The insanely popular Australian animated series about a dog called Bluey and her family premiered on ABC Kids in October, 2018. Since then, Bluey has become ABC iView’s most watched program in history and has gone global after been picked up by Disney and the BBC.
Aimed at five-to seven-year-olds but loved by people of all ages, the cartoon follows a six-year-old blue heeler puppy, Bluey who lives in Brisbane with her parents, Bandit (dad) and Chilli (mum) and four-year-old sister, Bingo.
Jane Gould, senior vice president of Disney Channels Worldwide says it’s Bluey’s ability to depict day-to-day family life with humour that attracts fans, young and old.
“The warmth and authenticity of Bluey’s family dynamic is what first captured our interest in the show,” says Jane.
“Bluey reminds us all of our own families, and it plays out the small but emotionally epic dramas of day-to-day life in surprising, heartfelt and very funny ways that will engage children and parents alike.”
Here’s everything you need to know about the hit show, Bluey.
Bluey follows a family of blue heelers going about everyday family life. The show has become ABC iView’s most watched program in history.
Many viewers are surprised to find out Bluey is actually a girl dog
The lead character Bluey is a girl. Why is this a big deal? Because it’s generally assumed that Bluey is a boy. You see, Bluey is blue, just like her dad whereas Bluey’s little sister, Bingo is reddish-brown like her mum.
It’s an outdated stereotype to think that the show would need “boy colours” to identify boys from girls but for a lot of viewers it’s the gender-based assumption we make. For this reason, we love this show even more.
The show is voiced by a cool Australian cast
Dave McCormack is the former frontman for 90s rock band, Custard. He voices Bluey’s dad, Bandit. Actor Melanie Zanetti voices Bluey’s mum, Chilli, and the show welcomes regular guest appearances from radio host Myf Warhurst (as Aunt Trixie), musician Megan Washington (as teacher Calypso), and surfer Layne Beachley (as, you guessed it, a surfer).
Celebrity couple, Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster Blake will voice a couple of pooches in the new season of Bluey.
Hamish Blake, Zoë Foster Blake and Anthony from The Wiggles are set to guest star
It has been confirmed that comedian Hamish Blake and Zoë Foster Blake will lend their voices to two characters in the new season of Bluey. The comedian and his skincare founder wife will be heard in the second episode, Hammerbarn, where the family visit a hardware shop. Hamish will play a labrador who works as a Hammerbarn employee, and Zoë will play a poodle who is a checkout dog.
Announcing the news to his Instagram followers, Hamish wrote:
“Career Pinnacle!🚨 my sweet lady wife and I got to voice a few pooches in the new season of Bluey coming out soon! I am genuinely star struck to be the Hammerbarn employee in this quick scene with Bandit. My hero. In all seriousness, we luuuurrve Bluey, it’s imagination, it’s heart, its Aussie-ness, its celebration of playing, it’s perfect wry ability to capture the challenges and above all, joys, of being a parent. Plus it’s genuinely hilarious (the Hammerbarn ep, which is the Bluey World’s take on Bunnings, made me LOL) Simply put we, like everyone, are a big Bluey house. When the chance came up to be part of it, there was only one possible response: whackadoo. 💙”
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Zoë also shared the news to fans via her Instagram story. The Go-To skincare founder and author called the Bluey guest spot a “genuine life hightlight”.
“Bluey is by FAR the most loved and watched TV show in our house. It is so clever and funny, and full of heart,” Zoë wrote, following the announcement.
Also guest starring in the new season is Blue Wiggle, Anthony Field. The founding member of The Wiggles will feature in the debut episode, playing a post office employee who has to deal with Bluey’s dad, Bandit, while he refuses to stop dancing.
The second series premiered on 17 March 2020, with the first 26 episodes airing daily.
Bluey and Bingo’s dad, Bandit is heavily involved in parenting.
Bandit is a literally Father of the Year
Bandit is a laid-back, playful dad who helps out with chores, is very involved with the kids and is a role model for parents everywhere.
The show’s creator Joe Brumm says the show is based on his own experiences raising two daughters.
“He’s actually really competent,” says Joe. “He’s a good dad.”
The TV dad even won Father Of The Year (Canine category) in 2019. The gong was awarded by The Shepherd Centre after the organisation received a “surprising amount of nominations from the community”.
Bandit was been recognised “for his role as a kind and hard-working father for Bluey and the Heeler family” a statement from the charity for deaf and hearing-impaired children read.
Joe says the award is a “testament to Bandit as he tries his best to be a worthy role model to his kids.”
Bluey encourages families to engage in unstructured play
Bluey explores everyday life and follows sisters, Bingo and Bluey spending a lot of their time in unstructured, self-directed play at home.
“Playing seems as natural to them as breathing,” explains Joe. “It’s fascinating seeing how much they learn from devising and playing their own games, especially the more elaborate and social ones.”
Parents praise the show for depicting how families play and celebrating it on screen.
“I swear these series is making our family stronger and better through learning play options,” one fan on the Bluey Facebook page.
“In the midst of motherhood and parenthood it has been my saviour, in terms of a daily reminder to have fun with it all, and that I am doing ok at it,” wrote another.
Bluey and Bingo doing their “floss dance”.
Your kids can boogie with Bluey in dance mode!
Bluey and Bingo find it hilarious when they activate dance mode on their parents and they must stop whatever their doing and dance.
Now, your kids can get in on the dance mode action too.
The special Bluey augmented reality app works with your Facebook account.
Click here to get set up and before you can say ‘cheese and crackers’ your little ones will be able to dance along with their favourite Blue Heeler in the lounge room, the backyard or anywhere they please!
Fans can also update their Bluey dance mode videos to go in the running to win a Bluey prize. The most creative videos will be featured in a special video compilation. For real life!
Watch the video below to see it in action.
It’s an award-winning show
Bluey won the Most Outstanding Children’s Program at the 2019 TV Week Logies Awards, won the AACTA Award for Best Children’s Program and has been nominated for an Emmy.
A new lifestye range of Bluey’s furniture and homewares for kids is now available
If your kids can’t get enough of this family of Blue Heelers, they can now deck out their bedroom like super-fans. The lifestyle range includes a table and chairs set, a flip out inflatable sofa, a night light, a Junior Ready bed, and an inflatable armchair.
The range from Moose Toys and BBC Studios will be available in Australian stores and online from mid-June.
Check out the Bluey lifestyle range – along with the newly released toys – at major retailers in-store and online, depending on the item. For more details check out the Bluey website and Facebook page.
Now your super-fan can deck out their room Bluey-style.
Your kids can post a letter with a Bluey stamp on it
You know you’ve hit the big time when you appear on a stamp. Wackadoo! The ABC Kids show, has officially made it.
Your kids can hone their old-school letter writing skills and send it off complete with a Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli stamp.
Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt said the stamp pack was one for Bluey fans, the general public and collectors alike.
“The Bluey stamp pack will make a memorable keepsake with Bluey and her family featured on fun stamp shapes from our new MyStamps range. Look out also for the colourful picture of the family visiting a post shop inside,” says Michael.
Bluey Producer Sam Moor is also stoked to see the hit show on a stamp.
“We never could have imagined that Bluey and her family would be dropping through letterboxes and into Australian homes so we were delighted to be asked to collaborate with Australia Post on this set of stamps,” he says.
“We had a lot of fun creating the designs that feature in the Bluey stamp pack and we hope they put a smile on people’s faces.”
The Bluey licensed stamp pack costs $15.50 each contains one sheetlet of 12 self-adhesive stamps featuring different Bluey character graphics and uses the new MyStamps range of personalised stamps. The stamp pack is available across Australia at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794, and online from Tuesday 30 June 2020 while stocks last.
Encourage your kids to write letters and send them off to family and friends with a Bluey stamp.