Our island was the only one of its kind until you copycatted our geography
I am the mayor, yet you made a clone with a big head just like me
You think you made some edible paradise, but everyone is bloated and sick of your world
I thought you’d credit us for our existence
That certainly wasn’t the case
I’m not the Originator, but I’m the one true mayor
And I’ll put your million dollar fraud in its place
My island’s filled with puppets, but there’s no strings attached
With our living justice
I’ve dealt with witches and I’m going to deal with you and your high-calorie junk food of a haven
Your land wouldn’t exist without mine, but at least our island is healthy and theft-free
Researching things is super fun for me.
When I was researching several forms of art, movie, and TV plagiarism, I happened to stumble upon this puppet show that I had never heard of or seen in my life. This was the 1969 show H. R. Pufnstuf. The title character is the mayor of a place called the Living Island which has all these anthropomorphic animals, plants, and objects all around. I saw some clips and it certainly was a bit wacky and had some 60s cheese, but the puppetry and costumes were interesting. What I didn’t realize was that the H. R. Pufnstuf character was a victim of plagiarism.
One could say it was a certain Hamburglar who kidnapped this big head puppet mayor with a cartoonish Southern drawl, spliced his DNA and crafted a big head mayor of their own.
Yes, there was some McThievery [patent pending] going on.
McDonald’s created their own series called McDonald land which some of you might be familiar with Ronald McDonald, Grimace, and an assortment of other characters to hype up their Happy Meals. There was a character Mayor McCheese who was the mayor of McDonaldland who had a giant cheeseburger for a head. Sid and Marty Krofft (the creators of H. R. Pufnstuff) took the fast food chain to court and actually WON their case! This was mind-blowing that they won against a giant corporation. Not only were the two mayors considered similar, but both environments. The court noticed that both the Living Island and McDonaldland are fictional places with several anthropomorphic characters, talking tree forests, a pond, castle, enforcer keystone cops as right-hand characters to the mayors, and similar villains to name a few. Here’s more information on that matter.
I never knew about this, but I’m often sympathetic to those who were ripped off, so I just had to make a song about this. I even busted out my Peruvian panflute which is an Ospreyshire first. Yes, I did my best to imitate some of Pufnstuf’s vocal inflections even though that wasn’t the only song where I talked in a Southern accent though. One of my favorite things I did was add distortion to one of the ukulele tracks where it sounded like a psychedelic guitar solo which was awesome and I loved how it turned out.
Fun fact: H. R. Pufnstuf’s voice actor was the late Lennie Weinrib. He’s played Gomez Addams in the 1973 animated version of The Addams Family, King Leonidas in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Grimace in McDonaldland (yes, the irony is strong), and to all you anime fans out there he did the dub voice of both Hunk and Prince Lotor in Voltron.
The splitscreen picture is from Wikipedia and is property of McDonalds and the Krofft Brothers.