Targeted at preschoolers while enjoyed widely by parents and many others, Australian animated series Bluey has continued to attract new buzz. Composer Joff Bush recently won two trophies at the Screen Music Awards for his work on Bluey. And the show has appeared on the Nielsen Top Streaming Shows charts nine times over the past few months.
However, Disney Plus is notorious for leaving even its biggest franchises incomplete and Bluey is no exception. The animated series — which is produced by Ludo Studio in collaboration with creator/producer Joe Brumm — has been licensed to Disney through a deal with the BBC. But two Bluey episodes remain missing (apparently Disney’s decision) and 20 shorts also aren’t streaming, among other titles.
Here’s the full list of Bluey episodes and content missing on Disney Plus.
Two Episodes Not Released on Disney Plus
1. Season 1, Episode 48: “Teasing” (originally aired April 22, 2019)
Upon its initial broadcast, an Australian viewer took issue with the term “ooga booga” briefly said in jest a few times as a seemingly nonsense phrase. However, the term has racial connotations and a problematic history as derogatory towards African and Indigenous peoples.
In cooperation with Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Ludo Studio re-recorded the lines, changing it to an actual nonsense phrase (“shooby-doo-wa”). This edited version has aired on Disney Junior worldwide. However, this episode has never been released on Disney Plus.
2. Season 2, Episode 13: “Dad Baby” (originally aired March 29, 2020)
When the kids find their old newborn baby-harness, a new game is born: Dad Baby. But Bandit is unprepared for the harsh realities of giving birth to a baby Bingo. This episode’s open discussion of childbirth was apparently deemed too controversial, as it never aired on Disney Junior via cable TV or released on Disney Plus. It can currently be found in its entirety on Vimeo (though that link may not last).
Season 3 (Coming Soon)
The first half of Bluey Season 3 (26 episodes) has already aired on Australian TV, running from September to December 2021. You can find episode titles and brief summaries online. In Australia, the second half of season 3 is expected to air in summer 2022.
That could mean that Season 3 won’t arrive on Disney Plus worldwide until early 2023. But consider how lucrative Bluey toys and merchandising have become, particularly in the U.S. The parties involved may press to get Season 3 streaming by end of year, as that would give a boost to Bluey during the holiday shopping season.
Shorts: ‘Bluey’ Bonus Bits
When fans of Bluey hear about “shorts” released online, most assume it refers to a few seven-minute episodes posted on YouTube. Yet, in an effort to generate excitement for the show online, Ludo Studio has also produced 20 additional shorts, between one and three minutes long.
“Silent Night (before Christmas)” – premiered Dec. 17, 2019
“Tongue Twisters” – premiered Mar. 24, 2021 (currently lost media)
“Pea Pod Sausages” – premiered Mar. 25, 2021
“Cinderella” – premiered Apr. 8, 2021
“Green Bottles” – premiered Apr. 21, 2021
“Old MacDonald” – premiered May 20, 2021
“Fun in the Car!” – premiered May 23, 2021 (a stop-motion short using toys)
“Let’s play hide and seek!” – premiered May 30, 2021 (stop-motion short)
“Make Mum Laugh” – premiered Jun. 1, 2021
“Mower” – premiered Jun. 10, 2021
“Honk” – premiered Jun. 18, 2021
“Highball” – premiered Jul. 2, 2021
“K9 News” – premiered Sept. 24, 2021
“Scooter Fun!” – premiered Nov. 16, 2021
The official Bluey YouTube channel has a playlist that includes all of these shorts, except “Tongue Twisters” which has been removed for unknown reasons.
Presumably Disney’s distribution deal for the show does not cover these shorts. If they knew demand was high, Disney could likely work out a deal with BBC and Ludo Studio to add them to Disney Plus.
Live Show: ‘Bluey’s Big Play’
Recently having completed its tour in 66 venues across Australia, Bluey’s Big Play is a live 44-minute stage show from the Bluey team: writer-producer Joe Brumm crafted the story and composer Joff Bush wrote new songs. The show’s voice actors reprised their roles, as giant dog puppets were performed on-stage by puppeteers. Shows reportedly sold-out in many venues.
Even aside from Hamilton, the Broadway play released on Disney Plus to wide acclaim, there are other precedents for releasing a stage show. Paramount Plus currently promotes live shows related to its two popular children’s franchises, Paw Patrol and Spongebob Squarepants. While it’s unknown if the stage show was filmed during its initial run, Disney could work out a deal to stream Bluey’s Big Play if demand was evident.
What do you think of these missing Bluey titles? Is the list incomplete? Leave a comment below to join the discussion.
Freelance journalist Josh M. Shepherd covers culture and entertainment for several media outlets, including articles on Disney Plus, the surprising impact of Mary Poppins and Disney nostalgia. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Josh and his wife live in the Washington, D.C. area with their son.