The Adventures of Blinky Bill
|The Adventures of Blinky Bill|
|Based on||Blinky Bill, by Dorothy Wall|
|Developed by||Jonathan M. Shiff Productions|
|Directed by||Yoram Gross (Season 1–2)
David Evans (Season 3)
|Theme music composer||Guy Gross|
|Opening theme||"Hey, Hey, Blinky Bill", performed by Keith Scott (Season 1) and Ric Herbert (Season 2–3)|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||78 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||26 minutes|
|Picture format||PAL (576i)|
|Original release||January 1, 1993– July 5, 2004|
The Adventures of Blinky Bill is an Australian 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-EM.TV (from 2004 to 2005), 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.
In the first series of The Adventures of Blinky Bill (1993–1994, 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.
In this series, also known as Blinky Bill's Extraordinary Excursion (1995–1996, 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.
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.
Two spin-off pilot episodes, Flap's Family and Flap's Island, both following the story of supporting character Flap after he is stolen by zookeepers, was developed by Yoram Gross with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission and the New South Wales Film and Television Office in 1996, but the pilots were not picked up.
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.
In 1997, Forest Interactive and Roadshow Interactive created an edutainment software called "Blinky Bill's Ghost Cave" based on the episode of the same name.
In 1999, Forest Interactive and Roadshow Interactive created an edutainment software called "Blinky Bill and the Magician" based on the episode of the same name.
Forest Interactive and Tribe Interactive created three activity edutainment software CDs titled "Play & Learn with Blinky Bill". The first CD was for preschool usersm the second CD was for kindergarten users and the third CD was for first graders.
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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.
The Adventures of Blinky Bill received generally positive reviews. It received an average rating of 6.6/10 on IGN based on 318 reviews. 
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- "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 Ghost Cave - Review". Rosemary Young. 1998. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- Blinky Bill’s Fire Brigade (1992) curator's notes on ASO - Australia's audio and visual heritage online
- "User ratings for "The Adventures of Blinky Bill"". IMDB. 25 April 2016. line feed character in
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