The adventures of two koalas who help other creatures. Josie wants to learn how to skip, but thinks her feet are too big. Frank realises her rope is too short.
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# If you're in trouble and you need someone to help you out
# There's no need to whistle and there's no need to shout
# Hey, hey, hey, hey Help is on its way
# Don't call the piranha brothers Call the koala brothers
# Call the koala brothers Call the koala brothers
# Help is on its way! #
One sleepy day in a sleepy outback town,
Josie the little Joey had decided there was something
she really wanted to do.
Josie had never skipped before but she really wanted to now.
Skipping's not easy when you've got big feet!
Hi, Josie! Hi, Mitzi.
Will you skip to the water hole?
- I'd like to but... - Oh, come on, Josie!
Come skipping! It'll be fun!
I can't. I haven't got a skipping rope.
Oh, yes you have! Look!
Ah! Well, I'm busy. Maybe later?
OK. If I come back later, will you promise to come skipping?
I-I-I promise! Oh, goody! Bye!
Josie watched Mitzi skip away towards the water hole.
She was a good skipper
but Josie couldn't skip and now she'd made a promise.
Back at the homestead,
it was washing day for Ned, Frank and Buster.
-Would you mind hanging our washing?
-We're in a hurry
-and have to patrol.
-We're low on petrol so we'll have to fill up.
-We'd be grateful!
-Oh, OK then!
-BOTH: Thanks, Ned! Get ready for takeoff!
Chocks away, Buster!
Chocks away, Frank!
-Get the gate, Ned.
-I'm getting the gate, Frank!
-Buckle up, Buster!
Fill her up, Josie.
Josie, are you all right?
-You can tell us.
I can't skip.
-But you can run and hop!
-And you're the best jumper in town.
I can't skip and I really want to.
-I promised Mitzi I'd go skipping with her this afternoon.
Don't worry, Josie. We'll think of something by then.
- Really? - Sure.
After all...we're here to help!
And Josie was quite sure
that the koala brothers would find a way to help her.
Back at the homestead, Ned was having problems of his own.
Josie decided that she needed more room to practise her skipping
and, in the outback, that's not too hard to find.
One, two, three...jump!
Oh! Try again.
Oh, dear! You tripped!
Hi, George. I keep on tripping.
Can you skip, George?
-Well, um...I, um...I used to skip when I was a young turtle.
As I recall, I, um... I just, um...jumped.
I tried that. It didn't work.
Just keep on practising, Josie. Practice makes perfect!
Practice doesn't make perfect. Practice makes knots.
Josie, what are you doing in the middle of nowhere?
I'm learning to skip but I can't.
Can you skip, Alice?
Oh, show me!
How do you do it?
Just a little hop, skip and jump! Your turn, now, Josie.
Go on, you can do it!
Hop, skip and...
Funny - a hop, skip and jump always works for me.
-But it doesn't work for me!
-Just keep practising, Josie.
Practice makes perfect!
Oh, I hope Frank and Buster can think of a way to help me!
Back home, Frank and Buster found someone who needed help first.
The line's not long enough, Ned.
-We've got a problem, Buster.
-We've got a problem, Ned.
-A big problem.
I've got it! We need two ropes joined together.
-BOTH: Two ropes?
-Yes, to make a longer washing line.
Wow, Buster! You're brilliant!
Thanks, Ned! Always here to help.
-Buster! We said we'd help Josie to learn to skip!
-By this afternoon!
BOTH: Oh, no!
-Maybe we can send her to skipping classes?
-There's no time!
-Have we got any more lengths of rope?
I've got an idea!
- How are you getting on, Josie? - I've tried and tried.
I still can't skip!
Well, we've got something that might help.
Here you are.
Ooh! It's a very long rope, Frank.
If you've got big jumping feet, Josie,
you need a long rope for it to go right over your head.
Oh, it won't work.
Go on. Try it.
-You've got it!
-You can do it!
Oh, look! I can skip! Thanks, Frank! Thanks, Buster!
Hi, Josie! You promised you'd come skipping. You said you would.
Oh, yes! Catch me if you can!
I've never seen anybody skip as fast as you can, Josie. You're the best!
Beat you to the water hole, Mitzi!
Hey! Wait for me!
With help from the koala brothers,
Josie DID learn to skip after all.
And if you ever happen to be in the outback
and someone whizzes past like lightning,
it could well be Josie - the fastest skipper in the outback.
Subtitles by Laura Jones BBC Broadcast 2003
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When Mitzi skips by the store and asks Josie to go skipping with her, Josie tries to make excuses. In the end, she promises to go skipping with her later that day. Josie has always wanted to skip, but her feet seem to be too big, and the rope keeps catching on them.
When the Koalas turn up in the plane to refuel, Josie is sad - she's made a promise, and doesn't know how she'll ever learn to skip. The Koalas reassure her that they'll think of something, and tell her to keep practising.
While trying to solve a problem for Ned, Frank realises that Josie's problem is simply that the rope is too short. He presents her with a longer skipping rope, and sure enough, it goes under her feet and works perfectly! Josie turns out to be a fantastic skipper, and the Koalas are pleased, yet again, to have been there to help.