Blue Prints (lost Blue's Clues pilot episode; 1995)


Blue Prints
The title card from the pilot.
The title card from the pilot.
Status Lost
10-year anniversary special, featuring clips from the original pilot.

Blue's Clues spent many years in development, with its writers experimenting around with different ideas. While the show became wildly popular, lasting more than a decade, it almost didn't quite get its paws off the ground. The show itself had its first airing in 1996, but many fans are unaware of the unaired 1995 pilot created with the working title, Blue Prints.

The pilot was only shown to a few preschoolers as a way to test out the show's interactive elements and formulas. According to reports, the children ate it up, but there were several changes that needed to be made. Blue was originally going to be a cat named Mr. Orange, and later, Mr. Blue. Mr. Salt also had a Brooklyn accent as a contrast to the French accent he was ultimately given. Steve also sported a red shirt instead of his signature green stripes.

The pilot was obscure until 2006 when Nickelodeon aired a 10-year anniversary special detailing the history of the show. A few very short clips of the pilot were shown and the crew members commented on it. After the airing, fans of the series scoured online resources, including bootlegs, torrents, and file-sharing sites. Nickelodeon has yet to let the episode leak, as they felt it was too different from the rest of the series. To this date, the only way to view anything from the pilot is through the very brief clips seen in the special.

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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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WHY?!!!
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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You guys could try contacting Angela Santomero through her email and politely ask her to release it since it is like the 20th anniversary of the show. Long shot, but the worst she could say is no or not respond...
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Anonymous user #3

13 days ago
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Emphasis on POLITELY. We don't want another me and my friends to happen.
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Chris426

13 days ago
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Got it! ;)
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Anonymous user #4

11 days ago
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Spongebob in Croatian is partially lost.
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Anonymous user #5

11 days ago
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Do you think anyone cares?
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Sf95

11 days ago
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Why are you asking this on this page?
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Victinion7060

10 days ago
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Annoymous User #4, I will get into contact with Stephen and Tom Kenny about that. For now, let's discuss the topic on the appropriate page.
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Sf95

11 days ago
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Sorry I meant to ask why is he posting about Spongebob on a Blues Clues page?
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Victinion7060

10 days ago
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It IS a Nickelodeon show, but it's not a Nick Jr. show.
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Victinion7060

10 days ago
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All right, people. I've sent the creator a long email about the pilot, and how we are trying to find the full pilot. I've included the link back to this page so she can see what all of the fuss is about. This MAY give her a better understanding of what we're looking for.
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Studman

8 days ago
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ok
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Anonymous user #6

10 days ago
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The Blue Prints Pilot was first shown in June 29th 1995
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Anonymous user #7

4 days ago
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The 26th, not the 29th.
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Victinion7060

2 days ago
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I've gotten a reply back from her. Here's the message


"Hello all. Happy to hear there's still such enthusiasm with Blue's Clues, or shall I say "Blue Prints"!

All TV/streaming shows have their pilot. These are previewed by execs & decision makers to hopefully green light a show to head (or not to head) into season production.

Pilots are never aired because they're usually a raw glimpse of the overall idea. If they get a thumbs up, there are plenty of notes regarding changes that must be made for season production.  Nick Jr is the only one that would have a copy (if it still exists), but chances are, the fully aired episode 101 (SnackTime) is the closest you'll get to it.

I'm digging all the BC love & who knows, perhaps there will be a remake up the road ahead? Only time will tell :)

All the best & thanks for reaching out!"
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