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The incredibly popular Australian animated series about a Blue Heeler called Bluey and her family premiered on ABC Kids in October, 2018.
Since then, the show has been viewed over 200 million times on ABC iview, making it the most popular program ever and this show about a close-knit family of dogs has gone global.
Disney licensed the rights for the series from BBC Studios, and it premiered in the United States in September last year. Bluey is also on Youku, a Chinese streaming service and is dubbed into Mandarin. Wackadoo!
The creator of the hit show, Joe Brumm says Bluey is based on his own experiences raising two daughters.
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.”
Like Joe, executive producer Charlie Aspinwall has two daughters and this inspired the show to be about girl siblings.
Recently, Joe revealed that the voices of the kids are played by those close to the show creators.
“Bluey, Bingo and some of their friends are voiced by children of the production crew,” he said.
However, the kids aren’t credited on the show as their identities are kept secret to shield them from the public eye.
Bluey and Bingo are voiced by children of the television production crew.
One voice that has not been keep under wraps is Bluey’s dad, Bandit who is voiced by Dave McCormack, the lead singer of 90s indie rock band, Custard.
The 51-year-old singer-songwriter has previously said that he never expected Bluey to be a smash hit series and that it was by chance that he scored the role.
“I’m not an actor. I don’t know how to do that! But a friend of a friend said someone was doing a show about a cartoon dog and can I read? I said, ‘Yeah, I can read’. And that was about it.”
In fact, the father-of-two thought the show might be a “webisode, like a one off, because we only did one episode to start with,” he explained.
“Now here we are, it’s bigger than all of us!”
Chilli, the mum, is voiced by actor, Melanie Zanetti who also admits that while she knew the show was special, she was not expecting it to become the global phenomenon that it is.
“I had no idea it was going to blow up the way it has,” said the 35-year-old.
“But I did know it was something really special when I first read and the pilot. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before.”
“It’s so true to life,” she explained.
“And I think parents look at it and say, this is my reality.”
The show also 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).
Hamish Blake and Zoë Foster Blake also voiced two characters in the second season of Bluey. The comedian and his skincare founder wife can be heard in the second episode, Hammerbarn, where the family visit a hardware shop. Hamish voiced a labrador who works as a Hammerbarn employee, and Zoë voiced a poodle who is a checkout dog.
Also making a guest appearance in the second season is Blue Wiggle, Anthony Field. The founding member of The Wiggles featured in the first episode of season two, playing a post office employee who has to deal with Bluey’s dad, Bandit, while he refuses to stop dancing.