We Have New Clues About The New Super-Sized Bluey Episode “The Sign”

Apparently we can “definitely” expect to sob...

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International fans of Bluey are used to waiting months for content that premieres in Australia to reach us, but we’re in for a treat in 2024, and not just because we’re still rewatching the 10 new episodes that dropped on Disney+ on January 12. Last year, Ludo, the studio that makes the show, announced a special 28-minute Bluey episode, “The Sign,” will premiere globally next year on Disney+ and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). The super-sized runtime is equal to about four standard Bluey episodes. And now we have a release date: The Sign will premiere on April 14, a week after another newly announced new episode “Ghostbasket,” which premieres on April 7. Wackadoo!

“There’ll be lots of laughs, exciting guest voices, and definitely a few tears,” Ludo, the studio that makes the show, said in a statement. “We’re so incredibly proud of the awesome team behind the series and we can’t wait for Australia and the world to watch this very special Bluey episode with their family and friends."

Of course, we’re immediately thinking “Oh god, if the studio is warning us we’re going to cry during a Bluey episode, which we already do most of the time anyway, this is going to be a humdinger of an emotional rollercoaster....”

“This extended episode allows room to explore the world, characters, and breadth of Bluey even further,” Henrietta Hurford-Jones, commissioner and executive producer of Bluey for BBC Studios Kids & Family, added. “Existing fans will love it and it will be a great introduction to this incredible show for new audiences.”

We don’t know much about the episode just yet, though we have some clues. A teaser trailer, which doesn’t really give a sense of plot, mostly contains scenes from prior episodes... except for this one, where Bluey appears sad. Why?! At this point, it’s impossible to know for sure...

But why is she sad?Ludo

Another released image from the episode also teases at what’s to come, and it gives us (maybe) some clues...

One image and already I have theories...Ludo

Bluey and her mum Chilli appear to be having a heart to heart at a rest station, which plays well with the other moment we see in which Bluey looks to be in need of comforting. Both the rest station and the city skyline in the fairly distant background indicated that the Heelers are traveling in this episode. The little feet visible in the stall appear to belong to Bluey’s paternal cousin, Socks, so it looks like this might be an all family trip. Then, of course, there’s the butterfly on the drinking fountain. The butterfly (or at least one that looks exactly like it) showed up in “Slide,” a Season 3 episode that has not yet aired in the states. Brumm discussed the little guy, an Australian native called the Ulysses butterfly, in the Behind Bluey podcast.

The butterfly (“Flappy”) also appears in new teasers released on Bluey’s various social media accounts, posted March 18, along with garden gnomes in wedding attire, and a Queensland police badge.

These hints are further explored in very quick teasers. In one, Bluey hints “All signs lead to an old friend,” and shows Bingo and Muffin, both wearing flower gardlands on a playground as Flappy flutters by. In a second, “All signs lead to some romance,” as we see one of the Terriers tell classmate Winton “Our mum likes your dad.” (Something we’ve suspected for a while now!) In a third, “All signs lead to a little adventure.” Chilli is driving Socks, Bingo, and Muffin (all wearing flower garlands) as Bluey sits in the front seat holding what appears to be a notepad. Soon, we hear sirens as Muffin shouts “Police!” “Ugh,” Chilli groans. “I don’t need this...”

So what does it all mean? Let’s start with Flappy.

Butterflies can symbolize a lot, including the soul and the life cycle. So will this very special episode be able birth and/or a death? We know from a discussion between Fido and Bandit in the episode “Perfect,” which was not so subtly about getting neutered (though Disney changed it for American audiences), that Chilli “wanting to keep her options open” about having more kids. It’s also been a while since Uncle Rad (Bandit’s older brother) and Frisky (Chilli’s best friend and Bluey’s godmother) got together. Maybe they’re going to get married? It would certainly explain the Rad’s nieces wearing flower crowns (little flower girls!) and the garden gnomes dressed in wedding outfits! It would also explain why they’re traveling.

But then again, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Bandit’s dad, the mysterious Grandpa Bob. Might we finally find out what’s been going on with him? After all, we were warned there would be tears.

Needless to say, we’re pretty excited to see what’s in store.

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