[[caption-width-right:160:[[BaitAndSwitchCredits Trust us, it isn't as boring as this picture suggests]].]]

Also known as ''The Wonderous Koala Blinky'', ''The Noozles'' was a 26-episode series by Nippon Animation Company that was originally released in Japan in 1984. In Japan, it was the result of a brief Koala fad that swept the country after the birth of a Koala within the Tama Zoo in Tokyo and the later addition of several more koalas as a gift from the Australian government (''Anime/AdventuresOfTheLittleKoala'' has a similar history). ''Noozles'' was dubbed by Saban International and got its greatest prominence in English when it was endlessly rerun on the young {{Nickelodeon}} from 1988 through 1993.

The show starts out as a simple story about 12-year-old Sandy, who receives a package from her long-lost grandfather that was recently recovered from a shipwreck. The package contains a stuffed Koala. Upon Sandy giving the Koala a "Noozle" (also known as an Eskimo Kiss), the toy comes to life and introduces himself as Blinky. She soon also meets his sister, Pinky, who just wants Blinky to go home with her to Koalawala land, though Blinky always refuses. Pinky can fly and summon magic portals using a tube of lipstick, leading to the trio going on many whacky adventures. Even Sandy's grandmother gets in on the act.

About halfway through the series, the show suddenly got more serious as Sandy visited Koalawala Land, the dimension where her friends and many other anthromorphic Australian creatures live and the show's plot grew so dark that by the end of the series, the fate of both worlds were at stake and the mystery of Sandy's grandfather's disappearance is the key to saving them. Oh, and the Koalas of Koalawala are basically human-hating Nazis that arrest and condemn humans to eternal imprisonment on sight.

It turns out that ''{{Starblazers}}'' and ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' director Noboru Ishiguro was involved in the program, which might help explain some things.


* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: That explains the BaitAndSwitchCredits.
* AndIMustScream: The fate of Sandy's grandfather in the Crystal Palace.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The cheerful EarWorm of a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEZVaD1psOE theme song]] that continues to play throughout
* BarefootCartoonAnimals: None of the Koalas wear shoes.
* BittersweetEnding: Blinky and Pinky must save the universe by safely separating Koalawala Land and our world before they shatter each other apart. This means that Sandy will never see them again. She doesn't get her grandfather back either, since he's still trapped forever. On the other hand, the mysteries are solved, her father is home seemingly for good, and her mother reminds her that as hard as the separation is, she'll always have the memories of the time she had with Blinky and Pinky.
* CerebusSyndrome: You'd be forgiven for thinking the second half of this series was a completely different show. Or a fever dream.
* CoolOldLady: Grandma Brown, who proved to be quite useful throughout the series, and was the only other person besides Sandy who knew that Blinky was alive.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Koalawalaland is rather dark, as the inhabitants are not so much "born" as incubated and they're rabidly anti-human.
* CreepyDoll: Blinky, sort of. He enters something called "Magic Sleepytime" to pose as a stuffed animal, which means he "sleeps" with his eyes open...
* EldritchLocation: The Crystal Place is an unimaginably complicated maze contained within crystal spheres that draws people's spirits in and traps them so that they must wander forever seeking and never finding the exit.
* FantasticRacism: Against humans in Koalawala Land.
* IThoughtThatWas: People's memories have a tendency to cross this show with that ''other'' koala anime, ''Adventures of the Little Koala'', which also aired on Nickelodeon at the time (indeed, it usually aired right before this show), also starred pastel colored koalas, and also took place in a fantasy version of Australia. It wasn't nearly as ''weird'', though.
* MagicSkirt: Sandy in an episode where she gets caught in a kiwi's snare.
* MoodWhiplash: When the more serious parts of the plot kick into gear.
* PantyShot: Sandy in a couple of episodes.
* PaperThinDisguise: Sandy's koala disguise, which you can see in the opening is just a koala hat and partial face mask...and nothing else.
* RichBitch: Sandy's friend (or should that be frenemy?) Olivia, in the episode "Sandy's TV Debut."
* SmallTaxonomyPools: Averted - despite the name "Koalawala Land", the dimension is actually filled with many different sentient species based on animals native to the Australian outback. Not just koalas, but also kangaroos, dingoes, platypus and the like, in that one of the species to inhabit Koala-Walla Land was the cassowary, a large flightless bird native to Australia that very rarely ever appears in fiction.
* TeamRocket: Franky and Spike, two poachers who occasionally went after Blinky and Pinky. They are eventually trapped in The Crystal Place.
* WeDoTheImpossible: Blinky boasts of being able to do just that in the pilot.
* WidgetSeries: Seems like a pretty straightforward "Kid has adventure with magical pet" series until the other world comes into play...