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Blinky Bill (2015)

Blinky Bill the Movie (original title)
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An adventurous young koala embarks on a journey across the wild and dangerous Australian outback in the hope of finding his missing father, but he soon discovers that there is more to being a hero than meets the eye.

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Deane Taylor

Writers:

Fin Edquist (screenplay by), Dorothy Wall (based on a book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Birmingham Billy Birmingham ... Richie / Tony (voice)
Toni Collette ... Beryl / Cheryl (voice)
Charlotte Rose Hamlyn Charlotte Rose Hamlyn ... Marcia Mouse (voice)
Barry Humphries ... Wombo (voice)
Ryan Kwanten ... Blinky Bill (voice)
Deborah Mailman ... Betty (Blinky's Mother) (voice)
Robin McLeavy ... Nutsy (voice)
Barry Otto ... Mayor Cranklepot (voice)
Tin Pang ... Jorge (voice)
Richard Roxburgh ... William (Blinky's Father) (voice)
Cam Ralph ... Robert and Splodge (voice)
Rufus Sewell ... Sir Claude 'The Cat' (voice)
David Wenham ... Jacko (voice)
Tracy Lenon Tracy Lenon ... Additional Voices (voice)
Steve Cooper Steve Cooper ... Additional Voices (voice)
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An adventurous young koala embarks on a journey across the wild and dangerous Australian outback in the hope of finding his missing father, but he soon discovers that there is more to being a hero than meets the eye.

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Rated PG for some rude humor | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blinky Bill - The Movie See more »

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Budget:

€12,796,917 (estimated)
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This the first animated appearance of Blinky's Father. In the animated series Blinky had a step father that was the biological father of Nutsy See more »

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The steering wheel of Wombo's car was on the wrong side for Australia. See more »

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Watchable enough if unremarkable
6 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Being somebody who does have a fondness for Yoram Gross' work, most of which are good representations of Australian animation apart from the odd disappointment. The Dot film series and Blinky Bill are notable examples.

So when hearing that there was an animated film from 2015, part of me was enthused and was interested into seeing it. After watching it, it is watchable and has its likability, but it was rather disappointing as to how unremarkable the overall film felt at the end of the day. Those who grew up with Blinky Bill may find themselves disappointed at 'Blinky Bill: The Movie' missing an opportunity to bring back the original voice cast even for a short appearance or doing it in hand-drawn animation, which would have made it feel closer in spirit.

Nothing is done terribly in 'Blinky Bill: The Movie', but not much is done exceptionally at the same time. The most consistent aspects are the music and voice acting. The music is rich in energy and robust as well as with times where it's pathos-filled and understated. The voice acting is very good all round from the likes of Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette, Rufus Sewell, Richard Roxburgh and Barry Humphries, with the only regret really not bringing the original voice actors back even it was just for a short appearance.

Even though they don't have much depth to them the characters are cute and likable, with Blinky showing easily identifiable traits (apart from the lying to his mother). The Australian stereotypes can be pretty cringe-worthy however.

Animation in 'Blinky Bill: The Movie' is a mixed bag. Done in CGI rather than traditional hand drawn animation, there has certainly been far worse-looking CGI (looking at you Video Brinquedo and Spark Plug Entertainment) but far better as well (Pixar for example). The colours are bright and colourful and the characters mostly well modelled but the backgrounds can lack detail and fluidity, they don't look that vivid and transitions can look choppy and unfinished.

Writing is also mixed. There are some amusing moments, the film certainly has its heart in the right place and does have a lot of heart and charm and the messaging of perseverance amongst others are sincerely presented. It is cliché ridden however, with some crude adult humour and language too that really doesn't belong with the rest of the film, just felt like a clumsy attempt to draw in a wider audience.

Story is one of the weaker assets, despite having a lovely idea that actually is not that far off in spirit to Gross' Blinky Bill outings. It does have parts that are bright and breezy and there is heart and charm. Other parts are rather pedestrian and the film never shakes off its constant and at times excessive predictability.

Overall, watchable but unremarkable. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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