Blinky, Pinky, and Sandy
|Format||Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||Fuji TV|
|Original run||1984-07-07 – 1984-12-28 (in reruns until 1987)|
Noozles (ふしぎなコアラ ブリンキー Fushigi na Koara Burinkī ), also known as The Wonderous Koala Blinky, is a 26-episode anime by Nippon Animation Company that was originally released in Japan in 1984, under the title Fushigi na Koara Burinkī or Brinky and Printy. It depicts the adventures of a 12-year old girl named Sandy and her koala friends, Blinky and Pinky, who are from the extra-dimensional realm of Koalawalla Land. Noozles aired in Japan on the Fuji TV network in its original run from July to December 1984, with reruns continuing until 1987; an edited, dubbed version later aired in the United States on Nickelodeon from November 1988 through April 1993. The show usually aired at 1pm on the weekdays, immediately following another koala themed cartoon, Adventures of the Little Koala. It has been reported that the series has recently begun airing once again in Japan on AT-X.
The series features episode direction by Noboru Ishiguro, best known for his work on the sci-fi anime series Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers) and the original Macross series (which became part of Robotech in North America) and layout work by Yasuji Mori.
One day, 12-year-old Sandy Brown receives a package from her long lost grandfather containing a stuffed Koala named Blinky that was lost in a shipwreck 38 years ago. Sandy gives the koala a Noozle (another term for an Eskimo Kiss) and it revives him from "magic sleepytime". His first word is "Blinky!!" in response to Sandy thinking out loud what she should name the bear right before she awakens him. They are soon joined by Blinky's sister Pinky, who appears out of thin air soon after Blinky is awakened, and demands immediately that Blinky return with her to KoalaWalla Land. Blinky refuses however, and the trio go on to have many adventures together. Blinky is able to sustain himself while living on Earth with Sandy because of the Eucalyptus trees that Sandy's grandmother had planted 38 years ago when Sandy's grandfather, an archaeologist who had mysteriously disappeared while on an expedition to Ayers Rock, just before the ship was lost, told her that he was sending a Koala as a gift, as Sandy's grandmother had expressed that she had always wanted one as a pet.
It takes Sandy some time to determine that the "noozle" is the action that revives Blinky from magic sleepytime. She does this several times without thinking about it, and gets frustrated over the fact that Blinky falls asleep repeatedly (during which time his appearance is similar to that of an ordinary stuffed animal) and stubbornly refuses to awaken until she realizes what she must do to revive him. Early in the series, Sandy decides to introduce Blinky and Pinky to her grandmother, but decides to keep them a secret to everyone else.
About halfway through the series, Blinky and Pinky bring Sandy to their homeworld of KoalaWalla Land. KoalaWalla Land is a parallel dimension inhabited by anthropomorphic koalas, kangaroos, platypuses, cassowaries, kiwi, and frill-necked lizards. It is ruled by a wise old koala known as the High Dingy Doo. Humans aren't allowed in KoalaWalla Land, so Sandy has to wear a koala mask. A portal to KoalaWalla Land can be found at Ayers Rock.
Unlike Earth, KoalaWalla Land is a spherical-space rather than a solid planet, and its "core" is a crystalline tesseral (known simply as "The Crystal Place") filled with brightly colored orbs, which when touched by bare hands immediately entrap that person's essence forever with no escape. Sandy's grandfather, who had discovered the entrance to KoalaWalla Land while exploring Ayers Rock, purposely became trapped in the Crystal Place; and when Sandy finally locates him, only his spirit remains within the orb, trapped in a limbo-like state. She is able to communicate with him empathically by placing her hands towards her grandfather's, palm to palm, with only Pinky's protective bubble preventing direct contact with the orb. He tells her to learn from the creatures of KoalaWalla Land and to understand how their community has come to survive in a world of love and companionship. Finally, he delivers the cryptic message "as the world of KoalaWalla Land goes, so goes the world of mankind." Sandy wants to know what he means, but that's all he can tell her, and he tells her that more will be revealed in due time.
Meanwhile, Sandy's father Alex, who is also an archaeologist like his father before him, is exploring Ayers Rock and trying to solve the mystery of what happened to his father 38 years ago. While there, he finds a mysterious crystal.
The series ends with a two-part story arc. The High Dingy Doo travels to earth to inform Sandy, her parents, and her grandmother that a great disaster is about to befall both Earth and KoalaWalla Land. He also tells them the fate of Sandy's grandfather. After discovering the portal to KoalaWalla Land, he had befriended the High Dingy Doo and trapped himself in the Crystal Place as part of his mission to save the two worlds. It is then that Sandy's parents learn the truth about Blinky and Pinky.
The High Dingy Doo brings Alex to the Crystal Place so he can speak to his father. Alex's father informs him that he entrapped himself there because he knew that he would need to live long enough to someday relay to his progeny, the fate which awaits both KoalaWalla Land and Earth: in something akin to a conjoined-twin scenario, the two realms were linked at the time of their genesis, but would be destined to naturally separate at a time of "cosmic maturity". Unfortunately, they had begun to separate far ahead of reaching this point; and as such, the unravelling of the forces which bound them together, would cause a cataclysmic reaction such as would obliterate both worlds.
The only way to prevent this catastrophe, once the worlds had begun to separate, would be for a skilled "chosen one" to mechanically override and then engineer the separation, via the use of two crystal levers, known as "Wiseman Stones". Sandy's grandfather had already found one of the Wiseman Stones, and it turns out the mysterious crystal that Alex found at Ayers Rock was the other. It also turns out Blinky, now able to see through his amnesia; is the chosen engineer. In the final seconds before Earth and KoalaWalla Land destroy each other; the Noozles ascend the slopes of Ayers Rock and place the Wiseman Stones in a predisposed altar, where they absorb the forces of the impending separation; and allow Blinky to guide the separation of KoalaWalla Land away from Earth in a joystick-like fashion.
Because Earth and Koalawalla Land now exist as completely separate dimensions, Pinky's magic is no longer able to bridge the ties that formerly bound them; meaning Blinky and Pinky must now forever remain in their home, separate from Earth. They are last seen as an image in the sky, wishing Sandy well, and knowing that she has the maturity to live a happy life without them.
In 1984, the Tama Zoo in western Tokyo welcomed its first koala, and the government of Australia sent six koalas to Japan as a token of goodwill. As a result, according to The Anime Encyclopedia by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy, Japan went into a koala frenzy and anything to do with koalas became very popular. It was during this "koala-mania" that the Noozles was made, as was another anime, コアラボーイ コッキィ(Koala Boy Kokki), which would later be broadcast alongside Noozles on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block in 1988, as Adventures of the Little Koala.
(*) denotes a title translated from Japanese which is not necessarily the title of the episode given in the US
Released from 1991-1994 by Celebrity Home Entertainment