Queensland mothers Nadine Bates and Kristen Souvlis nailed their action-packed animation work, which was purchased by Comcast’s American film studio, Universal Studios.
They turn their wildest dreams into a major film franchise, and could now be seen around the world. Their animation was entitled Combat Wombat, which followed the tales of a superhero named Maggie Diggins from Sanctuary City. Maggie is a wombat that turns into a hero after begrudgingly saving a rookie superhero.
Bates told the 9News in an interview, “It’s a dream.”
Ryan Greaves, the co-producer of the film, said that “Combat Wombat is really proudly Australian animation as so we wanted to hear Australian voices on screen.”
The protagonist of the film is voiced by the Australian actress, Deborah Mailman. It is expected to be one of the Universal Picture’s newest blockbusters as it would hit cinemas in Australia. It will then be released on November 5, 2020, to international audiences in the United Kingdom and America.
Bates and Souvlis were the first females to own and run a production company in Queensland, Australia. The duo built their company, Like a Photon, for more than eight years, which started from a building in Rocklea, Brisbane. Greaves added in the interview that their office is quite unique as it is nestled next to a costume shop.
The company had produced contents similar to Disney Australia and Sesame Street USA, but they wanted to focus on developing films for Hollywood. They also decided to create something that is magical for the “next generation of kids,” which was not seen or represented on the screen.
Bates added, “We’ve just built it one day at a time since then… I feel really lucky that Kristen and I get to be the first-ever female-owned and run animation studio in the country.”
Bates also believed that the film will be loved by the Americans, as Universal Pictures was believed to be impressed and satisfied by it that they are already talking about a sequel.
“I can’t guarantee they will tell you what a wombat is.”