Actor Jeanie Drynan in conversation with Margaret Leask.
'Elephants may be popular in Timbuktu but I'd rather have a kangaroo', sings 10-year-old actor Garry Pankhurst (who played Sonny Hammond) about his best friend Skippy.
Sanitarium Skippy Corn Flakes are 'The eating-est corn flakes ever made' according to this 1960s TV advertisement.
In this excerpt from an oral history interview with Moya Wood, the scriptwriter and script coordinator for Skippy admits she was initially ambivalent about taking on the role.
In this excerpt from Skippy: Australia's First Superstar (Stephen Oliver, Australia-UK, 2009), members of the crew talk about how they were able to get Skippy to 'act'.
In this excerpt from an oral history interview with actress Jeanie Drynan, she talks about working with Skippy and how they created the illusion of Skippy's dexterity with her paws.
Skippy's enormous popularity at home and abroad inevitably resulted in a range of merchandising spin-offs, including several sound recordings related to the series.
This page from a publicity brochure for Skippy highlights the international popularity of the show.
In this excerpt from an oral history interview with Bill Lambert, he explains why multiple kangaroos were needed to play Skippy and talks about the special on-camera skill of 'Nuts' the kanagaroo.<
The theme song for Skippy by Eric Jupp (1922–2003) is one of the most recognisable Australian television theme songs of all time.