Wednesday, 8 October 2008

YouTube: Revisiting Skippy

It's been a while since a YouTube video has featured here, but I came across this one recently and thought it would be of interest.

This video takes us back to the original locale used for the 1960s children's series Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, an area adjacent to the Ku-ring-gai National Park, north of Sydney.  Surprisingly, the ranger's headquarters - constructed specifically for the series' production  - is still intact, though showing some signs of wear.  The helipad is now a duck pond but the building's interior is like a time capsule with the decor and furnishings appearing to be virtually untouched since being occupied by Skippy and her fellow co-stars.

Ninety-one episodes of Skippy The  Bush Kangaroo were made between 1966 and 1969.  The program was made by Fauna Productions with some financial assistance from the Nine Network, and was sold to 128 countries including the United States where it was syndicated to 160 local television stations.  A feature film, Skippy And The Intruders, was also made.

Skippy also recently made news when one of the show's former stars, actor Tony Bonner, made a claim for royalties from the series following the DVD release.

Skippy The Bush Kangaroo also starred Ed Devereaux, Ken James (who later went on to The Group, The Box and Skyways), Garry Pankhurst, Liza Goddard and a guest list that includes some of Australia's most well-known actors.

A far more detailed history and episode rundown of Skippy The Bush Kangaroo can be found at TV Eye - Classic Australian Television.

YouTube: leokimvideo
IMDB: Skippy The Bush Kangaroo

9 comments:

Andrew said...

I am astonished that it is all still there. It would not need much work for a Skippy Series II to be made at the same location.

filomeno2006 said...
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TelevisionAU said...

Filomeno2006: you were in Skippy?

Jayne said...

A second series was made in the 1990's with Andrew Clarke but an updated one would work even better now with more environmental awareness being taught in schools and in everyday language.

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Skippy Doc said...

West Australian based producers are making a documentary on Skippy for ABC and BBC and are looking for fans that have memorable stories about the series, or who have collections of Skippy memorabilia. Stories from viewers who were first introduced to Skippy overseas are also sought after. Skippy even convinced people to emigrate to Australia, so the producers are keen to hear those kinds of stories too. If you have a great Skippy story to share please email the producers at skippy@electricpictures.com.au

Anonymous said...

I love the Skippy series also. Have purchased the DVD's to date (all series not released (yet). Visited the skippy film set in the 1980/90's. Please preserve the original buildings / area
Regards, Melanie

Waratah Park Nature Reserve Foundation INC said...

Hi everyone.. for more information on how you can help preserve Waratah Park and Skippy's legacy, please head to www.waratahpark.org.au

Penny Edmonds
President
Waratah Park Nature Reserve Foundation

Waratah Park Nature Reserve Foundation said...

Hi everyone.. for more information on how you can help preserve Waratah Park and Skippy's legacy, please head to www.waratahpark.org.au

Penny Edmonds
President
Waratah Park Nature Reserve Foundation