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(Koara Bōi Kokki)
Anime television series
Directed by Takashi Tanazawa
Produced by
  • Yoshihiro Osada (OSADA Co.)
  • Daisaku Shirakawa (Hakuhodo)
  • Toru Hara (Topcraft)
Written by
  • Ken'ichi Ogawa
  • Kiichi Takayama
  • Mamoru Kanbe
  • Nanako Watanabe
  • Naoko Miyake
  • Riki Matsumoto
  • Toshiaki Imaizumi
  • Toshiro Ueno
  • Tsuyoshi Yatsuki
  • Yoshiaki Yoshida
Music by Kunihiro Kawano
Studio Topcraft
Licensed by
  • Tohokushinsha Film
  • Cinar Films
  • Viacom International
Network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run October 4, 1984 (1984-10-04)March 28, 1985 (1985-03-28)
Episodes 26 (52 segments)

Adventures of the Little Koala (known in Japan as Koala Boy Kockey (コアラボーイコッキィ , Koara Bōi Kokki)) is an anime television series produced by Tohokushinsha Film Corporation. It aired originally in Japan on TV Tokyo from October 4, 1984, through March 28, 1985, and then aired in the United States on Nickelodeon (later moved into the Nick Jr. block upon its launch at the start of 1988) dubbed in English from June 1, 1987, until April 2, 1993. The storyline revolved around Roobear Koala (voiced in English by former child actor Steven Bednarski, now an award-winning medievalist and historian at the University of Waterloo) and his friends and their utopian village in a fictional version of New South Wales, Australia, known in the Japanese version as Yukari Village, within the shadow of a real rock formation known as the Breadknife.

Production of the English and French versions of the series was done by the Canadian studio Cinar Films.

It also aired in Greece, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, in the Arabic-speaking world and other countries, but its biggest success by far was in the United States on Nickelodeon.


Character Name(s) Canadian / Japanese Voice Actor
Roobear Koala / Kockey / Kolby Steven Bednarski / Toshiko Fujita
A young boy and the series' central character and protagonist. Smart, adventurous, inquisitive, and athletic, he enjoys surfing, skateboarding and baseball.
Laura Koala / Lala Morgan Hallet / Chisato Nakajima
Roobear's younger sister. Although she is sometimes a bit of a brat, she is generally kind-hearted and is also a strong-willed girl.
"Mama" Koala / Vera / Mrs Koala Jane Woods / Yoshiko Asai
Roobear and Laura's mother. She is a devoted homemaker, wife and mother, and an excellent cook, but she has other talents as well: ten years prior to the events in the series, she won the village's airplane race, and proceeded to win a second time in the episode "Mommy Can Fly" (despite not being an official entrant in the race and only taking the cockpit in order to rescue other contestants who were stranded following a crash).
"Papa" Koala / Mel / Mr Koala Walter Massey / Hachirou Ozuma
Roobear and Laura's father. He works as a photographer for Miss Lewis' magazine. His biggest vice is a tendency to overeat, leading his family to try to put him on a diet and exercise program (despite his protests) in the episode "Papa on Stilts".
Betty Koala / Beth Cleo Paskal / Yuriko Yamamoto
Roobear's girlfriend. Generally a kind-hearted girl, she also can be somewhat vain at times, and her relationship with Roobear is sometimes colored by misunderstandings.
Horsey Kangaroo Dean Hagopian
The Tallest of the Kangaroo Brothers.
Walter Kangaroo A.J. Henderson / Naoki Tatsuta
Roobear's friend. The Ringleader of the Kangaroo Brothers, a self-described expert boomerang thrower. He and his brothers love nothing more than stirring up trouble in the village. Pamie and Mingle were the most frequent recipients of their teasing. Walter has an unrequited crush on Betty but (oddly given his character) was too shy to tell her how he felt.
Colt Kangaroo Rob Roy
The Shortest of the Kangaroo Brothers.
Floppy Rabbit Timothy Webber / Kyōko Tongū
Roo-bear's best friend. Floppy is a science enthusiast and budding inventor who also has a strong competitive streak when it comes to sports and other contests. He always wears a Walkman.
Mimi Rabbit Barbara Pogemiller / Mayumi Shou
Floppy's younger sister.
Pamie Penguin Bronwen Mantel / Noriko Tsukase
A girl who loves to eat (although she temporarily turned anorexic in the episode "Balloon Pamie" as a result of Walter's teasing about her big stomach, which resulted in her fainting). She also has an unrequited crush on Roobear and has ambitions of being a nurse one day. Pamie and her brother Nick always wore scarves, even in hot weather, and had three younger brothers who were triplets.
Nick Penguin Ian Finlay / Yumiko Shibata
Pamie's twin brother. While he is generally more level-headed than his sister and also has a bit of a sarcastic streak, he often goes along with Pamie's antics even though he knows better. In the episode "Pamie Falls in Love" he concocted a plan to cancel Roobear's planned picnic date with Betty so that Pamie could have the date with Roobear instead, but the plan ended in disaster for all. He also wore a bobble hat in addition to his scarf.
Kiwi Phillip Pretten
A bespectacled boy kiwi bird who served and worked as Papa Koala, Mommy Koala, and Miss Lewis, and everyone else's assistant..
Miss Lewis Bronwen Mantel / Fuyumi Shiraishi
A young adult female koala who worked as editor-in-chief for the village magazine and was always on the hunt for stories that would interest her readers. She had a close relationship with Roo-bear and his friends, acting as a surrogate teacher of sorts, and encouraged them when they decided to start their own children's newspaper.
Maki-Maki Richard Dumont
A paranoid lizard, who served and worked as Miss Lewis, Dr. Nose, and everyone else's assistant, and would often act as a town-crier: loudly trumpeting whatever breaking-news he'd discover, usually before checking its accuracy, and thus often being completely wrong. He's also a scaredy-cat as well.
Weather Richard Dumont and Vlasta Vrána / Kaneto Shiozawa
An enigmatic dingo who was always shrouded with a heavy coat, scarf and hat, even in hot weather, and could forecast the weather with great accuracy. Like Miss Lewis, he had a close relationship with Roo-bear and his friends and acted as a sort of mentor and counselor for them.
Mingle Barbara Pogemiller
A meek, sensitive sugar glider and Weather's constant companion, who was often involved in the children's adventures; particularly when his airborne/gliding capabilities could come in handy, such as when the children were learning how to fly hang-gliders.
Duckbill Platypus Arthur Grosser / Isamu Tanonaka
A duckbill platypus who enjoys collecting old junk and fashioning useful things out of it. The children call him "Bill" for short.
Mr. Mayor A.J. Henderson
Another adult male koala of the series. As his name suggests, he is the mayor of the village. He wears a dark-brown shirt, pants and hat, plus light-brown shoes, an orange bowtie and has a mustache.
Dr. Nose Walter Massey
A friend of Papa koala and Roobear, Laura, Floppy, Mimi, Nick, and Pamie's school teacher, scientist, and botanist. He wears glasses, a white shirt, a green jacket, black-pants, brown shoes and hat. He also has a beard and mustache.
Mr. Curator Michael Rudder
Diana Sonja Ball
A girl visiting her grandfather who Floppy and Roobear develop a crush on and believe to be the goddess of the moon. She appears in the episode "The Moon Goddess".

Historical background

Adventures of the Little Koala was made as Japan was in the midst of a koala frenzy along with another koala themed anime titled ふしぎなコアラ ブリンキー (The Wondrous Koala Blinky), which would later be broadcast alongside Little Koala on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block in 1988, as Noozles. According to The Anime Encyclopedia by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy, Japan's koala frenzy was sparked by the Tama Zoo in western Tokyo receiving their first koala as the Australian government sent six koalas to Japan as a token of goodwill, but in actuality, the Tama Zoo as well as other zoos in Japan got their koalas because Japan was craving them, and Little Koala and Noozles had already been airing when the koalas arrived in October 1984.

Episode list

  1. "The Old Clock Tower" / "Mingle Takes A Dive"
  2. "Is Weather A Frog?" / "Lost in a Race"
  3. "Ghost Ship" / "Balloon Pamie"
  4. "The King of the Castle" / "Hang-Gliding With Roobear"
  5. "The Mysterious Moa Bird" / "Love That Baby Moa!"
  6. "Snow White and the Seven Koalas" / "Roobear's Invention"
  7. "Papa on Stilts" / "Detective Roobear"
  8. "The Dinosaur Egg" / "Treasure Hunt"
  9. "Pamie Falls in Love" / "The Koala Butterfly"
  10. "The Koala Bear Gang" / "Back To Nature"
  11. "Roobear Saves the Day" / "Editor-In-Chief Roobear"
  12. "Monster Scoop" / "The Biggest Jigsaw Puzzle in the World"
  13. "Who Will Be the Flower Queen?" / "Circus Day"
  14. "Roobear the Babysitter" / "Papa Makes a Pie"
  15. "The Amazing Boomerang" / "The Runaway Hat"
  16. "Conquering Mt. Breadknife" / "Save the Eucalyptus"
  17. "Mommy Can Fly" / "The Secret of the McGillicuddy Vase"
  18. "Heavenly Fireworks" / "Save That Junk"
  19. "The Winner" / "A Hundred-Year-Old Camera"
  20. "Nurse Pamie" / "Any Mail Today?"
  21. "The Writing on the Wall" / "A Ride in a Spaceship"
  22. "Is Mingle a Nuisance?" / "Allowance Problems"
  23. "A Whale of a Ride" / "Laura Finds An Egg"
  24. "A Broken Umbrella" / "Save The Butterflies"
  25. "The Moon Goddess" / "The Flying Doctor"
  26. "Eucalyptus Rocket" / "Penguins Don't Fly"

Home media release

In 1989, Family Home Entertainment released four English-dubbed episodes on a VHS cassette entitled The Adventures of the Little Koala and Friends: Laura and the Mystery Egg, with the episodes "Laura Finds an Egg", "Conquering Mt. Breadknife", "Save the Eucalyptus", and "Mommy Can Fly".

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