Bluey (found pilots for Australian children's animated TV series; 2016-2017)
A screenshot of the intro to the 2017 pilot.
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[edit | edit source]
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."
2017 Pilot[edit | edit source]
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 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 and 1 minute of the 2017 pilot were released online in December of that same year. 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.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Images[edit | edit source]
Footage[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Tweet from @ThxtOnePickle announcing the shared 2016 pilot.
- Tweet from @ThxtOnePickle announcing the shared 2017 pilot.
References[edit | edit source]
- ↑ An article that mentions the 2016 Bluey pilot. Retrieved 23 May '21
- ↑ Guardian article on Bluey that mentions the 2016 pilot. Retrieved 23 May '21
- ↑ ABC article on Bluey with screenshots from the 2017 pilot. Retrieved 23 May '21
- ↑ ABC Brisbane tweet announcing the show. Retrieved 28 Jan '23