I don’t think I’m over exaggerating when I say Bluey is my favorite children’s show, at least for the five and under range.
For those who don’t know, Bluey is an Australian cartoon about a family of anthropomorphic dogs, including the titular character Bluey, her little sister Bingo, and their parents, Chilli and Bandit. Everyone in the world is a dog, and the world is our world, but the dog’s evolved as we did. When it comes to the dog thing, this is the best take on anthropomorphic animals I’ve ever seen. While it’s true that the characters act as humans do, they still have traits of dogs in our world. For example, they chase their tails, they (sometimes) drink with their tongues, and wag their tails when they’re happy. In my opinion, it’s more realistic than having dogs act exactly like us. However, while this is a great thing about the show, it’s the characters that really drive it.
A large part of the characters are just regular kids and parents, but that, to me, is what makes them so good and the show so wholesome. There is no big drama or tragedy, nor do any issues go past one episode, at least with being issues. Instead, all the characters learn, including Chilli and Bandit. No one is perfect. For instance, in the Yoga ball episode, the girls really want to play with their dad while he’s working. He does. However, he doesn’t pick up on the fact that he’s being a bit too rough with Bingo, who is only four, while Bluey, being six, can handle it better. In the end, Bandit learns to be a bit more gentle with his youngest, and Bingo learns to use her “Big Girl bark” more, so she can tell her dad when he’s being too rough. Both the characters learn a lesson. Granted, not every episode has a lesson.
One of my favorite episodes, at least in terms of wholesomeness, is one of the first, called “Keepy Uppy.” The only thing that happens in these seven minutes is that the family plays the game where you keep a balloon from hitting the ground. It progressively gets more intense (for a children’s game). The balloon ends up outside the house, in the neighbor’s yard, and, once it comes back across the fence, fits all on the grass and pops. There is an unintentional lesson for kids about how things don’t last forever, but it isn’t obvious from the beginning. In fact, the episode ends on a high note, with Bandit pretending to be a balloon, Bluey having “blown up the balloon” and let it go, making Bandit run around the backyard and making the family laugh. The other thing that is amazing about this episode, and the show as a whole, is the music and acting.
Starting with the acting, everyone in the cast is amazing, especially the children who play Bluey and Bingo. As with most child actors, the children’s names are kept anonymous, so I can’t tell you who plays them, but the actors for their parents are David McCormack, as Bandit, and Melanie Zanetti, as Chilli. There are other characters, but these are the primary four in season one. Needless to say, however, that all of the actors and actresses in every season of the show are amazing, same with the music.
Thanks to my friend who introduced the show to me, And knows much more about music than I do, I can give a more detailed description of the music than before. Joff Bush does a wonderful job combining both original compositions as well as putting his own spin on various classical pieces. Every piece of music for every episode is unique. It uses unique instruments, is much more original than most children’s television music, and is something I definitely listen to outside the show. It’s both relaxing and fun at the same time while also introducing children to some memorable classical standards. It’s nowhere near simple or boring. This is the same for the animation.
I can see a decent amount of the animation, but not all the details my friend knows about (through the Internet, as he is also blind). The colors are very vibrant, making things very easy to look at, and all the characters easy to distinguish from one another. I find it very impressive that, as the show is created in Brisbane, Australia, all of the environments are identical to many places in the city itself. Then, just as the setting is highly based on Brisbane, all the characters, being based on actual dog breeds, and having the last names of said breeds, are more brightly colored versions of them. For instance, Bluey is a blue healer, but in reality, they aren’t as bright as she appears in the show.
I honestly can’t think of one thing about this show I don’t like. There are episodes I like better than others, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like them or that they aren’t good. I just like others better. I love how simple yet complex the show is, dealing with small issues with the kids in the foreground and more adult issues in the background. This makes the show enjoyable for adults in multiple ways. The adults can either have something simple to watch or something more suddenly complex at times, just like life. So if this is something you’re looking for in your life, I highly recommend watching it on Disney+.