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DVD TV Show Reviews
I was a big fan of another Sid & Marty Krofft show, "H.R. Pufnstuff", when I
was a kid. Somehow I missed this show, "Liddsville", which is an attempt
to duplicate "H.R. Pufnstuff"'s success. Both shows feature a young guy
who is swept into a weird fantasy world with colorful characters and a bad
villain that is always trying to get rid of them. With H.R., the boy was
Jimmy, played by Jack Wild; in Liddsville, it is an older boy, Mark, played by
the Munsters' Butch Patrick. Billie Hayes played Witchie-Poo in H.R. but
played a Genie in Liddsville. Charles Nelson Reilly was the villain
Horatio W. Hoo Doo in Liddsville.
It looks like Liddsville tried to be more "hip" and had more music and
"groovy" slang that the kids would like, plus more psychadelic colors.
Apparently Butch Patrick became a bit of a teeny bopper star and the show was a
hit for a while. I guess I would have loved the show, if I had seen it
(I'm not sure why I didn't watch it, as well).
Small children should love the show because of its stories and fun
characters. People who grew up in the 70's might enjoy seeing the retro
clothes, colors, dialogue, and music. The special effects are laughable
today, but little kids wouldn't notice that, I don't think.
The set comes with some audio commentary by Butch Patrick, and an interesting
interview with him. It also has interviews with Billie Hayes and Charles
Nelson Reilly, and some pictures from Patrick's private photo album.
Pretty much everything you could ask for!
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