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If you're not familiar with the legendary Blinky Bill, then allow us to help you brush up on your cartoon koala bear knowledge. There's a super fun new animated film based on the iconic character called Blinky Bill: The Movie, which re-introduces the world to the adventurous little koala as he takes on his biggest journey yet: trying to find his father in the dangerous and wild Outback. During his travels, he befriends Nutsy, a zoo koala and Jacko, a hilarious lizard. These three get into some mischief along the way, especially trying to escape a cat who is set on getting revenge against Blinky and his dad. But at the core of the movie is Blinky, the fearless kid who just wants to make his parents proud. We spoke to the actor behind the voice of Blinky in the movie, actor Ryan Kwanten, and he told us all about what it was like bringing this character he grew up with to life in this new way.
"You sort of go into it with a certain amount of trepidation, but I was just blown away by the script and as you can see by the host of incredible actors we got in this one, you don't get that kind of caliber of actors unless it's a good script. I wouldn't have signed on had it not been a really good shout out and reinvention of something that we were all familiar it," Ryan said exclusively to M.
"I was obviously raised on it, so I wouldn't be saying yes to something I didn't believe in. I found myself hysterically laughing reading the script and I think it's something all the kids will love for sure. I kind of just jumped at the chance [to play Blinky]. [This movie] really is a reinvention of the classic story and I think everyone knows what that's like to have that kind of adventure in them and that need to go outside and just break the confines of what they know."
Since Ryan is such a fan of this character for most of his life, it's safe to trust his word that this new and improved version of Blinky is a fun new addition. The movie is action-packed, and still brings all the laughs, along with plenty of heartwarming moments too. Ryan even told us just how much he enjoyed portraying this courageous character, sharing how he really did take a lot away from voicing Blinky, and from the movie once it was complete.
"A big theme in the movie I would say is that life is an adventure and as much as we might want to predict the future and hope we have control, sometimes it's better to just go out there and make things happen yourself," Ryan said. "[Blinky taught me] not to take life too seriously, and I don't mean that in just to be flippant about it, but there's a certain amount of carelessness to Blinky and sometimes, I can get a little too into my head too much as opposed to just going ahead and doing it, whatever it may be. And that's sort of what I learned from Blinky, is just to get there and have a go."
Looks like we can all learn a lot from the little koala with the big heart and even bigger love for adventure!
Watch a clip from Blinky Bill: The Movie below and don't forget to check it out on DVD, Blu-Ray and Video On Demand starting on October 11!