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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bluey is an Australian preschool series about an anthropomorphic puppy with a big imagination and a joyous approach to life. All of the show's characters are dogs, with many different breeds represented in Bluey's family and acquaintances. Each episode shows Bluey and her sister engaged in creative, simple playtime with their parents or friends, often learning important social skills like taking turns and being patient. It's notable that Bluey's mom and dad are actively engaged with their kids, spending time doing things their daughters want to do when they're not working. This sweet series is sharply written and makes for a fun pick to watch along with kids.
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What's the story?
BLUEY is the story of an outgoing young blue heeler puppy who finds new and exciting ways to play every day, in games of her own creation and in play with her family and friends. With Bluey's big imagination, an eager young sibling named Bingo, some willing canine friend playmates, and the help of her parents (voiced by David McCormack and Melanie Zanetti), Bluey can turn any situation into an exciting adventure. As she and her companions play, they learn to solve problems, compromise, show patience, and share as well.
Is it any good?
This sweet, family-centered series is almost as adorable as its titular character herself. Bluey's appetite for life is infectious, and she delights in the simple things: a day at the park with friends, an impromptu game with her dad while they wait in a restaurant, and indoor play born of a balloon and some imagination. The stories aren't elaborate, and in that way, they're on par with most viewers' daily experiences.
Not every episode leaves viewers with an obvious lesson, but the show's broader family-related themes and sweet character relationships are assuring in and of themselves. Bluey is a series that presents parental figures who are very much attuned to their kids and who aptly balance the demands of work and family. Even when they're not directly involved in their kids' play, their presence is known in the story and their influence is felt in how the youngsters interact and solve problems.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Bluey uses her imagination to inspire play. What kinds of scenarios does Bluey imagine? How does imagination help us work out real-world problems?
What elements of Australian life and culture do you notice in this series? Is it a focus of the show? Why is it important to understand and respect cultures that are different from our own?
Kids: How does Bluey's curiosity help her learn about her world? What topics inspire curiosity in you?
- Premiere date: September 9, 2019
- Cast: David McCormack, Melanie Zanetti, Charlotte Stent
- Networks: Disney Junior, Disney+
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Character strengths: Curiosity
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: July 30, 2020
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