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  • Actors: Animation
  • Directors: CBN Studios
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Full length, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, Restored, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: CBN Animation Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FQJ6TA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Christopher Bubb on November 12, 2006
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Caught in the woods by a drenching rainstorm, Justin Casey, Angela "Angie" Roberts and her kid brother Corkey sneak into a rather odd-looking house for shelter. They then meet the absent-minded Professor Humphrey Bumble and his Solar Ion Robot (SIR) and learn that the house is actually a time machine that becomes operational when struck by lightning. Sure enough, that's exactly what happens, and our protagonists are catapulted 2,000 years back in time to witness the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and His disciples while they try to find a way back to the 20th Century.
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!
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The series was one of those 80s shows, along with SuperBook, that as a kid stuck with you, even if you weren't Christian or religious(which I am but that's besides the point). There was adventure, great animation, and unless you told a kid back then, apart from noticing that the mouth movements didn't always match the words exactly you'd never known it was made in japan!

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.
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This series is so great! Why only the first volume! My son (4 years) Loves the first 4 episodes... it was ahead of it's time and I think kids today would really enjoy it! When will the other volumes be re-released!!
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My brother and I absolutely loved this show as children. I learned so much about the bible and was really entertained by the multi-level story lines going on throughout the plot. As an adult, i would love to buy this for my kids and my brother's kids. I agree with the first post. I think kids today would really like this show. Anime is great.
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I taped these shows for my kids when they were young. They grew up watching them and wore them out. They both now want copies for their kids. I used these to help teach Sunday school also. They are not denomiation specific, they just show the bible stories in a way that kids love. Nothing is added to the stories for effect as you know the bible is actually pretty dramatic all on its own. If you just want good entertainment for kids buy these. Good moral teaching is included at no extra charge.
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The first four episodes of 52 from The Flying House. Two versions are on this DVD, English and Spanish. There are no ending credit words at the end of each episode except for CBN 1983, which struck me as odd. If anyone wants to know who did the voices, they'll have to research it online. In addition, there is no 'The Flying House' title at the beginning either. It is in the Spanish version, however. There are credits and a title on my old tapes from 20 years ago.

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.
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Don't get me wrong; I do like the show flying house. But it was not what I expected when I bought this DVD. I was hoping for a complete series, but instead it was just 4 shows. Four shows is not enough; it is incomplete. Is that all that this DVD have available? I'm sorry, but I expected way better than just four episodes.

Dee K. Smalls
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Flying House brings back memories of watching this and Superbook as a child. It is definitely worth buying and watching again!
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