Many Bluey episodes have been changed since the Australian series was picked up by Disney Plus (Picture: ABC)
Bluey might be a beloved children’s TV show that has picked up fans around the world, but over the years several episodes have been changed, censored or even banned for various reasons.
The Australian animated series launched in 2018 and follows the titular character, a Blue Heeler puppy, and her family – Dad Bandit, Mum Chilli and younger sister Bingo.
Despite the producers initially being asked to replace the Australian accents of the characters, they pushed back and refused to do so.
However other details aired in the original episodes, which air on national broadcaster the ABC in Australia, haven’t made it through.
From episodes showing or depicting farting, vomiting or pooing and discussions about vasectomies being changed for international audiences, here are the most notable examples of times where Bluey somehow found itself in a bit of hot water.
The Relax episode saw the term dingleberries changed (Picture: ABC)
The most recent example of this happening was the episode Relax, which followed the family heading on a beach holiday.
In one scene the two sisters are singing in the back seat as their dad pulls into a parking garage.
‘All right, Super Troopers. Let the holiday begin,’ he declares as he gets out of the car.
However, in the original episode, which was released Down Under last year, Bandit originally said: ‘All right, dingleberries: let the holiday begin!’
While dingleberry is a colloquial term used to describe a ‘foolish, stupid or contemptible’ person that is usually used in a light-hearted way, it was likely changed after Disney became slightly concerned due to the fact another definition of the word is ‘a piece of dried faecal matter clinging to the hair around the anus’.
Family Meeting was all about farting (Picture: ABC)
It appears potty talk isn’t too popular with Disney after the episode Family Meeting was initially banned in the US due to several references to farting.
The episode featured a faux trial with mum Chilli playing a judge to determine whether Bandit did ‘fluffy’ or ‘make a brownie’ on Bluey’s face.
It opened with Bluey claiming ‘Dad blew off right in my face’ and while her dad initially denied it, he later admitted: ‘Her face is at bum level – it’s hard not to.’
When the season was rolled out in the US, fans noticed it was missing and called out Disney, who then said it had been banned because it breached Disney Junior’s ‘standards and practices’.
However, after much backlash, it was uploaded to the streaming service.
Taxi’s vomiting scene didn’t make it to US audiences (Picture: ABC)
In a similar vain to the above episode, a small change was made to season 1’s Taxi after toilet humour didn’t seem to fly.
In it, Bandit boarded an imaginary plane before Bingo pretended to throw up on his lap.
However, in the US, the vomiting scene was completely cut.
No unicorn poop was seen in Markets (Picture: ABC)
That same season the Markets episode saw a unicorn (that was actually a pony with a horn on its head) defecate, leading Bluey and Bingo screaming and fleeing after initially wanting a ride.
However, the scene showing the poop was not seen in the version uploaded to Disney Plus.
Invisible poop was changed to a slug in Train (Picture: ABC)
Yet another Bluey episode presented a poop joke, however it appeared to be too disgusting to air overseas.
In the season 2 episode Trains, Bluey is playing trains with her dad, who is pretending to be a conductor.
When he asks her for her ticket, Bluey hands him something and tells him to rub it all over his face.
In the original version, it was imaginary poop, but it was later changed to be an invisible slug.
Conversation about a vasectomy was cut from Perfect (Picture: ABC)
The episode Perfect was censored after a storyline in the original episode involved Bandit alluding to getting a vasectomy.
However, in the US version, it was changed to a conversation about Bandit’s dog teeth having to be removed.
Daddy Putdown’s conception question didn’t make it to air (Picture: ABC)
An innocent question about conception was not considered an issue when the Daddy Putdown episode aired in Australia.
In it, Bingo asks Bandit how babies get into their mum’s bellies, however this scene was cut when added to Disney Plus.
The show’s creator pushed back against Dad Baby being ‘banned’ (Picture: ABC)
Another pregnancy related episode never actually made it to air in the US.
In Dad Baby, Bingo finds an old baby carrier, and when Bandit puts it on to demonstrate it, she jumps inside and then Bluey decides they should play a game of ‘Dad Baby’.
It ends with a birthing pool being set up in the garden, with next-door neighbour Lucky’s dad being asked to take on midwifery duties as Bingo pretends to be born from Bandit.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Bluey creator Joe Brumm shrugged Disney’s censorship off, saying he knew the episode wouldn’t be accepted in America.
However, he said he ‘loved it’.
‘Dad Baby is lots of fun, but honestly, it’s a minor episode in the Bluey canon. Perhaps the most significant thing Disney is denying Bluey heads is the first moment we learn Lucky’s dad has an actual name (it’s Pat). But that does nothing to excuse its silly, pandering exclusion from Disney Plus. It’s just robbing children of a fun way to learn how they came into the world, and everyone else of seven minutes of joy,’ he said.
Bluey is streaming on Disney Plus.
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