It’s been less than a month since the American children’s show Chip Chilla launched, and Australians are not fans of the new American show. Seen by many as a blatant rip-off of the beloved Bluey, many Australians are actively speaking out against the children’s show.
Chip Chilla was created as a pinnacle piece of The Daily Wire’s newest streaming network, Bentkey. This new streaming platform launched on October 16, 2023, conveniently the same day as the Walt Disney Company’s 100th Anniversary. However, many have noticed more than a few “convenient coincidences” surrounding this new children’s show.
Chip Chilla vs. Bluey
Shortly after the show’s release on Bentkey, viewers noticed some key similarities between Chip Chilla and the popular Australian children’s show Bluey. From the animation style to the color scheme to the opening music, it all seemed just a little too similar. Both shows follow an animal family through daily life, addressing challenges, adventures, and relationships.
Additionally, the only differences between the two shows were found to be very intentional. The Daily Wire is known for its strong right-wing conservative views. According to co-founder Jeremy Boering, it seems that Chip Chilla was the answer to a popular children’s show that didn’t subject children to Disney’s “woke” agenda. Boreing said Bentkey is about “childhood and wonder and adventure.” The app, he added, is “about values and all of the things on which politics are built later.” It’s just a coincidence that in Chip Chilla, the children are homeschooled, and the mom works all day cooking and taking care of the home, while in Bluey, both parents are seen taking equal parts in parenting.
Aussies Are NOT Happy
After the show’s release, there was a lot of immediate backlash from viewers calling out Chip Chilla for copying Bluey, but Australians took the situation to heart. Bluey is a beloved show worldwide, but the show originated in Australia, giving fans a sense of pride in the award-winning programming. Reporters on 9News Australia called the situation a “national disgrace.” Even Adrian Schrinner, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, spoke out against Chip Chilla on social media.
They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery.
But Chip Chilla certainly proves that wrong.
Brisbane is so proud to be the home of Bluey and this phony-looking US version is barking up the wrong tree!
You can’t beat Bluey!
— Adrian Schrinner (@bne_lordmayor) October 18, 2023
After the pushback and outspoken outrage from both Australians and Bluey fans around the globe, many are hoping that Bentkey’s new show will be short-lived. With over 600 reviews, the show is currently rated 3.8 out of 10 stars on IMDb. However, this is not the only children’s programming you will find on Bentkey. The streaming platform is home to four shows titled “Bentkey Adventures,” also including A Wonderful Day with Mabel Maclay, Kid Explorer, and Kid Fit Go! Additionally, it also features more international children’s programming, in addition to the American patriotism showcased in the “Bentkey Adventures” series.