Super Flying Fun Show
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|Super Flying Fun Show|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||9|
|Production location(s)||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Running time||90 then 120 minutes|
|Original network||TCN-9 for GTV-9|
|Picture format||2" monochrome VT, kinescoped, PAL Colour from 1975|
|Original release||1970 –|
Super Flying Fun Show replaced the original Today show that had been launched from GTV 9 in 1968 with Mike Walsh. When Today was linked with TCN 9 and the compere changed to Tony Charlton, recently recruited Victorian regional stations began to drop the show. By October 1969 the Today show had been cancelled, and a mixture of live children's entertainment and cartoons was on air between 7AM and 8:30AM and later to 9:00AM from 1970.
Original hosts were Miss Marilyn (Marilyn Mayo) and former electrician Rod Hull with his puppet creation, Emu. Opening titles consisted of Rod Hull as the character Caretaker Clot (Clotty the Janitor) walking to the TCN 9 transmitter tower and flicking a big switch. (Clot was previously a police officer, a popular character in the channel's Kaper Kops, a homage to The Keystone Kops.) When Rod Hull returned to England in 1971, taking Emu with him, he was replaced with Marty Morton who was also a co-producer. A duplicate Emu puppet was created so the puppet character could remain in Sydney.
Skeeter the Paperboy was played by James Kemsley. The character "Amos" Skeeter (Mosquito) went on to host Skeeter's Cartoon Corner until 1973 when Daryl Somers took over the host role. (Kemsley eventually turned to writing and illustrating the newspaper comic strip, Ginger Meggs.) Other regular characters included:wing Ding (a human-sized chicken sponsoring a snack food from Arnott's), the Paddle Pop Lion (a human-sized lion sponsoring a brand of ice-cream from Streets), and Freddo Frog (a human-sized frog sponsoring a brand of chocolate for Cadbury).
Daily competitions included Miss Marilyn spinning a prize wheel. Contestants were rung by telephone. live music was played by regular artist Marshall and his Portable Music Machine and Smoky Dawson.Between the live segments were cartoons (usually American sourced) and programs such as Comedy Capers that consisted of Hal Roach silent film shorts. Merchandise from the show included LP records and Milton Bradley board games.
Throughout the decade, Super Flying Fun Show competed with Breakfast-A-Go-Go) in Sydney, Fredd Bear's Breakfast-A-Go-Go in Melbourne and, later Non Stop Cartoon Carnival and The Early Bird Show on ATV 0. Super Flying Fun Show ran until late 1979. It was replaced by cartoons until the news and current affairs program, Today, commenced on 28 June 1982.
It is not known if any of the episodes were kinescoped or if any videotapes were made, and it is possible (though not confirmed) that the series is lost. A similar show with the same title was also produced in Perth with host Dianna Hammond. In Adelaide, the Super Duper Flying Fun Show was hosted by Ric Marshall, Bozo the Clown and Joanne White.
- "Super Flying Fun Show, The | Nostalgia Central". nostalgiacentral.com.
- Rod Hull - accessed January 2014
- The Age - Television and Radio Guide (Green Guide) 1969-1980
- TV Week magazine