Friday 15 June 2018
An animated children’s Christmas special produced and written on the Gold Coast has been picked up by Australian indigenous free-to-air television broadcaster NITV (Freeview Channel 34 / Foxtel Channel 144) and SBS On Demand.
An Outback Christmas follows the story of Bluey – an Australian Blue Heeler who needs to get home to his parents home in the Australian Outback in time for Christmas Day. Along the journey he meets an emu, echidna, kangaroo and learns a secret about Santa and how he delivers presents to all the good boys and girls of the world.
It includes the voices of Ilai Swindells (Foxtel’s Open Slather), Brisbane 97.3 Announcers Louise Poole and Daniel Thomas, singer/performer Mitch Tambo and is narrated by John Deeks, linked to many of Australia’s favourite TV game shows.
Producer/Writer/Director Shannon Morris said it’s time Australia produced it’s own traditional Christmas specials like in the UK and USA.
“In the USA, Christmas specials like Little Drummer Boy and A Charlie Brown Christmas were produced in the 60’s and have aired every Christmas since to huge television numbers. We could have something like that here!”
“Channel 9 has started a similar tradition with Shrek The Halls followed by Carols By Candlelight on Christmas Eve but wouldn’t it be nice to see an Aussie Christmas special on our screens?”
“The special itself was heaps of fun to write and produce so I hope Gold Coasters will enjoy Bluey’s adventure”
It’s hoped a series could be produced using the same characters from the special in the near future and is aimed at kids aged 4-6.
NITV and SBS On Demand will air the special in December.