If you have young children at home, you may be waiting for the new season of Bluey, the Australian cartoon about a family of talking dogs named the Heelers. The series has won an international Emmy, attracted millions of viewers around the world, inspired podcastsnext one musical and all kinds of goods.
The secret of Bluey’s success could be its mix of knowledge, parental humor, preschool silliness and deep humanity. Parents are known to be just as enamored with the series as the kids.
“For a while people didn’t know if it was Peppa Pig Where family guy“, says Daley Pearson, executive producer of Bluey and the co-founder and director of Ludo Studio in Brisbane, Australia, where the show is created.
The situations in each episode of approximately 10 minutes of Bluey are simple: the excitement of keeping a balloon in the air, the pleasure of putting on a show or a stuffed child on a family walk.
Six-year-old Bluey and her baby sister Bingo have rock star parents in Bandit and Chilli Heeler. They still seem to play with their children, letting them climb on them and enthusiastically participate in a variety of imaginary scenarios.
They are also resourceful, especially when tired. In a past season, when Bluey asks if they can play a game, Bandit replies, “As long as it’s a game where I don’t have to move a part of my body or say anything. be with my mouth.”
Dave McCormack, who voices Bandit, sees himself in the character a lot. “There are episodes where he tries to invent games where he can just lay on the sofa and read the paper or watch cricket or something. I find in real life as a father, I trying to invent games that involve me lying on the couch and watching TV too,” he laughs.
Bluey’s invented games caught on
Allison Hasser, a mother of two young children who lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, says Bluey is one of the few shows she watches with her children, “because adults aren’t perfect.” Hasser cites an episode in which Bingo drags her feet on a family outing, complaining that she is tired and “can’t take another step.” Bandit and Chilli divert his attention by having him do fun things like race his sister or return a dropped pacifier to a baby’s mother. Bingo goes instantly from sulking to cheerful with each new task.
“I’m basically taking notes,” Hasser jokes, “like next time we go for a walk, I’m going to use that too.”
Parent’s website Romper called invented games like “Ticklecrabs” and “Mountmumandad,” ingenious and made a list of them.
“That’s when we started to realize that it was starting a bit,” says Pearson, “families were recreating these games and it was a huge surprise for us.”
Blue-Heeled Dogs Are “Faithful, Loving”
Even though Bluey and her family act like humans, they are modeled after blue-heeled dogs (hence the family name).
“They’re sort of the dog of Australia,” says Pearson. “They are inexhaustible. They are very intelligent, loyal, loving.”
Bluey not afraid of difficult subjects, including death. When Bluey finds an injured bird on the ground in Season 1, she and her father take it to the vet. Even so, the parakeet dies.
“In most kids’ shows, the bird would miraculously recover and, you know, become the comical pet for the rest of the show,” McCormack explains. “But in this episode, the bird doesn’t recover and dies, and for a children’s show to deal with the death of an animal is quite unusual. But it’s good that it deals with real things.”
Season 3 debuts on Disney+ on August 10.