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Bluey
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Mum! Dad! Bingo! BLUEY!
Genre: Preschool
Animation
Family
Comedy
Slice of Life
Running Time: 7 minutes
Country: Australia
Release Date: October 1, 2018 — present
Network(s): ABC Kids (Australia)
Disney Junior (US & India; 2019-present, UK; 2019-2020)
Disney Channel (US)
CBeebies (UK, Asia and Australia)
TVNZ 2 (New Zealand)
Disney+ (US & UK)
Created by: Joe Brumm
Distributed by: BBC Studios
Ludo Studio
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Starring: David McCormack
Melanie Zanetti
Myf Warhurst
Megan Washington
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 130


Bluey is an Australian cartoon that airs on ABC Kids as of 2018. As of 2019, the show airs on Disney Channel & Disney Junior in the United States, India and formerly in the United Kingdom. It also airs on CBeebies in the UK, Asia and Australia and TVNZ 2 in New Zealand.

Plot

Follows the adventures of a Blue Heeler puppy, Bluey, who lives with her mum, dad, and sister. Her energy and lovable spirit gets her into all kinds of funny and unpredictable situations.

Why It's Bluey!

  1. From the background to the character designs, is adorable and well-drawn.
  2. The animation is very fluid, smooth, pretty, and well-made, and also focuses on the backgrounds rather than just the main focus.
  3. It follows the slice-of-life formula by relatable characters and situations, such as going to school and trying new things.
  4. Great, heart-warming, and memorable soundtrack & music score by Joff Bush.
  5. Depicts play time in a positive light.
  6. There are incredible morals in almost all the episodes, which includes:
    • "The Magic Xylophone", which teaches kids that they should take turns.
    • "Hammerbarn", which teaches kids that you must be happy with the things you have and almost all the things have a cost.
    • "Daddy Robot" has a good moral about you should tidy up rather than letting your parents do all the work.
    • "Bike", which teaches kids to learn how to take risks, never give up, and overcome any obstacle in or on their ways and paths.
    • "Takeaway", which has a deep moral that you should savour your childhood whilst you can because one day you won't be a kid anymore.
    • "Yoga Ball", which teaches kids that they shouldn't play rough with anyone.
    • "Wagon Ride" had a good moral about you shouldn't disturb everyone when they're trying and wait until they stop talking.
    • "Grannies", which teaches kids that they can learn how to do things they don't know yet, like dancing.
    • "The Sleepover", which teaches kids that sleep is important.
    • "Camping", which teaches kids that special people come into our lives, stay a bit, then leave.
    • "Hairdressers", which teaches us that we shouldn't talk over people, and instead wait for the person to finish their sentence/word.
    • "Stumpfest", which has a good moral that you shouldn't disturb anyone when they playing.
    • "Grandad", which teaches us that you need to be big and strong, and rest if you need to.
    • "Seesaw", which has a good moral that even if you're small, you can still have a big impact.
    • "Library", which has a moral that you should be quiet in quiet places like a library, and that when someone calls you "special", you don't take it too literal.
    • "Barky Boats", which teaches kids about what being 12 years old is like.
    • "Circus", which has a good moral that you shouldn't bully everyone else by forcing others to play the game you want to play.
    • "Muffin Cone" which has a good moral about you should break your old habits, especially annoying ones like sucking your thumb.
    • "Baby Race", which teaches us that not everything is a race, and that everyone is still learning new things.
    • "Mr Monkeyjocks", which teaches us that we have to get rid of things we don't need and give it to someone else.
    • "Fruitbat", which teaches us that we can dream of what we want to be, whether it's your dream job, to continue doing the things you enjoy, even pretend to be an animal you desire.
    • "The Beach" and "Piggyback" has a good moral about walking and running is important.
    • "Butterflies" has a good moral about you shouldn't run off from anyone.
    • "Bad Mood" has a good moral about you shouldn't be in a bad mood when things goes wrong.
    • "Featherwand" has a good and alright moral about you can make your own fun.
    • "Blue Mountains" has a alright moral about you shouldn't trust strangers.
    • ”Mount Mumandad” which teaches kids about teamwork.
    • "Faceytalk" has a good moral about not hogging something and allowing others to take turns with it.
  7. Catchy and memorable theme tune.
  8. It can teach non-Australian kids about Australian culture without using too many Australian stereotypes.
  9. Has a positive, relatable depiction of a kid with ADHD named Jack Russell in the second season.
  10. Simple yet cute character designs.
  11. Along with PJ Masks, it streamed on Disney+, which is unique since Disney+ is usually for Disney related shows (unless Disney gains the rights to stream a non-Disney show on Disney+).
  12. Nice and skillful voice acting, especially from the kids themselves.
  13. A lot of great, imaginative, funny, and heart-warming episodes, such as
    • "The Magic Xylophone" (which started the show on a high note)
    • "Keepy Uppy"
    • "Shadowlands"
    • "BBQ"
    • "Fruitbat"
    • "Spy Game"
    • "Calypso"
    • "Blue Mountains"
    • "Grannies" (despite it being dedicated to flossing)
    • "Mums and Dads"
    • "Camping"
    • "Dance Mode"
    • "Daddy Dropoff"
    • "Bingo"
    • "Army"
    • "Sleepytime"
    • "Grandad"
    • "Seesaw"
    • "Barky Boats"
    • "The Quiet Game"
    • "Duck Cake"
    • "Road Trip"
    • "Baby Race"
    • "Perfect" (which started Season 3 on a high note)
    • "Bedroom"
    • "Mini Bluey"
    • "Faceytalk"
    • "Fairytale"
    • "Whale Watching"
    • ‘’Omelette”
    • ‘’Born Yesterday”
    • ‘’Ragdoll”
    • ‘’Family Meeting”
    • ‘’Explorers”
    • ‘‘Chest”
    • “Promises”
    • “Magic”
    • ‘’Driving”
  14. A lot of funny moments in there, such as in "The Sleepover", where Muffin gets all crazy and psychotic after skipping a sleep.
    • There are also funny gags and 4th-wall breaks in the show, such as in Hairdressers, where the title card appears twice in the episode, the second time having "Hairdressers" scribbled out and replaced with "Nits", with Bluey saying "This episode of Bluey is now called 'Nits'" and when the characters sometimes look at the screen.
  15. It spawned good Christmas episodes like "Verandah Santa" and "Christmas Swim" and a great Easter special “Easter”.
  16. It has many likable characters like:
    • Bluey (the titular blue heeler)
    • Bingo (a red heeler and Bluey's sister)
    • Rusty
    • Muffin (Bluey's cousin and another heeler dog)
    • Snickers (the dachshund with the cap)
    • Socks (Muffin's sister and another heeler dog)
    • Winton (a bulldog)
    • Pom Pom
    • Bandit (Bluey and Bingo's dad)
    • Chilli (Bluey and Bingo's mum)
      • Additionally, some unlikable characters like Judo can redeem themselves.
  17. This show also encourages kids to use they imagination very well without hammering it down as much as possible.
  18. Not only the morals are good, But it's also used very well.
  19. Countless memorable quotes, such as "For real life?", "Oh... biscuits", "Wackadoo", "Morning, Wendy", "We can edit that bit out, right?", "I'm the flamingo queen", "I want to suck my thumb!", "Oh boy, here comes the meltdown", "Hello doctor ladies, do you sell crutches?", "Coconuts have water in them!", "Hooray!", and "My name is Bububabu".
  20. The show depicts great chemistry and relationships between other characters, such as:
    • Bluey and Bingo, who are both shown to be nice to each other almost all the time, and how nicely they treat their friends (such as Bluey with Chloe, Mackenzie, Indy, Winnie and Jean-Luc and Bingo and Lila).
    • Bandit and Chilli have cute chemistry with each other, and they’re also nice to their friends.
      • Likewise, Bandit also shows respect to his younger brother Stripe.
    • Other side characters are also shown to have good friendships, such as:
      • Rusty, who is shown to be great and caring friends with Indy and Jack as shown in “Mums and Dads” and “Army” respectively.
      • Mia and Captain, who not only have a rather cute relationship with each other, but are also shown to be caring to their buddies, Bluey and Mackenzie.
      • Rad and Frisky are also shown to have a great romantic relationship, as shown in “Double Babysitter”.
  21. There are also shorts for the show, and they're all amazing, such as "Pea Pod Sausages", "Tea Party", "Cinderella" and "Jingle Bells".
  22. This show has even managed to spawn a good album that was released in 2021, titled Bluey: The Album, and it was debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart in February 2021.
  23. It's a well done version of Peppa Pig with all the flaws completely fixed.
  24. Has some references to many things, such as Vinesauce, due to the show's creators being fans of Vinny and Joel.
  25. It's one of the few preschool shows that also appeal to anyone outside the target demographic very well in the good way.
  26. The pilot episode was also good, which managed to turn into an actual episode.

Bad Qualities

  1. It can be bit boring or mean-spirited sometimes.
  2. The show has some bad, boring, repetitive or mediocre episodes like "The Doctor", "Sticky Gecko", "Charades" and "Fairies".
    • Speaking of bad morals, there was one bad moral in the episode "Charades" about getting anything you want when you throw a tantrum.
    • Some episodes like "Hairdressers" and "Backpackers" resolves torturing Bandit, Chilli or both (most likely unintentionally, but still).
    • While episodes like “Dunny” and “Work” are good, they tend to use some toilet humour and unneeded butt jokes.
    • Episodes such as "The Weekend", "Markets" and "Handstand", while all of them are decent, can come across as either repetitive or boring.
  3. There's some unfunny gross-out jokes and unnecessary toilet humour here and there, like the infamous scene in "Work". Fortunately, the Disney Junior airings of the show cut them out.
  4. While the voice acting is great, the voices of Bluey and Bingo can be little bit annoying to hear at times for some people and viewers, especially if they scream or squeal.
  5. While the animation is appealing, it may have some errors found in some episodes, the notable episodes are "Takeaway" and "Horsey Ride".
  6. Like modern media, it uses some dated pop-culture references that tries to be "hip", "trendy" and "cool" to the audience such as flossing from Fortnite and fidget spinners.
    • As mentioned above, they had an entire episode, titled "Grannies", that's dedicated to flossing from Fortnite. While the episode itself is still pretty good, it makes it a lot more dated and exhausting than it needs to be.
  7. Some characters like Bluey can be a bit unlikable sometimes.
    • Judo also isn't any better, especially due to her bratty and bossy nature. An example is in Butterflies, where Bingo wanted to be the caterpillar, but Judo said she couldn't because it was her turn.
    • Muffin was even more unlikable in bad episodes like "Charades".
  8. It had some controversies about the show.
    • Two of the episodes, "Teasing" and "Flat Pack", were pulled from the ABC Kids iView and ABC iView apps due to racist depictions of Aboriginals. They subsequently removed the racist stuff on these two episodes and were later re-released.
  9. While the music is very well composed, The Lollipop Song from the episode "Bad Mood" got criticised by most people for being annoying and was said to be one of the worst Bluey songs of all time.

Reception

Bluey has enjoyed a positive critical reception by many, from adults to kids to even teenagers. The series received a seal of approval from Common Sense Media, with reviewer Emily Ashby commending its positive family and social themes. Bluey was praised by Philippa Chandler of The Guardian for its "sharp script" and depiction of everyday family life, while commenting that its Queensland background set it apart from other cartoons on television. Readers of The New York Times's parenting blog submitted Bluey as their favourite children's show, describing it as charming, smart and "very real". The series was called "laugh-out-loud funny" by Stephanie Convery of The Guardian, who credited its humour to the "quirky behaviour" of the child characters. In 2019, TV Week listed Bluey at No. 98 in its list of the 101 greatest Australian television shows of all time. Despite only being on air since 2018, the magazine wrote that Bluey "stole Australia's hearts faster than any other cartoon character" in what it described as a "cute, funny and modern" series. The series was listed at No. 14 in Junkee's list of 50 television programs that defined the decade, in which it was described as "an absolute delight".

It currently holds a 9.7/10 on IMDb[1] making it the highest rated cartoon in all of IMDb.

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Trivia

  • According to Joe Brumm, he got the inspiration for the show after his experience on raising children of his own. He also got the inspiration after working on Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, where he heard of Peppa Pig, he thought that he could come up with a show with the same concept as Peppa Pig, but have the main characters be dogs, more specifically, blue heelers.[2]
  • A lot of the season 2 episodes even got their own movie poster fanart. Some examples include these three.
  • There's some famous people voicing one of the characters from one of the episodes. Examples include:
    • Anthony Field (current member of 'The Wiggles') has made voice appearances in two episodes, "Dance Mode" as Postie and "Army" as Rusty's Dad.
    • Robert Irwin was also have a voice appearance in the season 2 episode, "The Quiet Game" as Alfie.
  • The longest episode of the show is "Sleepytime" since the duration is 7 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • Some characters in the show are named after real-life things.
    • Chilli (Bluey's mum) was named after a food spice.
    • Hercules was named after a Roman god.
    • Honey was named after a sweet & viscous food substance.
  • This show has won many awards as being one of the best kids shows of all time.
  • The season 2 episode "Bingo" has a different intro and credits.
  • The episode, The Weekend is an edited version of a pilot episode for the show created in 2017 that is edited to fit with the rest of the show.
  • The series has the highest IMDb rating of any preschool animated series, with a 9.7/10.
  • Although most of the kid actors in the show are kept anonymous for safety reasons, a few of them have been discovered.

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