One of the wackier creations by Sid and Marty Krofft, the prolific and influential children's television producers from the 1970s, LIDSVILLE stars Butch Patrick, who had recently played Eddie Munster on THE MUNSTERS. Patrick plays the inquisitive Mark, who sneaks backstage after a magic show that impressed him, and finds the magician's magic hat. The hat begins to grow when Mark touches it, and he falls into is bottomless depths into the realm of Lidsville. This is a strange and wondrous world populated by ambulatory hats of every ilk, but Mark is unfortunately captured by the evil magician hat Hoo Doo, who believes him to be a spy. Aided in his escape by the friendly Weenie the Genie (Billie Hayes, H.R. PUFNSTUF), whose best intentions are tempered by her faulty magic, Mark spends the duration of the series evading Hoo Doo while searching for a way back home.
For those of you not familiar with the series, it starred Butch Patrick ("Eddie Munster" of The Munsters), Charles Nelson Reilly, Billie Hayes ("Witchiepoo" of H.R. Pufnstuf), and many others including Felix Silla ("Cousin Itt" of The Addams Family and the man inside the costume of "Twiki" on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century). Thanks to the great folks at TVTome.com, we have the following description:
Lidsville involves a boy (Mark) who goes to see Merlo the Magician at Six Flags over Texas. He is so intersted by what the hat can do, he decides to sneak back-stage to find out the secret. When it starts to grow, he climbs on the brim and falls in. After a nightmarish trip through the hat, he lands in Lidsville, the land of living hats.
Every kind of hat is here. There is an opera hat, which is a top hat with huge side-burns. There is a cowboy hat that looks like the old twinkie mascot, and many more. There is also Hoo-Doo and the bad hats. To help Mark out is Weenie the Genie (Billie Hayes in a good guy role). But Hoo-Doo shook her up so much, her magic constantly goes wrong.
Every episode (17 according to TVTome) should be included in this release. Thanks to DVD box art designer Paul Lanner, who does awesome creations for many studios, we have a special sneek peek at the packaging for this release. Enjoy it, and stay tuned for more details soon about Lidsville - The Complete Series on DVD.