My fellow Australians will be sure to remember Gumnutz, the telemovie about a community of animals sharing the only plot of fertile land that survived a bush fire. It had a surprising amount of depth for a children’s movie, demonstrating the positive aspects of human beings living in close proximity to one another. It showed the loyalty that this engenders, but also the jealousy, greed, and lust for power. Due to its popularity, the people behind this animated adventure are looking to mould it into a unique Aussie brand, beginning with a picture book aimed at 5-9-year-olds.
The book will be self-published in order to allow the author to retain full control over it, and will feature 60 pages of fun and excitement involving engaging characters, each with their own multifaceted personalities. It is being funded via the crowdfunding platform Pozible, and those who donate can expect one or more of a series of rewards, ranging from a copy of the book to DVD movies. Gumnutz hopes to show young readers the importance of problem solving and leadership, through the courage of the story’s small group of young heroes. This distinctly Aussie tale teaches them that through adversity, diverse characters can band together for the common good. The aim is to have the book on the market by April 2016. Check it out for yourself at http://www.pozible.com/project/195116