It seems like one of the most popular children’s series on TV right now is receiving more controversy. What do you think of this?
Disney+ has had tremendous success for the Walt Disney Company since its debut. With plenty of original entertainment including new movies and TV series, there is always something to watch.
Despite its success, lately we have seen several cancellations of series happen. These include, Big Shot, The Mighty Ducks: Gamechangers, Diary of a Future President, Mysterious Benedict Society, and Turner and Hooch.
Most recently, National Treasure: Edge of History has been canceled after only a single season. The series starred actor, Nicholas Cage and Lisette Alexis.
Bluey is a popular children’s series on the streaming platform that happens to be popular for children AND adults! This amazing cartoon comes to viewers all the way from Australia. The show follows the day-to-day lives of two blue heeler pups, sisters Bingo and the title character Bluey, and their interactions with parents Bandit and Chilli as they spend their days finding bits of magic in the mundane.
The series has gone on to receive many awards, including Best Animated Series at the Kidscreen Awards 2023. Each episode of Bluey is only 6 to 7 minutes long, yet each one packs an endless amount of quality messaging into such a small space.
Even though the series has gone on to become one of the most popular series for children and parents to watch, it has also come with some criticism. An episode of the latest season of Bluey entitled, “Family Meeting” was missing from Season 3 when new episodes arrived to Disney+.
The “Family Meeting” episode opens with a discussion about, to put it lightly, “passing gas” in the face of one’s family members. The heelers refer to the act of farting as making a “fluffy.” However, fans wanted to see it and the episode eventually found its way to Disney+.
Now another episode, entitled “Exercise” is facing criticism from viewers across the globe. The episode features Bluey’s father, Bandit, who appears to be unhappy with his weight. Apparently viewers from all over were upset that the episode seemed to convey “fat shaming”. Some viewers felt that the episode should focus on a healthy diet and exercise, rather than being upset about your appearance.
The Bluey episode entitled, “Exercise” has been reedited and the edited version will be shown to viewers when it is released on Disney+
The episode aired in Australia on April 16th, and has not hit Disney+ yet. When it does air, viewers will see the edited version. ABC Studios released the following statement about the show: “The recent episode of Bluey, Exercise, has been republished by the ABC following a decision by the makers of the program. The new version provides families with the opportunity to manage important conversations in their own way.”
Take a look at the TikTok video below comparing the two episodes.
ABC Studios went on to say, “As the home of Bluey, the ABC supports the decision to re-edit the program and we have updated the episode on our platforms. BBC Studios will use this revised version for global distribution and also support this decision.”
Are you a fan of Bluey? What do you think of this latest decision regarding the series? Do you agree or do you think it’s a bit of a stretch? Tell us in the comments below or share this post with another Bluey fan.
Thankfully the people behind the decision to take a position on a piece of legislation with which its business has no possible interest in are no longer with the company, neither CEO Bob Chapek nor his Communications Chief Geoff Morrell. I blame them, rather than “Disney”. (What is Disney if not the people who run it?)
Disney, just keep caving to the woke and pretty soon there will be nothing to watch or entertain us, as there’s always going to be someone who’s offended or feelings are hurt by something.
I don’t know about other countries, but here in the USA MOST people are concerned or deeply upset on their weight situation. Many people are too thin because they over compensate – afraid of becoming over weight. Other’s try to lose weight and cannot. Then they actually gain more weight. There are so many comercials and diet products focusing on eating healthy and exercising. These views only make people, who cannot control their weight, feel worse. Why not show how people feel when they are “fat shamed”? Let others know that they are not alone in their feelings. Let the people who do the “fat shaming” realize the harm they inflict on others.
Its ironic that ABC feels that “it is the responsibility of the families to manage important converstions in their own way.” They certainly didn’t take that view when Disney’s CEO opposed the “Don’t Say Gay” Florida law.