Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



6 September 2018

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts

Blue Rocket takes off again with Dumbotz

Award-winning Tasmanian animation studio Blue Rocket has begun production of a brand new children’s animation television series, Dumbotz.

In a world populated entirely by robots, the Dumbotz are three hopelessly inept and foolhardy robots called upon by the Mayor of Lower Dumpton to save the world.

The Hodgman Liberal Government, through Screen Tasmania, has invested $400 000 in the production of this $4.8 million series.

Dumbotz was commissioned by the Nine Network and co-produced by Blue Rocket and Beyond International.

Blue Rocket is leading the way with its development of original animated series, and in creating a niche local industry that employs talented Tasmanian designers, animators and other creative industries professionals.

With previous successes including Fanshaw and Crudnut and the Logie-winning Little J and Big Cuz, Dumbotz will be Blue Rocket’s twenty-first series. It is expected to inject at least $2.5 million into the local economy.

Investment in projects like Dumbotz help to build Tasmania’s fast growing international reputation as a producer of high quality animation, and it supports local employment with at least 18 Tasmanian crew and nine local cast expected to work on the project.

Dumbotz is scheduled to go to air nationally on 9Go in late 2019 and will be sold to international markets in 2020.



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