The Adventures of Blinky Bill

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The Adventures of Blinky Bill
Genre Adventure
Comedy
Fantasy
Created by Dorothy Wall (book)
Yoram Gross (original film)
Developed by Jonathan M. Shiff Productions
Written by Sally Farrell Odgers
Susan Beak & Geoff Beak
David Witt
Carol Witt
Ray Nowland
John Palmer
Phil Sanders
Directed by Yoram Gross (Season 1–2)
David Evans (Season 3)
Starring Keith Scott & Robyn Moore
Sarah Aubrey (Season 3)
Drew Forsythe (Season 3)
Nick Jasprizza (Season 3)
Rachel King (Season 3)
Troy Planet (Season 3)
Theme music composer Guy Gross
Opening theme "Hey, Hey, Blinky Bill", performed by Ric Herbert (Season 2–3)
Ending theme "I'm Blinky Bill" (Season 1)
"Yahoo Didgeridoo" (Season 2)
Instrumental version of "Hey, Hey, Blinky Bill" (Season 3)
Composer(s) Guy Gross
Clive Harrison (additional music, Season 3 only)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 78 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Sandra Gross
Tim Brooke-Hunt (Season 1–2)
Siegmund Grewenig (Season 3)
Yoram Gross (Season 3)
Geoff Watson (Season 3)
Producer(s) Yoram Gross (Season 1–2)
Manuela Lumb (Season 3)
Rodney Whitham (Season 3)
Andre Kussmaul (Season 3)
Martina Mosner (Season 3)
Editor(s) G.Y. Jerzy (Season 1)
Kouichi Kashiwa (Season 1)
Sally Fitzpatrick (Season 2)
Running time 26 minutes
Production company(s) EM.TV & WDR
Yoram Gross Film Studio (1993–1995)
Yoram Gross-EM.TV (2004)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1993–1995)
Seven Network (2004)
Picture format PAL (576i)
Original run 1 January 1993 (1993-01-01) – 5 July 2004 (2004-07-05)

The Adventures of Blinky Bill is an animated television series based on Dorothy Wall's books about Blinky Bill. The series is produced by the Yoram Gross[1] companies: Yoram Gross Film Studio (from 1993 to 1995) and Yoram Gross-EM.TV in 2004, with the main co-production of EM.TV and WDR. Finally, all three seasons were animated at Colorland Animation Productions Ltd.. Set in Greenpatch, a fictional Australian town, the series presents stories of conservation and nature through the activities of Blinky Bill and his family and friends. The show was intended with an American dub in 2003, and it aired on both Cartoon Network and Boomerang until 2008.

Series[edit]

Series 1[edit]

In the first series of The Adventures of Blinky Bill (1993, 26 episodes), Blinky Bill and his friends rebuild the buildings and the community in Greenpatch, following its destruction by humans. They also come to terms with their new neighbours, the ill-famed Dingo family.

The series first aired on ABC Television in 1993. Yoram Gross (with his first studios Yoram Gross Film Studio) co-produced the first series with: EM.Entertainment (Germany), WDR/ARD (Germany), ABC (Australia), and BBC (UK). It is the series closest to the original book in character and setting. This series was dubbed in American style while it aired in 2003 by Cartoon Network and in 2004 by Boomerang.

Series 2[edit]

In this series, also known as Blinky Bill's Extraordinary Excursion (1995, 26 episodes), Blinky Bill and his friends become lost while on a school excursion in the bush. Finding their way home across different parts of Australia, they have many adventures helping out other animals in need, including a crocodile, penguins and farm and circus animals.

The second series was a Yoram Gross Film Studio co-production with: EM.Entertainment (Germany), WDR/ARD (Germany), ABC (Australia), VIDEAL (Germany), and Beyond Distribution (Australia). It was aired on ABC in Australia and both Cartoon Network and Boomerang in the US.

Series 3[edit]

In series three, Blinky Bill’s Extraordinary Balloon Adventure also known as Blinky Bill's Around the World Adventures (2004, 26 episodes), Blinky Bill, Nutsy and Flap travel around the world in a hot air balloon that takes them on exciting adventures being chased by 2 humans named Basil and Cyril who are the Circus Bros.. The animals he rescued were: Ling Ling the Panda, Slippery the Seal, Yoyo the Monkey, Princess Penelope the Poodle, Leo the Lion, and Tico the Toucan (who originally works for the Circus Bros.). They went to Antarctica, the African Plains, China, the Amazon Rainforest, India and Paris, and it was shown in high definition.

The series aired on 10 June 2004 on the Seven Network. The third series was a Yoram Gross-EM.TV co-production with EM.TV (Germany), WDR (Germany), ABC (Australia), and Wavery (Netherlands). This one did not air on either ABC or Cartoon Network, it only aired on Boomerang in the US.

Telemovie[edit]

In 2005 a telemovie entitled Blinky Bill’s White Christmas was produced by Yoram Gross-EM.TV,[2] with the co-production of WDR (Germany). The telemovie first aired on the Seven Network on 24 December 2005. The theme song from the telemovie, "Christmas in Australia", was sung by Christine Anu.[3] This is the only Blinky Bill cartoon never to air on television in the US.

Characters[edit]

Broadcasting history[edit]

International broadcasts[edit]

Forest Industry Controversy[edit]

The theme of the first series carried a strong anti-woodchip message, with the second line saying "Save us from that woodchip mill", together with scenes of forest destruction. There were also obvious environmental messages in most episodes. Some forest industry groups lobbied the ABC arguing that the opening scene showed illegal wood chipping, which was not fair to the timber industry. In the following two series, these song lyrics and the opening credits sequence were different (the line in the theme became "You'll never catch him standing still"), reflecting the change in storylines and locations.[4]

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