to see''\\
''There was something deep inside the hat, [[SchmuckBait What could that something be?]]''\\
''Then cautiously each step he took, he climbed up on the brim to look,''\\
''And all at once the hat began to shake, and rock, [[CaptainObvious look out!]]"''

(The point of no return for poor Mark.)

The PlanetOfHats taken to its logical extreme: Most of the characters are anthropomorphic talking hats.

Extremely similar to ''Series/HRPufnstuf'', '''''Lidsville''''' featured a boy, Mark (Butch Patrick, of Series/TheMunsters fame), who falls into a stage magician's top-hat into the eponymous hat community. Having gained control of a ring-dwelling (non-hat) Genie (played by a [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] Billie Hayes, who also played Witchiepoo on ''Pufnstuf''), he is pursued by the magician's Lidsvillian evil counterpart, [=HooDoo=], played by a pre-''Series/MatchGame'' Charles Nelson Reilly not a hat himself, but living in a giant topper and flying around in a giant opera hat. Produced by Creator/SidAndMartyKrofftProductions back in 1971, with their trademark surrealism, the concept bears a suspicious resemblance to an earlier British stop motion cartoon called ''Hattytown Tales''... though it was only two years earlier, and had none of the overarching plot (such as it is) of the classic Sid and Marty Krofft Productions "human lost in a strange land" story, and lacked any "human" characters.

Parodied on ''Series/MrShow'' in the sketch "The Altered State of Druggachusetts."
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!!''Lidsville'' provides examples of:
* AndYouWereThere: Charles Nelson Reilly who plays [=HooDoo=], also appears in the opening credits playing Merlo, the magician whose hat Mark falls into.
* AtTheOperaTonight: Tonsilini the Top Hat (oddly enough, not, apparently, an opera hat).
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Raunchy.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: In one episode Hoodoo attacks the town with "Big Daddy Hoodoo," a HumongousMecha version of himself. After it's defeated it turns out he'd been driving it while wearing nothing but his longjohns for some reason, and when this is revealed he's so embarrassed he runs away without zapping anybody.
* CoolCar: [=HooDoo=]'s flying Hatamaran.
* CoolOldLady: Mother Wheels.
* CrossOver: In one episode, [=HooDoo=] meets [[WickedWitch Witchiepoo]] through a dating service, and it is up to the heroes to break them up.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Mr. Big.
* DontGoInTheWoods: The Forest of Hair, crossing over with WhenTreesAttack.
* DumbMuscle: Rah-Rah the football helmet.
* EndingTheme
* EvilSorcerer: Horatio J. [=HooDoo=].
* EvilTwin: Actually, [=HooDoo=] has a ''good'' twin.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The nurse is named Nursie.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: As with many of Sid and Marty Krofft's shows.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Mark never did get home.[[note]]Well, we never saw it anyway...[[/note]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Invoked. Apparently, the network censors called up the Kroffts and told them that Mother Wheels can't ride a motorcycle without a helmet; producer Si Rose told them Mother Wheels ''is'' a helmet.
* AGodAmI: Raunchy appears to be going this way when he gets [=HooDoo=]'s powers in one episode, but instead mostly spends his time getting back at his former boss and eating a ton of carrots.
* GoneHorriblyRight: "Have I Got a Girl for [=HooDoo=]", the Crossover episode in which Witchiepoo and [=HooDoo=] meet. Mark and the Hat People initially hope that if [=HooDoo=] successfully finds a love interest through the dating service, he'll cease his habit of randomly flying over Lidsville and "zapping" everything in sight to alleviate his boredom. Unfortunately, [=HooDoo=] and Witchiepoo take an instant dislike to each other for not being the sexy figures they'd portrayed themselves as in the mail. Double unfortunately, they end up finding a common ground and mutual attraction when they start "zapping" Mark and his friends when the Lidsvillians try and "help out" on the date. So Lidsville winds up with ''two'' {{Evil Sorcerer}}s in residence, both of whom consider doing the magical equivalent of a fly-over bombing run on their town to be a romantic day's out. Luckily StatusQuoIsGod...
* GreatWhiteHunter: Colonel Poom, the pith helmet.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Hat-based puns.
* IAmVeryBritish: Colonel Poom, again.
* LargeHam: [=HooDoo=]. Most of the other characters are as well, but [=HooDoo=] still outhams them. He's played by ''[[Series/MatchGame Charles Nelson Reilly]]'', after all.
* LaughTrack
* TheMovie: [[http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/hold-on-to-your-hats-lidsville-to-become-animated-movie-for-dreamworks/ planned,]] with Music/AlanMenken doing the songs.
* NiceHat
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[Creator/JohnWayne Tex the Ten-Gallon Hat]], [[Creator/BorisKarloff Boris the Executioner's Hood]], [[Creator/BelaLugosi Bela the Vampire's Cowl]].
* OurGeniesAreDifferent
* ThePlace: Lidsville.
* PlanetOfHats: Amusingly, despite being a very literal planet of hats, it is not a figurative planet of hats.
* {{Pirate}}: Captain Hooknose
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Bad Hats.
* SaturdayMorningKidsShow
* ShortRunner: Like most Krofft shows, it had only 17 episodes, for financial reasons.
* SimpletonVoice: Raunchy Rabbit and Rah-Rah.
* SurroundedByIdiots: [=HooDoo=]'s bumbling Bad Hats and other henchmen. He even says this out loud.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: [=HooDoo=] has his own band living with him who will burst into song [[IncrediblyLamePun at the drop of a hat]]. The musical group was, of course, named [[IncrediblyLamePun The Hat Band]].
* UnfortunateNames:
** Weenie the Genie.
** Captain ''Hooknose?'' '''Really?'''
* VerbalTic: Mother Wheels "Hon-EE!"
* VillainEpisode: A few episodes focused more on the villains than on the heroes. "Take Me to Your Rabbit" and "[=HooDoo=] Who?" come to mind.
* VillainSong: A couple.
* TheWonderland: Lidsville
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