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Character, story and animated worlds in Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers Webinar Study Guide

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To celebrate the ACTF’s 40th birthday and the Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery, we looked back at one of Australia’s much loved children’s television programs, Li’l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers.

How do creators use inspiration from popular culture to build stories and characters in animation? Learn this and much more as we speak to Li’l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers creator Peter Viska. 

Ahead of its time in exploring environmental sustainability and featuring First Nations characters, Li’l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers (originally broadcast on the ABC in 1997) follows the story of Li’l Elvis and his friends Lionel and Janet, who together create a sound that is uniquely their own called, “Didgibilli Rock.” Join us to hear how Elvis inspired this children’s television show with a Q & A with Li’l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers creator and animator, Peter Viska.

A classroom flipbook activity can be downloaded below.

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