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A contest entry for Ultimate Fandom Contest 4 :)

"This is the Story of Blinky Bill and Flap and Nutsy too, and Wombo, Ruff, and Marcia and Splodge the Kangaroo..."

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Now before any kind of nostalgic cartoon made my childhood, namely Pokemon and Sailor Moon, along with other shows such as Beast Wars and Animals of Farthing Wood I remember sitting down and watching as a child. Even before any of that came on screen, in the days of me as a toddler, I remember Blinky Bill.

I think Blinky Bill ingrained in me a love of animation that remains with me today, to me, cartoons are not just about entertaining children, to me animation is about capturing movement, life and what surroundes us, it is a way of portraying how we think and feel through another world or dimension, etc.

That was what Blinky Bill was, it exuded such a playful ‘no-worries’ feel, and the fact that it was set in the Australian outback, with Australian native animals, and made in Australia, made it all the better for me to relate to them. Despite the main characters cheekiness and rebelliousness (a stereotypical factor of Australian attitude) This show had a very “stick-by-your-mates” moral. A moral that I am clearly trying to portray here, maintaining an innocence of childhood. It really exuded to me the 'bush' way of and the Australian way of life, which was easy for me to relate too ;)

I also loved the look of the setting. Now, HOW many of us kids back in the day didn't want a tree house for a home? That was another awesome part about this cartoon, a majority of the animals lived in trees with little windows and doors, which I thought was the cutest thing ever. Blinky Bill was just a playful delightful romp, and a reminder of the carefree but “learning about others” childhood that I had, in fact every child, should have.

Good on ya Blinky!!!
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totaldiscordfanatic Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE Splodge!
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CanzetYote Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Awwww......where's Shifty Dingo? He's my #1 favorite. (Nutsy's my 2nd fave and Spolodge is my 3rd fave) I discovered the cartoon via YouTube.
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NoBullAct Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Awesome! Must be good being a native and enjoying this show. It seems so familiar! I think they aired this show in the USA but I would be two years old or so if that was the case.

Great work! :]
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Onzeno Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
It's a wonderful work!
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Artygal Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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Moundfreek Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!!! I totally remember this show!
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Artygal Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D It was an AWESOME show! :nod:
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ryuuha Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job :clap: Unfortunately, I don't think I've ever heard of this cartoon before ^^;. It does look a bit familiar though.
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Artygal Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :giggle: haha, thats alright! ^^
Thanks for the comment ryuuha! :D
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GilmourApatosaur Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting enough, my mother and my older sister used to read Blinky Bill (in English, French and Hungarian text since they lived in Europe at the time). I've found some old copies of these books.
Excellent as always btw!
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