Disney+release date for new Bluey episode and special coming in April 2024

Bluey, the beloved Australian children's show, is dropping its first 28-minute special and new episode, much to the delight of its fans.
Baby Race (Bluey) by Golden Books. Image Courtesy of Golden Books.
Baby Race (Bluey) by Golden Books. Image Courtesy of Golden Books. /

Bluey, the animated show about a six-year-old Blue Heeler pup and her family, has a new episode on the way, and for the first time in its five-year run, a 28-minute special is also in order. Both installments will air back-to-back on Disney+ in April. The special, titled "The Sign," and the episode, titled "Ghostbasket," additionally marks the first-ever global rollout for Bluey.

"We're so excited to share "Ghostbasket," a brand new Bluey episode, followed by "The Sign," which is equivalent to nearly six Chunky Chimps!" stated Ludo Studio, the company behind Bluey on its official website. "The crew have worked so hard on these two new episodes, making them the very best they can be, and we can't wait to share them with a global audience."

Per the episode's synopsis, "Ghostbasket" will respectfully bring back Bluey and her sister Bingo's granny alter egos, Janet and Rita, and "The Sign" follows right after.

When will the new episodes Bluey premiere on Disney+?

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Disney+ will premiere "Ghostbasket" on Sunday, April 7, setting off Bluey's first global rollout launch. It'll have the traditional runtime of seven minutes. Then, a week later on April 14, "The Sign" will be available on ABC (Australia), Disney+, and its channels across the globe, with the exception of China and New Zealand.

Australia will premiere both episodes first, and then they'll be available to the rest of the world on both days. See the trailer for both episodes below!

Who stars in Bluey?

Bluey has a talented cast providing the voices of our favorite characters. On the roster is Australian musician Dave McCormack as Bluey and Bingo's dad, Bandit Heeler; Melanie Zanetti as their mom, Chilli; Meghan Washington as Bluey's teacher, Calypso; Myf Warhurst as Aunt Trixie; Rose Byrne as Aunt Brandy, and Claudia O'Doherty as Frisky.

Australian animator Joe Brumm created Bluey after working on another successful children's show, Peppa Pig from the UK. According to Brumm, the inspiration behind the show came from raising his two daughters and engaging in their invented games. And, like nearly all animated shows, Bluey referenced others, including the 1995 episode of The Simpsons, "Bart Vs. Australia."

Since its Australian launch in 2018, Bluey has become a pop culture success for children and adults. While the series is known for its developmental play and imaginative storylines, it tackled some big issues, including miscarriages, infertility, disabilities, and generation gaping. The writers utilized subtle yet definitive scripts to get these points across without losing their target audience.

Bluey's victory continues to grow and has fetched several awards including AACTA, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, TCA's, and others for Best Children's Show or Program. In 2022, Bluey made her first introduction as a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

You can catch up on all episodes of Bluey on Disney+ before the premiere of the new episodes.