The Adventures of Blinky Bill
|The Adventures of Blinky Bill|
|Format||Children's television series|
|Created by||Dorothy Wall (book)
Yoram Gross (original film)
|Developed by||Jonathan M. Shiff Productions|
|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)
|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)
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||78 (List of episodes)|
|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)
Andre Kussmaul (Season 3)
Manuela Lumb (Season 3)
Martina Mosner (Season 3)
Rodney Whitham (Season 3)
|Running time||26 mins|
|Production company(s)||Colorland Animation Productions Ltd.
Yoram Gross Film Studio (1993–1995)
Yoram Gross Productions (2004)
|Original channel||ABC (1993–1995)
Seven Network (2004)
|Picture format||PAL (576i)|
|Original run||1 January 1993 – 5 July 2004|
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 companies Yoram Gross Film Studio (from 1993 to 1995) and Yoram Gross Productions in 2004, with the animation from the studios 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.
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 on 6 September 1993. Yoram Gross (with his previous studios Yoram Gross Film Studio) co-produced the first series with: ABC (Australia), BBC (UK), WDR/ARD (Germany), and EM.Entertainment (Germany). It is the series closest to the original book in character and setting.
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 the ABC (Australia), WDR/ARD (Germany), VIDEAL (Germany), Beyond Distribution (Australia) and EM.Entertainment (Germany). And it was also aired on ABC Television.
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 Toucan (who originally works for the Circus Bros.) They went to Antarctica, the African Plains, China, the Amazon Rainforest, India and Paris. It was shown in high definition.
The series aired on 10 June 2004 on the Seven Network. The third series was a Flying Bark (credited in the opening/ending credits as "Yoram Gross Productions") co-production with the ABC (Australia), WDR (Germany), EM.TV (Germany), and Wavery (Netherlands).
In 2005 a telemovie entitled Blinky Bill’s White Christmas was produced by Yoram Gross-EM.TV, 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.
Seven Network (2004)
|United Kingdom||Children's BBC
Forest Industry Controversy
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.
- "Marsupial Madness: The Success of Yoram Gross". Animation News Network. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
- "Blinky Bill's White Christmas". IMDb. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
- "Xmas TV battle hots up". Sydney Morning Herald. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 5 December 2008.
- Blinky Bill’s Fire Brigade (1992) curator's notes on ASO - Australia's audio and visual heritage online
- The Adventures of Blinky Bill at TV.com
- The Adventures of Blinky Bill at Big Cartoon Database
- Blinky Bill's Extraordinary Adventures at Big Cartoon Database