Bluey (partially 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: Partially Found

Bluey is a animated show about a 6 year old blue heeler dog named Bluey and her family, younger sister Bingo, mother Chilli, and father Bandit. 2 pilots were made for the show, a 1 minute test in 2016 and 7 minute pilot in 2017.

2016 Pilot[edit | edit source]

There is not a lot known about this pilot. It centered around Bluey on a swing being pushed by Bandit and going upside down on the swing. The short was made in the creators spare time and was never shown outside of network offices, the reason according to the shows creator, Joe Brumm, is that quote "It was just unsafe. You could never put that on kids TV."[1]

2017 Pilot[edit | edit source]

This pilot is 7 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).

Availability[edit | edit source]

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 was released online in mid 2020. It is unlikely that the 2016 pilot will be released due the creators concern for the safety of the shows children audience, but the 2017 pilot might be found with a little digging.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Videos[edit | edit source]

A 1 minute clip of the 2017 pilot.
Scribbles to Screen's video on the subject.

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