So if you’re inducting TV characters into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame and it’s October, who should you consider?
How about a witch?
To be specific:
WILHELMINA W. WITCHIEPOO
[‘H.R. Pufnstuf’] centered on a shipwrecked boy named Jimmy, played by teenage actor Jack Wild. He is 11 years old when he arrives on the island and turns 12 in the episode called "The Birthday Party". Jimmy and a talking flute named Freddy take a ride on a mysterious boat, but the boat was actually owned by a wicked witch named Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo (played by Billie Hayes) who rode on a broomstick-vehicle called the Vroom Broom. She used the boat to lure Jimmy and Freddy to her castle on Living Island, where she was going to take Jimmy prisoner and steal Freddy for her own purposes.
The Mayor of Living Island was a friendly and helpful anthropomorphic dragon named H.R. Pufnstuf, performed by Roberto Gamonet and voiced by the show's writer Lennie Weinrib, who also voices many of the other characters.
The dragon rescued Jimmy and protects him from Witchiepoo, as his cave was the only place where her magic had no effect.
Here are Witchiepoo’s credits, including a movie which has been absorbed into the TV universe of Earth Prime-Time.
- Hansel and Gretel in Samanthaland (1971)
- Have I Got a Girl for Hoodoo (1971) .
.. Weenie the Genie & Witchiepoo
The citizens of Lidsville are in for double trouble when Hoodoo starts dating Witchipoo.
O’Bservation: Weenie the Genie is Billie Hayes’ regular role on this series.
- Episode #1.1 (1978)
... Witchiepoo / Weenie the Genie
O’Bservation: This should probably be in Skitlandia.
O’Bservation: From the Promoverse? Skitlandia definitely. But it could be both.
Welcome to the Hall, Witchiepoo!