Everyone Loves Bandit from Bluey – But is He a Lovable Larrikin or Just a Bad Dad?

Burton, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2727-0030 and Cantrell, Kate ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5689-614X (2022) Everyone Loves Bandit from Bluey – But is He a Lovable Larrikin or Just a Bad Dad? The Conversation. pp. 1-4.

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Abstract

Bandit Heeler is a hero. The cartoon father of Bluey and her younger sister Bingo, Bandit is the much-loved dad dog at the heart of Australia’s favourite four-legged family. He balances the drudgery of housework with the creative escapades of his daughters, repurposing everyday objects and actions for imaginative play and engagement. Awarded a Father of the Year award in 2019 and widely cited as the model of modern fatherhood, Bandit’s engaged presence in his daughters’ lives has been hailed as a watershed moment in children’s television. In a break from TV’s 'bad dad' trope, Bandit has been worshipped as a 'dad-idol', even inspiring a Facebook group of 14,000 dedicated dads who identify as Bluey superfans. Child psychologists have explained how Bandit inspired their approach to pretend play and improvisation. A new article published in The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health lays out 'what Bluey can teach us about parenting and grandparenting'. But there is a darker side to this lovable character. Bandit never strays far from the reductive stereotype of the Australian larrikin: the likeable roguish male stuck between childhood and adulthood whose disrespect of authority and rough-and-ready masculinity reflects Australia’s emotional attachment to the working-class underdog.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 03:23
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2022 03:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian television; children's television; Bluey; larrikinism; fatherhood
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470214 Screen and media culture
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470502 Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48952

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