And now for something completely different:
In order to get to the point of my post, I have to add a little bit of background.
The television show is an adaptation of the 1963 film Flipper starring Chuck Connors and Luke Halpin as Porter and Sandy Ricks, and its 1964 sequel, Flipper's New Adventure, where Brian Kelly took over the role of Porter. In adapting the films to a television series, the producers made Porter a single parent and gave him a second son named Bud. The producers departed yet again from the films in endowing Flipper with an unnatural degree of intelligence and an extraordinary understanding of human motives, behavior, and vocabulary.
Flipper was played mainly by a female dolphin named Suzy, and occasionally by other females named Patty, Kathy, Scotty and Squirt. Female dolphins were chosen because they are less aggressive than males and their skins (unlike the skins of male dolphins) are usually free from scars and other disfigurations acquired in altercations with other dolphins. The five dolphins performed all of Flipper's thespian chores except the famous tail walk, a trick they were unable to master completely. A male dolphin named Clown was brought in for scenes involving the tail walk. The dolphins playing Flipper on the show were trained by Richard O'Barry.
The reason for this post is this: I heard the most amazing trivia that made me laugh. Remember that weird "dolphin" noise Flipper always made? Yes, the one you have never heard a dophin make anywhere, anytime? Well, the famous "voice" of Flipper was actually the doctored song of a Kookaburra bird, played sped up a lot of times like the chipmunks. I don't know why I find that so funny, but I find it hilarious that they took a bird to create a fake dolfin
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