Anime / Flying House

Come on and go with us.
Lord, who knows where?
It's so fun to fly through time
Oh, it's great to fly
In the flying house.
I just want to get
Back home again.

Flying House, full title: Time Classroom, Adventures of The Flying House, is a children's anime series produced by Tatsunoko Production, under directors Masakazu Higuchi and Mineo Fuji, and aired by TV Tokyo and local stations across Japan. Originally airing from April 5, 1982, to March 28, 1983, the series culminates in 52 episodes. The series was also distributed in the United States by the Christian Broadcasting Network (who previously dubbed its predecessor, Superbook), airing both in syndication and on the old CBN Cable Network (now ABC Family). All episodes are airing on TBN and its sister network Smile of a Child, and are available online at the Christian Broadcasting Network site.

The story of the anime consists of three young children—Justin Casey, Angela Roberts and her younger brother Corky Roberts, who discover what they believe to be an abandoned house in the middle of the woods while playing hide-and-seek. Inside, they soon discover SIR—a friendly little robot, and Professor Humphrey Bumble (Tokio Taimu in the original Japanese version)—an eccentric professor who had recently perfected a time machine. Using the time machine, the group go back through time, experiencing and reliving the past.

Tropes found in Flying House include:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Prof. Taimu/Bumble fits this trope to a T.
  • Adorkable: Again, Prof. Taimu/Bumble. Justin, Angie and Corky themselves also fall into this sometimes.
  • Adults Are Useless: Or at least Prof. Taimu/Bumble is.
  • Adventures in the Bible: The premise.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Corky and Angie, as their actual first names are revealed in Episode 4 to be Corbin and Angela.
  • An Aesop
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted with Angela as her nipples were shown onscreen in Episode 4: "Voice In The Wilderness".
  • Butt Monkey: Prof. Taimu/Bumble, true to his meaningful (English dub) name, falls victim to this. Justin too.
  • Big Eater: Justin, Corky and Prof. Taimu/Bumble. Granted, they have time-traveled to the time of Jesus, making it near-impossible for them and Angie to find an abundance of food with little local money and hold it for very long, leaving them nearly famished on a weekly basis. It's still no excuse for them to gobble up everything on their plate so quickly.
  • Catch Phrase: "Wait for Corky!"
  • Children Are Innocent
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Subverted with Judas in one episode when he complains about the other apostles wasting resources. By the end of the episode, the others recognize that his concerns have merit; he is recognized as a valuable asset to the Apostles, and their fellowship is reaffirmed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: SIR
  • Fun with Acronyms: SIR's name stands for 'Solar Ion Robot'.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Angela's nipples in Episode 4. It didn't help many TV networks (including TBN and its sister network Smile of a Child) still viewing it when this episode airs.
  • God is Good
  • Green Aesop
  • Instant A.I., Just Add Water
  • Meaningful Name: Prof. Taimu/Bumble in both versions. "Taimu" is a Japanese rendering of the English word "time", referring to his time traveling invention. "Bumble" is self-explanatory.
  • Non-Appearing Title: Aside from the commercial bumpers (retained in at least one episode), the title doesn't appear anywhere on-screen in either the opening or ending sequence in the current broadcast masters of the English version (although the name is part of the lyrics of the dub's theme song).
  • Non-Human Sidekick: SIR again.
  • Phrase Catcher: In some episodes, other main characters use Corky's "Wait for Corky" line by inserting their own names.
    Corky: "Wait for Corky!"
    Justin: "Wait for Justin!"
    SIR: "Wait for SIR!"
  • Punny Name: "Justin Casey". Think about that for a second.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots
  • Third-Person Person: Corky at times.
    Corky: "Wait for Corky!"
  • Time Travel
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: That time Jesus and his disciples walk past the flying house. None of them take notice of the strange looking house or the half-naked man sunbathing on the roof. Or the robot.
    • In fact, this happens every time the house crash-lands. Almost no one ever seems to notice it much or comment about how different (ie: huge) it looks compared to their own houses. And, again, the robot.