Anyone made any replicas of Freddie the Flute from H.R. Pufnstuf?
Anyone made any replicas of Freddie the Flute from H.R. Pufnstuf?
been a few here.
It was just on PROFILES.
Did ya see it?
No, what is Profiles? I'm kinda new here. Thanks,
I made some and put them on ebay. I tried to get enough interest to have them cast in resin as I could have offered them cheaper and as kits, but didn't get enough people to sign up - I think I needed 15 to break even but only got 4 or 5.
The ones listed on ebay are not accurate. If you want me to build you one, drop me a line -- I need to order some more plastic tube, so it might take me a couple of weeks. I can post pics of the one I have in my collection if you are interested.
Or I can give you tips if you prefer to build your own. Keep in mind, there were several versions of the screen used Freddy -- some talked, some were solid with no moving parts, and some were stunt versions -- there were variations in how the eyes looked and other details.
Loved the show as a kid -- made one for my daughter who carried it around with her everywhere, then decided to build one for myself and then sold a few on ebay.
I offered a run of these years ago. In fact, I even went as far as running them past Marty Krofft when I was considering licensing them.
He said was cool with small numbered runs, but it wasn't worth the time and effort to bother with licensing.
His exact words were, "Have fun, but don't make a million of them or I'll send the Apes after you."
Cool guy who still loves the craft and gets the fan base.
I'm considering revisiting these later in the year with an updated sculpt. I may see how they work out in aluminum too. The idea would be to simply provide the machined aluminum blank so the builder can handle the finish however they'd like.
I paid an old friend to sculpt this one and it was the last piece I built up from the run.
Last edited by Rylo; Jan 9, 2009 at 1:47 PM.
By the way. I still maintain Freddy is evil~
Here are a couple pics of the one I still have. Others I've made had variations in color scheme -- some duller gold body (closer to what actual prop looked like) with glittery highlights and then this one, which is a chrome-like gold finish on body of flute with glitter-paint highlights.
it is not exact, but it is pretty close to actual look of one of the real Freddys.
I made this one out of plastic hollow tube with eyes, holes and bands cut from foam.
Rylo. Very nice. Thanks for posting. Enjoying the Marty Krofft story, too. Look forward to any updates on a new sculpt/run.
Your Freddie is very nice. Sending you an email tonight with additional questions. BTW, here's another pic of the studio prop from Profiles in History's auction. Also below is a pic of "Jimmy" holding the flute. Anyone else have more studio prop or replica pix of Freddie?
I used to have a lot of reference on Freddy, but can't seem to find it. I have the series on DVD, but can't do screen caps. I'll see if I can dig anything up on my other computer -- may have saved a few things.
Take a look at pic above, the one with Jimmy holding flute -- it does NOT look like the same prop from Profiles. Note the lower three bands, or rings, at bottom of flute...the one on very bottom appears to be a bit larger/thicker in diameter than the two above it, while one the Profiles prop, they are all same size.
From what I can tell from still framing the DVD episodes and what I have read on the internet, there were a couple talking flutes made from rubber that had a cable stuck through the bottom that went up into the head area and controlled making the mouth open and close. There was one made from foam rubber that got wet and Jimmy twisted it (wrung it out) to get water out of it -- I believe this was seen in the first episode. There was one that was rigged to crawl like an inch-worm, and there appears to be some that were solid non-taking versions and some that were made of a flexible material (rubber?) that flopped around a bit when held -- although I suppose these could have been the talking versions without the wire cable mechanism in place, but I imagine they would have made a few that were softer for scenes where it was in actor's shirt or pants and they were dancing -- so they wouldn't be injured.
Of course, this is mostly based on my observations -- I haven't been able to find too much written about it.
Another thing to look for on variations of the prop are the eyes -- same basic shape, but when Freddy is frightened, they appear to have tilted eyes upside down to create a more frightened look, although this same expression was used in scenes where Freddy was NOT frightened, so who knows. The placement of the flute holes also varies slightly from prop to prop, as does the diamond (rhinestone) placement.
The version I like best, eye-wise, is the one seen on Profiles prop and in most close-ups on the series.
As you may have guessed, I LOVED this show as a kid, and when I introduced it to my young daughter, she fell in love with it, which is why I decided to make her a little Freddy Flute, and then eventually one for my collection.
I wish I could find the shiny fabric material they used for eyes and bands on the real prop. The Profiles auction also mentioned that they used a gold leatherette type material on BODY of flute.
I'll see if I can find some reference photos and post them here.
I couldn't help it.
It's also just as likely that the flute sold on PIH was a screen used piece but who ever did the screen caps didn't bother to try to find one that actually matched the piece being sold. Lack of due diligence.
Nice photo, BrundelFly. I found this photo I'd saved a long time ago. I think it was from one of the Krofft auctions. Looks like a different Freddy than the one PIH is auctioning.
Last edited by Pumpernickel; Jan 2, 2009 at 10:19 PM.
I vaguely recall a story about a Freddy the Flute prop getting stolen a number of years ago, but I don't remember any details. There were definitely multiple Freddy puppets used in the show based on whatever the puppet needed to do (e.g., talk, walk like a snail, get wrung-out like a sponge after it got wet, etc.).
Found this article in a newspaper archive from September 11, 1995:
Sad news coming out of Hollywood. Producers Sid and Marty Krofft, who turned out such favorite kids fare as "H.R. Pufnstuf" and "Land of the Lost," report that someone has stolen Freddie the Flute from one of their warehouses. Freddie, a puppet that looked like a flute, was a big part of the "H.R. Pufnstuf" series. According to a Krofft spokesman, the producers discovered the theft when they went to take the puppet out of storage for a reunion special that's being taped this week for Nick at Nite.
The special, titled "Puf-a-Palooza," is a marathon telecast of the 25-year-old episodes. The "Puf-a-Palooza" will start Saturday at 10 p.m. The spokesman said the producers are offering a $5,000 reward for the return of Freddie no questions asked. The puppet is valued at $50,000, the spokesman said. "Marty is very disappointed," the spokesman said. "He treats these puppets like they're kids."