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Anime oyako gekijô (original title)
A mystical Bible transports children into it to relive adventures from the Testaments.




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1983   1982  


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Series cast summary:
Billie Lou Watt Billie Lou Watt ...  Christopher 'Chris' Peeper / ... 52 episodes, 1982-1983
Ray Owens Ray Owens ...  Superbook / ... 52 episodes, 1982-1983
Sonia Owens Sonia Owens ...  Joy / ... 52 episodes, 1982-1983
Helena Van Koert Helena Van Koert ...  Gizmo / ... 52 episodes, 1982-1983
Hal Studer Hal Studer ...  Jesus / ... 21 episodes, 1982-1983


Two young children, Chris Peeper and his neighbor Joy, come across a glowing old Bible in the attic of their home. They discover it's enchanted, transporting them to the events reported within its pages. Accompanied by the robot Gizmo (and later by Chris's pet dog Ruffles and cousin Uriah) they travel into the Superbook to experience Biblical stories firsthand. Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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Release Date:

1982 (USA) See more »

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Tatsunoko Production See more »
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The series had started out in Japan as two different shows:
  • The first season was known as "Anime Oyako Gekijo" (Animated Parent and Child Theatre), and featured stories mainly from the Old Testament (but a few on Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul), as seen by Chris and his friend Joy and the robot Gizmo (a clockwork toy robot). The Book in this season was portrayed as magical, and able to talk.
  • The second season was known as "Pasokon Toraberu Tanteidan" (Personal Computer Travel Detectives), and featured along with Old Testament tales an original plot: the search for Chris' dog Ruffles who went missing within the Book. Chris' cousin Uriah now traveled with the second Gizmo (a more sophisticated, competent robot) into the book, while Chris and Joy themselves were relegated to supporting roles. The Book in this season was now connected to a computer, displaying its stories on a monitor, and was shown only for a few moments on the first episode of this season.
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Although Mrs. Peeper announces that she is pregnant in the end of Season 1, Chris does not have any sibling in Season 2. See more »


Remade as Superbook (2011) See more »

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15 July 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

For many young viewers, the introduction to the Bible universe. an useful and well crafted introduction in Christian tradition, surprising working and interesting manner to send the message. and that is the motif for the lovely memories and the freshness of emotions. because it represents an inspired trip across a pillar of civilization , delicate, didactic and charming. and that gives to it status of memorable and profound significant animation serie.

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