Get your Gumnuts together to go & see Blinky Bill The Movie
One of Australia's favourite childhood classics, Blinky Bill, will hit the big screen in September, in a movie that tells a tale of family and friendship, outback adventure and conservation of nature. This movie will appeal to adults and children alike, as it is full of Aussie humour, cool animation and some seriously cute characters.
In a nutshell, (or should I say a gumnut), Blinky Bill is a lovable little koala who lives in the shadow of his famous exploring Dad, Bill. When his father embarks on an exploration and doesn't come home, the little town of Greenpatch where they all live, is threatened to be overtaken by a nasty goanna called Mayor Cranklepot. Blinky Bill is determined to bring his father home to save the town from the new, Mr I'm In Charge, and sets off into the wild blue yonder to search the outback for his missing Dad.
Along the perilous journey, Blinky makes some mates namely Nutsy, a sweet koala who has been raised in a zoo, and Jacko a sassy mouthed frill neck lizard.Their journey isn't easy, the outback is tough, and some of the outback characters they meet along the way are even tougher - especially a nasty and vindictive feral cat called Sir Claude (who seems to have found his way to the outback from England). However with the help of a whacky wombat and two very quirky sister emus, Blinky and his mates survive the rigours of the outback. But do they find Blinky's Dad, and do they all manage to fend off that nasty cat?
Some of Australia's most beloved actors are the voices of the characters in the Blinky Bill movie. Richard Roxborough is Bill, Blinky's Dad, and he seems to have reincarnated his television character Rake perfectly to fit the persona of Bill. Deborah Mailman is Blinky Bill's over protective Mum; the self imposed Mayor Cranklepot is the voice of Barry Otto; Jacko the frill neck lizard is played by David Wenham; and the very funny emu sisters, Beryl and Cheryl are bought to life beautifully by Toni Collette. Oh and that other Aussie stalwart, Barry Humphries does an amazing job at being the slightly mad, Wombo the Wombat!
Die hard Home and Away fans will love that hunky Ryan Kwanten is the voice behind Blinky Bill and his new "girl" friend Nutsy is the voice of relative unknown Australian actress Robin McLeavy. However the stand out is Rufus Sewell's imperial cat character, Sir Claude. He is the perfect villain with the perfect villain's voice!
Blinky Bill The Movie will no doubt be the hit of the Spring School Holidays. With its combination of adult humour and good old Aussie idioms, parents and carers will be entertained for most of the show. The movie is perhaps more suited for primary school aged children or younger, although little ones may find it a wee bit difficult to sit through the entire 91 minutes of the film.