Bluey, a staple of Nielsen streaming top 10is the number-one streaming series among Disney+ subscribers, and the company has never made it.
The animated show—about a family of heel dogs centered around the magic of learning life lessons through play—is an Australian import distributed by Disney+ and the BBC. Created by Joe Brumm with Aussie animation house Ludo Studio, it has become a big event all over the world because… this is a very serious show. When I recommend it, I liken it to a combination of those Paddington feel-good fix with Taika Waititi comedic feelings that children do not need GRAB however, but still made for them too.
At this point, I think Bluey exceeded my love Paddington. A bold claim, I’m sure! Let me take you back for a moment to lockdown (so sorry), when watching streaming television is something we’re all used to. There are so many movies that I wasn’t ready to dig into (but eventually did!) like Guardians and Invincible. I remember one point that really got in Kim’s ease—hero The Mandalorianof Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Simu Liu—as a salve for the stress of the times. My search for soothing streaming led me to watch the film on Twitter for more recommendations, and there I saw director Duncan Jones’s endorsement of Blueythat came at times a family of vloggers I watched also participated in the show with their child.
Watching and soon bingeing Bluey is actually the best thing Twitter has ever done for me. I’m already a big animation head, and I guess that’s it a medium for everyone, even in the case of a show that is supposedly aimed at the little ones. Bluey presents siblings Bluey and Bingo who experience childhood moments with that is Anton Ego Ratatouille EFFECTS you when you look at them. There’s a relatability to how their mother Chilli Heeler (Melanie Zanetti) and father Bandit Heeler (Dave McCormack, of the rock band Custard) are linked that evokes childhood nostalgia and feels safe. For some the show, provides a window into how parenting is; Bandit and Chilli are not perfect, they learn like their children about breaking the rules or facing challenges. Their relationships with Bluey and Bingo are filled with adventure and wonder—and they come into fans’ lives when it’s most needed, during a pandemic when many of us are separated from our own loved ones.
For example, the “Sleepytime” episode – that was the game changer for me, when the show went from a soothing bedtime watch to evoking a cathartic crying session.
In it, the shy little sister Bingo, who is a little like the main character Bluey, escapes into a fantasy land as she learns to sleep in her bed alone. It is filled with space imagery that captures the surrealism of dreams while depicting how you grow old of your own free will away from your parents. The hilarious beats of the B plot show the family dealing with the sleep patterns of growing children, but the ending packs a punch. This is one of the best short films I have ever seen. I recommend it along with “Grandmothers,” which is a silly introduction to family with a glimpse of my favorite running gag. the grandmothers (if you know you know).
Like many childless adults Bluey fandom, I’ve gotten into favorite characters, music releases, memes, and TikTok theories, because even the friends and family outside of Heelers are just as cute as the core characters. Muffin, Bluey and Bingo’s cousin, is a forceful little powerhouse in her own right and probably the true Alpha of the family. Muffin does things her way—though there are many lessons for her about sharing space with others. Still, he’s iconic.
There are over 100 episodes of Bluey and not all of them are on Disney +, because the release schedule is staggered from Australia to the US Having to wait months for many batches is just as stressful as having to wait months afterwards. Who is the doctor? premiered to catch us up. (Disney currently has a deal on both so hopefully that changes soon.) Meanwhile, it’s hard to look away when you’re BlueyTok (this is a thing) and scroll past episodes that have not yet fallen here or HISTORY taken or censored—Because apparently some of the topics discussed in the show are considered offensive by ABC Disney, such as “Perfect,” where the Bandit discusses neutering (iIt was changed to Bandit doing dental work), or “Daddy Putdown,” where the pregnancy was discussed.
Fortunately, some of the edgier moments make up for it in subtle ways. I was particularly moved by an episode called “The Show,” where Bluey and Bingo retold the story of their parents getting married and starting a family. There is a fan theory floating around BlueyTok that the moment Bingo, representing a pregnant belly with a balloon bursting-cut to Bandit putting his hand on Chilli and then Bluey is born-implies that Bluey is a “Rainbow Baby” (a child born after a non-viable pregnancy). It’s a small but powerful moment, and this courage to not let the realities of family planning and adult struggles make the show all the more poignant and timeless. I hope so Bluey heals your inner child in ways you never knew it needed to heal, just like mine. Going up to Bluey fandom train if you’re intrigued, love dogs, and don’t or don’t plan to have kids, but need to easily indulge in pure, well-rounded content.
Seasons 1-2 and half of season 3 (release part two, Disney!) of Bluey now streaming on Disney+. You can also buy the DVD set of episodes 1-2 HERE.
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