Lessons on life, writing and storytelling from the creator of ‘Bluey’

Joe Brumm, the creative force behind the beloved animated sensation, shares guidance on finding the concise core of a story.

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Watching cartoons with kids is often a chore to endure.

Anyone who’s had a child obsessed with the likes of “Paw Patrol” or “Dora the Explorer”—or, gulp, “Calliou”—can confirm that the lion’s share of children’s programming is either lousy, insipid or supremely annoying. Sometimes all three!

However, some cartoons are an absolute delight. That’s certainly the case with “Bluey.”

IMDB describes the show as, “The slice-of-life adventures of an Australian Blue Heeler Cattle Dog puppy as she has fun with her family and friends in everyday situations.” I’d describe it as perhaps the most charming, insightful show streaming anywhere right now. Every episode is a seven-minute slice of animation glee that playfully explores the prosaic interactions that fill our days. But it’s more than mere lighthearted fun for the whole family.

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