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Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala (Working Class Man)
Blinky Bill movie 1992

Directed by

Yoram Gross

Produced by

Yoram Gross

Written by

Yoram Gross
Leonard Lee
John Palmer

Based on

The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall

Starring

Robyn Moore
Keith Scott

Music by

Guy Gross

Cinematography

Frank Hammond
Paul Ozerski

Edited by

G.Y. Jerzy
Lee Smith

Distributed by


Roadshow Entertainment
Umbrella Entertainment

Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala aka Working Class Man is an Australian animated movie animated by the Sydney-based Yoram Gross Film Studio in 1992. It was released in Australia on 24 September of the same year.

The film tells the story of Blinky Bill’s childhood with his animal friends in the Australian bush. The peace and charm of their existence is shattered by the destruction of their homes by humans. Blinky Bill rallies his friends, in a series of exciting adventures, as they battle to protect their homes from destruction and as he rescues his mother from captivity. The animation is superimposed over live action footage of the Australian bush.

In March 2015 it was announced that a new Blinky Bill CGI movie would be released at the end of 2015.[1]

PlotEdit

The local woodlanders are carrying with their everyday life as normal until the next morning, when two men, Harry and Joe start to take down the entire forest with their tractor. The animals evacuate as many trees fall down, and more trees are cut down including Mrs. Koala's home, and a tree knocks Blinky Bill unconscious.

At sunrise nothing is left of the bush and every animal is left homeless. They move out of the grounds to search for a new home, including Mr. Wombat. Blinky Bill, dazed and confused, calls for his mother, but she is nowhere in sight. Blinky rescues a young female koala named Nutsy from a cluster of fallen trees. They both run into Mr. Wombat. Nutsy tells him that Blinky has amnesia and Mr. Wombat explains to him about his life so far.

Blinky was a very mischievous sort, causing trouble and receiving a scolding from Mayor Pelican, his teacher Miss Magpie and his mother for his many antics. He once encountered and escaped Ms. Pym at her general store. His mother then disciplines him and cries about the grief he is causing her. By the end of this story, Blinky is feeling very guilty about the trouble he had caused for his mother, so he decides to find her.

Blinky Bill and Nutsy make their way towards a riverbank where they meet up with a hard of hearing Granny Grunty Koala. Down the river, they meet up with Splodge and his family who tell them about what happened to Mrs. Koala, who refused to evacuate out of pride of her own home. Blinky and Nutsy make their way to the waiting line where Mayor Pelican is assigning all the woodlanders to their places. Blinky Bill approaches the mayor who is less than pleased, and orders Nurse Angelina to take the children to the leaking North Cave. Unfortunately Blinky's mother isn't here.

Blinky asks Ruff's mother for directions to the woodchip mill. Ignoring the fact there is danger there, Blinky goes to find his mother at the mill, and Nutsy follows him as they make their way though a rampaging river and the woods. They finally make it to the mill. The wood chip mill is home to the very woodcutters that felled their homes.

Next morning Blinky and Nutsy witness the woodcutters reducing the animals former homes into sawdust, narrowly escaping the circular buzz-saw. Then they stay in hiding till night time, but as they try to escape, they alert the dogs. When Blinky slingshoots the security light, Harry's wife Joan urges her husband to investigate. Blinky manages to slip out of the place, but Nutsy is trapped and makes a run for it, climbing into the bedroom of the family's daughter Clara.

Blinky tearfully goes back to the tell the others about the tragic news. Blinky's gang form a rescue party, forcing Marcia to join them. Blinky has Jacko para-drop Marcia down the chimney of the woodcutters' house taking notes of the house layout and items. Meanwhile Nutsy climbs into Clara's bed who wakes up happy to find a real koala in her bed and manages to get her parents to let to her keep the koala temporarily.

Blinky's gang sneak up to the house at night, then break into the house, but then they start up a commotion. Clara immediately hides herself and Nutsy in her bedroom cupboard. Splodge manages to fend off both the dogs and Joe, while Blinky keeps Harry and Joan locked in their bedroom. In the chaos that follows, the wood chip machines start up. Blinky gets Nutsy out of the house and they both fight off Harry. The chain of chaotic events against Harry and Joe end them up in a water tank. Blinky locates his mother and they all leave the place in the woodcutters' truck, while Clara waves tearfully goodbye to her new-found koala friends.

Characters Edit

Original characters:Edit

New characters:Edit

Locations Edit

Vehicles Edit

Objects Edit

  • Chainsaws

Cast Edit

ActorRole
Robyn MooreBlinky Bill, Nutsy, Marcia, Mrs. Koala, Miss Magpie, Nurse Angelina, Joan, Clara, Ms. Pym
Keith ScottSplodge, Flap, Wombo Wombat, Mayor Pelican, Mr. Emu, Jacko, Harry, Joe
Ross HigginsFrogs

Soundtrack Edit

All music is composed and produced by Guy Gross. All lyrics are instead written by John Palmer except Sleep Bush Baby Sleep, Gribbit (Frog Song), You and Me & Working Class Man, where lyrics are by Mattie Porges. Finally, all songs are performed by Robyn Moore and Keith Scott except Julie Anthony, Ross Higgins, Robyne Dunn, Geoff Robertson, Kevin Bennett and Jimmy Barnes.

Note: Robyne Dunn sounds like Disgust when she sings You and Me, Geoff Robertson sounds like Toejam when he sings You and Me, Kevin Bennett sounds like Fear when he sings You and Me, and Jimmy Barnes sounds like Sulley when he sings Working Class Man.

  1. You and Me - Robyne Dunn, Geoff Robertson & Kevin Bennett
  2. Working Class Man - Jimmy Barnes
  3. I’m Old Man Wombo
  4. I’m Blinky Bill
  5. Arithmetic Song
  6. Gribbit (Frog Song) - Ross Higgins
  7. I Am the Mayor
  8. Nutsy’s Ballad
  9. Motherhood
  10. How I Hate Koalas
  11. Snakes are So Superior
  12. Country Girls
  13. Don’t Try to Sing Underwater
  14. Home
  15. Who’s on the Menu Tonight
  16. Whistle Song
  17. Sleep Bush Baby Sleep - Julie Anthony

Trivia Edit

The movie was released on DVD in Australia under the title Working Class Man which is the title of one of the songs sang in the movie by a Scottish Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes

Home MediaEdit

Now on VHS in 1993 Roadshow Entertainment from Australia and BBC from UK in 1992 and DVD from USA as the original title and Australia as Working Class Man in 2014 from Umbrella Entertainment.

Australian VHS and DVD ReleasesEdit

  • Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala is released on VHS in Australia .
  • Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala is released on DVD in USA & Australia as Working Class Man.

7 Australian DVD Packs Edit

  • Dot and the Kangaroo
  • The Magic Riddle
  • Working Class Man (Blinky Bill The Mischievous Koala)
  • Working Class Man 2 (Inside Out)
  • You're The Voice (Hot Rod)
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Gung Ho)
  • Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Gallery Edit

Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala (Working Class Man) Gallery

References Edit

http://www.imdb.com/?ref_=nv_home

Dorothy Wall's Blinky Bill
Books: Blinky Bill: The Quaint Little Australian (1933) - Blinky Bill Grows Up (1934) - Blinky Bill and Nutsy (1937)

Films: Blinky Bill The Mischievous Koala (Working Class Man) (1992) - Blinky Bill’s White Christmas (2005) - Blinky Bill the Movie (2015)

Television: The New Adventures of Blinky Bill (1984-1987) The Adventures of Blinky Bill (1993-1994) Blinky Bill's Extraordinary Excursion (1995-1996) - Blinky Bill's Extraordinary Balloon Adventure (2003-2004) - The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill (2016-2017)

Video Games: Blinky Bill's Ghost Cave (PC Game) - Blinky Bill's Extraordinary Balloon Adventure (PC Game) - Blinky Bill and the Magician (PC Game)

Soundtracks: Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala (Working Class Man) Soundtrack - Blinky Bill and Friends - Blinky Bill and his "Extraordinary" Christmas Sing-Along! - Don and Blinky's Outback Adventure - The Lost Cooee

Characters: Blinky Bill - Nutsy - Jacko - Flap Platypus - Splodge Kangaroo - Marcia Marsupial Mouse - Wombo Wombat - Blinky's mother - Blinky's father - Miss Magpie - Mayor Pelican - Nurse Angelina - Ruff - Danny Dingo - Meatball Dingo - Shifty Dingo - Daisy Dingo - Ma Dingo - Mr. Gloop - Granny Grunty Koala - Mr. Platypus - Mrs. Platypus - Mr. Kangaroo - Mrs. Kangaroo - Bobbin Rabbit - Meryl Rabbit - Mrs. Spotty - Mr. Marsupial Mouse - Mrs. Marsupial Mouse - Miss Pym - Cedric - Nutsy's father - Dr. Spoonbill - Slippery - Leo - Ling-Ling - Tico - Yoyo - Princess Penelope - Basil Circus - Cyril Circus - Mayor Wilberforce Cranklepot - Sir Claude - Jorge - Robert - Sugar - Spike - Pablo - Bandi and Coot - Ms Tibbins - Eddie - Beryl and Cheryl - Myrtle - Algenon - Mr. Possum - Curly Ringtail - Mrs. Ringtail - Twiggy - Mrs. Echidna - Mr. Echidna - Ms. Echidna - Queen´s puppies - Boris - Slick - Henk - Wallace and George - The Plovers - Sirol - Possum - The King - Mimi - Madam Wu - Professor Arcraide - Mrs. Arcraide - Inspector Longnose Fox - Mrs. Skewer - Suki - Goanna - Arthur - The Cockatoo - Gwendelin - Mr. Numbat - Mrs. Numbat - Annie - The Puppy - Mr. Bower Bird - Ranger - Captain Possum - Chickens - Cows - Pigs - Sheep - Farmer - Farmer´s son - Rat Gang - The Cat Trio - Mrs. Owl - Mr. Owl - Octavia, Olanda & Juliana - Wendy - Hotel´s director - The Sailor - The Ship's Captain - The Captain - Mistress - Fifi - Maurice - Phoebe - The Policeman - The Plane Stewardess - Angela - Rami - The Expert Game Trackers - The Temple Guardians - Kiku - Mrs. Elephant - Hugh - Coco Phil - Sophia - Miss Egret - Mayor Macaw - Mr. Arnold Armadillo - Macko - The Toucans - The Environmentalists - Sondeya - Tiger - The Jugglers - Mr. Rashid - Twigger - Nimi and Tobaccu - The Ostrich Pride - The Chimpanzees - Rex - Claude - The Poachers - Penguin baby - The Penguin Colony - Slippery's Family - Skipper the Scurvy - Anna - Ah Phat - The Master - The Panda Colony - The Mountain Guardians - Goanna bandits - Dr. Beamstock and Mrs. Universe - Harry - Joe - Joan - Claira - Bruno and Hillda

Locations: Greenpatch - Koala Joe's Roadhouse - Croc Canyon - Zoo - Wood Chip Mill - Miss Pym's Shop - Antarctica - African Plains - Amazon Rainforest - Paris - India - China


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