Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

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Skippy the Bush Kangaroo is an Australian television series for children created by John McCallum, produced from 1966–1968, telling the adventures of a young boy and his intelligent pet kangaroo, in the (fictional) Waratah National Park in Duffys Forest, near Sydney, New South Wales.

Ninety-one 30-minute episodes were made over the three seasons of production. Although, at the time of first screening, Australian television was still in black and white, the show was filmed in colour on 16 mm film to increase its international marketability, most notably in the United States and Canada, where it aired in syndication between 1969 and 1972. The Nine Network readily repeated the series several times after Australian television switched to colour transmission in 1975.

The series was dubbed into Spanish in Mexico, where it is known as Skippy el canguro, and distributed to most Spanish-speaking countries, including Cuba and Spain, countries where the show became very popular. The series also crossed the Iron Curtain and was aired in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and 1980s and is currently still being broadcast in Iran. However, the show was forbidden to be shown in Sweden where psychologists believed that the show would mislead children into believing animals could do things that they could not.[1]

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Cast

The main characters of the show were:

  • Ed Devereaux as Matt Hammond, the Head Ranger of Waratah National Park
  • Garry Pankhurst as Sonny Hammond, Matt's youngest son
  • Ken James as Mark Hammond, Matt's oldest son
  • Tony Bonner as Jerry King, Flight Ranger (helicopter pilot) (exit #78)
  • Liza Goddard as Clarissa 'Clancy' Merrick (entry #9 exit #75), the teenage daughter of a ranger stationed at another section of the park. When her father is transferred to a park in northern New South Wales, Matt invites Clancy to stay with the Hammond family so that her music studies are not disrupted by the move north.
  • John Warwick as Sir Adrian Gillespie, Head of the NSW National Parks Board
  • Elke Neidhardt as Dr. Anna Steiner, a German doctor and playing a support role.
  • Morgan Brain as Sgt. Bernard Gillies.
  • Skippy was played by at least nine different kangaroos[2]

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