In response to comments above:
Presentation is saved in the default .odp format.
Yes, I have tried using a newer version (on still another computer) and upgrading to Ubuntu 18.4.
While it improves some of the animations, it adds other issues to the presentation such as it will not play the same video files which now work on LO5; mp4 for example. They have tons of flickering lightning bolts moving across the screen which makes them unwatchable. Even changed the video format to a variety of types in LO6, including .ogg & .mov. I tried using the existing Impress presentation as well as making a new one with the same results. I have tried using different fonts, various image formats (.png, .jpg etc.).