Skippy, created by actor John McCallum and film director Lee Robinson, was produced for the Nine Network from 1966 to 1968. It told the adventures of a young boy and his intelligent pet kangaroo in Waratah National Park, outside Sydney. By the end of 1969, Skippy was reportedly screened in 80 countries-more than any other TV show in the world. It led to books, toys and a feature film called The Intruders (1969).
The location of Waratah Park is never really given. Although the actual park is located in Duffy's Forest on Sydneys northside, the park in the show must be huge as it starts on the coast whilst in one ep Sonny is said to be walking around Jenolan, a location thats is over 100kms from the coast. It is intimated that the park is outside Sydney in the bush yet they are always able to make a short drive to a suburban shopping area or even to drive Clancy into the Conservatorium of Music in the heart of Sydney city. See more »
Skippy's trademark 'tchk tchk tchk' noise was entirely fictional. Kangaroos make no such sounds. It was produced by someone clicking their tongue. See more »
I love Skippy the bush kangaroo! He comes from the outback and he has a pouch full of fun adventures. OK so it is stupid so what, it is just a kids show but back in Australia we used to love this show. My sister and I would watch and just laugh our heads off like kids always seem to do. I'm trying to find a North American equivalent to compare it to but I can't really come up with the right one, at least not yet. I'm tempted to just say it's like Flipper except instead of a dolphin it's a kangaroo but the shows feel a lot different. In Flipper there would sometimes be real danger and the dolphin was really smart and playful but the show wasn't nearly as much fun as Skippy. Skippy the bush kangaroo was all about having fun and he was really funny, well at least as funny as a kangaroo could be.
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