Most of you are probably too young to have heard of H.R. Pufnstuf, and too old to have grown up with Mutt & Stuff — but the latter is a show about puppies, and so it is certainly more than relevant in my book.
A program called H.R. Pufnstuf was running on TV back in the 1970’s, and it was quite a trip.
The creators have denied drug use having any influence on the show — the name Pufnstuf notwithstanding — but pop culture refuses to believe it.
The aforementioned program Mutt & Stuff is one of Nickelodeon’s news shows. It revolves around a school for dogs run by a boy named Calvin, who is the real life son of Ceaser Milan the Dog Whisperer. The “Stuff” of the title is a giant Big Bird-esque puppy, but the show also features a plethora of live-action puppies. Sid and Marty Krofft, the creators of Pufnstuf, are also the creator’s of Nickelodeon’s show and have announced plans for a crossover of the two shows.
A press release explains how the crossover will work out.
“The way the show plans to introduce the 1970s puppet is having Stuff’s favorite uncle, Pufnstuf, decide to visit him at canine school. When H.R. Pufnstuf and his Living Island friends Cling, Clang and Freddy the Flute arrive, Stuff goes overboard trying to impress them and make sure everything is perfect.”
The plot will apparently have to do with “magical seeds,” and that isn’t exactly helping to dispel claims that show is influenced by drug use.
“We did not intentionally do anything related to drugs in the story. People thought we were on drugs. You can’t do good television while on drugs. … If we did the drugs everybody thought we did, we’d be dead today,” said Marty Krofft in a statement.