May 30, 2012
Before watching this show, the only thing I knew about Australia was that the toilets work backwards. Now I can add a second piece of knowledge: kangaroos are magic.
Skippy is a 1960s kids show from Australia designed to teach kids to respect animals by showing them a kangaroo that fly in a helicopter, fight bad guys, understand English, carry morphine, and bet on horse races. The show is set in a fictitious national park and focuses on the park ranger's family, a kangaroo, and a blond girl nobody hits on. It's charming in small doses, but we had to watch 12 episodes in a row and very few shows can survive that dosage.
The show is also painfully episodic. Nothing is happening, something happens that threatens Skippy or Sonny, one of them goes for help, everything works out. We use that knowledge to create our own episodes of Skippy. We also discuss possible remakes, kangaroo genitals, famous Australians, and no-stir peanut butter.
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