Bunyip (partially found Australian animated TV series; 1987-1990)

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A screenshot of the intro sequence, albeit in poor quality.

Status: Partially Found

A bunyip, also known as a kianpraty, is an Aboriginal mythology creature that was known to have lived in swamps, creeks, billabongs, riverbeds, and waterholes all around Australia. In the Wemba-Wemba language, the name of the creature means "devil", or "evil spirit". The legend of this creature has inspired several pieces of media to exist based on it, such as the Bunyip song from Dot And the Kangaroo, a local weekly newspaper published in Gawler, South Australia under the same name, and a 1987 Australian animated series created by Anne Jollifee.

The series aired originally aired in Australia on ABC TV in 1987 to presumably 1990, and was later distributed in the UK, where it aired on BBC1 from November of 1988 to October of 1993. This factor makes it one of the longer lasting cartoons on that channel until being replaced with something else. Each episode was 5 minutes in length, a quarter of the usual time a cartoon would go for at the time, and the animation was done in-house, presumably by Anne Jollifee herself, instead of being outsourced to another animation studio.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The bunyip was a small yellow creature with 2 legs, 2 arms and a long neck, which was contrary to the reported "actual" look of the creature. She would usually be seen sitting around, relaxing on a leaf in the river. However though, another Australian animal would show up, being heard by the bunyip. She then engages with the other animal and attempts to solve a problem both of them are having.[1]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Only one home video release of this cartoon is known to exist, which was a VHS tape released in Australia in 1991 by ABC Video, which featured 10 episodes. The opening to the tape has been uploaded online, but not the full tape itself. However though, a home recording of the episode "Bunyip And the Boomeroo" was uploaded to YouTube on March 22, 2019 by Showsni.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The opening to the 1991 VHS.
The episode, "Bunyip And the Boomeroo."


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