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Bil and Cora Baird’s delightful puppets were the players in this droll Saturday morning fantasy series for kids from CBS.
The setting was the Land of Beyond, a magical world inhabited principally by puppets from the Baird’s previous series, Life With Snarky Parker.
Bright as a button, young hero JP was fashioned by Baird after the son of a close friend. His constant companion was the inimitable horse Heathcliffe, the most popular character in Snarky Parker. Both were watched over by Dooley, a leprechaun with a magic flute – otherwise known as “the Whistling Wizard”.
The villains were Kohlrabi and his monstrous mistress the Spider Lady, who conjured up powerful black magic with the cry “Elia Kazan!”
Other puppet characters included J Fiddler Crab, old sea salt Davy Jones, and the team of Flannel Mouse and Charlemane, a long-maned lion. Flannel idled the time away on his “mouse organ” and with one eye watched over his loyal but not very bright friend Charlemane.
The Land of Beyond was inhabited by other good and not-so-good characters including mermaids and dragons.
The point of the series was to educate its young audience in the “ups and downs” of life and to demonstrate that perseverance is fundamental to success.