An anime from The Eighties
, originally titled Koala Boy Kokki
in Japan, depicting the day-to-day adventures of Roobear, his family and his friends in a village somewhere in Australia
. Like The Noozles
, it ran on Nickelodeon
from 1987 to 1993. Also, it was made in Japan as the result of a koala craze. In 1984, the Tama Zoo in western Tokyo welcomed its first koala, and the government of Australia sent six koalas to Japan as a token of goodwill.
Roobear, a smart and athletic koala, had various adventures along with his sister, Laura, and his many friends. Among them were Betty, his love interest; Floppy and Mimi Rabbit; Nick and Pammie Penguin, and Kiwi.
This anime provides examples of:
- Big Eater: Pammie Penguin and Roobear's Papa.
- Dueling Shows: The Noozles, both are anime about koalas and aired back-to-back on Nickelodeon for a long time, but Noozles is more fantasy-based, while this show is more Slice of Life.
- Diet Episode: Not one, but two. Papa Koala is put on a diet in "Papa on Stilts" and in "Balloon Pammie", Pammie goes on a crash diet after being teased by Walter and his brothers.
- Egg MacGuffin: The episode "Laura and the Mystery Egg" had Laura Koala finding an egg while playing baseball. The egg turns out to be that of a sea turtle and Laura chooses to set the turtle free rather than keep it. Of course, when you consider the fact that few baby sea turtles grow up to be adults...
- Gadgeteer Genius: Roobear built a sail-powered car in one episode. Another even has Roobear and his friends rebuilding the local doctor's plane.
- Hair Decorations: Pammie and Laura both wore ribbons.
- House Wife: Roobear's mom.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes
- Love Triangle: Pammie had feelings for Roobear, who loved Betty. Walter also loved Betty, but was too shy to tell her.
- Misplaced Wildlife: Averted with Nick and Pammie Penguin. Yes, penguins do live in Australia.
- The Rival: Walter Kangaroo and his brothers, Horsey and Colt, to Roobear and friends. However, at times Colt was friendly toward Roobear.
- Shown Their Work: The production staff did their research. Many of the species that appear in the show do live in Australia, and the Breadknife rock formation is prominently shown in the background.
- Slice of Life
- Techno Wizard: Floppy, who was handy with electronics. He built a radio and even a small robot.