Fans fuming after episode of children's show Bluey is banned by Disney+
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An episode of the Aussie children's cartoon Bluey has been made unavailable on Disney+ over content that didn't meet the streaming service's standards.
The wildly popular show was an instant hit when it first premiered on Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney + back in September 2019 after previously launching in Australia in 2018, and quickly became the most beloved cartoon among children and parents alike.
However, Disney seems to have an issue with the Australian pup, and has banned one particular episode from its US streaming service.
The episode in question, titled 'Family Meeting', features Bluey's dad Bandit get accused of farting - or 'blowing a fluff', as the Aussies say - in front of his eldest daughter.
'Dad blew a fluff right in my face!' accuses Bluey in the episode that parents have argued is both harmless and hilarious.
To solve the problem, mum Chilli becomes the judge in a makeshift trial, while Bluey and her sister Bingo speak as witnesses.
When viewers realised that the episode had been removed from Disney+, they kicked up a fuss online, even setting up a petition to have all edits and censored moments from the series undone.
Some Disney fanatics were even able to point to scenes from classic films like The Lion King and Treasure Planet where fart jokes were aired with no trouble at all.
They banned an episode of Bluey on #DisneyPlus cause of fart humor!— Koraidon (@TheGamerPainter) August 12, 2022
So @disneyplus didn't put the episode of Bluey up where her dad farts in her face while getting out of bed.— GrumpyTurtle (@TheGrumpyTurtle) August 13, 2022
Treasure Planet had an alien that spoke in farts, but something EVERY parent does at some point is a bridge too far APPARENTLY
DISNEY CUT OUT THE FAMILY MEETING FART EPISODE OF BLUEY THIS IS LITERALLY 1984— goose (@uhgoose) August 13, 2022
This is the first time an episode of the show has been fully removed from Disney's platform but, according to fans, other moments (including pooping, farting, sitting on a toilet, and a character being hit in the groin) from the cartoon have been removed or edited.
When fan-powered Disney blog Pirates and Princesses complained about the episode's removal, they were reportedly contacted by a representative from Disney Branded Television to explain the reasoning - and it sounds like there might be some good news for fans, after all.
The spokesperson explained that there are, in fact, plans to bring 'Family Meeting' to streaming services soon.
Initially, the episode had been removed from air as it didn't meet the Disney Junior standards and practices, but since appearing on Disney+, it appears bosses may have had a change of heart.
The statement read: "'Family Meeting' will roll out on US platforms soon.
"Some of the Bluey content did not meet Disney Junior broadcast S&P in place at the time the series was acquired.
"Now that it is rolling out on other platforms, it is a great opportunity to reevaluate which is what we plan to do."
So, fear not, friends. It looks like the integrity of the fart joke will live to see another day, after all.
Tyla has contacted Disney+ for a comment.
Topics: TV And Film, Disney Plus