Watch Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot
- 3 Seasons
The classic science-fiction television series, Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot, detail the accounts of a young boy who stumbles across a giant robot being designed for global destruction alongside other giant monsters. Johnny is given access to the robot by its creator who was captured by the evil organization, Gargoyle. The scientist who created the robot is shot and killed, but in his last moments detonates an atomic blast which provides power to the robot so that Johnny can escape. The Japanese series original title was Giant Robot and was created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama. It was produced by Toei Company Ltd and was broadcast on TV Asahi. The show ran from October, 1967 to April of 1968, airing in the United States for the first time in 1969. It totaled 26 episodes and was eventually dubbed in english and developed by American International Television through Reuben Guberman. Along with the title of the show, many other translations changed when being distributed for American Television, including the organization known as Big Fire, which would be changed to Gargoyle. Each episode Gargoyle would release a monster to cause destruction for which Johnny and his robot would have to stop. Because of his unique control of the robot Johnny was given an invitation to a secret peace-keeping organization known as Unicorn. Mitsunobu Kaneko, who played Johnny Sokko, retired from acting not long after the series ended and passed away in 1997. The violence of the series was new to the American viewers due to the fact that it was not edited for content as much as other Japanese exports had been. It wasn't anything different than what Japan was already broadcasting at the time.