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Nostalgic and entertaining,
This review is from: Skippy The Bush Kangaroo - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Some childhood TV memories unfortunately fail the test of time, thankfully 'Skippy' still manages to hold up very nicely. This 1960's Aussie children's TV series is set in Waratah national park, where Park Ranger Matt Hammond (Ed Devereaux) lives with his two sons, Mark (Ken James) and the younger Sonny (Garry Pankhurst). Helicopter pilot Jerry King (Tony Bonner) and Clancy (a young Liza Goddard) make up the rest of the regular cast.
Most of the mildly perilous adventures centre on the escapades of Sonny and Skippy - the charmingly 'dextrous' small kangaroo of the title. The stories are a simple but pleasantly entertaining collection, a flashback to more innocent times. The performances are good, with likeable characters. My favourite episode would have to be "Double Trouble", in which Matt Hammond finds himself in hot water, thanks to an evil double leaving a trail of confusion in his wake.
Filmed in colour, the picture and sound quality are OK. There are no subtitles. Each of the thirty-nine episodes run for around twenty or so minutes.
The extras include:
*Recollections of the series through interviews with Tony Bonner and Ken James.
*35 minute television special.
*"Adventures With Skippy The Bush Kangaroo" - an audio adventure.
*Comic Book/Stills Gallery.
*Tony Bonner sings the "Skippy The Bush Kangaroo" Theme.