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Queensland mums' animation picked up by Universal Studios

Queensland mums' animation picked up by Universal Studios
Two mums' wildest dreams came true after their was bought by a house-hold name and could now be seen around the world.
The action-packed animation Combat Wombat - which follows the tale of reluctant hero "Maggie Diggins" - was created by mums Nadine Bates and Kristen Souvlis in the first female owned and run production company in the country.
The film is voiced by award winning Australian actress Deborah Mailman and is now one of Universal Pictures' newest blockbusters.
A film developed by a production company owned by two Queensland women has a shot at the big time after getting picked up for Hollywood. (9News)
"It's a dream," Ms Bates told 9News.
The duo decided they wanted to create something magic for children after identifying a gap in the market.
"We didn't see the representation on screen that we would hope for the next generation of kids," she said.
"We've just built it one day at a time since then."
Combat Wombat is aimed at the kids' market. (9News)
Over an eight-year period the duo has built up their production company Like a Phonton Creative from a building in Rocklea, Brisbane, nestled beside a costume shop.
They've produced content for the likes of Disney Australia and Sesame Street USA, but have since focused their sights on creating films for the world stage.
"I feel really lucky that Kristen and I get to be the first-ever female-owned and run animation studio in the country," Ms Bates said.
There's already talk of a sequel. (9News)
The film is expected to hit cinemas across Australia from tomorrow, and will soon be unleashed on international audiences in America and United Kingdom.
Universal Pictures are also believed to be so impressed by the franchise they are considering a sequel.
"I genuinely believe it will be loved by Americans," Ms Bates said.
"I can't guarantee they will tell you what a wombat is."