Freddy the Flute was a magical talking flute and good friend of Billy on Sid and Marty Krofft’s H.R. Pufnstuf. As a kid, I always dreamed about having a friend who would always be with me, who I could put in my pocket. Which explains why I got that pet mouse. (you are still missed Ben).
On the show, Freddy was voiced by the very talented voice actor, Joan Gerber. Gerber contributed to dozens of well-know kid’s shows starting in the late 1950s and working well into the 1990s. Perhaps to modern generations she is best known as the voice of Mrs. Beakley on the original run of DuckTales.
If I had known that I could get my very own Freddy as a kid, I would have definitely sent away for him. But until I saw this ad (posted as part of a larger piece by Waffle Whiffer), I had no idea it was possible.
For those who have never seen H.R. Pufnstuf, and I know some of you exist, here is the episode The Magic Path. In it, you will see Freddy in action.