Koala emblems and popular culture

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"Koalo" 1810 print

Koala emblems and popular culture deals with the uses which have been made of the image of the Koala, such as coins, emblems, logos, mascots and in the naming of sports teams.

Australian emblems and logos[edit]

United States mascots[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Blinky Bill is the koala star of several books, TV shows, a movie and games.
  • Nutsy is Blinky's friend then adopted sister in several books, TV shows, a movie and games.
  • Mrs. Koala is Blinky's mother in several books, TV shows, a movie.
  • Bunyip Bluegum is a koala in The Magic Pudding.
  • Buster Moon in Sing and its sequel.
  • Nigel an eccentric British koala in the 2006 Disney animated film The Wild.
  • The Australian version of the American Disney computer-animated film Zootopia has a koala as a newscaster character.
  • South Korean boyband BTS collaborated with Line Friends and released a set of characters called BT21; one of these characters, created by Namjoon, is a light blue koala named Koya.

TV and films[edit]

  • Qantas airlines used a Koala who continually complains about the airline's reliability in a series of television commercials.
  • An Australian children's show has animated characters headed by The Koala Brothers.
  • Coojee Bear was the koala friend of Australian entertainer Rolf Harris in his 1960s UK Television shows
  • In the animated series American Dad!, the character Reginald is a koala who was originally a homeless man that had his mind swapped with a koala in a CIA experiment.
  • In the episode "Pranksters" of the Nickelodeon animated series Rocko's Modern Life, the tannoy at the airport suggests the name of the airline is called Koala Airlines.
  • An airline of the same name was used in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
  • The Cartoon Network series We Bare Bears features a koala character named Nom Nom.



  • Release 9.10 of the Ubuntu operating system (codenamed Karmic Koala), a distribution of Linux.
  • Caramello Koalas are a popular Australian chocolate.
  • In the United States, a talking Koala in a racing firesuit is paired with Tasmanian race car driver Marcos Ambrose in commercials for Little Debbie snack cakes. The commercials take place in front of or in the #21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion from Wood Brothers Racing.
  • Kid Koala is the stage name of the Canadian DJ Eric San.
  • "Koala Infestation" is one of the more popular bits performed by comedian Mitch Hedberg.
  • During the Vietnam War, conscripted Australian soldiers were derisively called "Koala soldiers" by regular army personnel. The rationale behind this name was that they were 'not to be exported or shot at.' It is now commonplace within the civilian population to use this nickname to refer to any deployment of troops with restricted rules of engagement.
  • In Terry Pratchett's book The Last Continent, there is a description of a koala-like animal referred to as the "drop-bear."