Sensitive Viewers Push Warning for ‘Bluey’

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To say that Bluey is one of the most streamed programs on our screens would barely scratch the surface. As much as the world loves the little blue heeler from Brisbane, recent episodes have not been for the faint of heart. Is Bluey really becoming too intense?

Bluey meets Jean Luc in Camping
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For the uninitiated, the idea of an “intense” Bluey episode might seem all levels of ridiculous. Unless Muffin is involved, most episodes are mild thrill at best. A recent report shares that many viewers (regardless of age) are having complete meltdowns over the latest episode.

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Bluey is no stranger to tackling emotionally mature subjects, and even many parents and adults in the audience have been rendered to a quivering puddle of tears, but does that mean the show needs a warning label? On the contrary, embracing these so-called “depressing” episodes might be more beneficial than some might know.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead for “The Sign”

Getting Over the Bluey Blues

Makenzie in Bluey episode Space
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The episode currently on everyone’s lips is “The Sign,” and for a laundry list of reasons. Not only did the episode showcase the wedding of Uncle Rad and Aunt Frisky, but it also dealt with the subject of the Heelers selling (then not selling) their family home. The episode was a triumph but left several viewers, both kids and adults, crying on social media.

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“The Sign” is one of the most emotionally charged entries in Bluey’s existence, but many are encouraging to confirm the emotional health of some of the younger viewers, and some are even publicly declaring how stunned they were that something this heavy could come from an animated children’s show. Be that as it may, keeping these episodes behind a warning label might do more harm than good.

Cry It Out, But Keep Going

A cartoon image of Bluey, looking sad with tears in its eyes, sitting in a mystical pink-toned forest.
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If there’s one thing this writer has learned from binging full seasons of the beloved cartoon dog, it’s that the show and its creators pay very close attention to the importance of emotional health. In fact, one of the key lessons seen early in the show tells viewers exactly how to handle it when things turn blue (seen below).

This isn’t just sage advice from a cartoon dog but a tool all viewers can use when faced with emotional, physical, or mental struggles. The show must go on! An emotional inventory like that is what keeps the series relevant and relatable.

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Another reason the show is so successful is that it’s so grounded in reality. As mellow and colorful as Bluey is on most days, it’s not afraid to throw a monkey wrench in our hearts when something goes wrong. As Calypso points out in “The Sign,” life gives us enough sad endings, so we should enjoy the happy ones we can find.

Bluey and her family dance at a wedding.
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Life is unpredictable, and there’s no harm in letting kids know that in a soft way, like Bluey has been doing for the past 150+ episodes. Like Chili says in “Smoochy Kiss,” they have to learn how to take the good with the bad.

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With that in mind, not all of Bluey’s adventures are as overwhelming as the 28-minute special, but it might be one of those episodes that are best watched as a family. The series will undoubtedly continue to cover complex subjects, but that doesn’t mean that kids should be kept in the dark.

Do you think Bluey is getting too depressing? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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