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Iconic Australian kids cartoon Bluey to end filming after just three seasons

It has single-handedly redefined children’s animation around the world, but Bluey, the iconic Australian cartoon about a family of happy Heeler dogs, seems to be coming to a very sudden end.

Sources close to the show’s production hub in Brisbane say the series is likely to “conclude” in the coming months due to one major factor: the voice of the young actor behind Bluey is changing.

The actress, whose identity has been kept secret to protect her privacy, is among friends and family members of the production team.

But, after four years and 130 episodes, the young actor’s voice has naturally matured, leaving producers with the choice of whether to reprise the role or, more drastically, end the show.

Bluey is streaming on Disney+ in 33 countries, including the US, UK, China, France, and Germany.

Bluey is streaming on Disney+ in 33 countries, including the US, UK, China, France, and Germany.

As of 2018, Bluey has become the most successful children's show since The Wiggles and has been hailed as one of the best sitcoms of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

As of 2018, Bluey has become the most successful children’s show since The Wiggles and has been hailed as one of the best sitcoms of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Bluey’s producers are currently completing the final 26 episodes of the show’s third season, and beyond that, sources say a fourth season is unlikely.

However, it is understood that Bluey will live in live stage performances.

“It’s been one of the most difficult and heartbreaking decisions producers have had to make,” said an insider from Bluey’s production studio, Ludo, in Brisbane.

‘The show is obviously very profitable. But his legacy is also considered more important than anything else, so the idea is to ‘come out on top’.

Contacted for comment, a spokesman for Bluey’s distributor at the BBC in the UK refused to confirm that its third series would be its last, he told Daily Mail Australia; “Right now, Ludo is hard at work on series 3, which we are delighted to bring to the public this year.

“We are very excited about the future of Bluey, which is now a huge global success, and there is certainly much more to come.”

No comment was made regarding the voice actors behind the beloved characters or plans to recast the artists.

Over the years, several popular children’s shows have made high-profile reworking decisions, including the UK preschooler hit Bing! which changed both leads between seasons one and two.

Dave McCormack, former Custard lead singer, collecting the AAACTA Award for Best Children's Programming

Dave McCormack, former Custard lead singer, collecting the AAACTA Award for Best Children’s Programming

The producer of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood discussed the challenges of casting children for voice roles in 2019, saying that Daniel’s lead was regularly changed on the popular American series.

“The show has been running for six years, so we had to change the cast,” Chris Loggins told The Not-The-Mama Dad’ blog, confirming that they had used three actors for four years.

Rumor has it that Bluey’s producer and series creator Joe Brumm is against the idea of ​​reprising it out of “respect” for the original voice actor who has played such an integral and distinctive role in the show’s gargantuan success. .

Bluey’s little sister Bingo is also voiced by one of the sons of the show’s production team and has also remained anonymous.

The other prominent voices of the father Bandit and mother Chilli have been provided by former Custard lead singer David McCormack and actress Melanie Zanetti, respectively.

Actress Melanie Zanetti voices the role of Chilli, mother of Bluey and Bingo.

Actress Melanie Zanetti voices the role of Chilli, mother of Bluey and Bingo.

Launched in 2018 on ABC in Australia, Bluey was quickly acclaimed for its refreshing characters, particularly Bandit as a capable and cunning father rather than a bumbling background character common in children’s programming.

It also garnered rave reviews from critics and parents who applauded its good-natured naturalism and riffs on modern parenting.

One of the few children’s shows enjoyed by parents and children in equal measure, the show would eventually win a host of awards around the world, including a Kids Emmy in 2019 for its tear-jerking nightly routine episode ‘Sleepytime’ and Outstanding Animated Series on TV. the Critics Choice Awards 2021.

Bluey creator and writer Joe Brumm (right), with producer Charlie Aspinwall, won Best Kids Show at the 2019 Logies.

Bluey creator and writer Joe Brumm (right), with producer Charlie Aspinwall, won Best Kids Show at the 2019 Logies.

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman lent her voice to a season three episode of Bluey, where she narrated a documentary about whales on the show.

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman lent her voice to a season three episode of Bluey, where she narrated a documentary about whales on the show.

Bluey and his little sister Bingo are voiced by a son of the show's production staff.

Bluey and his little sister Bingo are voiced by a son of the show’s production staff.

In a list published by the American magazine Rolling Stone of the 100 best sitcoms of all time, Bluey was listed at number 96, being the only Australian series to be featured.

It remains the most downloaded show in ABC history.

The show also spawned a multi-million dollar merchandise industry through licensing deals with Target, Big W, Target, Kmart, Catch, Peter Alexander, and Bonds.

The series will also live on for years to come through lucrative reruns and licensing deals, as well as live shows, with a major US live tour planned for later this year.

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