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This Dad’s ‘Bluey’ Fan Theory Is Going Viral For a Bittersweet Reason

The beloved kid's show may be hiding a tragic backstory for Bluey's parents.

World.Shaker/Tiktok; ABC

Bluey has become a favorite kid’s show among parents, as it’s an excellent, heartwarming, not-annoying kid’s TV show about the low-stakes adventure of a Blue Heeler puppy living in Australia with her parents. But one dad is convinced that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the popular show and he shared his surprisingly grim Bluey theory on TikTok, where it quickly went viral.

“I want to share one of my Bluey theories, and unfortunately, it’s not a happy one,” @world.shaker says. “This theory is that Bluey is a rainbow baby.”

For those not familiar with the term, rainbow baby refers to a child that is born after a miscarriage or pregnancy loss. So what makes him think that a goofy cartoon like Bluey is actually hiding a tragic subplot in the background?
According to Michael, the theory starts with season 2, episode 16 when Bluey and her little sister Bingo dress up as their parents, with Bingo putting a balloon under her shirt to play their pregnant mom Chilli. The balloon pops and it cuts to Bluey’s dad Bandit grabbing his wife’s hand as they both look sad. Could this reaction be caused by them remembering their own experience with a pregnancy loss?
Michael explained that he believes the reason the show was subtle about this rather than directly addressing it like they have with divorce or even premature birth is that “there’s not really a great way to explain to a child what a miscarriage is.”

Michael’s theory clearly resonated with the Bluey community, as his video has been viewed over two million times and received thousands of comments from enthusiastic fans. This is the type of theory that will likely never get confirmed but also will probably never get outright denied either, so diehard Bluey fans can continue to watch and speculate about possible clues that point to Bluey being a rainbow baby. There’s no way to know if this theory is “true,” but for some families, it may provide a bit of extra comfort.

You can watch Bluey on Disney+.