Special Features Iconic Characters H.R. Pufnstuf, Cling and Clang,
and Freddy the Flute; Network Greenlights Additional 20 Episodes of
Top-Rated Live-Action Series Mutt & Stuff
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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sid and Marty Krofft’s most beloved characters from their cult classic H.R.
Pufnstuf will return to kids TV for the first time in over 45 years
in the Kroffts’ latest live-action preschool series, Mutt
& Stuff, on Nickelodeon.
Featuring H.R. Pufnstuf, Cling and Clang, Freddy the Flute and the
Rescue Racer, the special is part of an additional 20 episode order that
Nickelodeon has greenlit, bringing the total to 40 for Mutt & Stuff’s
first season. Production on the special, “H.R. Pufnstuf Comes to Mutt &
Stuff!,” will begin this fall with a premiere date set for early 2016.
“H.R. Pufnstuf was the first TV show my brother and I created, so
it has always held a special place in our hearts,” said Marty Krofft.
“Our fans constantly ask us to bring back Pufnstuf, and we feel the
vibrant world of Mutt & Stuff is the perfect setting to
revitalize these colorful characters and build excitement for new fans.”
In “H.R. Pufnstuf Comes to Mutt & Stuff!,” Stuff’s favorite uncle H.R.
Pufnstuf decides to visit him at the canine school. When H.R. Pufnstuf
arrives with his friends from Living Island, Stuff goes overboard in an
attempt to impress him and make sure everything is perfect.
Set in a unique school for dogs, Mutt & Stuff stars Calvin
Millan and his dad, Cesar, star of Cesar 911 and original star of Dog
Whisperer with Cesar Millan, interacting with a cast of both real
dogs and puppets. Mutt & Stuff currently ranks as the
number-one preschool show in its time period on all TV and the series is
created and executive produced by the Kroffts (H.R. Pufnstuf, Land
Of The Lost), along with Bradley Zweig. Cesar Millan also serves as
executive producer. Mutt & Stuff airs regularly weekdays at
10 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
“H.R. Pufnstuf’s wildly imaginative characters made an indelible
impression on an entire generation, and now preschoolers and parents
will get to see the two fantasy worlds of Sid and Marty Krofft come
together on Mutt & Stuff through the same creative
storytelling that defines both series,” said Russell Hicks, President,
Content Development and Production, Nickelodeon Group.
“It has been an amazing experience to be a part of Mutt & Stuff
with my son Calvin,” said Cesar Millan. “The show is an amazing platform
to educate kids on the responsibilities of being a dog owner and we are
excited to be bringing it back for another 20 episodes.”
Mutt & Stuff follows Calvin Millan and his best friend Stuff,
a larger-than-life dog with a personality to match, as they take
preschoolers inside the doors of Mutt & Stuff, a school for dogs, to
explore the daily lives of these canine companions. Each episode
features incredible tricks, training lessons and high-spirited humor.
With the help of 15 playful puppies and charismatic puppets, Calvin
educates preschoolers on how to train and guide their dogs, as well as
showcase the friendship and loyalty that puppies can provide. The series
has a social-emotional curriculum that helps preschoolers identify and
manage emotions, build interpersonal awareness and develop social
skills. Mutt & Stuff also carries a message of pet adoption
and responsible pet care based on Cesar Millan’s philosophies.
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Maggie Wang, 212-846-6381