Lidsville is Sid and Marty Krofft's third television show following
H.R. Pufnstuf (1969) and
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.
4.1 Season 1 & 2: 1971-1973
6.1 Voice cast
8 Other media
10 External links
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.
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).
Like most children's television shows of the era,
a laugh track.
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
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
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.
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
attempting to reclaim Weenie.
Rabbit (performed by Sharon Baird, voiced by Walker Edmiston)
- A dimwitted rabbit who serves as Horatio J. HooDoo's henchman. Wears
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 impersonating Béla Lugosi) - A
vampire hat. A bat-eared top hat with a fanged brim on top of a
Boris (voiced by
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
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 - A
bespectacled nurse's hat who is the closest thing
Lidsville has to a
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
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
Season 1 & 2: 1971-1973
"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.
"Show Me the Way to Go Home"
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.
"Fly Now, Vacuum Later"
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
"Weenie, Weenie, Where's Our Genie?"
When Weenie runs away, HooDoo kidnaps Nursie and Scorchy and holds
them for ransom until the genie is returned.
"Let's Hear it for Whizzo"
HooDoo evicts the residents of Lidsville, so Mark disguises himself as
a rival wizard and challenges HooDoo to a duel.
"Is There a
Mayor in the House?"
Mark suggests the citizens elect a mayor, so HooDoo goes out of his
way to rig the election.
"Take Me to Your Rabbit"
Rabbit takes control of HooDoo's magical powers after they're
struck by lightning.
"Have I Got a Girl For HooDoo"
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.
"Mark and the Beanstalk"
When a magic beanstalk sprouts in Lidsville, HooDoo disguises himself
as Mark and attempts to escape to the real world.
"Turn in Your Turban, You're Through"
HooDoo gives Mark Weenie's magic powers and uses the boy as his
"Alias, the Imperial Wizard"
HooDoo crashes Weenie's birthday party and kidnaps several good hat
people to plan a party for the Imperial Wizard.
"A Little HooDoo Goes a Long Way"
The Bad Hats plot to overthrow Hoo Doo. Meanwhile, Weenie comes down
with the Ali Baba Virus.
HooDoo's good-natured twin brother Bruce arrives while he's away and
causes great confusion in Lidsville.
The Bad Hats run amok when HooDoo comes down with amnesia.
"The Old Hat Home"
HooDoo crashes the good hat people's charity event and turns them all
into senior citizens.
"The Great Brain Robbery"
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.
"Mommy Hoo Doo"
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.
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.
Butch Patrick - Mark
Billie Hayes - Weenie the Genie
Charles Nelson Reilly
Charles Nelson Reilly - Horatio J. HooDoo
Sharon Baird - Raunchy Rabbit
Joy Campbell - Nursie And various other hat roles.
Buddy Douglas -
Jerry Maren - Rah-Rah the Football Helmet
Angelo Rossitto - Mr. Big
Hommy Stewart -
Van Snowden - Tonsilini
Felix Silla - Colonel Poom
The Hermine Midgets -
Muriel Landers - HooDoo's mother
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
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
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.
Lidsville were featured in the
Ice Capades during the
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.
On January 31, 2011, it was announced that
DreamWorks Animation was
Lidsville to make a 3-D animated musical. 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. Menken stated that, "The songs will
be an homage to '60s psychedelic concept-album rock." In January
2013, he posted on
Twitter that "
Lidsville is underway... Finally."
The lyrics would be written by Glenn Slater, a frequent Menken
collaborator. 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
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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.
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