Anime: Flying House
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 between April 5, 1982, and March 28, 1983, the series culminates in 52 episodes. The show was also distributed in the United States by the Christian Broadcasting Network (who previously dubbed the show's predecessor, Superbook), airing both in syndication, and on the old CBN Cable Network (now the ABC Family Channel), and all episodes 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 Corkey Roberts, who discover what they believe to be an abandoned house in the middle of the woods while playing hide-and-seek. Inside the house 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: Prof. Taimu/Bumble again. 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.
- 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.
- Children Are Innocent
- 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 it's sister network, Smile of a Child) still viewing it when this episode comes on.
- 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 on-screen anywhere 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.
- Punny Name: "Justin Casey"; think about that for a second.
- Ridiculously Human Robots
- 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.