Disney Is Buying Bluey So Kids TV Is Australia's New Mining Boom

Who guessed that an animated puppy would herald Australia's cultural renaissance?

So Disney are about to launch their fancy new streaming service Disney+, and while Australia will be absorbing its usual diet of American entertainment the rest of the world will be getting a little taste of Australian goodness in the form of Bluey, the ABC’s record-smashingly popular animated kids series about a blue heeler puppy and her family.

And rightly so because – as any parent will tell you – the show is freaking amazing.

And let’s be honest, Bandit’s got moves.

It won’t be on the service in Australia, mind, because here it’s on the ABC – where it is the most downloaded programme of all time – and you can just download the ABC Kids app and experience the same frustration that every parent in the country does.


I’m serious, Andy. Stop it.

Anyway: Bluey is easily one of the Australianest shows ever to screen. Despite being animated it’s very obviously set in a recognisable Brisbane, it’s full of Australian idioms, and it’s both laugh-out-loud hilarious and often genuinely moving since it captures Australian childhood so damn well.

The best bit is that the show will screen unaltered – which in this instance means “without American overdubs” – which means that those gloriously ‘Strayan voices will remain.

And if you were into Australian indie rock of the 90s you’ll be aware of (and obsessed with) the fact said voices include Dave McCormack, aka The Bloke What Sings In Custard, as Bluey’s dad Bandit.

This guy.

And if you’re not across Custard, then turn this the hell up before hitting play:

And if you’re a parent wanting to make friends with other parents at parks, then just start playing pirates with your kid and the conversations will start themselves.

And it adds to more ammunition against those unpleasant sorts who sniffily ask why should Australia have a taxpayer funded broadcaster: it turns out that Australian children’s television is the nation’s new export industry!

Mark my words, we’ll ride back to prosperity on the Wiggles’ back!

I Think You Should Leave Is The Secret Netflix Comedy Gem We Need

It's easy to miss the good stuff. Like this.

Sketch comedy is super hit and miss, and never more so than on Netflix – whose history of the form is less than stellar regardless of the talent involved (how many Mr Show fans had their heart broken by the weak, mean spirited W/ Bob And David? Just me?).

Anyway, you’d be generally well advised to run a mile from sketch comedy. Except that I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson is kind of amazing.

For example:

And there’s comedy nerd stuff afoot – Robinson is a Saturday Night Live alumnus and the writers, performers and directors include folks from the Lonely Island (including an appearance by Andy Samberg), Portlandia, Nathan For You, and various Adult Swim shows.

But the important thing is that they do things like this:

Also, with every episode about 20 minutes, you can binge the lot in just over an hour. And best of all, it’s the sort of humour where someone going “I don’t get it” doubles as reason to unfriend them immediately.

Let’s all do it right now, before we have to marry our mother in law.

John Oliver Has Brutally Nailed The Australian Election

What did our spiders ever do to him?

It’s always marvellous when John Oliver’s gaze turns to Australia, looking at our politics and confirming that yep, we’re right to be this disturbed.

And last night his show Last Week Tonight decided to cast an eye over our election process.

Oliver ran through most of the candidates that recently dropped out for largely racist, sexist or homophobic reasons – including One Nation’s Steve Dickson, aka “Sexual Harassment Dundee” (although he fails to mention his utterly amazing resignation typo) – before turning to Clive Palmer.

He describes Palmer as Australia’s Trump – pointing out his bullish demeanour, the way he constantly mentions his wealth as though it’s a qualification, and the fact that his slogan seems awfully familiar yet “notably, doesn’t say ‘Make Australia Great Again’.”

However, we take issue with Oliver’s his ropey Australian accent and his argument that the slogan should be ‘Make Australia Great For The First Time’: “Look, let’s not rewrite history here: we are and have always been a big baking rock full of impossibly huge spiders, we’re just looking to go up from here.”

Them’s fighting words, Oliver. We’re just…

…yeah, OK, fair play.

Complete clips of the entire show are hard to get because of geoblocking but say, this seems to work!


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