Trivia / H.R. Pufnstuf

  • Actor Allusion: In the episode "Flute, Book and Candle", Jimmy dresses up as a beggar, and pretty much looks and acts like the Artful Dodger; which of course was the role Jack Wild played in the movie version of Oliver!, the year before H.R. Pufnstuf premiered.
  • The Cast Showoff: Jack Wild, having played the Artful Dodger in Oliver!, was a good singer and dancer, and so nearly every episode had Jimmy singing a song and/or doing some kind of casual dance. The other characters would sometimes join in for a sung line or two, or as the chorus, but Jimmy got more solo songs than everyone else on the show put together.
    • In fact, HR. Pufnstuf was actually created as a vehicle for Jack Wild due to his rapid ascension to Teen Idol status in the US (he'd already been fairly well-known for a few years in his native England). This explains why so many of the songs centre around Jimmy.
  • Colbert Bump: Many children today were probably introduced to the show through the title character's guest appearance on Mutt & Stuff note  in 2016.
  • Dawson Casting: A relatively minor, yet nonetheless interesting case. Jimmy, who starts the series as an 11-year-old before turning 12 in "The Birthday Party", was played by 16- to 17-year-old Jack Wild. Wild's voice didn't properly break until he was about 19, which made it easy for him to sing in a higher register.
  • Development Hell: Dear Lord, the reboot. A remake of the movie was propositioned by Sony Pictures back in 2000, but plans were scrapped soon after. Eight years later, the Kroffts announced plans for a prequel, and announced that the script was finished and ready to go into production. The last anyone has heard of this project was back in 2010, after they expressed a desire for Justin Bieber to play the role of Jimmy. Now that Bieber is clearly too old, is covered in tattoos and has a less-than-desirable reputation to boot, that will probably not happen.
  • Edited for Syndication: Television reruns omit Jimmy's and Pufnstuf's closing remarks after the credits.
    Jimmy: See you next week!
    Pufnstuf: Keep those cards and letters comin'!
  • Executive Meddling: Surprisingly, a few instances for this series:
    • NBC originally rejected the title H.R. Pufnstuf altogether, not because they thought it meant "hand-rolled puffin' stuff", but rather they thought the title looked "too effeminate"; Lennie Weinrib even said they were asked by the network, "Why would kids turn off Batman on ABC, and Superman on CBS to watch a powder puff on NBC?"
    • The network even told the Kroffts to stop having Witchiepoo hitting her flunkies (swiping Orson on the beak with her wand, bopping Stupid Bat upside the head), on the grounds that there was "too much violence".
    • Despite pleas from the Kroffts, the network would not add to the series' already meager $54,000-per-episode budget, resulting in the Kroffts, and some of their colleagues to dip into their own pockets to help keep the show from going under, even though they were upwards of $3,000,000 over budget. The network did, however, give them 10% budget increase for the movie, and did offer a 5% increase if they would do a second season.
  • The Other Darrin: While voiced by Lennie Weinrib in the TV series, in the movie Pufnstuf is voiced by Allan Melvin. note 
    • The actress playing Witchiepoo in H.R. Pufnstuf & The Brady Kids Live at the Hollywood Bowl is definitely not Billie Hayes.
  • Talking to Himself: Only three voice actors worked on this series Lennie Weinrib, Joan Gerber, and Walker Edmiston with Weinrib doing a bulk of the voices... in fact, at one point, Orson "takes over" while Witchiepoo goes missing, and starts giving orders to Stupid Bat; Weinrib voiced both characters, and pretty much used the same voice for both of them, which really brings this trope to a different level.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Hippie trees, psychedelic patterns and the ever-fashionable yellow and brown clothing combination abound. Let's just say this show probably wouldn't work as a revival in the 21st century, unless it was actually set circa 1970.
  • Vindicated by Reruns: The Kroffts could only afford to film one season of this show, but because it was so successful and popular, NBC kept repeating it every new TV season through the early and mid-1970s.