I’ve been reviewing episodes of Bluey since the show premiered back in 2018. Every time a new batch comes through I wait with bated breath — will THIS be the season it becomes less good? Surely it can’t continue to be this excellent? At what stage does the standard dip?
Breathe a sigh of relief, Bluey fans. I’m pleased to say the newest batch from season three — ABC is releasing 11 in this current crop — is every bit as fabulous as you’d hope.
Which is kind of miraculous when you consider the whole series is written by just one man, the show’s original creator, animator Joe Brumm. If we feel the pressure, imagine how he’s feeling?
As the father of two daughters (they were the ages Bingo and Bluey are when the show first started) he’s had no shortage of material. But surely there comes a point when your kids start ageing out of those primary years and you simply stop living the stories you’re writing about?
Blessedly, the three episodes released for review give hope that there’s still plenty more material to be mined from the Heeler family.
The latest run starts with an ep called Musical Statues, a lovely nod to those now-famous opening credits. Like so many other episodes, it’s rich with ruminations on a whole lot of “big picture” things, including the importance of moving, and doing, and being in the moment. Of course, kids aren’t going to pick up on any of this — and perhaps I’m reading too much into it — but for the adults watching along with them, there’s a surprisingly poignant life lesson in there somewhere.
Next up we have the hilariously funny Stories, which will screen on Tuesday. This one’s an instant classic, and features the vocal talents of one of the world’s biggest stars. ABC has asked me not to reveal who this is, but let’s just say his character is set to become a fan fave and we hope we’ll end up seeing more of him.
Then there’s Tradies. This sees Bingo and Bluey become “spies” as they keep an eye on the two tradies who come to build a new fish pond in their backyard. It’s hard not to think the millions of international fans out there will be left scratching their heads at this one — there are stacks of weirdly specific, very Aussie in-jokes about the two hi-vis-wearing blokes who rock up, one of whom is voiced by Mick Molloy (because: of course!).
Listen, I could chat all day about how amazing Bluey is, but really, the proof’s in the pudding — tune in and see for yourself.
You won’t be disappointed.
New episodes of Bluey air today from 8am and 6.20pm on ABC kids and Iview.