H.R. Pufnstuf – Living Island

H.R. Pufnstuf is a dragon-like mayor who ruled the inhabitants of Living Island on the live-action NBC children’s puppet series H.R.PUFNSTUF (1969-71).


The series told the story of a magic talking flute (Freddy) owned by a boy named Jimmy (Jack Wild) who was lured out to sea in a boat created by evil witch (Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo) who coveted Jimmy’s magic flute.

Luckily, the boat traveled near Living Island where Mayor H.R. Pufnstuf instructed his trusty crew of Rescue Racers to rescue Jimmy and pull him out of the water after his enchanted boat sank.

H. R. Pufnstuf invited Jimmy and his flute to remain as guests on Living Island until he could find a way to return both of them safely to their own home across the sea.

Living Island was so named because literally everything on the island was a living being (trees, flowers, houses, books, candles etc.).

Meanwhile, Witchiepoo continued her efforts to steal Jimmy’s magic talking flute (encrusted with diamonds) because she wanted to win the favor of the Boss Witch and a nomination as “Witch of the Year.”

Helping Witchiepoo with her evil plan were her henchmen: Orson Vulture, Seymour Spider, and Stupid Bat.


Other residents of Living Island  included Cling and Clang (two bird policemen), Dr. Blinkey (a professorial owl), The Boyds (a band of musical birds), and Ludicrous Lion (a scam artist).

Psst! H.R. means “His Royal.”



H.R. HufnStuf
c/o Living Island

H.R. HufnStuf – Trailer (Video)
H.R. Pufnstuf (IMDB)
PufnStuf Movie (1970) (IMDB)
H.R. PufnStuf (Facebook)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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