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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn about the various animals of the Australian Outback: koalas, wombats, ant eaters, goannas, emus, etc., as well as the threat that predators like wild, feral cats can pose to other animals. The story also teaches about teamwork, friendship, and perseverance.
The movie encourages friendship, teamwork, and acting courageously to help others. The story also highlights the power of a close, honest relationship between parents and children (though the young koala does fool his mum when he heads out on his adventure).
Positive Role Models
Mr. Bill teaches his son and community about adventuring, being brave, and taking risks for the greater good. Blinky is determined to find his father, even though others believe he's too young and inexperienced to make the attempt. He courageously helps Nutsy. Blinky's mum will stop at nothing to find Blinky again. Blinky fools his mum when he leaves (which he's not supposed to do), enlisting his friends to help in the deception -- remind kids that this isn't a good idea!
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of peril. A feral cat consistently attempts to hurt Blinky and says menacing things like "I will destroy you." It seems like Blinky's father has died. Blinky, Nutsym and the gang have to flee from the angry Sir Claude, alligators, and humans trying to capture the koalas for the zoo. Blinky's mum worries about him a lot.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A joke about "repitle dysfuction" that will go over kids' head; use of the term "lover boy"; mention of an animal's infidelity. Light romance between Blinky and Nutsy.
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Mild insults: "stupid," "shut your snout."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blinky Bill: The Movie is an animated movie based on a beloved series of Australian children's books about a plucky little koala. There's some peril (animals are chased, threatened by predators, and presumed dead or hurt) and a bit of rude humor, as well as a couple of insults ("shut your snout," "stupid"). But it's still a fine choice for all but the youngest viewers who scare easily. Although American viewers may not be as familiar with the popular Aussie character, audiences of all ages will find Blinky endearing and courageous. He does trick his mother when he sets off on his adventure against her wishes and without telling her (which might warrant a reminder to kids), but the messages are ultimately about teamwork and perseverance paying off. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This animated Aussie adventure isn't Pixar-level amazing, but it's endearing enough to appeal to young viewers who will root for plucky little Blinky. Blinky Bill stays true to its Aussie roots with a story that celebrates the Outback and encourages strong family and friendship ties. Blinky doesn't always make parent-approved decisions -- like when he leaves Green Patch without his mother's consent (and fools her into thinking he's still there) -- but he has a good heart and tries his best to help others and to find his dad. He never gives up, even when the odds are stacked against him and his friends.
Although the animation isn't groundbreaking, and the plot is rather predictable, the story is short, sweet, and just adventurous enough to make young audiences wonder how Blinky will manage to overcome his various obstacles. The tension between a wild and zoo-kept koala also makes the friendship (and light romance) between Blinky and Nutsy quite comedic. One of the best aspects of the movie is how authentically Australian the characters are -- the voice cast is a who's-who of Australian character -- so there's always a clear sense of place. If you're looking for a cute animated adventure with positive messages, Blinky Bill is a fine pick.
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