Bluey (found pilots for Australian children's animated TV series; 2016-2017)

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A screenshot of the intro to the 2017 pilot.

Status: Found

Date found:
04 Feb 2023 (2016 Pilot)
09 Feb 2023 (2017 Pilot)

Found by: Anonymous and ThatOnePickle

Bluey is an Australian animated series about a 6-year-old blue heeler dog named Bluey and her family, younger sister Bingo, mother Chilli, and father Bandit. Before the show's premiere in 2018, 2 pilots were made for the show, a 1-minute test in 2016 and a 6-minute pilot in 2017.

2016 Pilot

Status: Found
This pilot was only one minute long and centred around Bluey being pushed on a swing and getting faster and faster until the climax when she goes all the way around on the swing and crashes into her father, who didn't seem to be paying attention to the whole thing. The short was made in the creator's spare time and was never shown outside of network offices, the reason according to the show's creator, Joe Brumm, is that quote "It was just unsafe. You could never put that on kids TV."[1]

2017 Pilot

Status: Found
This pilot is 6 minutes in length and was later made into the episode "The Weekend". The theme song is the song Pinball Lez by Custard with a kid dubbed over saying "Bluey! Ruff Ruff!". The episode used the same actors and script as the final version but with simplified character models and the house mainly having white plank walls. It was showcased at Asian Animation Summit in 2017[2] and picked up by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).


Screenshots of the 2017 pilot were supplied by Studio Ludo for a news article by ABC in 2017[3] and 1 minute of the 2017 pilot were released online in December of that same year.[4] Though it was unlikely that the 2016 pilot will be released due to the creator's concern for the safety of the show's children audience, it wouldn't be until February 4th, 2023, when the 2016 pilot was uploaded to Twitter by user ThatOnePickle after being shared by an anonymous user. The 2017 pilot would follow 5 days later again by ThatOnePickle and the anonymous user.

While various images and articles state that the first and second pilots respectively should be longer than what is given by the article, its state of it being longer has been contested and is entirely unconfirmed if an extended version of this pilots are known to exist.




The 2016 pilot.

The 2017 pilot.


Scribbles to Screen's video on the subject.

ObscureMediaTV's video on the 2016 pilot.

Scribbles to Screen's follow-up video on the subject.

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