Why Everyone Is Talking About ‘Bluey’s Latest Episode


Editor's Note: The following contains spoilers for the latest episode of Bluey.

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    “The Sign” tackles fear of change, parenting struggles and well-intentioned mistakes.
  • The episode “The Sign” ends with a surprising denouement, deviating from
    the usual poignant lessons.
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    The cancellation of the post-“The Sign” episode is discredited, indicating a promising future.

In the world of children's television, blue has quickly become the most popular series. The show is a sweet portrait of a child's everyday life, although in this case, the child in question is a blue dog. In seven-minute episodes about the main character and his family, blue it shows the beauty of imaginative play and demonstrates a loving and involved family. However, it also tackles heavy subjects, both those normal to children's lives and rarer subjects. There are episodes about fair play and also about infertility. This establishes blue apart from other televisions created for small children as they strike a chord with parents as well as enthusing the little ones. Despite this, few blue episodes are as much of an emotional rollercoaster as “The Sign.”

The new addition to the series is making waves with its impressive 28-minute running time, almost quadrupling what audiences expected. But the series doesn't waste the extra time, tackling multiple serious issues while also including the usual childhood things they do blue great. “The Sign” shows the family in the midst of a move, bringing up the fear of change, accepting what you can't change, the financial burdens and struggles of parenthood. The extended episode isn't like what came before in that it gives Bluey an easy way out of the dilemma he's in, but it tackles the theme of parents' ability to make well-intentioned mistakes in an easily understandable way . However, aside from the story, “The Sign” raises questions about bluethe future of that everyone wants to answer.


Publication date
September 30, 2018

Joe Brumm

David McCormack, Melanie Zanetti, Brad Elliott, Daley Pearson


Production company
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), BBC Studios, Ludo Studio

“The Sign” falls short of Bluey's standards in some respects

This episode covers a lot of important topics, but at the forefront is Bluey's fear of change. The story shows the Heelers preparing to move to a new city for Bandit's (David McCormack), and although Bingo doesn't seem to mind, Bluey is reluctant to leave. Telling her class that she will never see them again and asking her parents why they have to move, Bluey expresses her displeasure at the dramatic life changes that the move brings. He plans to avoid the problem by removing the for sale sign from the yard so no one can buy his house. Predictably, this fails. Bluey's reaction is natural, but the show's lesson is off. Bluey's teacher, Calypso (Megan Washington), introduces the concept of accepting what you can't change, which is Bluey's struggle as she comes to terms with the move, and it takes her most of the story to get there. However, the ending does not require this lesson.

Instead of introducing a big change for the characters, “The Sign” ends with the family choosing to stay where they are, and ultimately not force Bluey to face her fear of moving or to accept the harsh reality of moving. Because of the unexpected ending, the lesson falls flat. While the longest episode is well-paced, engaging, and generally just as good as any other installment, the flashback to Bluey's story is a major flaw as it's not in line with what the series

'Bluey's new story is shocking for parents

Because of the other fuller lesson, “The Sign” has received an emotional response of the adults who follow the show. As Bluey struggles against the impending move, his mother, Chilli (Melanie Zanetti), doesn't like the idea either. However, she and Bandit plan to move anyway. Through their discussion, the parents reveal that they believe it will provide the family with a better life, presumably because Bandit's new job offers more money. However, they don't trust their decision, prompting Bandit to tear down the “for sale” sign at the last minute and announce that they are staying. Chilli and Bandit demonstrate a different struggle that children rarely see: the uncertainty of adults.

Bandit and Chilli push themselves by doing what's best for their family. However, they don't really know what that is. With the best of intentions, Bandit and Chilli come dangerously close to uprooting their lives, making everyone in the family sad. However, upon realizing this, Bandit puts an end to it, making a different choice for his family and stays. Children's shows often portray adults as infallible, however blueThe version of is realistic. Although Bandit is wrong in his original choice, he is never selfish and when he realizes the truth, he fixes it. However, Bandit is never treated as a villain for making the family move. Instead, he is shown as a hard-working father, doing his best. Bandit and Chilli's story in “The Sign” draws attention to the struggles of parentsshowing that even though these characters try their best, they often don't know what's right for their situation, while also teaching a relevant lesson that kids rarely get.

Is 'The Sign' Foreshadowing the End of 'Bluey'?

The Heelers eating in an empty house at Bluey's "the sign"
Image via ABC Kids

The special episode does more than tell a heartwarming story, as it inspires a fair amount of mayhem. The biggest reaction to the episode was the growing fear that blue would be cancelled. Due to the importance of the extra-long episode and the dramatic content, the rumor that there would be no more blue it spread quickly, but fortunately it was nothing more than a rumor. It's true that the extended episode is an event reminiscent of shows that use a movie to conclude the story. But there's nothing to back up those claims, especially afterward producer Sam Moor denied the rumours and promised many more surprises regarding these characters.

Indeed, “The Sign” and its success could mean bigger things in the works blue. executive producer Daley Pearson explained the significance of the episode, saying, “There's a bit of an experimental feel to it. Will it work? Will the audience stick with it?” He also revealed that this extended episode was the first to involve all of the animation teams, proving that it was a major undertaking. However, the risk paid off. “The Sign” has captured the attention of the intended audience and inspired a wider conversation, demonstrating blue he is still in his prime. Whatever the future holds for the Heeler family, imminent cancellation is unlikely as it is more popular than ever. And “The Sign” seems to have passed the Pearson test, effectively proving it blue it can be even more impactful with longer episodes.

blue is available to stream on Disney+ in the US



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