Aimed at preschoolers while being widely loved by parents and many others, the Australian animated series Bluey possesses continued to attract new buzz. Composer Joff Bush recently won two trophies at the Screen Music Awards for his work on Bluey. And the show has appeared on the Nielsen Top Streaming Shows charts nine times over the past few months.
However, Disney Plus is known for leaving even its greatest franchises incomplete and Bluey is no exception. The animated series – which is produced by Ludo Studio in conjunction with creator/producer Joe Brumm – has been licensed to Disney as part of a deal with the BBC. But two Bluey episodes are still missing (apparently Disney’s decision) and 20 shorts are also not airing, among other titles.
Here is the full list of Bluey Missing episodes and content on Disney Plus.
Two episodes not shown on Disney Plus
1. Season 1, Episode 48: “Teasing” (originally aired April 22, 2019)
On its first broadcast, an Australian viewer challenged with the term “ooga booga” briefly jokingly said a few times as a seemingly nonsensical phrase. However, the term has racial connotations and a problematic story as pejorative towards African and indigenous peoples.
In cooperation with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Ludo Studio re-recorded the lines, turning them into an actual nonsense phrase (“shooby-doo-wa”). This edited version aired on Disney Junior worldwide. However, this episode never released on Disney Plus.
2. Season 2, Episode 13: “Daddy Baby” (originally aired March 29, 2020)
When children find their old newborn harness, a new game is born: Papa Bébé. But Bandit is unprepared for the harsh reality of giving birth to a Bingo baby. This episode’s open discussion of childbirth was apparently deemed too controversial, as it never aired on Disney Junior via cable TV or streamed on Disney Plus. It can currently be found in its entirety on Vimeo (although that link may not last).
Season 3 (coming soon)
The first half of Bluey Season 3 (26 episodes) has already aired on Australian TV, from September to December 2021. You can find the episode titles and brief online summaries. In Australia, the second half of Season 3 is scheduled to air in the summer of 2022.
This could mean Season 3 won’t arrive on Disney Plus globally until early 2023. But consider how lucrative it is Bluey toys and merchandise becameespecially in the United States. The parties involved could be pushing for Season 3 to be streamed by the end of the year as it would give a boost to Bluey during the holiday shopping season.
Short film: “Bluey” bonus elements
When fans of Bluey hear of “shorts” being streamed online, most assume it’s a few seven-minute episodes posted to YouTube. Yet, in an effort to build excitement for the online show, Ludo Studio has also produced 20 additional short films, ranging in length from one to three minutes.
- “Silent Night (before Christmas)” – premiering December 17, 2019
- “Crazy Christmas Lights” – premiered December 21, 2019
- “Jingle Bells” – premiering December 10, 2020
- “The Lollipop Song” – premiered January 11, 2021
- “Tea Party with Bluey” – premiering March 5, 2021
- “Humpty Dumpty” – premiering March 12, 2021
- “Flying Saucer” – premiered March 17, 2021
- “Tongue Twisters” – premiered March 24, 2021 (media currently lost)
- “Pea Pod Sausages” – premiered March 25, 2021
- “Cinderella” – premiering April 8, 2021
- “Green Bottles” – premiered April 21, 2021
- “Old MacDonald” – premiering May 20, 2021
- “Fun in the car!” – premiered May 23, 2021 (a stop motion short film using toys)
- “Let’s play hide and seek!” – premiered on May 30, 2021 (stop motion short film)
- “Make Mum Laugh” – premiered June 1, 2021
- “Mower” – premiered June 10, 2021
- “Honk” – premiered June 18, 2021
- “Highball” – premiered July 2, 2021
- “K9 News” – premiered on September 24, 2021
- “Pleasure on a scooter!” – created on November 16, 2021
Bluey’s official YouTube channel has a playlist that includes all of these shorts, with the exception of “Tongue Twisters” which was removed for unknown reasons.
Presumably, Disney’s distribution deal for the show doesn’t cover these shorts. If they knew demand was high, Disney could probably strike a deal with the BBC and Ludo Studio to add them to Disney Plus.
Live Show: “Bluey’s Big Game”
Having recently completed its tour of 66 venues across Australia, Bluey’s Big Game is alive 44-minute stage show of Bluey team: writer-producer Joe Brumm crafted the story and composer Joff Bush wrote new songs. The show’s voice actors reprized their roles, as giant dog puppets were performed on stage by puppeteers. Shows were reportedly sold out in many venues.
Even apart hamilton, the Broadway play that aired on Disney Plus to wide acclaim, there are other precedents for releasing a stage show. Paramount Plus is currently promoting live shows related to its two popular children’s franchises, paw patrol and Sponge Bob SquarePants. While it’s unclear if the stage show was filmed when it first aired, Disney could strike a deal to stream Bluey’s Big Game if the request was obvious.
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