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Flipper and Lopaka is an Australian animated series created by Yoram Gross (of Blinky Bill fame). It follows the adventures of Flipper, a talking dolphin, and Lopaka, a boy with the ability to speak with marine animals, on his tribe's island home of Illoka and the undersea city of Quetzo. As the name implies, the series is a loose adaptation of the original Flipper series.

The complete series is available to watch for free on YouTube here.


This series includes the following tropes:

  • Adults Are Useless: The people of Illoka in general are well-meaning, but certainly not capable fighters. Even if they were, they couldn't reach Quetzo if they tried.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: There are several strangely coloured animals:
    • Dexter, an octopus, is purple.
    • Otty, an otter, is mauve.
    • Ray, a manta ray, is olive.
    • Ultra, a dolphin, is pink. note 
  • Blue Boy Pink Girl: Flipper is the blue boy and Ultra is the pink girl.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Kim, the Pirate Girl. In fact, all the island natives go barefoot and half-naked, but Kim is the only outsider not to wear shoes, strongly implying that it is by choice.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In the episode “Big Bones” a magical staff resurrects a dinosaur (a sauropod) which proceeds to rampage across the island which Flipper and Lopaka have to deal with.
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  • Friendly, Playful Dolphin: Flipper is Lopaka's best friend.
  • Heroic Dolphin: Flipper, who defends Quetzo in his parents' absence. He met Lopaka while saving him from drowning. After her Heel–Face Turn, Ultra also qualifies.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Flipper and Lopaka are best friends and inseparable.
  • In Name Only: Along with moving the setting from Florida to a remote island in Oceania, the series features talking animals and mythological elements, none of which were in the original live-action Flipper series and movies.
  • Lustful Melt: Dexter did this once, after being seduced by a jellyfish posing as an octopus.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The female dolphin Ultra is pink, which visually distinguishes her from Flipper.
  • Pirate Girl: Kim, the 18 year old niece of Captain Barnibus Crab. Kim is quite an enthusiastic apprentice pirate and often seems far better at the actual business of piracy than her uncle.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates: Captain Barnibus Crab, Kim and Simon are the villains in the third series.
  • Ship Tease: A lot between Flipper and Ultra.
  • Sixth Ranger: Ultra fully joins the group during Season 3.
  • Slippery as an Eel: Serge is a sea snake (although easily mistaken for an eel) who acts as the 'brains' to Dexter's motivation. He is bright green, with a devious and sharp mind.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Lopaka has the ability to converse with marine life.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Lopaka possesses the ability to breathe (and talk) underwater.
  • Tentacled Terror: Dexter the octopus is proud of his attempts to take over Quetzo and bully its inhabitants.
  • Underwater Ruins: The sunken island of Quetzo.