Blinky Bill is one of Australia’s most recognized characters and a bonafide national icon. The lovable antics of the mischievous koala from the sleepy village of Greenpatch have captured hearts the world over since the release of The Adventures of Blinky Bill book series in 1933. The Blinky Bill books are internationally recognised as an Australian children’s classic – indeed, they have never been out of print since first publication. Millions of Australians share childhood memories reading the Blinky Bill books before bedtime, lapping up a sense of excitement, humour and adventure that could be found in their very own backyard: the Aussie outback.
From the best-selling page to the big screen, in the early 1990s, Blinky’s legacy blossomed with the box office success of his first feature film, Blinky Bill: The Mischevious Koala. Yoram Gross Studios – now Flying Bark Productions – developed a unique visual style involving superimposed 2D animation over live-action footage, a technique that was revolutionary for its time. Blinky Bill: The Mischevious Koala was a worldwide smash hit, earning Blinky a whole new generation of fans around the world.
Following on from the box office triumph of the movie, Yoram Gross Studios produced the highly successful TV series, The Adventures of Blinky Bill. Continuing the story of Blinky, Nutsy, Wombo and friends, the TV series ran for three seasons from 1993 - 95 and inspired several spin-off feature films, Blinky Bills Extraordinary Excursion and Blinky Bill’s White Christmas.
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