Blinky Bill: The Movie

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Animated Aussie adventure promotes teamwork, friendship.
  • PG
  • 2016
  • 80 minutes

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Educational value

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.

Positive messages

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 & representations

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.

Sexy stuff

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.

Language

Mild insults: "stupid," "shut your snout."

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Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

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Kid, 7 years old November 22, 2016

A funny, exciting film about a cheeky koala.

Blinky Bill The Movie A review by a 7, 5 and nearly 4 old. The movie is set in Australia, in a happy animal community called Green Patch. Bill the koala is gre... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byleahenchanted March 1, 2018

cute movie

I loved the old TV series Blinky Bill (on German TV!) when I was little and watched this movie today. One of the sweetest children's movies I've seen... Continue reading

What's the story?

BLINKY BILL: THE MOVIE is based on a series of popular Australian children's books about a daring little koala named Blinky (here voiced by Ryan Kwanten). Blinky and his family live in Green Patch. After his dad, a brave adventurer, goes missing in the Outback, Blinky's the only one who thinks he's still alive out there and in need of rescue. So one day, Blinky leaves Green Patch to find him. On the road, he teams up with a female domesticated koala, Nutsy (Robin McLeavy); sister emus Beryl and Cheryl (both Toni Collette); Jacko (David Wenham), a nervous frill-necked lizard; and a wacky wombat (Barry Humphries). But of course, Blinky also runs up against an enemy: angry feral cat Sir Claude (Rufus Sewell), who will stop at nothing to destroy Blinky and ruin his quest. 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages in Blinky Bill: The Movie. How do the characters demonstrate teamwork, courage, and perseverance? Why are those important character strengths?

  • Which characters are role models? How can you tell? Does someone have to make the right decisions all the time to be considered a role model?

  • What makes stories about kids searching for their parents/families so appealing? Can you think of others?

  • If you're familiar with the Australian children's books -- how does this Blinky compare to the Blinky of the stories?

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