The Info List - Lidsville

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is Sid and Marty Krofft's third television show following H.R. Pufnstuf
H.R. Pufnstuf
(1969) and The Bugaloos
The Bugaloos
(1970). As did its predecessors, the series combined two types of characters: conventional actors in makeup filmed alongside performers in full mascot costumes, whose voices were dubbed in post-production. Seventeen episodes aired on Saturday mornings for two seasons, 1971–1973. The opening was shot at Six Flags Over Texas. Otherwise, the show was shot at Paramount Pictures film studio in Los Angeles.[1]


1 Production 2 Plot 3 Characters 4 Episodes

4.1 Season 1 & 2: 1971-1973

Release 6 Cast

6.1 Voice cast

7 Comics 8 Other media

8.1 Film

9 References 10 External links

10.1 Audio 10.2 Video

Production[edit] Lidsville
resembles an earlier British series, Hattytown Tales, produced by Hattyland Enterprises & FilmFair Ltd. in 1969, which used an almost identical concept but different characters and was produced in claymation. Like predecessors H.R. Pufnstuf
H.R. Pufnstuf
and The Bugaloos, Lidsville
ran for only one season (1971–1972), with reruns airing the following year (1972–1973). Also like H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville's title and subject matter were often interpreted as references to drug use: the word "lid" is slang for a hat or cap (as in "flip your lid"), but "lid" is also early-1970s slang for an ounce of cannabis (marijuana).[2] Like most children's television shows of the era, Lidsville
contained a laugh track. Plot[edit] The show involved a teenage boy named Mark (Butch Patrick) who fell into the hat of Merlo the Magician (Charles Nelson Reilly) following his show at Six Flags Over Texas
Six Flags Over Texas
and arrived in Lidsville, a land of living hats. The hats on the show are depicted as having the same characteristics as the humans who would normally wear them. For example, a cowboy hat would act and speak like a cowboy. The characters' houses were also hat-shaped.

Mark (Butch Patrick) helps the hats defeat HooDoo.

The villain of the show was a magician named Horatio J. HooDoo (also played by Charles Nelson Reilly
Charles Nelson Reilly
in a magician's costume and make-up). The vain, short-tempered, but somewhat naive HooDoo flew around in his Hatamaran, blasting the good citizens of Lidsville
with bolts of magic (referred to as "zapping") and keeping them in fear, demanding that they pay him their Hat Checks. Mark helped the good hats resist as he attempted to find a way back home. HooDoo, trying to reclaim control of the androgynous Weenie from Mark, often enlisted the services of four Bad Hats. In his high hat home, HooDoo was besieged by the taunting music of the Hat Band, as well as all of his talking knicknacks (the parrot, Mr. Skull, the mounted alligator head, the sawed-in-half lady, etc.). HooDoo also experienced further aggravation at the hands of his aides, the dimwitted Raunchy Rabbit
and his two-faced card guard Jack of Clubs. HooDoo watched the action going on in downtown Lidsville
from his hat home by using his Evil Eye, a device similar to a TV set that resembled an eyeball. He also had a hot hatline phone. The show relied on an endless array of puns based on hats. One such pun was "Derby Dunes," an area in Lidsville
which sand dunes were shaped like derby hats. Mark, a suspected spy against HooDoo on behalf of the good hat people, was captured at Derby Dunes by HooDoo's minions the Bad Hats the moment he had fallen into the world of Lidsville. He escapes from his clutches alongside a genie named Weenie (Billie Hayes). Many of the episodes were about Mark trying to get back home, but the evil HooDoo prevented him from leaving. Weenie, being a nervous bumbler, was, in fact, a genie, but many of the tricks and spells didn't work right anymore after being a slave to HooDoo for so long. In the show's final episode, scenes from some of the past episodes were featured as HooDoo's mother (played by Muriel Landers, but not listed in the closing credits) had paid a visit to find out what has been going on in Lidsville
while making sure that her son is still bad. Unfortunately for Mark, he did not return home at the end. Music was also a part of the show, with songs being performed by the characters in several episodes. Characters[edit]

Mark (portrayed by Butch Patrick) - A teenage boy who serves as the main protagonist of the series. He fell into the hat of Merlo the Magician and ended up in Lidsville. Weenie the Genie (portrayed by Billie Hayes) - An androgynous genie (referred to as a male) who befriends Mark. Horatio J. HooDoo (portrayed by Charles Nelson Reilly) - An evil magician who serves as the primary antagonist of the series. Most of his plans involve trying to prevent Mark from leaving Lidsville
and attempting to reclaim Weenie.

Raunchy Rabbit
(performed by Sharon Baird, voiced by Walker Edmiston) - A dimwitted rabbit who serves as Horatio J. HooDoo's henchman. Wears a fez. Jack of Clubs (voiced by Walker Edmiston) - A walking deck of playing cards With a Jack-of Clubs as the face card. Wears a clubbed crown. Both top and bottom heads can talk.

The Bad Hats - A group of four hats who work for HooDoo.

Mr. Big (performed by Angelo Rossitto, voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A gangster fedora who is the leader of the Bad Hats. Despite his name, he is one of the shortest of the Bad Hats. Captain Hooknose (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A pirate hat. Literally has a hook in place of a nose. Bela (voiced by Walker Edmiston
Walker Edmiston
impersonating Béla Lugosi) - A vampire hat. A bat-eared top hat with a fanged brim on top of a Cowl-like body. Boris (voiced by Walker Edmiston
Walker Edmiston
impersonating Peter Lorre) - An executioner's hood. Usually carries an axe.

Merlo the Magician (portrayed by Charles Nelson Reilly) - a real-world Magician who owned the hat that served as Mark's gateway into Lidsville Imperial Wizard (voiced by Walker Edmiston) - The Imperial Wizard is an evil wizard who is HooDoo's master. Rah-Rah (portrayed by Jerry Maren, voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A football helmet. "Dumb Jock" persona, but often comes thru in a pinch. Madame Ring-a-Ding (voiced by Joan Gerber) - A party hat with a party favor nose who serves as Lidsville's social director. Mother Wheels (voiced by Joan Gerber) - A elderly, grey-haired motorcycle helmet dressed in black leather and usually on a motorcycle. Her catchphrase is "Hiya, Hon-ees". Nursie (voiced by Joan Gerber)(performed by Joy Campbell[3] - A bespectacled nurse's hat who is the closest thing Lidsville
has to a doctor. Twirly (voiced by Joan Gerber) - A beanie hat. Apparently the youngest member of the cast, he speaks with a little boy voice and can use his propeller to fly. Colonel Poom (performed by Felix Silla, voiced by Lennie Weinrib in a British accent) - A pith helmet who is the unofficial leader of the good hats. Colonel Poom is an old hunter/explorer. Mr. Chow (voiced by Lennie Weinrib in a Chinese accent) - A chef's pinafore with a long Machurian moustache. Lidsville's top cook/baker. Pierre LeSewer (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - One of the few good hat cast members who WEARS a hat rather than IS a hat. Lives in the Lidsville
sewers and pops his head out from under the manhole covers which resemble French berets. It was never explained in the series why he can't leave the sewers. Scorchy (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - A talking, walking, fire hydrant with a long hose for a nose who wears a firefighter's hat. Serves as Lidsville's warning system. Tex (voiced by Lennie Weinrib impersonating John Wayne) - A cowboy hat. Tonsilini (performed by Van Snowden, voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - An opera-singing hat. Sings EVERY line of his dialogue. Hiram (voiced by Walker Edmiston) - A farmer's straw hat.

Little Ben (voiced by Joan Gerber) - A talking piglet that is usually carried by Hiram.

Admiral Scuttlebutt (voiced by Walker Edmiston) - A green Admiral's bicorne. Talks in old naval cliches. Big Chief Sitting Duck (voiced by Walker Edmiston) - A feathered Indian chief's hat. His body is covered by a thick Indian blanket. HooDoo's mother (portrayed by Muriel Landers) - Visits HooDoo in one episode

Episodes[edit] Season 1 & 2: 1971-1973[edit]

Episode Title Airdate

1 "World in a Hat" September 11, 1971 (1971-09-11)

After falling into the magician's hat and discovering a magical world, Mark is mistaken for a spy by the tyrannical HooDoo and his cohorts including Weenie the good-natured genie.

2 "Show Me the Way to Go Home" TBC

Colonel Poom navigates Mark and Weenie the Genie through the Hair Forest, the Shampoo River, and other exotic locales on their way to find The Golden Ladder. HooDoo and associates scramble to stop them and ultimately unleash Big Daddy HooDoo.

3 "Fly Now, Vacuum Later" TBC

When Mark attempts a getaway by magic carpet, HooDoo summons a giant vacuum cleaner to swallow the boy, leaving it up to Weenie to mount a rescue.

4 "Weenie, Weenie, Where's Our Genie?" TBC

When Weenie runs away, HooDoo kidnaps Nursie and Scorchy and holds them for ransom until the genie is returned.

5 "Let's Hear it for Whizzo" TBC

HooDoo evicts the residents of Lidsville, so Mark disguises himself as a rival wizard and challenges HooDoo to a duel.

6 "Is There a Mayor
in the House?" TBC

Mark suggests the citizens elect a mayor, so HooDoo goes out of his way to rig the election.

7 "Take Me to Your Rabbit" TBC

Raunchy Rabbit
takes control of HooDoo's magical powers after they're struck by lightning.

8 "Have I Got a Girl For HooDoo" TBC

HooDoo uses a Lonely Hearts Club to land a date with Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo from H.R. Pufnstuf, so Mark summons his feminine wiles and tries to break them up.

9 "Mark and the Beanstalk" TBC

When a magic beanstalk sprouts in Lidsville, HooDoo disguises himself as Mark and attempts to escape to the real world.

10 "Turn in Your Turban, You're Through" TBC

HooDoo gives Mark Weenie's magic powers and uses the boy as his personal servant.

11 "Alias, the Imperial Wizard" TBC

HooDoo crashes Weenie's birthday party and kidnaps several good hat people to plan a party for the Imperial Wizard.

12 "A Little HooDoo Goes a Long Way" TBC

The Bad Hats plot to overthrow Hoo Doo. Meanwhile, Weenie comes down with the Ali Baba Virus.

13 "Oh, Brother" TBC

HooDoo's good-natured twin brother Bruce arrives while he's away and causes great confusion in Lidsville.

14 "HooDoo Who?" TBC

The Bad Hats run amok when HooDoo comes down with amnesia.

15 "The Old Hat Home" TBC

HooDoo crashes the good hat people's charity event and turns them all into senior citizens.

16 "The Great Brain Robbery" TBC

HooDoo plays the pied piper and lures the good hat people into his Brain Wash machine to create an army to conquer the Imperial Wizard.

17 "Mommy Hoo Doo" TBC

In this clip episode, Hoo Doo's mother comes to Lidsville
while her son is away and all of the inhabitants try to convince her that Hoo Doo is still as bad as he ever was.

Release[edit] A three-disc complete series set was released on DVD
in the United States in January 2005 by Rhino Entertainment. The set contained all seventeen episodes in digitally remastered, uncut and original broadcast form. plus interviews with Charles Nelson Reilly, Butch Patrick, and Billie Hayes. They and the Krofft brothers also provided audio commentary on some of the episodes. Cast[edit]

Butch Patrick
Butch Patrick
- Mark Billie Hayes
Billie Hayes
- Weenie the Genie Charles Nelson Reilly
Charles Nelson Reilly
- Horatio J. HooDoo Sharon Baird
Sharon Baird
- Raunchy Rabbit Joy Campbell - Nursie[3] And various other hat roles.[4] Buddy Douglas - Jerry Maren
Jerry Maren
- Rah-Rah the Football Helmet Angelo Rossitto
Angelo Rossitto
- Mr. Big Hommy Stewart - Van Snowden - Tonsilini Felix Silla
Felix Silla
- Colonel Poom The Hermine Midgets - Muriel Landers - HooDoo's mother

Voice cast[edit]

Walker Edmiston
Walker Edmiston
- Admiral Scuttlebutt, Bela the Vampire's Cowl, Big Chief Sitting Duck, Boris the Executioner's Hood, Hiram the Farmer's Hat, Hoo Doo's Parrot, Raunchy Rabbit, Jack of Clubs, Imperial Wizard Joan Gerber - Madame Ring-a-Ding, Mother Wheels, Nursie, Sawed-in-Half Lady, Twirly Lennie Weinrib - Colonel Poom, Captain Hooknose, Mr. Big, Mr. Chow, Pierre LeSewer, Rah-Rah the Football Helmet, Scorchy the Fireman's Hat, Tex, Tonsilini


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Gold Key Comics
Gold Key Comics
published five issues of a Lidsville
comic book. The books were a mix of new stories as well as re-workings of some of the television episodes. Although the comics were generally faithful to the TV series, there were some major differences:

Weenie the Genie was made less of a bumbler. In the comic, it was strictly stated that he could not work any magic unless Mark first rubbed the ring. Boris the Executioner's hood made NO appearances in the comics at all outside of cover photos, although the rest of the Bad Hats appeared regularly. HooDoo's flunky, Jack of Clubs, was only relegated to cameo appearances and never drawn the same way from issue to issue. He was also depicted as a single card, rather than a deck. Mommy HooDoo, who appeared in the show as a plump, matronly woman, was depicted in the comics as an emaciated hag with steel wool hair. Lidsville's population was expanded on a bit, as new characters were introduced. Most notably a bird named Hooty Hatowl, a Town Crier hat, Toulouse the artistic painter's beret, The Cap people, an armored Knight named Sir Rip Van Helmet, and the Red-Hooded Hatpeckers.

Other media[edit]

Characters from Lidsville
were featured in the Ice Capades
Ice Capades
during the early 1970s. The show was parodied by HBO
late night comedy program Mr. Show. Several audio samples from Lidsville
can be heard in the song "Dope Hat" on Marilyn Manson's 1994 album Portrait of an American Family. At the beginning of "Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense'", an episode of Millennium, the writer Chung (played by Charles Nelson Reilly), mentions that he had a part in a "brilliant, award-winning film" as a small clip of HooDoo is played on-screen.

Film[edit] On January 31, 2011, it was announced that DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation
was adapting Lidsville
to make a 3-D animated musical.[5] The feature would be directed by Conrad Vernon, and the music would be composed by Alan Menken, known for composing multiple musical score for Walt Disney Animation Studios films.[6] Menken stated that, "The songs will be an homage to '60s psychedelic concept-album rock."[7] In January 2013, he posted on Twitter
that " Lidsville
is underway... Finally."[8] The lyrics would be written by Glenn Slater, a frequent Menken collaborator.[9] In June 2016, Sid Krofft said in an interview about the project: "It was going to be like Hair or Tommy, a full-blown musical. But they went in a strange direction and it just didn't work."[10] References[edit]

^ "Filming Locations". IMDb. Retrieved November 19, 2016.  ^ "Lid". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved November 19, 2016.  ^ a b "Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved November 19, 2016.  ^ Erickson, Hal. Sid and Marty Krofft : a critical study of Saturday morning children's television, 1969-1993. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©1998.  ^ Itzkoff, Dave (January 31, 2011). "Hold On to Your Hats: 'Lidsville' to Become Animated Movie for DreamWorks". The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2011.  ^ Menken, Alan [@AIMenken] (May 18, 2011). "Off to LA for BMI awards and LIDSVILLE meeting. Excited to be doing my first non-Disney animated musical. Hello DreamWorks!" (Tweet). Retrieved May 20, 2011 – via Twitter.  ^ Menken, Alan [@AIMenken] (October 23, 2011). "LIDSVILLE starting to take shape. The songs will be an homage to '60s psychedelic concept-album rock. It'll be fun doing our "research"" (Tweet). Retrieved October 30, 2011 – via Twitter.  ^ Menken, Alan [@AIMenken] (January 16, 2013). "LIDSVILLE is underway...FINALLY. Back to the 60's. Peace, love and psychedelia! And DreamWorks is pretty great. So many old friends there" (Tweet). Retrieved January 18, 2013 – via Twitter.  ^ "The Creative Team". Dead or Alive The Musical. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013. Additional projects include: copyist/transcriber for the new Dreamworks animated film, LIDSVILLE (lyrics by Glenn Slater, music by Alan Menken), and for the new musical, BLACK BEAUTY (Harman & Sommer).  ^ Steinberg, Don (June 9, 2016). " Sid and Marty Krofft
Sid and Marty Krofft
Revisit Their Psychedelic Brand of Kids' TV". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 25, 2016. 

External links[edit]

on IMDb Sid & Marty Krofft.com


Operation Space Nut - Audio: Clips (WAV) Stuck in the '70s - Audio: Butch Patrick
Butch Patrick
Interview (Embedded in page WAV)


Robotkid - Video: Lidsville
Remix (QuickTime)

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Sid and Marty Krofft

Television shows

H.R. Pufnstuf
H.R. Pufnstuf
(1969) The Bugaloos
The Bugaloos
(1970) Lidsville
(1971) Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
(1973) Land of the Lost (1974) Far Out Space Nuts
Far Out Space Nuts
(1975) The Lost Saucer (1975) Donny & Marie (1976) The Krofft Supershow (1976) The Brady Bunch Hour
The Brady Bunch Hour
(1977) The Krofft Superstar Hour
The Krofft Superstar Hour
(1978) Pink Lady and Jeff (1980) Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (1980) Pryor's Place (1984) D.C. Follies
D.C. Follies
(1987) Land of the Lost (1991) Family Affair (2002) Mutt & Stuff (2015) Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

Krofft Supershow Segments

Dr. Shrinker
Dr. Shrinker
(1976) Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
(1976) Kaptain Kool and the Kongs (1976) Wonderbug
(1976) Magic Mongo (1977) Bigfoot and Wildboy (1977)

Krofft Puppets appeared in

The Dean Martin Show
The Dean Martin Show
(1965) The Banana Splits
The Banana Splits
(1968) The Great Space Coaster
The Great Space Coaster

Pilots and TV specials

Here's Irving
Here's Irving
(1957) Fol-de-Rol
(1972) The World of Sid & Marty Krofft at the Hollywood Bowl (1973) Really Raquel (1974) NBC Saturday Morning Preview Revue (1974) Jimmy Osmond Presents ABC's Saturday Sneak Peek (1976) The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
(1976) The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976) Kaptain Kool and the Kongs Present ABC All-Star Saturday (1977) The Bay City Rollers Meet the Saturday Superstars (1978) The Krofft Komedy Hour (1978) Bobby Vinton's Rock 'n' Rollers (1978) Anson & Lorrie (1981) Saturday's the Place (1984) The Cracker Brothers (1985) Rock 'n' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular (1985) The Patti LaBelle Show (1985) Sid & Marty Krofft's Red Eye Express (1988) Krofft Late Night (1991) Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl


Pufnstuf (1970) Harry Tracy, Desperado (1980) Middle Age Crazy (1980) Side Show (1981) Land of the Lost (2009)

Live shows

Howdy, Mr. Ice of 1950 (1949) Les Poupées de Paris
Les Poupées de Paris
(1961) Circus (1966) Funny World (1966) Kaleidescope (1968) Fol-de-Rol
(1968) A Broadway Baby (1984) Comedy Kings (1988)


The World of Sid and Marty Krofft
Sid and Marty Krofft
Theme Park Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions Inc. v. McDonald's Corp. Toby Terrier
Toby Terrier
and His Video Pals

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Children's programming on the American Broadcasting Company
American Broadcasting Company
in the 1970s

First-run animated series

The New Casper Cartoon Show (1963–70) The Smokey the Bear Show (1969–70) The Cattanooga Cats Show (1969–71) Hot Wheels (1969–71) Skyhawks
(1969–71) The Adventures of Gulliver
The Adventures of Gulliver
(1968–70) Fantastic Voyage (1968–70) Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down (1970–72) The Road Runner Show
The Road Runner Show
(1971–73) The Funky Phantom (1971–73) The Jackson 5ive (1971–73) The Osmonds (1972–74) The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972–74) The Brady Kids
The Brady Kids
(1972–74) Kid Power (1972–74) Yogi's Gang
Yogi's Gang
(1973–75) Super Friends (1973–74) Lassie's Rescue Rangers
Lassie's Rescue Rangers
(1973–75) Goober and the Ghost Chasers
Goober and the Ghost Chasers
(1973–75) Mission: Magic! (1973–74) Hong Kong Phooey
Hong Kong Phooey
(1974–76) The New Adventures of Gilligan
The New Adventures of Gilligan
(1974–77) Devlin (1974–76) These Are the Days (1974–76) The Tom and Jerry Show (1975–77) The Great Grape Ape Show
The Great Grape Ape Show
(1975–76) The Oddball Couple
The Oddball Couple
(1975–77) Jabberjaw
(1976–78) The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976–77) The Mumbly Cartoon Show
The Mumbly Cartoon Show
(1976–77) The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977–78) Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics
Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics
(The Scooby-Doo Show Laff-A-Lympics Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels) (1977–79) Fangface (1978–79) Challenge of the Super Friends
Challenge of the Super Friends
(1978–79) The All-New Pink Panther Show (1978–79) The World's Greatest Super Friends
The World's Greatest Super Friends
(1979–80) The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show (Mighty Man and Yukk Rickety Rocket) (1979–81) Spider-Woman (1979–80) Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979–80)

First-run live-action series

American Bandstand
American Bandstand
(1957–87) Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp (1970–72) Here Come the Double Deckers
Here Come the Double Deckers
(1970–72) Lidsville
(1971–73) Curiosity Shop (1971–73) Make a Wish (1971–76) Korg: 70,000 B.C. (1974–75) The Lost Saucer (1975–76) Uncle Croc's Block (1975–76) The Krofft Supershow (1976–78)

Bigfoot and Wildboy Dr. Shrinker Electra Woman and Dyna Girl Magic Mongo Wonderbug

Junior Almost Anything Goes (1976–78) Animals, Animals, Animals (1976–81) ABC Weekend Special (1977–97) Kids Are People Too
Kids Are People Too


George of the Jungle (1967–70) Bewitched
(1972–73) Jonny Quest (1970–72) H.R. Pufnstuf
H.R. Pufnstuf
(1972–73) The Monkees (1972–73) The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1972) The Roman Holidays
The Roman Holidays
(1972) Speed Buggy (1976) Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!


1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80

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