The Flying House (TV series)

The Flying House, known in Japan as Tondera Hausu no Daibōken (トンデラハウスの大冒険, Adventures of the Flying House), is an anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Productions broadcast between April 1982 and March 1983 on TV Tokyo,[1] and distributed by the Christian Broadcasting Network in the United States.[2] In 2010, the Christian Broadcasting Network made the 52 episodes available for viewing online.[3]

The Flying House
The Flying House.jpg
Cover art from volume 1 of the DVD release of the series
(Tondera Hausu no Daibōken)
GenreChristian Animation
Anime television series
Directed byMasakazu Higuchi and Mineo Fuji
StudioTatsunoko Productions
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run 5 April 1982 28 March 1983
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At the same time, CBN and Tatsunoko also produced a related series, Superbook.[2]

In the Philippines, reruns of the show were broadcast on GMA Network in 1992 and on ABS-CBN in 2015. The episodes are currently broadcast on Pop Life TV via digital free-to-air television BEAM TV. It was also broadcast on the Australian Christian Channel in Australia.


Professor Bumble, S.I.R. and the other child characters of The Flying House

The series begins in the middle of a game of hide and seek, as a young boy named Justin Casey (Gen Adachi) finishes counting and begins searching for his friends Angela "Angie" Roberts and her little brother Corbin "Corky" Roberts (Kanna and Tsukubo Natsuyama). As he searches for Angie and Corky in a wooded area, a thunderstorm suddenly appears. Justin manages to sneak up on the two before the rain starts pouring, forcing them to run for cover. They eventually find a spacecraft type house in the wooded area, previously unseen according to Justin. At first glance it appears that nobody is home, until they discover a clown battery type android named Solar Ion Robot (Kadenchin), or S.I.R. for short. They soon meet the owner of the house, Professor Humphrey Bumble (Dr. Tokio Taimu), who introduces the children to his greatest creation, a half rocket, half house one of a kind time machine namely The Flying House. Humphrey's attempt at recreating Benjamin Franklin's famous lightning experiment with the use of a bat looking kite flying outside the house to get the machine working only leads to a temporary change in S.I.R.'s personality from nice to mean and goes berserk before sending The Flying House on course for the past. Little did they know that Justin, Angie, Corky, and S.I.R. truly realize how long the journey back home will take due to Humphrey's misguidance and errors in time travel, but in the meantime they witness and participate (with little or no consequences) in numerous events in the Bible's New Testament, from John the Baptist's birth to the rise of the Apostle Paul.

Eventually, they make it home exactly the same way they traveled into the past in the first place. S.I.R. gets a knock in the head which, again, makes him go from nice to mean and go berserk and he attacks The Flying House. Ironically, S.I.R.'s berserkiness fixes it in such a way that it finally sends the whole crew back to their own time period, and the show ends, with S.I.R. changed back from mean to nice by the end of the trip.


The main cast of the series includes (English-language voice actors in parentheses):[4]

  • Justin Casey is played by (Billie Lou Watt) Corky and Angie's best friend. His Japanese counterpart Gen Adachi, is played by Satomi Majima.
  • Angela "Angie" Roberts is played by (Sonia Owens) – Corky's older sister and Justin's best friend. Her Japanese counterpart, Kanna Natsuyama, is played by Sanae Takagi.
  • Corbin "Corky" Roberts is played by (Helena Van Koert) – Angie's little brother and Justin's best friend. His Japanese counterpart, Tsukubo Natsuyama, is played by Runa Akiyama.
  • Professor Humphrey Bumble is played (Hal Studer) – The inventor of the Flying House. His Japanese counterpart, Dr.Tokio Taimu, is played by Yoshito Yasuhara .
  • S.I.R. (Solar Ion Robot) is played by (Ray Owens) - Justin, Angie, and Corky's best friend and Professor Bumble's clown type robotic assistant. His Japanese counterpart, Kandenchin, is played by Kyōko Tongū.
  • Jesus Christ is also played by (Ray Owens) - played by Jun Hazumi in Japanese.
  • Paul the Apostle is also played by (Hal Studer).
  • The Flying House is himself - his Japanese counterpart Tondera Hausu, is himself.

Episode ListEdit

Season 1 (1982)Edit

  1. Blast Off For the Past - The Flying House transports back from the 20th century to 1st century Judaea. The episode narrates the story of the birth of John the Baptist.
  2. Star-Spangled Night - The narrative of the Birth of Jesus.
  3. Lost and Found in Time - The finding of the lost 12 year-old Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem.
  4. Voice in the Wilderness - The Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.
  5. Speak of the Devil - The Temptation of Jesus in the wilderness.
  6. All That Glitters - The recruitment of Matthew as an apostle of Jesus.
  7. Military Secrets - Jesus heals the centurion's servant.
  8. The Prize That Was Won and Lost - The execution of John the Baptist.
  9. Another Life - Jesus raises Jairus' daughter back to life.
  10. The Runaway - Jesus' feeds the 5,000 by multiplying the loaves and fishes.
  11. Neighbors - Jesus tells the parables of The Good Samaritan and The Unforgiving Servant.
  12. Poor Little Rich Men - Jesus tells the parables of The Rich Fool and The Prodigal Son.
  13. The Greatest - The apostles argue who amongst them is the greatest.
  14. Back From the Grave - The story of Martha and Mary and the resurrection of Lazarus.
  15. Real Treasure - The story of the conversion of Zacchaeus.
  16. What If - Jesus tells the parables of The Unprofitable Servant and The Wise and the Foolish Builders.
  17. The Lost Sheep - Jesus tells the parables of the Good Shepherd and the Workers in the Vineyard.
  18. Sour Grapes - The first miracle of Jesus during the Wedding at Cana.
  19. Dog Gone - Jesus heals the Syrophoenician woman's daughter.
  20. Little Orphan Anna - Jesus tells the story of the poor widow's offering at the Temple.
  21. A Word to the Wise - Jesus tells the parables of the Unjust Judge and the Wedding Feast.
  22. Judgement Day - Jesus tells the parables of Lazarus and the Rich Man and The Astute Master.
  23. Possessed - Jesus heals a man possessed by an evil spirit or the Gadarene Demoniac.
  24. Over the Hill - Jesus cleanses the ten lepers.
  25. True Friends - Jesus heals a paralytic lying in bed.
  26. Devil's Gate - Jesus raises the widow's son.

Season 2 (1983)Edit

  1. Well, Well, Well? - Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at the well and promises her the gift of living water.
  2. Left Holding the Bag - Jesus heals a paralytic man on the pool of Bethesda during the Sabbath Day.
  3. Who Among You? - A Pharisee asks Jesus a question with regards to the stoning of an adulteress. Jesus and the woman taken in adultery
  4. Oil and Water - Jesus sends his 12 disciples in pairs to preach the word of God and to perform miracles.
  5. A Special Secret - The Transfiguration and Jesus heals an epileptic boy.
  6. Midnight Callers - Jesus teaches, "Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened to you." Jesus tells the parable of The Ten Maidens.
  7. What's it worth? - Jesus tells the Parable of the Sower.
  8. Fruitless - Jesus tells the parables of The Weeds and The Wicked Tenants.
  9. Fit For a King - Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem.
  10. The Secret Agent - Jesus cleanses the temple by driving the merchants out of the temple.
  11. The Preparation - Mary of Bethany washes Jesus' feet with an alabaster box of expensive perfume and Jesus heals a blind man.
  12. Betrayed - Jesus washes the apostles' feet. Jesus and his twelve disciples are in the Last Supper. Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane and Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus, sending him to Caiaphas.
  13. Who's in Charge - Jesus is presented to Caiaphas, to King Herod Antipas, and to Pontius Pilate. Peter betrays Jesus by denying him thrice and the cock crows.
  14. The Crown of Thorns - Jesus is scourged at the pillar and put with a crown of thorns. Pilate frees Barabbas and sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion.
  15. Golgotha - Jesus carries his cross towards Golgotha and Simon of Cyrene is compelled to carry the cross before Jesus. Jesus is crucified, died, and buried.
  16. The Empty Tomb - Jesus' tomb is empty and Jesus is risen.
  17. With You Always - Jesus appears as himself to two of his disciples in the road towards Emmaus. Seven of the disciples catch 153 fish and Jesus restored Peter. Jesus ascends to heaven.
  18. The Prison Break - An angel helps Peter escape from prison.
  19. Good Riddance - The death of King Herod.
  20. The Blinding Light - Stephen is stoned and died. Jesus appears to Saul and is converted from being a persecutor of the believers to becoming an apostle of Christ.
  21. Bound & Rebound - Saul, who is now called Paul, preaches the word of God in Macedonia and delivers a woman from an evil spirit. Paul and Silas are flogged in public and placed in prison, yet a severe earthquake occurred while they are in prison.
  22. Tender Grapes - Paul interferes in a mob and helps a man get justice.
  23. Shipwrecked - Paul is shipwrecked in the island of Malta.
  24. Snake Bite - Paul is bitten by a snake but does not die and he heals a young girl from a severe illness.
  25. Heartbreak - The story of Onesimus, the slave of Philemon.
  26. Homeward Bound - Paul writes Philemon to take back Onesimus, who is baptized and converted as a follower of Christ. The Flying House finally returns to the 20th century after its treks through the times of Ancient Israel.

Home video and syndicationEdit

The Flying House was available on VHS by Tyndale; all 52 episodes were released over 26 VHS cassettes. A DVD volume of The Flying House was released by Vision Video in 2006, featuring the first four episodes. In 2010, the Christian Broadcasting Network made the 52 episodes available for viewing online.[3] The series also airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and its children's subchannel Smile.

Other titlesEdit

  • Arabic: unknown
  • French: La maison volante
  • Korean: unknown
  • German: Fliegendes Haus (Flying House; aired on Bibel TV)
  • Spanish: La casa voladora
  • Russian: Летающий дом
  • Ukrainian: Літаючий будинок
  • Romanian: Casa Zburătoare
  • Danish: Det Flyvende Hus
  • Hungarian: A repülő ház
  • Mongolian: Нисдэг байши
  • Hebrew: הבית המעופף
  • Portuguese: A Casa Voadora
  • Italian: Il Vangelo per i bambini ("The Gospel for children")

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ トンデラハウスの大冒険 (in Japanese). Tatsunoko Productions. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 808–809. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ a b "The Flying House". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  4. ^ Time kyôshitsu: Tondera house no dai bôken, IMDb

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