‘Bluey’ Gets Redrawn: Official Redesign Predicted

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Chilli on Horseback in Dragon

Credit: Ludo Studios

By little exaggeration, Bluey has become one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in recent media. Both parents and children might have a strong affinity for her blue, blocky design, but that might soon change with a recent development, as seen in the footage below.

As Bluey, Bingo, Chilli, and Bandit transition from the screen to the pages of a new chapter book series from Penguin Publishing Australia, the Heeler family looks very different from their animated counterparts. While it would certainly be easy to use screenshots from the animated series, the books come with illustrations that completely change how readers see their favorite cartoon dogs.

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At first glance, this might be simply a case of artistic interpretation. After all, the designs from Bluey creator Joe Brumm are nothing short of iconic. However, knowing what we know about the show’s current status, it might be a huge blue finger pointing at things to come.

Bluey Gets a Makeover

A colorful cartoon image featuring two scenes. In the first, Bluey in a conductor's hat helps two smaller dogs off a train. In the second, a dog drives a bus with three excited passengers. Both scenes are lively and depict cheerful characters.
Credit: Penguin Publishing

Bluey’s new “novels” are literary reimaginings of the episodes “Trains,” “Taxi,” and “Bus,” meant for ages six and up. That’s all perfectly fine and certainly expected for a series as popular as Bluey, but the illustrations are far more dynamic than the ones seen in the animated cartoon.

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While no illustrator is identified in the YouTube ad or on the book’s website, there’s a certain graphic novel quality about Bluey’s makeover that might just make it into the official series. Moreover, this change hasn’t gone unnoticed by the fans.

When the images of the novel covers surfaced on r/Bluey, many fans instantly compared the illustrations to popular animated series like We Bare Bears, Steven Universe, and The Amazing World of Gumball. That comparison is where things start getting a little suspicious.

Back to the Drawing Board

Bandit, Bluey, and Chilli on a quest
Credit: Ludo Studio

Hardcore Bluey buffs already know that the show is preparing for an extended hiatus to rest, recoup, and “make Bluey better.” Inside the Magic has previously covered the announcement from the production team that shared how the show was far from finished. Even so, that length of time could be enough to redesign the show.

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Furthermore, the series has also hinted at other changes that would drastically alter the show. With a longer runtime, a heavier focus on the side characters, and deeper messages previously discussed, a redesign wouldn’t be out of the question.

While we can neither confirm nor deny the show’s direction at this time, it’s not like the show hasn’t experimented with animation styles before. If the episodes “Escape” and “Dragon” are anything to go by, Bluey might be getting more than a new coat of paint.

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