Children's Drama

Here's some classic & very memorable Children's drama series shown on Australian Television during the 60's & 70's.

HR Puff n Stuff
Romper Room
The Magic Circle Club
Andy Pandy
Bill & Ben (The flowerpot men)
Here's Humphrey
National Velvet

HR Puff n Stuff (Premiered: September 6, 1969)
This classic series began with Jimmy, a young English boy (Jack Wild of Oliver fame), playing near
the edge of a river with his magical talking gold flute, Freddie (or Fweddie, as Jimmy called him).

While at the edge of the river Jimmy climbs aboard a boat that beckons to him. As it drifts out to sea, an evil witch named Witchiepoo, seeking Freddie to add to her collection of magical possessions, casts a spell and makes the boat turn into an evil boat which attacks Jimmy (who then jumps overboard to save himself).

Swimming to the shore of Living Island, Jimmy is rescued by its mayor, H R Pufnstuf and his Rescue Ranger crew (Kling and Klang) before Witchiepoo can get her hands on the boy or the magic flute.
They befriend Jimmy sheltering and protecting him from the kooky old witch.

Everything on Living Island is alive. Books have faces, houses sneeze and trees can talk, not to mention the regular citizens who all look like an animal of some sort. Dr Blinky is an Owl, Ludicrous a Lion and Judy Frog.

And then there is the evil Witchiepoo (played by the great Billie Hayes). She continually tries to satisfy her obsession for the talking flute with the aid of her goofy henchmen Orson, Seymore, Dumb and Stupid and her motorized broomstick, called the Vroom Broom. Each episode involves Jimmy attempting to escape from the island with the help of Puffnstuf and his friends, with flute intact of course.

H.R. Pufnstuf was created by Sid and Marty Krofft

Beginning with the premiere of "H.R. Pufnstuf" on Saturday mornings in the 60's and running throughout the '80s, Sid and Marty Krofft mesmerized an entire generation with their extraordinary "living cartoons." This show captured the imagination of a generation for these surreal stories, hypnotic colors, and a maddening mix of real life and master puppetry. This story of a boy, his magic flute, a witch, and the giant Pufnstuf, the friendly Mayor of Living Island. Stories usually revolved around Witchiepoo (Billy Hayes) and her henchman hatching nefarious plots against the young Jimmy (Jack Wild) in an effort to steal his Magical Flute Freddy (voice of Joan Gerber) as Pufnstuf and friends help foil her attempts.

Listen to the original PuffnStuff theme tune HERE!

Here's the lyrics so you can sing along.

H.R. Pufnstuf,
He's your friend when things get rough.
H.R. Pufnstuf
Can't do a little cause he can't do enough.

 Once upon a summertime
Just a dream from yesterday
A boy and his magic golden flute
Heard a boat from off the bay
"Come and play with me, Jimmy
Come and play with me.
And I will take you on a trip
Far across the sea."
But the boat belonged to a kooky old witch
Who had in mind the flute to snitch
From her broom broom in the sky
She watched her plans materialize
She waved her wand
The beautiful boat was gone
The skies grew dark
The sea grew rough
And the boat sailed on and on and on and on and on and on.
But Pufnstuf was watching too
And knew exactly what to do
He saw the witch's boat attack
And as the boy was fighting back
He called his rescue racer crew
As often they'd rehearsed
And off to save the boy they flew
But who would get there first...
But now the boy had washed ashore
Puf arrived to save the day
Which made the witch so mad and sore
She shook her first and screamed away.
H.R. Pufnstuf,
Who's your friend when things get rough
H.R. Pufnstuf
Can't do a little cause he can't do enough.
H.R. Pufnstuf,
Who's your friend when things get rough
H.R. Pufnstuf
Can't do a little cause he can't do enough.

Romper Room (ran from 1950's to 1990's)

Fun & games was what "Romper Room" was all about. Making music (banging tamborines), riding hobby horses, the "Mr Dooby" song Romper Stomper & lots more. Remember the Mr Dooby song, he was the Bumble Bee -- do be good, polite, curteous etc, don't be bad, sad, angry etc.. It went something like...

Mr Dooby how do you do
we'd like to play a game with you
we'll watch you buzz
we'll watch you fly
& catch you as you're sailing by
1.. 2... 3.... buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Who could forget the "freaky" Romper Room Magic Mirror. The Romper Room hostess
finished each program by reciting the show's signature magical chant:

"Romper, bomper, stomper, boo.
Tell me, tell me, tell me do.
Magic mirror, tell me today.
Did all my friends have fun at play?"

With the chant spoken, the Romper Room hostess gazed through the empty mirror frame and recited the names of the lucky children whom she pretended to see watching the program (a different list of names each day). For example, "I see Tommy and Susan and Hannah and William and Mary and all you boys and girls out there." Of course, the hostess really couldn't see the children, but to the kids at home, as they listened for their name to be mentioned, they knew that they were someone special, at least in the World of Romper Room.

I waited in vain for my name to be read out, week after week, year after year. She never did read my name out which aroused
my suspicions about this so called "magic"mirror. If it was so magical.. why couldn't it ever see me?