The SQ-supported feature film Combat Wombat by Queensland studio Like a Photon Creative, is in cinemas from 15 October.
The fun and furry ‘Aussie-mation’ features an all-star cast including award-winning Australian actress Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires, Bran Nue Dae, Total Control), Australian born international movie star Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Wildlife, Bloom) and Australian comedians Frank Woodley (Kath & Kimderella, Oddball, Lano and Woodley) and Judith Lucy (The Sapphires, CrackerJack).
Combat Wombat is the story of Maggie Diggins (Mailman), a wombat turned accidental ‘Wonder Woman’ who becomes the city’s superhero after she begrudgingly saves a rookie caped crusader named Sweetie from doom (Oxenbould).
However, the new role is not without its challenges. Resident town superhero Flightless Feather (Woodley) has his feathers ruffled by Maggie’s rising stardom, only made worse by his PR manager CeCe (Lucy) who is keen to dump him in favour of representing the upcoming star Maggie. As Flightless hatches a plan for Maggie’s demise, she uncovers a massive conspiracy surrounding him that will put the city in grave danger. Together with Sweetie, Maggie must use her courage and race against the clock to reveal the truth and save Sanctuary City.
Combat Wombat is produced by Brisbane animation studio Like a Photon Creative and is the second instalment of the SQ-supportedThe Tales from Sanctuary City franchise, which includes The Wishmas Tree, Combat Wombat and Daisy Quokka.
“We wanted to create a living, breathing, natural paradise that emulates values of Australia with a bit of imagination; it’s the city we hope today’s children will build in the future,” said Like A Photon Creative Co-CEO, Nadine Bates.
“In what has become a challenging year for many children worldwide, “Combat Wombat” is that perfect opportunity to inspire young audiences and give them a brief escape to join us on a daring and wild adventure with some courageous and inspirational characters along for the ride.”
Combat Wombat was also selected for the 2020 Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF).