Blinky Bill Movie Will Star Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette, Barry Humphries, Deborah Mailman and Other Big Names
News.com.au, 13 October 2014
One of Australia’s best loved cartoon characters, Blinky Bill, is getting the big-screen treatment. The CGI feature film, announced at the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast this evening, will feature an all-star Aussie voice cast and will be released next year.
In a far cry from his over-sexed, dim-witted, Southern-drawling character from TV hit 'True Blood', former 'Home and Away' star Ryan Kwanten will voice the mischievous koala, while Robin McLeavy ('Hell On Wheels', 'Super Fun Night'), will play his best friend Nutsy.
The supporting cast reads like a who’s who of Aussie film and TV, featuring Toni Collette, Barry Humphries, David Wenham, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman and Barry Otto. British actor Rufus Sewell ('Dark City', 'Hercules'), whose father was an Australian animator who has an Aussie passport, will also take part.
“'The Blinky Bill Movie' will introduce a whole new generation to Blinky Bill and his Australian bush friends,” says producer Barbara Stephen of local filmmakers Flying Bark Productions. “We are so excited that we’ve been able to attract such an impressive cast to the project.”
Created by New Zealand-born author Dorothy Ward, Blinky Bill first appeared in book form in 1933 and he and his friends Splodge, Flap, Marcia and Wombo have entertained generations of children. He has also appeared in comic strips, TV series, computer games, on stamps, as well as being the official mascot of the Australian Republican Movement in the 1990s. A 1992 animated feature film was also well received, making about $2 million at the box office.