It’s hard to imagine wholesome family show Bluey being controversial for anyone. However, at times, it doesn’t seem like it’s achieved what viewers – or even – streaming services had hoped for.
Interestingly, while the show doesn’t shy away from heavy topics like infertility, traumatic memories, and invisible illnesses, the controversies don’t come to a head on the show.
In fact, it is often found in feces.
The Australian show, which first aired in 2018, was picked up by Disney+ in 2020 and launched globally – although it wasn’t brought to the streaming service in entirely the same form as when it was created.
Relaxing Bluey Episode
The Bluey storyline that Disney refused to air
Due to their internal standards and practices for Disney Junior shows, Disney+ has changed or skipped entire episodes of certain Blueys due to their content.
Take, for example, the Market episode. In this episode, Bluey hopes to spend his five dollars from the tooth fairy, but finds it very difficult to spend it.
During the episode, Bluey sees a poop that he thinks is a unicorn (but is actually a pony with a horn on its head), causing Bluey and his sisters to scream and run away.
However, viewers watching on Disney’s streaming platform will not be able to see this unicorn scene as it has been cut entirely, according to Disney fan site Inside the Magic.
In another episode, Family Gathering, the family argues about farts and poop, with a mock trial held to determine whether Bandit’s father did “blowing” or “making brownies” on Bluey’s face.
The episode begins with Bluey accusing his father of farting in his face, which Bandit repeatedly denies until admitting: “His face is ugly, it’s hard not to.”
During the show’s original launch in the US, fans noticed that the episode was missing. Even though Disney said it had been banned because it violated Disney Junior’s standards and practices, they uploaded it to the streaming service after much backlash, according to Screen Rant.
Recently, an episode of Relax was censored by Disney, according to The Metro. In this episode, the family is on holiday at the beach and at one point, Bandit’s father says to the sisters as they arrive at their destination: “Alright, super squad, let the vacation begin.”
However, initially, he did not call the two “super troops”, but rather “dingleberries”. This is a slang word commonly used in some regions, but in others it refers to “a piece of dried feces stuck to the hair around the anus.”