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Published October 4th 2015
Recently we attempted the monumental task of wrangling three children under 6 to a 90 minute animated film. At the end of the screening, a lady sitting in front was surprised my sister in law had been carrying her 3 month old on her lap the entire time, surely a good sign that Blinky Bill - The Movie did its job and kept us all actively engaged and entertained long enough to avoid any major meltdowns. Crikey, no mean feat indeed!
Young Blinky (Ryan Kwanten) is on a mission to find his Dad Bill Koala (Richard Roxburgh) an adventurer who has gone MIA on his quest to Croc Canyon. Blinky must also prove to his mother (Deborah Mailman) that he is brave and clever enough to retrieve his Dad and restore order to Green Patch, which has fallen into the hands of despotic goanna, Mayor Cranklepot (Barry Otto) in Bill Koala's absence. In the course of the film Blinky battles through various familiar Australian landscapes and eccentric Aussie characters from Wombo (Barry Humphries) the wombat who's lost a few marbles and two batty emus Beryl and Cheryl voiced by Toni Collette. The stand out being David Wenham's nervy Jacko the frilled neck lizard with 'a reptile disfunction'.
Ultimately 'Blinky Bill The Movie' is an enjoyable romp, cram-packed with lots of Aussie wit, charm and characters. An easy introduction to Blinky Bill for youngsters 6 and under with only a few 'hairy' moments. Overall the film felt more like an extended, Aussie flavoured version of the animated TV series 'The Adventures of Peter Rabbit' and would suit the same audience. Hopefully this film will spark enough interest in our iconic marsupial for TV, as that feels like a great fit for this version of Blinky and his friends.
My niece, Lucy (5 and a half) says, "I liked the bit when Blinky wiggles his bum the best"
Don't blink or you'll miss it! On in Hoyts, Events and selected Palace and Dendy cinemas.
Special thanks to my little nieces and my sister in law for the contribution to this article.