Flipper - The Original Series, Season 1
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They call him Flipper, Flipper, King of the Sea Now for the first time, he's on DVD! Plunge into an undersea world of fun and excitement with Flipper and his pals Bud and Sandy Ricks, and their dad Porter, the chief ranger at Florida's Coral Key Park. Bring home this aquatic adventure, and relive a classic splash from the past with this family favorite!
A 1964 television spin-off from the 1963 movie Flipper, Flipper--Season One is an adventure series that features extensive underwater photography and intriguing story lines involving a widowed park ranger, his two sons, and a clever dolphin named Flipper. This first season of Flipper finds brothers Sandy (Luke Halpin) and Bud (Tommy Norden), their father Park Ranger Porter Ricks (Brian Kelly), and their dolphin Flipper posted at the Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve where they're charged with upholding the law and responding to a variety of predicaments ranging from divers injured by shark attacks, to protecting visitors from incoming hurricanes, rescuing zoo animals from a sinking ship, and fighting congressional battles for continued funding to ensure the very existence of their marine preserve. While Bud's and Sandy's impulsiveness sometimes get them into trouble, the boys and their father can be counted upon to remain clear-headed in times of crisis. More often than not, though, it's Flipper who fulfills the most crucial role in any given rescue attempt. Guest stars are numerous and include Andy Devine, Margaret Hayes, Dan Chandler, and Ric Applewhite. The underwater photography of marine life was cutting-edge in 1964 and holds up well to this day, providing a fascinating look at trained and instinctive dolphin behavior and marine ecosystems and, while some of the story lines may seem a bit dated to today's audiences, the bigger issues like marine preservation and doing what is right still ring true. Childhood adventure, peril, and suspense pervade each of the 30 half-hour episodes in this first season. Flipper--Season One promises to leave adults born in the nineteen-fifties and nineteen-sixties reminiscing fondly about their own childhoods and humming the Flipper theme song--what's more, their children (and perhaps grandchildren) will enjoy the program right alongside them and are more than likely to join in wholeheartedly on the refrain "Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning. . . ." (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
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Season One of "Flipper" is in glorious color, at a time when most prime time TV shows in 1964 were still very much in black and white. And the prints of each episode are in superb condition, especially when watched on a eighty foot television screen.
What I like most about this show besides everyone's favorite dolphin is the bond Porter Ricks has with his two sons Sandy and Bud. The boys are being raised without a mother but dad is doing just fine. It's all fiction, of course, but I like the warm feeling that I get from each show.
There is one small problem, though. Disc Four from my set is a duplicate of Disc Three even though the disc itself is designated as Disc Four. I am calling customer service in the morning to try and get it replaced. Someone else here in the reviews brought the same problem up. There must have been hundreds of sets sold with the same error.
I would definitely recommend this if you're thinking of buying "Flipper" season one.
What made this chemistry great were the two boys in the series, Luke Halpin, who played Sandy Ricks, and Tommy Norden, who played Bud Ricks. The heart of the show was carried by the characters Bud and Flipper. Tommy is one cute kid to look at physically, which adds to the drawing power and physical beauty of the show, espeically when he is with Flipper. You read of old tales where man trained dolphins to help with life's ordeals and needs. Given how smart, and almost human, the dolphin is with what is known today, it isn't hard to believe the adventures of Bud Ricks and Flipper when you watch this old series. Since I was the youngest brother in my own family, having only one older brother, I could equate to the Ricks family, especially when growing up mostly with my Dad. I mostly identified with Tommy's character Bud, as a result and often dreamed as a boy having a dolphin of my own one day. Thank God for imagination!
There was nothing complex with this TV series. It's all good clean fun. The dangers Bud and his brother Sandy face are serious, but always resolve; with Flipper usually saving the day. I had forgotten there are some guest appearances by Andy Devine in some of the episodes. Andy Devine was an old time character actor, even before I was born. He plays an old sea captain, whose yarns are as big as his heart full of love for Bud. Reminds me of my love for my own grandfather on my mom' side of the family. Except his stories were true when he told them. There is very little violence is this series with nothing but good down to earth character development as you watch each episode. Nothing is boring. This is something you can show to your kids and they will enjoy.
This package shows the first season in great restored condition and in excellent color. Everything looks new, like when it first aired. For someone my age, it was a treat when the first DVD went into my machine and I could hear the old opening theme song being sung. It's TV series like this that make you never want to grow up and you wish your childhood would never end.