Meet the faces behind Bluey: Viral TikTok videos show the voice actors recording dialogue for the beloved Aussie children’s TV series
A series of viral TikTok videos have taken fans behind the scenes of the popular ABC children’s TV series Bluey.
Bluey follows the adventures of ‘a loveable, inexhaustible six-year-old Blue Heeler dog’ along with her family and friends.
Two clips show voice actors David McCormack and Melanie Zanetti, who play Bluey’s parents Bandit and Chilli, recording dialogue.
One clip, filmed in a recording studio, shows Zanetti struggling to keep a straight face as she records dialogue.
Another shows McCormack, the former lead singer of the band Custard, trying to keep his composure as he delivers a string of one-liners.
The videos reveal how the actors’ voices are later matched perfectly with the mouth movements of the animated characters.
Launched in 2018 on the ABC, Bluey was soon hailed for its refreshing characters – particularly Bandit as a capable and astute father as opposed to a bumbling background character common in kids’ programming.
Melanie Zanetti (above), who voices Bluey’s mum Chilli records scenes for the hit show
It also earned rave reviews from critics and parents alike, who applauded its good-natured storylines and riffs on modern parenting.
One of the few kids’ shows enjoyed by parents and children in equal measure, Bluey would eventually go on to win a string of awards worldwide, including a Kids Emmy in 2019 for its tear-jerker episode ‘Sleepytime’.
In a list published by Rolling Stone of the top 100 sitcoms of all time, Bluey made 96, being the only Australian series to be featured.
Dave McCormack recording his role as Bandit, Bluey’s dad in the TikTok video
The show has even captured the hearts and minds of schoolchildren across America and is changing the way they speak.
Some kids in the United States are beginning to speak with an unmistakable Australian twang after watching Bluey.
The cartoon has become wildly popular in the US after premiering on the Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney+ in September 2019.
It remains the most-downloaded show in the ABC’s history.
A scene from Bluey one of the most popular children’s programs on TV