Bluey is an Australian animated television series. The series is a Ludo Studio production for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Principal production investment from BBC Studios, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Australia. Developed and produced with the assistance of Screen Queensland.
Bluey follows the adventures of a lovable and inexhaustible anthropomorphic six-year-old Blue Heeler puppy who lives with her dad, mum and four-year-old little sister, Bingo. In every episode, Bluey uses her limitless Blue Heeler energy to play elaborate games that unfold in unpredictable and hilarious ways. The first 26 episodes from season one aired on ABC Kids at 8AM from Oct 1st to Oct 26th, 2018. The second half aired from April 1st to April 25th, 2019. The Christmas episode “Verandah Santa” aired on December 12th, 2019. On May 16th, it was announced that the show would be getting a second season that will air in 2020. Bluey made its international debut on Disney Junior in the United States on September 9th, 2019.The first half of season two aired from March 17th, 2020 to April 11th, 2020. The second half of season 2 aired on ABC Kids from October 25th, 2020 to November 17th, 2020. The second Christmas episode “Christmas Swim” aired on December 1st, 2020. In October 2020, the show was renewed for a third season. A sneak peak preview of Season 2's Easter special was first shown as part of the 2021 Together promo for the ABC Me and ABC Kids channels during the 2020 NYE Early Night Show, previewing next year's programming for both channels (which later aired on both channels a day after). The episode “Easter” aired on April 4th, 2021.
In July 2017, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the British Broadcasting Corporation co-commissioned Bluey as an animated series for preschool children to be developed by Queensland production company Ludo Studio. The production received funding from Screen Australia, with the setting of the series drawing upon the unique semi-tropical Queensland climate. Created by Joe Brumm, the series was inspired by his experience in raising two daughters. Brumm wanted to portray the importance of children participating in imaginative play, creating the title character Bluey as a Cattle Dog to give the series an Australian voice. Brumm had previously worked in the United Kingdom on programs such as Peppa Pig and decided to create Bluey as a replica of the program for an Australian audience. He conceived the idea independently in 2016 and approached Ludo Studio to develop it. The series was pitched at the Asian Animation Summit in 2016, and was noticed by ABC and BBC executives for having the unique tone that they were searching for. The two networks ordered 52 seven-minute episodes, with BBC investing 30% of the funding and acquiring the global rights for distribution and merchandising. The series was produced entirely in Australia by a local team, many of whom were first-time animators from Brisbane. The program was announced to premiere in Australia on ABC Kids, followed by CBeebies.
- Dave McCormack - Bandit
- Melanie Zanetti - Chilli
- Brad Elliot - Pat
- Hsiao-Ling Tang - Bella (Shadowlands), Chloe’s Mum
- Dan Brumm - Uncle Stripe
- Myf Warhurst - Aunt Trixie, Indy's Mum
- Ann Kerr - Mrs. Retriever
- Sam Moor - Daisy
- Charlie Aspinwall - Marcus
- Francis Stanton - Frank
- Rich Jeffery - Mackenzie’s Dad
- Jasmine Moody - Takeaway Lady
- Megan Washington - Calypso
- Meg O’Connell - Pony Lady
- Daley Pearson - Poffertje Dog, Rocko, Cinema Counter Dog
- Jake Bresanello - Winton’s Dad
- Joff Bush - Busker, Chew B’Deube
- Joe Brumm - Gruber's Dad, Customer
- Liana Wright - Juniper’s Mum
- Layne Beachley - Surfer
- Chris Brumm - Nana
- Ian McFadyen - Bob
- Claire Renton - Doctor
- Charlotte Nicdao - Nurse, Checkout Lady
- Stephanie Bendixsen - Vet Corgi
- Michael Griffin - Docket Boy
- Anthony Field - Postie, Rusty's Dad
- Stephen Lee - Customer
- Rupert Degas - Yes/No Button, Movie Voices
- Hamish Blake - Employee, Jack's Dad
- Zoe Foster Blake - Checkout Dog, Jack's Mum
- Beth Durack - Wendy
- Laurie Newman - Grandad
- Sean Choolburra - Maynard
- Suzy Brumm - Pom Pom's Mum
- Leigh Sales - Ice Cream Lady, Bella (Baby Race)
- Bob Brumm - Grey Nomad
- Judy Newman - Grey Nomad
- Eliot Fish - Fido
- Robert Irwin - Alfie
- Caitlin Hill - Alfie's Mum
- Marc Fennell - Alfie's Boss
- Anne Pearson - Shop Assistant
- Bishanyia Vincent - Hospital Kid's Mum
- Patrick Brammall - Uncle Rad
- Claudia O’Doherty - Aunt Frisky
- Kelly Butler - Doreen
- Vikki Ong - Snickers’ Mum
- Grant Sundin - Doctor
- The show has also aired on ABC Me and ABC, and CBeebies in Australia, as well as Disney Channel in the US and TVNZ in New Zealand.
- The show has been subtitled and dubbed into Mandarin, and can be watched on Youku and Tencent Video with either English and Mandarin dubbed version.
- The show's main typeface text font is Hello Headline by Deartype.
- Most of the characters share the same eyebrow design.
- In the Disney distributed version of the show, there are many contents changed or removed to "suit" American audiences.
- In the Disney version of Hospital, the misspelled title card was fixed.
- In the Disney version of BBQ, the word from the original Australian release "capsicum" is replaced with "pepper".
- In the Disney version of Markets, they removed the horse taking a poop when Bluey and Indy run away.
- In the latest AU version of Chickenrat, the sauerkraut makes Bandit burp. On the Disney distributed version of the episode, the burp was replaced with sneeze. Also, in the subtitles for the Disney version of said episode they incorrectly say that Bandit burps, but he still sneezes.
- In the Disney version of Daddy Putdown, the part when Bingo asks Bandit how babies get in the Mother’s belly was removed since it was, in Disney’s eyes, a bit too cheeky and inappropriate.
- In the Disney version of Taxi, the episode ends with Bandit saying "Oh, biscuits." before the screen fades out. In the original AU version of said episode, the ending continues with Bingo as Millicent pretending to barf on Bandit.
- In the Disney version of Trains, the line “That's a piece of poo” was changed to “That's a slug”.
- In the Disney distributed version of Escape the word axe was changed to pick.
- The TV series aired in Romania on October 28th, 2019.
Usage of sound effects
There have been several episodes when Bluey uses sound effects (most sounds from Sound Ideas) to make the plots of the episodes more bright or dramatic.
Several sounds include;
- Hollywoodedge, Car Horn Honk Close Mi CRT052301 - used in Neighbours
- An unknown chicken cluck was used as the school chicken clucks
- Sound Ideas, BIRD, CROW - COMMON CROW: CALLS, ANIMAL - used in Takeaway
- Sound Ideas, CAMERA - 35 MM SLR WITH AUTO WINDER, SINGLE SHOT - used in Bob Bilby
- Sound Ideas, DOOR, BELL - SINGLE RING - used in Horsey Ride, The Weekend and The Sleepover
- Sound Ideas, DOOR, WOOD - OPEN 02 - used in Verandah Santa
- An unknown horn honk sound was used in Grannies, Copycat and The Sleepover
- Sound Ideas, TOY, HORN - SINGLE SQUEAK - used in Bus
- Nordyke, Kimberly (August 26, 2019) Disney Junior Nabs Australian Series 'Bluey' for U.S. Premiere (Exclusive). Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
- Youku and BBC Studios sign a content deal to bring a suite of top children’s titles to China. BBC. Retrieved November 23, 2020.