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Madhavan’s Assemblage Entertainment completes first animated feature film

MUMBAI: Animation industry veteran AK Madhavan’s animation studio Assemblage Entertainment has completed its first full-length animated feature co-production ‘Blinky Bill the Movie’, with the computer graphics being co-produced out of its studio in Mumbai.

‘Blinky Bill the Movie’ is an Australian feature film produced by Flying Bark Productions (Australia) in co-production with Assemblage and Telegael Teoranta (Ireland). It will release on 17 September 2015 in Australia, with the international release to follow.

Flying Bark Productions MD Barbara Stephen said, “Blinky Bill is one of Australia’s most iconic characters and his stories have engaged and entertained audiences around the world for many years. We eagerly sought a studio which would treat one of our national treasures with due respect and the team at Assemblage have done just that. Their team has a long history of quality work and is highly regarded internationally. We trusted their ability and commitment to deliver quality CGI services and we are delighted with the result.”

Established in 2014, Assemblage is a young animation studio, currently employing over 250 people.

Assemblage CEO Madhavan said, “We’re very excited to announce the completion of the first feature film out of Assemblage. It is a moment of great pride to be able to deliver the entire 90 minutes of the CGI feature out of our facility here in Mumbai, just over a year after our inception. Establishing ourselves as a feature film ready production house and being associated with a timeless classic such as Blinky at the same time is truly rewarding.We continue our efforts to work on some high quality projects with leading studios globally and aspire to build a strong production portfolio.”

First introduced to audiences in the 1930s through a series of children’s books, Blinky Bill is considered an iconic Australian children’s classic. A small koala with a big imagination, Blinky is an adventurer who dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following his explorer father’s footsteps. Blinky embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundary of Greenpatch in the dangerous Australian landscape in his quest to find his missing father.

Although he previously appeared in several TV series and movies, Blinky has been created in CGI for the first time in the upcoming feature film.