Bluey star Melanie Zanetti on the series’ appeal and the “magnitude” of the Macy’s Parade

As the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off this morning, it will be the first time a balloon portraying Bluey, the beloved titular character of an Australian children’s show that is one of the most acclaimed shows in the world become. the sky. Since its debut in 2018, Blue has become a huge hit with kids and their parents alike, managing to appeal to an incredibly wide audience in a way that star Melanie Zanetti (she plays Chilli Heeler, Bluey’s mom on the show) says is key to its appeal.

Zanetti has been in the United States this week and made a whirlwind tour of New York. She has appeared The tonight showmet her costar Davie McCormack in person for the first time and mused on the possibility of one Blue movie. She also got the chance to play the US debut of a Blue theater show that will tour the country.

“It’s been amazing. For me, the most incredible part of it is being part of a show that has such a beautiful social impact, that really brings something good into the world,” Zanetti told ComicBook.com. “As an actor, you do a lot of things and you’re like, ‘Does all this matter? I’m not doing brain surgery, I’m not doing auxiliary work – does this make sense?’ And then to have a show where I’ve had so many parents telling me, “This taught me how to play with my kids,” or dads saying “this taught me how to parent the way I want to parent I had a teacher tell me they had a student with autism in their class, and it taught this little boy how to play with other kids and it changed his life at school. Okay, this is important and helpful, but also entertaining, fun and beautiful’, and I think that’s the most exciting thing for me.”

Those anecdotes are not just hers; they appear on social media all the time, especially in regards to Bandit, the father of the family, who is portrayed as loving and capable, unlike the typical cartoon/sitcom dads, who are often boobies. Bandit is meant to be an ambitious character for kids and dads, but there’s also not a moment where you’re standing there asking how on earth he got Chilli interested in him.

“I think it’s the universality of it that has made it so popular; that people at so many stages can get something out of it and enjoy it,” Zanetti said. “Plus, it’s just a really watchable, bite-sized length, which I think really helps.”

Since Zanetti (and the rest of the show’s cast) is Australian, we had to wonder: When the Macy’s parade announcement came down, did it carry the same weight on her as it would on an American actor? Her answer? Not exactly, but she has plenty of friends who informed her of the “size” of the parade.

“We didn’t get context, but I spent about half my time in LA, and I said to my friends, ‘Oh, Bluey is going to be… like a big balloon in a Thanksgiving Day parade?’ And they said, ‘The Macy’s Day Parade? Is this happening?!” said Zanetti. “And they expressed the size to me. How nostalgic it is, because it has passed through people’s entire lives and it is attached to this holiday. So it was passed on to me how important it is.”

She missed the announcement itself – a tweet describing the official Blue account said they heard New York was pretty good at “keepy-uppy” — all in all, and got animated when we told her.

“OH! I didn’t see that, I love that!” said Zanetti with a laugh.

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