What it's about:
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.
What we thought:
I can see why Blinky Bill is an Australian children’s icon, who’s going to say no to a cute koala bear? But in this case, I have to.
This sweet-hearted children's movie follows the adventures of Blinky Bill as he leaves the safety of his home and his protective mother to cross the outback in search of his missing dad.
En route he encounters a fellow Koala, Nutsy, who has only ever lived in zoos, and together they trek across the outback full of whacky emus, bizarre wombats and goofy lizards. All while being stalked by a villainous cat (meow).
The script was very elementary and the actual animation reminded me of old 1990s Nickelodeon cartoons but that’s when I have to remind myself that Blinky Bill is meant for children, 10 years and younger - only!
Unlike the movies from Dreamworks and Pixar, the pace of the movie was relatively slow and didn’t have that scale and dazzle that I’m use to seeing from an animation.
To sum it up in one word the movie is just ‘nice’ and meets the clichéd positive and negative message that comes with an animated movie. It takes some time to get in the groove and pace of the movie but you become settled.
It easily fits the bill as a family excursion that the little ones will enjoy.
Our nine-year-old critic:
I really liked Blinky Bill because it was fun and very adventurous. I laughed throughout but I have to say my favourite parts of the movie was with the laughing, talking, rhyming emus (they couldn’t stop rhyming every word they said. I also didn’t know it was possible to rhyme that many words in one sentence).
I also liked the crazy whacky gecko; he was a cool sidekick that helped Blinky on his adventure through the outback.
I would definitely watch this movie again, but I'm not in a hurry, although I do like the Australian accent and have been practicing mine a tiny bit.
I really enjoyed seeing the different landscapes especially the desert looking outback and also seeing one of my favourite animals, the cute and cuddly koala bear.
I’d give it 4/5 stars, mate.