When you have little kids, you better hope they find a cartoon show you can stand. Because it’s going to be on. All. The. Time.
Caiden’s show of choice when he was little was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. We watched it daily before bed, and saw all of the episodes multiple times. As such, Ricky and I developed opinions on the show: Which episodes were the best (Kansas City Mickey was a particular favorite of mine, I liked the nod to our hometown where Walt first started his animation career) and who were the best characters (Ricky gets passionate about Pete. In his eyes he’s just misunderstood, not truly an antagonist) were ridiculously common topics of discussion at the time.
So of course, we returned to good ol’ reliable Mickey when Beckett started showing interest in cartoons. And he LOVED it. ‘Key was one of the first clear things he could say.
A few months ago, we were in desperate need of a change. Enter, Bluey.
For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Bluey is a 6 year old Australian Heeler who lives with her dad (Bandit), mum (Chilli) and little sister (Bingo). The episodes are short, so perfect for calming down before bed and they’re easily accessible if you have Disney + or the Disney Now apps.
Not only that, but these shows are ridiculously funny. Like, Ricky and I crack up at some of them levels of funny (if you don’t believe me, check out the episode called Sleepover. “I’m the flamingo queen!”).
Oh! And I think we notice different things each time we’ve watched the show. The level of detail they pay to Easter eggs they use throughout is impressive.
I think my favorite part, though, is that they actually seem like a realistic family – the creator basing them on his own family is quite evident. I love that Bandit gets dragged into a lot of game play, even if he’d rather be watching TV or reading the newspaper, and that Chilli actually works and likes to have a “problem to solve.” The kids get upset, they get bored, they act ridiculous and like kids. No one is perfect, and no one is a one-note character. It makes me feel seen, even though they’re on the other side of the world, and – you know – a family of cartoon dogs.
When I mentioned earlier you need to be prepared to watch your kids’ favorites shows a lot, I wasn’t kidding. In the short amount of time we’ve known about Bluey, we’ve watched the entire first season at least 5 times, and the available second season episodes about 3 times. Thankfully, Disney Junior started showing new (to them, being a BBC/ Queensland Show our friends across the pond and beyond probably have had access to them for a while) episodes last week. Hooray for new Bluey!