12.22.09 8 years ago 9 Comments

The finest animal-related Web discovery today is “Skippy the Bush Kangaroo,” a “Lassie”-esque Australian TV series for kids that originally aired from 1966 to 1968 before coming to syndication in the U.S. and Canada. And then Skippy took over the friggin’ world:

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 80’s 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 couldn’t. [Wikipedia]

Why you gotta hate, Sweden? Don’t you want your children to grow up in a world where kangaroos play the drums?

Below: the amazing opening credits to “Skippy,” via Have You Seen This and FilmDrunk.

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