The Flying House Volume One
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Thus begins THE FLYING HOUSE, the second of three television anime series (the other two were SUPERBOOK I and II) produced by Tatsunoko Production in Japan in the early 1980s at the behest of the Christian Broadcasting Network. The 52-episode series was originally known in Japan as TONDERA HAOSU NO DAI BOKEN ("The Great Adventures of the Flying House"). Although it was fairly popular during its original run in Japan from April 1982 to March 1983 and in reruns afterward, in the West it's generally overshadowed by its sister series SUPERBOOK and is often mistakenly thought to be part of the SUPERBOOK series itself. This is a shame, as THE FLYING HOUSE really does stand on its own as a very good series and an anime classic.
First of all, the quality of the animation is noticeably better than in SUPERBOOK I (in which some episodes were animated beautifully but others fell short in quality). The character designs of some characters (namely Peter and Jesus Christ himself) carry over from the first series. Also, some of the animation staff of THE FLYING HOUSE went on to make the comedy anime classic SAMURAI PIZZA CATS for Tatsunoko in 1990!Read more ›
My only qualm with the product is that, apart from the episodes included there are absolutely no extras! It might be a harsh criticism given the age of the DVD, but at least a trailer or interview with any of the makers (whether on the TBN side or the Japan side) would've been good to understand the context and how a Christian American show ended up being animated in Japan at a time where most shows, e.g. G.I. Joe & Thundercats, were being done locally.
It would be great if they would release the entire series on DVD - it still has reruns on SmileofaChild TV and other stations.
I heard the second volume is due out in early 2007, as all episodes will be released in English eventually. I hope it doesn't take too many years since this was one of my favorites.
Dee K. Smalls
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I grew up watching this however there are only 4 episodes on this dvd. I had hoped for more for the price.Published 11 months ago by Mary Jo M
For the price, i thought there would be more episodes. I paid about $36 and there are only 5 episodes....Published on January 18, 2014 by Amanda Baird
The Flying House got me introduced to Jesus when I first saw it more than 30 years ago.This basically got me introduced to the scriptures when I was very young. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Desertman84
Love the Flying House series! Great for kids of all ages! My daughter, 28, and I (57) love them.Published on October 27, 2009 by Bernice
I've always liked this series. It's too bad we are having such a bad time finding the rest of the series. Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by Lynn
I loved this show as a kid and my two little boys love it too! Please release more on DVD!! Maybe make a box set of all the episodes!!! Same for Super-book! Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by D. Koch
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