Bluey (2018 TV series)
Bluey title card
|Created by||Joe Brumm|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||51|
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Ludo Studio|
|Original network||ABC Kids|
|Original release||1 October 2018 –|
Bluey is an Australian animated television series for preschool children that premiered on ABC Kids on 1 October 2018. The series was created by Joe Brumm with Queensland production group Ludo Studio. The series was co-commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the British Broadcasting Corporation, with the BBC holding global distribution and merchandising rights. The series will make its British premiere on CBeebies.
With the setting inspired by the tropical climate of Queensland, the series follows an anthropomorphic six-year-old Blue Heeler puppy named Bluey, who is characterised by her abundance of energy, imagination and curiosity at the world. The young dog lives with her father, Bandit; mother, Chilli; and younger sister, Bingo, who regularly joins Bluey on adventures as the pair embark on imaginative play together. Overarching themes include the focus on family, growing up and Australian culture, with all of the characters representing a particular dog breed. The series was created and produced entirely in Australia, with investment from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.
Bluey has been received consistently high viewership in Australia, being recognised as the most watched program in the history of the video on demand and catch up TV service ABC iview. The program was renewed for a second series in 2019.
The child characters of Bluey are voiced by children of the program's production crew and are not credited as voice performers.
- Bluey Heeler, a six-year-old Blue Heeler puppy who is curious and energetic.
- Bingo Heeler, Bluey's four-year-old younger sister, a Red Heeler puppy.
- Bandit Heeler / Dad (voiced by David McCormack), the father of Bluey and Bingo who is an archaeologist and a Blue Heeler like Bluey.
- Chilli Heeler / Mum (voiced by Melanie Zanetti), the mother of Bluey and Bingo who works part-time in airport security and a Red Heeler like Bingo.
- Chloe (voiced by Charlotte Stent), a Dalmatian and a friend of Bluey's.
- Judo (voiced by Charlotte Stent), a Japanese Spitz and a friend of Bluey's, who can sometimes appear to be selfish.
- Muffin Heeler, Bluey and Bingo's young Blue Heeler cousin.
- Socks Heeler, Bluey and Bingo's cousin who is young and still learning to walk and talk.
- Uncle Stripe Heeler (voiced by Dan Brumm), Bandit's brother and the father of Muffin and Socks.
- Aunt Trixie Heeler (voiced by Myf Warhurst), Uncle Stripe's wife and the mother of Muffin and Socks.
- Mrs. Retriever (voiced by Ann Kerr), a Golden Retriever and Bingo's kindergarten teacher.
- Calypso (voiced by Megan Washington), a Blue Merle Australian Shepherd and Bluey's school teacher.
- Nana Heeler (voiced by Chris Brumm), Stripe and Bandit's mother, and grandmother to their children.
- Bob Heeler (voiced by Ian McFadyen), Stripe and Bandit's father, and grandfather to their children.
Notable guest stars
- Lucky’s Dad (voiced by Brad Elliot), a Labrador and father of Bluey’s next door neighbor Lucky.
- Coco’s Mum (voiced by Hsiao-Ling Tang), a Pink Poodle and mother of Bluey’s friend Coco.
- Honey’s Mum (voiced by Sam Moor) & Honey’s Dad (voiced by Charlie Aspinwall), Beagles and parents of Bluey’s friend Honey.
- Chloe’s Mum (voiced by Hsiao-Ling Tang) & Chloe’s Dad (voiced by Francis Stanton), Dalmatians and parents of Bluey’s friend Chloe.
- Mackenzie’s Dad (voiced by Rich Jeffery), a Border Collie and father of Bluey’s friend Mackenzie.
- Indy’s Mum (voiced by Myf Warhurst), an Afghan Hound and mother of Bluey’s friend Indy, sells gluten-free cakes at the market, loves grooving to music.
- Winton’s Dad (voiced by Jake Bresanello), a Bulldog and father of Bluey’s friend Winton, sells toffee apples at the market.
- Rupert’s Dad (voiced by Joe Brumm), a German Shepard and father of Bluey’s friend Rupert, sells german sausages at the market.
- Juniper’s Mum (voiced by Liana Wright), mother of Bingo’s friend Juniper, sells juice at the market.
- Rocko (voiced by Daley Pearson), a Basset Hound and friend of Bandit.
- Takeaway Lady (voiced by Jasmine Moody), appears in the episode “Takeaway”.
- Pony Lady (voiced by Meg O’Connell), gives pony rides at the market.
- Poffertje Dog (voiced by Daley Pearson), sells Holland Poffertjes at the market.
- Busker (voiced by Joff Bush), musician who plays songs at the market.
- Vet Corgi (voiced by Stephanie Bendixsen), a Corgi vet who Bluey and Dad bring an injured bird to.
- Surfer (voiced by Layne Beachley), a Shetland Sheepdog with a passion for surfing.
- Doctor (voiced by Claire Renton), a doctor who looks after Bingo while at the hospital.
- Nurse (voiced by Charlotte Nicdao), a nurse who looks after Bingo while at the hospital.
- Customer (voiced by Joe Brumm), a customer at the supermarket, resembles Poffertje Dog.
- Docket Boy (voiced by Michael Griffin), works at the supermarket.
- Checkout Lady (voiced by Charlotte Nicdao), works at the supermarket.
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 was 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 a British premiere on CBeebies.
The first series premiered in Australia on ABC Kids on 1 October 2018, with 26 episodes airing daily throughout October. The remaining 26 episodes of the series began airing on 1 April 2019. It was announced in 2019 that production had began on a second series of 52 episodes.
The stories featured in Bluey depict Bluey and Bingo engaging in imaginative play. Brumm wanted to show that self-directed and unstructured play is natural in shaping children and allowing them to develop. The episodes show the parents as guides for their children, who allow them to explore their immediate surroundings independently, giving them opportunities to "practise adult roles". Brumm drew inspiration from watching his two children play, which he described was "as natural to them as breathing", and stated that the messages of Bluey are universal. He stated that his every day occurrences provide him with ideas for scripts. The program's scripts show how children can use gameplay to learn lessons and integrate the world of adults into their own. Brumm stated that he discovered the importance of play-based learning after his daughter struggled with formal education, which lead him to exclude elements of literacy and numeracy in Bluey and focus on the depiction of life skills. The program was designed to be a co-viewing experience for parents and their children to enjoy together.
|Title||Storyboarded by||Written by||Original air date||Australian viewers|
|1||1||"The Magic Xylophone"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||1 October 2018||N/A|
|Dad uses Bluey as a pretend piano and Bingo begs to have a turn. When the siblings rediscover a magical xylophone which can freeze Dad in a position, Bingo gets upset that Bluey is not sharing the toy with her. Bluey learns that taking turns is an important part of playing.|
|2||2||"Hospital"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||2 October 2018||141,000|
|Dad is admitted into an imaginary hospital, where Bingo is acting as the nurse and Bluey becomes the doctor. The doctors perform an operation on Dad to relieve him from his stomach pains, pretending that there is a cat stuck inside him that needs to be lured out.|
|3||3||"Keepy Uppy"||Mike Chavez||Joe Brumm||3 October 2018||122,000|
|Bluey blows up her last balloon and plays a game of "keepy uppy" with Bingo; trying to keep the balloon in the air for as long as possible. The siblings call upon Dad to make the game more challenging, which leads to an outdoor chase to protect the balloon from popping on the grass.|
|4||4||"Daddy Robot"||Mike Chavez||Joe Brumm||4 October 2018||177,000|
|Bluey and Bingo summon "Daddy Robot" to tidy their playroom, with Dad pretending to follow their commands. However, when the robot malfunctions, Bluey and Bingo realise the importance of cleaning up their messes themselves.|
|5||5||"Shadowlands"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||5 October 2018||156,000|
|While on a picnic, Bluey plays a game of "shadowlands" with Snickers and Coco, where they must travel across the park by only stepping on shadows. Bluey tries to teach Coco how to solve problems and follow the rules instead of taking shortcuts to make the game easier.|
|6||6||"The Weekend"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||6 October 2018||153,000|
|Bluey and Bingo are excited to spend the weekend at home playing games with Dad. While Bingo is pretending to be a magical statue that mysteriously moves around, she finds a walking leaf insect, but is upset when Dad is too preoccupied with the game to notice her calling.|
|7||7||"BBQ"||Mike Chavez||Joe Brumm||7 October 2018||109,000|
|Dad and Mum host a barbecue for guests Stripe and Trixie, while Bluey and Bingo roleplay their own barbecue with their cousins Muffin and Socks. Bingo is tasked with preparing the salad, and searches the garden for the best plants to use.|
|8||8||"Fruitbat"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||8 October 2018||169,000|
|At bedtime, Bluey is disappointed that the day is over and is unwilling to go to sleep. She learns that fruit bats are nocturnal and wishes that she could become one herself to be able to stay awake during the night. She decides to dream of being a fruit bat instead.|
|9||9||"Horsey Ride"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||9 October 2018||162,000|
|Bluey forgets to put her special toy away when her cousins and Uncle Stripe come to visit, leading Socks to find the toy and insist on gnawing at it. The children decide to imagine that their parents are horses and stage a horse wedding to distract Socks from playing with Bluey's toy.|
|10||10||"Hotel"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||10 October 2018||140,000|
|Bluey and Bingo run a pretend hotel at home, where Dad books a room for the night and asks not to be disturbed. The siblings intrude on their guest's night, but Bingo gets upset when Bluey is being bossy and makes all of the decisions with their game.|
|11||11||"Bike"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||11 October 2018||135,000|
|12||12||"Bob Bilby"||Mike Chavez||Joe Brumm||12 October 2018||177,000|
|13||13||"Spy Game"||Mike Chavez||Joe Brumm||13 October 2018||154,000|
|14||14||"Takeaway"||Mike Chavez||Joe Brumm||14 October 2018||159,000|
|Bluey and Bingo join Dad to collect his takeaway dinner, but must wait with him at the fast food restaurant until his order is completed. Dad tries to control his restless children while they wait, but ultimately realises that they should be allowed to have fun while they are still young.|
|15||15||"Butterflies"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||15 October 2018||153,000|
|16||16||"Yoga Ball"||Mike Chavez||Joe Brumm||16 October 2018||151,000|
|When Dad is spending the day working from home, Bluey and Bingo steal the yoga ball chair from his desk and insist that he play with them. Bingo feels disheartened when Dad is being too rough with her while playing games, and with Mum's help, she asks him to be more gentle.|
|17||17||"Calypso"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||17 October 2018||124,000|
|Calypso facilitates a day at school and assists the children as they all engage in imaginative play together. Among the various games, Bluey runs a pretend fish and chip shop and hires Indy to work as a waitperson, while Pretzel takes time to think of something to play.|
|18||18||"The Doctor"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||18 October 2018||153,000|
|Bluey works at an imaginary doctor's office, managing the appointments for Bingo while she pretends to be the doctor. Honey conjures up a pretend illness, but is disappointed when a long queue of walk-in patients take precedence over her in being attended to.|
|19||19||"The Claw"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||19 October 2018||183,000|
|Bluey and Bingo find a claw machine at a local complex and are disappointed when they are unable to win a prize. Mum and Dad create their own imaginary claw game at home to cheer them up, and Dad tries to teach the children a lesson in the process.|
|20||20||"Markets"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||20 October 2018||120,000|
|After a visit from the tooth fairy to reward a lost tooth, Bluey decides to spend the money she received at the local markets. Bluey searches the stalls for somewhere to make a purchase, but struggles to find an option that both she and Indy can enjoy together.|
|21||21||"Blue Mountains"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||21 October 2018||155,000|
|Bluey, Bingo and Mum roleplay a story about two sisters and a fairy who journey across the Blue Mountains. They use their hands as puppet characters and pretend that Dad is the mountains while he is having a nap. The characters encounter a suspicious fox when Dad awakes.|
|22||22||"The Pool"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||22 October 2018||139,000|
|Dad neglects to bring the important equipment when he leaves in rush for Uncle Stripe's swimming pool with Bluey and Bingo. The trio struggle to enjoy the hot day without the equipment, which Mum later brings, teaching the family that boring tasks are still important.|
|23||23||"Shops"||Suzy Brumm||Joe Brumm||23 October 2018||155,000|
|24||24||"Wagonride"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||24 October 2018||120,000|
|25||25||"Taxi"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||25 October 2018||153,000|
|26||26||"The Beach"||Mike Chavez||Joe Brumm||26 October 2018||157,000|
|27||27||"Pirates"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||1 April 2019||166,000|
|Bluey, Bingo and Missy pretend to be pirates on the hamock swing at the park playground. Missy is frightened of the journey on the imaginary ship, but faces her fear to rescue her friends from the inside stomach of a whale.|
|28||28||"Grannies"||Ellie Goggin||Joe Brumm||2 April 2019||214,000|
|Bluey and Bingo dress up as grandmothers, but disagree on if grandmothers are able to perform the floss dance or not. Bluey proves that they are not by video calling Nana, but when this upsets Bingo, Bluey decides to teach Nana the dance so that Bingo will keep playing.|
|29||29||"The Creek"||Jim Byrt||Joe Brumm||3 April 2019||189,000|
|Dad takes Bluey, Bingo and Mackenzie to the creek after they grow tired of the local playground. Bluey struggles to appreciate the beauty of the natural world surrounding her, until they arrive at the water. Bluey learns to step out of her comfort zone and try new things.|
|30||30||"Fairies"||Paul Kassab||Joe Brumm||4 April 2019||194,000|
|When the family suspects that their house as been invaded by fairies, Bluey, Bingo, Dad and Mum go on a hunt to search for and capture the invisible creatures. Dad accidentally hurts Bingo's feelings and makes it up to her by outsmarting the fairies.|
|31||31||"Work"||Jasmine Moody||Claire Renton|
|5 April 2019||198,000|
|Bluey and Bingo roleplay a day at work. Dad acts as the boss of a drainpipe factory and hires Bluey and Bingo after their successful interviews. The day takes a turn when Bluey takes control of the company and fires Dad for his breach of the strict "no dancing" rules.|
|32||32||"Bumpy and the Wise Old Wolfhound"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||6 April 2019||196,000|
|When Bingo is sick and in the hospital, she receives a video from Bluey; a short film she has made with Dad and the family. The story is about a young dog called Bumpy who gets sick and her owner, Barnicus, who supports her through the period of difficulty.|
|33||33||"Trampoline"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||7 April 2019||261,000|
|Dad plays on the trampoline with Bluey and Bingo before he has to leave for work. The girls devise a plan to get him to stay; pretending to feed him breakfast on the trampoline. Before leaving, Dad tells Bluey that she has an important job too; to continue making up games.|
|34||34||"The Dump"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||8 April 2019||233,000|
|Dad takes Bluey and Bingo on a car trip to the dump to throw away rubbish. Bluey asks Dad a range of questions on the way and he proclaims that he knows everything. But when they arrive, Bluey is saddened to learn that he is throwing away her old drawings.|
|35||35||"Zoo"||Jasmine Moody||Beth Harvey|
|9 April 2019||217,000|
|Bluey and Bingo set up a pretend zoo at home in the backyard, with Bluey acting as the zookeeper who takes Bingo and Mum on a tour around the grounds. Bluey must devise a plan to catch the baboon (Dad) when he escapes the enclosure and takes Bingo along with him.|
|36||36||"Backpackers"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||10 April 2019||257,000|
|Bluey, Bingo, Muffin and Socks roleplay a pretend backpacking adventure around the backyard. The children become the backpacks as Mum and Dad are tasked with carrying them around while exploring their holiday destination.|
|37||37||"The Adventure"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||11 April 2019||243,000|
|Bluey plays with Chloe and pretends to be a horse as she accompanies the princess on an imaginary adventure to find food at the family farm. The friends swap roles and adopt a variety of personas as they save the kingdom from an evil queen.|
|38||38||"Copycat"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||12 April 2019||313,000|
|Dad wakes to find Bluey copying his every move. While the pair are playing outside, Bluey finds an injured budgie. They take the bird to the vet and learn that it has died. When they get home, Bluey reenacts the events with Bingo to cope with the budgie's death.|
|39||39||"The Sleepover"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||13 April 2019||191,000|
|Bluey and Bingo's cousin Muffin arrives for a sleepover in an extremely tired state. Uncle Stripe explains that Muffin is transitioning from her daily naps. The sisters stay up late and play a game with Muffin, before helping her get to sleep when they realise she is exhausted.|
|40||40||"Early Baby"||Suzy Brumm||Joe Brumm||14 April 2019||255,000|
|When Rusty and Indy's two separate games at Bluey's praygroup come into conflict, the groups explain their different activities to each other. After sharing, the friends find common ground with their games, and Rusty and Indy decide to play together.|
|41||41||"Mums and Dads"||Mike Chavez||Joe Brumm||15 April 2019||231,000|
|Rusty and Indy have a disagreement about which parent should work while playing "mums and dads", leading them to play separately. However, when they find that their friends have different ideas about how to play the game, the pair return to playing with each other again.|
|42||42||"Hide and Seek"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||16 April 2019||229,000|
|Bluey plays hide and seek with Bingo, Mum and Dad, but is quickly distracted by her toys, leaving her family hiding around the house undiscovered. When she slows down and focuses, Bluey remembers the game and successfully finds her family.|
|43||43||"Camping"||Jasmine Moody||Joe Brumm||17 April 2019||270,000|
|Bluey meets a French Labrador called Jean-Luc while on a camping trip with her family. The pair play together and build a camp site, but when Dad acts as a wild pig, the pair must find a way to communicate to combat the pig. Bluey is saddened when Jean-Luc leaves.|
|44||44||"Mount Mumandad"||Chris Voigt||Tim Bain|
|18 April 2019||261,000|
|Bluey and Bingo pretend that Mum and Dad are a mountain when they are tasked with playing a game without their parents' participation. Bluey races ahead to reach the summit while Bingo brings along a backpack to carry the climbing equipment.|
|45||45||"Kids"||Ellie Goggin||Joe Brumm||19 April 2019||269,000|
|During a visit to the supermarket, Bluey adopts the role of the parent while Dad must act as the child alongside Bingo. When he tries to fill the trolley with the groceries, Dad gets in trouble with Bluey for being a disobedient child.|
|46||46||"Chickenrat"||Mike Chavez||Joe Brumm||20 April 2019||242,000|
|Before bed, Bingo loses her favourite cuddly toy. Mum helps Bluey and Bingo retrace their steps to find the lost item. The siblings recount their adventures as they remember playing with Dad, who was pretending to be a "chickenrat" creature.|
|47||47||"Neighbours"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||21 April 2019||195,000|
|Bluey builds a pretend house and gains some new neighbours when Bingo, Mum and Dad move into the street. Bluey must learn to get along with a difficult neighbour when Bingo invades her space and spills over onto her property.|
|48||48||"Teasing"||TBA||Joe Brumm||22 April 2019[note 1]||187,000|
|When Bluey teases Bingo, she argues that it is acceptable because Dad always teases her. The family recalls all of the times that Dad has made fun of them, but they ultimately learn that there is a difference between teasing and playing.|
|49||49||"Asparagus"||Chris Voigt||Joe Brumm||23 April 2019[note 1]||157,000|
|Dad tries to teach Bluey how to use manners while eating dinner at the dining table. However, when Mum gives Bluey a stick of asparagus which magically turns the family into animals, Bluey discovers the importance of manners while trying to control everyone.|
|50||50||"Shaun"||Chris Voigt||John McGeachin|
|24 April 2019[note 1]||172,000|
|Bluey and Bingo try to convince Dad to get a pet, but he insists that they already have a pet; a disobedient emu called Shaun. Dad's hand transforms into Shaun and the siblings learn how to look after their new pet by feeding, bathing and walking him.|
|51||51||"Daddy Putdown"||Suzy Brumm||Joe Brumm||25 April 2019[note 1]||149,000|
|While Mum is out for the night at a friend's baby shower, Dad must put Bluey and Bingo to bed as part of their evening routine. When the siblings are missing their mother, Bluey decides to set up a pretend baby shower of her own to take her mind off her anxiety.|
Bluey received consistently high viewership throughout its premiere run on ABC Kids in Australia, being the most watched children’s program across all channels in 2018. The highest rating episode of the program, "Copycat", premiered on 12 April 2019 to 313,000 viewers. It was the most watched broadcast across all free-to-air multichannels, and the seventeenth most watched broadcast overall.
In March 2019, it was reported that Bluey had become the most downloaded program in the history of ABC’s video on demand and catch up TV service ABC iview, with 21.3 million episode plays since its premiere.
|Series||Timeslot||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||Average viewers|
|1A||Monday to Sunday 8:00 am||26||1 October 2018||N/A||26 October 2018||157,000||148,680|
|1B||25||1 April 2019||166,000||25 April 2019||149,000||219,560|
Bluey has enjoyed a positive reception, with producers stating that the studio has received daily fan mail from parents of young viewers. The series was praised by Philippa Chandler of The Guardian for its "sharp script" and depiction of everyday family life, while noting that its Queensland background set it aside from other cartoons on television.
The series received praise for its depiction of Bandit Heeler as a positive father figure. The character was commended for his patient nature, willingness to do housework and play with his children. Bandit has been described as "more emotionally intelligent" than the father from Peppa Pig. Brumm stated that the series has reminded fathers "to be more playful with their kids". Chandler noted the "unexpected poignancy" of the episode "Takeaway", in which Bandit makes an observation about the fleeting nature of childhood.
Home media releases
The first volume of the series, entitled Magic Xylophone and Other Stories was released on iTunes by BBC Studios in December 2018. The second volume, Horsey Ride and Other Stories was released in March 2019. Both volumes have contained eight episodes of the series.
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