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Flying House, full title: Time Classroom, Adventures of The Flying House, is a children's Anime series produced by studio Tatsunoko Productions, under directors Masakazu Higuchi and Mineo Fuji, and aired by TV Tokyo and local stations across Japan. Originally airing between April 5, 1982, and March 28, 1983, the series culminates in 52 episodes. The show was also distributed in the United States by the Christian Broadcasting Network [now the ABC Family Channel], and all episodes are available online at the Christian Broadcasting Network site.
The story of the anime consists of three young children, Justin Casey, Angela Roberts and Corkey Roberts, who discover what they believe to be an abandoned house in the middle of the woods while playing hide-and-seek. Inside the house they soon discover SIR, a friendly little robot, and Professor Bumble, an eccentric professor who had recently perfected a time machine. Using the time machine, the group go back through time, experiencing and reliving the past.
Tropes found in Flying House include:
- Absent-Minded Professor: Prof. Bumble fits this trope to a T.
- Adorkable: Prof. Bumble again. Justin, Angie, and Corky themselves also fall into this sometimes.
- Adults Are Useless: Or at least Prof. Bumble is.
- An Aesop
- Butt Monkey: Prof. Bumble, true to his Meaningful Name, falls victim to this.
- Children Are Innocent
- Deadpan Snarker: SIR
- Fun with Acronyms: SIR's name stands for 'Solar Ion Robot'.
- God Is Good
- Green Aesop
- Jesus Saves
- Instant AI, Just Add Water
- Non-Human Sidekick: SIR again.
- Ridiculously-Human Robots
- Tatsunoko Productions
- Time Travel
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: That time Jesus and his disciples walk past the flying house. None of them take notice of the strange looking house or the half-naked man sunbathing on the roof.
- Or the robot.