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Barnaby and Me (1979)

Barnaby and Me is a 1978 Australian TV movie about a girl and her talking koala who are pursued by criminals.


Norman Panama


James S. Henerson (as James Henerson)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sid Caesar ... Leo Fisk
Juliet Mills ... Jennifer
Sally Boyden ... Linda
Rangi Nikora Rangi Nikora ... Ko (as Rangi Nicholls)
Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Huggins
Kenneth Laird Kenneth Laird ... Bromwich
Dave Allenby Dave Allenby ... Pommie
James Condon James Condon ... The Chairman
Bruce Spence ... Tall Baddie
Al Kenny Al Kenny ... Bad Baddie
John Bremner John Bremner ... Short Baddie
Michael Beecher Michael Beecher ... French Reporter
David Whitford ... Australian Reporter
Hudson Faucett Hudson Faucett ... U.S. Consul (as Hudson Faussett)
Karl Florsheim Karl Florsheim ... German Reporter


Barnaby and Me is a 1978 Australian TV movie about a girl and her talking koala who are pursued by criminals.

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It's Hi-Koala-ty Comedy!



Did You Know?


Australian singer Sally Boyden turned down the chance to tour with Liberace in order to make this movie. See more »

Crazy Credits

Barnaby lives at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia. See more »


References Benji (1974) See more »

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Good fun, endless charm and a talking Koala
8 September 2013 | by SpeakingEyeSee all my reviews

Growing up in the UK in the late 1970s meant many a summer holiday morning filled with classic children's' TV programmes. You could start with The Banana Splits then move onto The Flashing Blade, Why Don't You and finally a TV-movie like Barnaby & Me.

Barnaby & Me is a cheaply made but utterly charming TV-movie. It concerns the adventures of a conman (Sid Caesar) just arrived in Australia who finds himself ejected the hard way from a merchant ship after cheating the crew at cards. He ends up destitute in the garden of Juliet Mills who takes him into her small family which includes a Koala Bear named Barnaby.

They all then proceed to various adventures involving "Happy Bars" (would have a different connotation these days), dodgy businessmen and Russian defectors. A tennis match featuring an old Australian pro also makes it into the mix.

The whole thing is handled with gentle care and affection with some good comic moments provided by the ever reliable Caesar (who afterwards confessed he had no recollection making the movie) and also Mills provides the emotional backbone necessary to give depth to the family aspect. Barnaby the Koala provides the narration and before you groan and think of Look Who's Talking and Babe, honestly, this is done in a witty and sarcastic delivery style (think Phil Silvers/Bilko). Look out for when Barnaby berates the Props Department and you'll know what I mean.

You will not find Barnaby & Me on DVD, it is simply too dated and old fashioned for these Pixar times. But if you should come across it in your programme guide, do yourself a favour and hit the record button and then sit down and watch it as a family. You will all find Barnaby & Me as warm and as sunny as those endless summer days you remember from the long ago.

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Release Date:

19 August 1979 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Barnaby - minun oma koalakarhuni See more »

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