H.R. Pufnstuf is returning to television

The friendly dragon will appear on Sid and Marty Krofft's Nick Jr. series, Mutt & Stuff.

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Who knew that dragons and dogs were related? In the wild imagination of Sid and Marty Krofft, such zoological implausibility is par for the course. The Krofft brothers were responsible for the most colorful, kaleidoscopic television of the 1970s. Most identifiable are the puppets H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund & The Sea Monsters and Liddsville, and the adventures of Land of the Lost, but the duo also produced variety shows like Donnie & Marie and The Brady Variety Hour.

Now both around 80 years old, the Canadian duo have not retired. Sid and Marty returned to children's television this summer with Mutt & Stuff for Nickelodeon. The show features "dog whisperer" Cesar Millan and his son Calvin — and a giant puppet, Stuff the dog, of course. Soon, old will meet new as Pufnstuf is set to appear on the show as Stuff's uncle.

According to the Accociated Press, Pufnstuf will be joined by Freddy the Flute, Cling and Clang. The episode is taping later this year and will air on Nick Jr. sometime in 2016.

Worried your beloved Pufnstuf will be modernized for Generation Z? No worries. “We don’t mess with our characters,” Marty Krofft reassured in a statement. He also addressed the Krofft's trippy reputation. “If we did the drugs everybody thought we did, we’d be dead today. You cannot work stoned.”

In the meantime, catch H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost every Saturday morning (naturally) on MeTV.


 
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