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Blinky Bill: The Movie

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animated Aussie adventure promotes teamwork, friendship.

Movie PG 2016 80 minutes
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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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