The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) presents a Christmas fundraising appeal on this festive season, auctioning a rare collection of never-before-seen Blinky Bill cels.
The loveable fictional koala and his animal friends, originally created by New Zealand-born Australian author Dorothy Wall, whose books are still read in Australian classrooms today, has been adapted for television and cinema, with the successful Adventures of Blinky Bill screened regularly on the ABC for Kids on mainstream television
Fans of Blinky Bill will now get to see a variety of 25 individually hand-painted, signed cels with lush bush backdrops taken from a variety of animations, kindly donated by Yoram Gross Film Studio.
The ACMI Education programs help the centre provide the resources it needs to continue to inspire future students, teachers and aspiring moving image makers. In 2013, ACMI welcomed over 65,000 students and teachers to learn more about the moving image, including important iconic Australian characters such as Blinky Bill.
To launch the auction, a special screening of the children's classic, Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala will show on Saturday 22 November at 10.00am. Ticket prices are $7 with all proceeds raising money for the appeal.
About Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala
Directed by Sydney-based Yoram Gross in 1992, Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala sees Blinky and his friends protect their beloved forest against loggers in this quintessentially Australian animation from one of the country's best know animation studios, Yoram Gross Film Studio.
The film tells the story of Blinky's childhood shared with his animal chumsin the Australian bush. Their harmonious and charmed existence is shattered by the destruction of their homes by the menacing humans. Blinky rallies in his friends, and through a series of adventures, they rescue his mother from captivity.