Started watching an episode of Bluey the other day and it really cracked me up. Now watching some of the other eps on iView. Some really good jokes in there for adults which would go over the heads of kids.
Bluey will debut on Disney+ globally this Wednesday, January 22.
Synopsis of first five episodes of Bluey season 2
Episode 1: Dance Mode — Tuesday March 17
After Dad eats her last chip, Bingo is given three chances to put Mum and Dad in ‘Dance Mode’ as payback. But the others can’t resist taking Bingo’s turns for her.
Episode 2: Hammerbarn — Wednesday March 18
On a trip to Hammerbarn, Bluey and Bingo create their own mini-homes side-by-side in the trolley. But Bluey quickly gets jealous of her neighbour Bingo.
Episode 3: Featherwand — Thursday March 19
Bluey and Mum are oﬀ to Chloe’s party and Bingo isn’t invited. But armed with a magic featherwand that makes things incredibly heavy, Bingo can now stop them leaving the house.
Episode 4: Squash — Friday March 20
When Dad and Uncle Stripe play a game of squash, Bluey and Bingo are in control of their every move, and Bingo proves that big siblings don’t always beat little siblings.
Episode 5: Hairdressers — Saturday March 21
During a game of hairdressers, Bluey discovers that big-headed customer Dad has nits! To help treat them Bingo has to find her voice, while Bluey has to find her ears.
Hamish Blake is a guest voice in Hammerbarn, which he told Fitzy and Wippa will be very much like Bunnings.
Series 2 also has some new voices including: Anthony Field playing Rusty’s Dad (Army) and Postie (Dance Mode), Hamish Blake as Jack’s Dad (Army) and Employee (Hammerbarn), and Zoë Foster Blake as Jack’s Mum (Army) and Checkout Dog (Hammerbarn).
Breaking Bluey news:
Bonus episodes available only in the ABC Kids app
Download the #1 kids’ app to enjoy new features and exclusive content from Australia’s #1 trusted place for children.
The second series of hit show Bluey premieres today on ABC Kids. Download the improved ABC Kids app to enjoy four bonus episodes of Bluey and a host of new app features that enhance usability for children and their parents.
Take a peek at the bonus episodes here.
The free ABC Kids app is carefully curated to entertain, educate and support Australian children from their earliest years. Designed as an easy to navigate environment for growing preschoolers, the app has a new search tool to encourage discovery and settings for parents and carers to apply show filters, personalise the experience for their child or add screen time settings. Get the ABC Kids app from the App Store for iPhone and iPad here and from Google Play for Android devices here.
ABC’s Head Of Children’s Production, Libbie Doherty says, “We are thrilled with the brilliant new season of Bluey (iview’s #1 series of all time) and believe it has been well worth the wait. 2020 is all about supercharging ABC Kids as the home of trusted and loved programming for Australian children and their families.
To make life easier for families we have been connecting the ABC Kids ecosystem under a refreshed look and feel. New features are rolling out in the ABC Kids app to help you find your favourite programs more easily. Our early educator website is live, packed full of inspirational resources for support and ABC Kids listen continues to grow as the audio soundtrack to a toddler’s daily routine.”
ABC Kids is the #1 place for Australian kids.
With an unmissable line-up launching this month, get ready for iconic celebrities including Claudia Karvan, Costa Georgiadis and Joel Creasey reading books on Play School Story Time , a brand new series of The Wiggles World and the return of audience favourites like Bananas In Pyjamas , Shaun The Sheep, Peppa Pig and Octonauts.
For a screen-free option, ABC Kids listen is the perfect companion for playful days and peaceful nights. Jam packed with trusted programs featuring beautiful music and stories, listen out for new highlight Story Salad and favourites Story Time and Noisy By Nature .
- ABC Kids has the #1 Kids show in Australia. Bluey continues to smash viewing records with a combined total of 179 Million program plays since launch.
- ABC Kids has the #1 kids’ app in Australia. ABC Kids is the number one video streaming app in Australia that’s just for kids.
- For parents, ABC Kids is the #1 place for Australian kids. 97% of ABC Kids parents prefer their children using ABC Kids to other places where they may see advertising or inappropriate content.
- ABC Kids is the #1 channel for Australian preschool children.
- ABC Kids is the #1 trusted platform among ABC Kids parents.
New ABC Kids app features
Search: Safely explore and discover new shows with the improved search function
Optimised design: The app experience is designed to be child-led for independent viewing
Home screen: Now with carefully curated program collections
Watch on the big screen: Cast to your TV or device via Chromecast or AirPlay
Settings: Personalise the app, apply show filters and limit screen time in settings
ABC Kids Highlights
Bluey Series 2 – March 17th
The wait is over, Australia’s favourite Blue Heeler family are back with an exciting and adorable new series. Bluey is a loveable, inexhaustible six-year-old Blue Heeler dog, who lives with her Mum, Dad and her four-year-old little sister.
Production credit: A Ludo Studio production for ABC Kids. Principal production investment from BBC Studios, in association with Screen Australia. Post-production, digital and visual effects work undertaken in Queensland, Australia with funding from The Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the Australian Government.
The Wiggles World – March 17th
It’s time for a new adventure. In this latest series from The Wiggles there are many exciting new people, places and songs!
Play School Story Time – March 23rd
Play School Story Time is back again! Join in the fun as entertaining Australian celebrities get comfy on the Story Time couch. Reading an amazing range of children’s books (with a favourite Play School toy) are Claudia Karvan, Costa Georgiadis, Dr Anita Heiss, Dave McCormack, Sofya Gollan, Matt Okine, Julia Zemiro, Joel Creasy, Lucy Durack and Morris Gleitzman.
ABC Kids listen Highlights
Story Salad - March 30th
Three words, three minutes, one story salad! A fun and wacky improv storytelling show hosted by Matt Backer from Play School and one of his super storyteller friends as they are given three words to make up a story about, ON THE SPOT!
Noisy By Nature Series 2 - April 14th
Take your ears outside to discover the weird and wonderful sounds that Australian nature makes. Hosted by Ann Jones.
Listen to stories from around the world as your child takes an afternoon nap or winds down for a good night’s sleep.
ABC Kids Early Education Website
The ABC Kids Early Education website, informed by the National Approved Learning Frameworks, is a new online destination for early childhood educators. The portal offers an inspiring range of ABC Children’s trusted video and audio content, teaching activities, educational resources and a blog edited by the ABC’s Early Childhood Producer.
News Corp reports the producers of Bluey have created a poster encouraging kids to wash their hands to the tune of a familiar Bluey song, Poor Little Bug on the Wall.
If any MSpyers have kids at home, print this poster and show it to them.
ABC KIDS and BBC Worldwide partner with award-winning Ludo Studio on new preschool animated series
Production has started on Bluey, an Australian animated preschool series created by Joe Brumm with the Emmy® award-winning Ludo Studio, co-commissioned by ABC KIDS and BBC Worldwide, with funding support from Screen Australia, in association with Screen Queensland.
The series follows Bluey, a loveable and inexhaustible six-year-old Blue Heeler puppy who lives with her dad, mum and four-year-old little sister, Bingo. In each episode, Bluey turns her limitless Blue Heeler energy to the task of constructing bizarre and elaborate games that unfold in unpredictable and hilarious ways, bringing her family and the whole neighbourhood into her world of fun.
Inspired by the warmth and beauty of semi-tropical Queensland, this big-hearted, authentically Aussie series will be created and produced wholly in Australia. The creative team behind Bluey includes creator/showrunner Joe Brumm (Charlie and Lola), Emmy awarding-wining producer/executive producer Charlie Aspinwall (Doodles, #7DaysLater), Emmy awarding-wining producer Daley Pearson (Doodles, #7DaysLater), and animation director Richard Jeffrey (Tinga Tinga Tales). The series will be executive produced by Michael Carrington, ABC Head of Children’s Television, and Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children’s Content for BBC Worldwide.
“Bluey is based on the experience of raising two daughters,” said Joe Brumm. “Playing seems as natural to them as breathing. It’s fascinating seeing how much they learn from devising and playing their own games, especially the more elaborate and social ones. So Bluey is a celebration of the role imaginative play has in shaping healthy kids. We’re excited to express this universal message in a uniquely Australian setting.”
“By creating Bluey solely in Australia, Ludo Studio is giving Aussie animation talent a chance to shine on a delightful and engaging series that will be broadcast here and distributed internationally. Our ABC KIDS audience will instantly fall in love with this imaginative and curious little blue cattle dog, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Ludo Studio once again on another unique and endearing preschool series,” said Michael Carrington, Head of ABC Children’s Television.
Henrietta Hurford-Jones, Director of Children’s Content for BBC Worldwide said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the talented team at Ludo and Michael and team at the ABC on Bluey. This show introduces a wonderful character in Bluey who uses every day gameplay to understand the world around her. The show takes an authentic and very funny view on family life with young children that ensures it will be enjoyed by parents as well as children. Add in the beautiful Australian locations and colours and we feel Bluey will become a new global hit.”
Sally Caplan, Screen Australia’s Head of Production said: “Ludo Studio are carving out a niche for themselves as innovative storytellers and creators of fun, fresh kids content. Their International Emmy® awards demonstrate the global appeal of their shows, so it is no surprise to see BBC Worldwide come on board and co-commission Bluey with ABC KIDS. We are sure children around the world will love the adventures of this adorable Australian cattle dog!”
Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira congratulated Brisbane-based Ludo Studio on their latest success. “Screen Queensland has provided funding for Bluey’s development and it’s great to see the series begin production,” Ms Vieira said. “Children will fall in love with this wonderful animated show, created by one of Australia’s most innovative production houses.”
Bluey is a 52 x 7-minute series which will air on ABC KIDS and ABC KIDS iview in 2019, with CBeebies Australia broadcasting the series following ABC KIDS. BBC Worldwide have the global merchandise and licensing distribution rights.
A bit different to the original 1976 TV series called Bluey.
If anyone hasn’t watched this yet and wants to know what the fuss is about, I recommend the episode screened on Sunday called Dad Baby. It was a crack up.
This little show seems to be going gangbusters at the moment. Any idea how it’s going in the UK and US?
ABC Kids’ Bluey wins International Emmy Kids Award
ABC Kids’ Bluey, Australia’s most popular children’s television show, has won an International Emmy Kids Award celebrating the world’s best content for young viewers.
The much-loved animated series about a family of Aussie heelers, produced by Brisbane-based Ludo Studio, was announced as the winner of the Kids: Preschool Award at the 2019 International Emmys ceremony in New York on 31 March. Bluey was the only Australian recipient of this year’s global children’s programming awards, the nominees for which spanned 15 countries.
Bluey is the most-watched program in the history of ABC iview, with series one surpassing 241 million program plays since its launch in 2018. Series 2 is screening on ABC Kids everyday at 8am or catch up on episodes via the new ABC Kids app, which boasts improved search features and show filters for children and parents.
Libbie Doherty, ABC Head of Children’s Content, said the Emmy Award showed that outstanding Australian stories, characters and voices resonate with children the world over. “It’s no accident that these hilarious Aussie heelers are the most popular family in the country, nestling their way into the hearts and homes of people here and overseas,” she said.
“Congratulations to the creative team at Ludo for bringing Bluey, Bingo, Chilli and Bandit to life with such humour and care. ABC Children’s is proud to broadcast Bluey for our young viewers, helping them laugh, dance and play everyday.”
Daley Pearson, Executive Producer Bluey and Director, Ludo Studio, said: “We’re so proud of Joe Brumm and the whole gang of beautiful artists at Ludo. They’ve created a beautiful show celebrating one of the most important things: imagination and game play. Bluey‘s created a special connection to people around the world and it’s a real privilege to be creating the show under one roof in Brisbane with our friends.
“It’s also been a secret dream of ours to create a bit of an industry in Brisbane that competes with the world. We’ve spent the last few years laying the first bricks down with Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, the ABC and BBC Studios and we’re excited to see what’s next together.”
Charlie Aspinwall, Executive Producer Bluey, said: “We’re so excited. An Emmy win is incredible recognition for Joe Brumm and each and every one of the fantastic team at Ludo Studio. They’ve poured their hearts and souls into making Bluey the show that everyone loves and we’re just so proud of this achievement and how far we’ve come.“
Bluey is produced by Ludo Studio for ABC Kids and is co-commissioned by ABC Children’s and BBC Studios. Financed in association with Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, Bluey is proudly 100% created, written, animated and post produced in Brisbane.
Bluey will make its UK debut on BBC children’s channel CBeebies on May 4.
Happy Chilli Day!
Series 2 of Bluey continues to smash viewing records
ABC Kids wishes Chilli and all the mums around the country a happy Mother’s Day!
Since its launch in 2018 Bluey (Series 1) has had a total of 261 Million program plays and Series 2 already has a total of 43 Million program plays since its launch on March 17, 2020.**
The second series of Bluey celebrates the distinctively Australian Heeler family and the role of imaginative play in shaping children’s lives. Bluey plays fun and elaborate new games with her sister Bingo; Chilli’s relationship with her girls is further explored as she juggles work and family life; Bandit returns with his wry sense of humour; and we meet more of Bluey and Bingo’s family and friends
“Season 2 of Bluey has been a triumph. A huge thank you to the amazing Bluey fans who have flocked to iview and ABC Kids for more captivating and hilarious adventures with the Heeler family. The latest viewing numbers are just incredible and this officially makes Bluey the biggest show on ABC Kids ever! These results demonstrate the power of Australian stories that connect and bind us and reflect to our children who we are as people – warts and all!"
More episodes of Bluey Series 2 will be coming to ABC Kids later this year.