“Doo Doo Do Do Mum, Doo Doo Do Dad, Doo Doo Do Bingo, Doo Doo Do Bluey!” This catchy tune tends to get stuck in parent’s and children’s heads quite a bit while watching the beloved TV show Bluey.
Disney is a household name, a company known worldwide for its magical storytelling and timeless characters. Disney has made hundreds of films and shows that fans love. Disney’s legacy in animation and entertainment spans nearly a century, starting with the creation of Mickey Mouse by Walt Disney himself. Over the years, Disney has given us classics like Snow White, The Lion King, Moana, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, and Frozen, enchanting generations with its unforgettable characters and heartwarming stories. The Disney brand stands for quality, creativity, and the power of imagination, which are values that resonate deeply with audiences worldwide.
Bluey, on the other hand, is a relatively new addition to the world of animation, but it has quickly become a beloved and essential part of the modern family entertainment landscape. This Australian animated series, produced by Ludo Studio, premiered in 2018 and quickly captured the hearts of both children and adults. The show revolves around the life of a Blue Heeler puppy named Bluey and her family, including her dad, Bandit, her mom, Chilli, and her younger sister, Bingo. Bluey is known for its relatable, heartwarming, and often hilarious tales of family life, emphasizing the importance of play, imagination, and bonding within the family unit.
In 2020, Disney acquired the rights to air Bluey on Disney Junior, introducing the series to a global audience. This collaboration makes perfect sense. Bluey aligns seamlessly with Disney’s core values, offering quality entertainment that is not only fun but also instills important life lessons for children in the episodes. The show encourages kids to be imaginative, creative, and active while teaching them about problem-solving, empathy, and the value of family relationships.
Disney’s influence and resources have further amplified Bluey‘s reach and impact. The show’s lovable characters and relatable storylines are now available to an even wider audience, ensuring that more families can enjoy the adventures of Bluey, Bingo, and their parents. The synergy between Disney and Bluey highlights the power of collaboration in bringing quality content to children and their families.
While the show is primarily lighthearted and humorous, it occasionally addresses some challenging and important topics in a child-friendly and sensitive manner. Bluey often explores the emotional lives of children and the importance of understanding and expressing one’s feelings. Episodes like “Magic Xylophone” and “Teasing” help kids learn about empathy, jealousy, and how to handle their emotions in a healthy way. In the episode “Magic Claw,” they talk about how it’s okay to be sad and miss someone who isn’t with you anymore. This gently introduces the concept of loss and grief in a way that children can relate to.
Melanie Zanetti, who is the voice of Chilli or Bluey’s mom, talks about how she is glad to represent this show. With the backlash about the episode that touches on “fat shaming,” Zanetti states that it ‘Obviously it wasn’t intended that way’ she told the publication this weekend.
The controversy centered on an episode titled “Exercise,” Season 3, Episode 39 where Bluey’s dad, Bandit, decides to get in shape after expressing dissatisfaction with his expanding stomach. Some parents found this messaging problematic and considered it to be conveying these ideas, but most believe there really was no harm. Still, there remains a portion of the fanbase who now call the show “toxic.”
Since this backlash has happened, ABC agreed to re-edit the episode of the children’s show following pressure from viewers.
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