Sunday Territorian 21 Nov 2021
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21 2021 TV 15 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA TOP DOG RULES When Bluey premiered in 2018, no one could have predicted just how popular the cartoon would become, writes Siobhan Duck THEYRE one of Australias most beloved TV couples and yet theyve never been in the same room. In fact, it wasnt until fairly recently that voice actors Melanie Zanetti and David McCormack, aka mum Chilli and dad Bandit on Bluey, even so much as uttered a word to each other. The pair say thats not unusual in the world of animation, where actors record their voices separately and, in the case of Zanetti and McCormack, from opposite sides of the planet. I hadnt even spoken to Melanie until about this time last year when I emailed her and said: Hey Melanie, can I call you up? I feel like we should talk. This is weird, McCormack says with a laugh. So, yeah, weve now had a few phone conversations but Im still yet to meet her. Zanetti reveals that voicing a cartoon is a bit like having a hidden superpower. Ive had a lot of people say, Oh, youre not what I expected [when they discover Im the voice of Chilli], she says. Not just because Im not a cartoon dog, but visually, I guess Im not what they would have put with the voice. It was serendipity that saw Zanetti and McCormack cast in the ABC Kids animation. Both were working on other projects in recording studios separately, of course while the shows creators were adding audio to the then-unknown cartoon. Zanetti, an actor who divides her time between the US and Australia, and award-winning singer-songwriter McCormack, who fronted 90s band Custard, were asked to provide voices as a stopgap until the series was offi cially cast. As McCormack recalls: I was walking out of a lift and a friend said, I know someone whos doing an animated show about a dog family do you want to help out? And I was like, Dude, I dont know how to act. I can barely read, but he convinced me to try it. They gave me a couple of lines on a piece of paper that were highlighted, but we ended up doing the whole episode. They seemed really happy and so we did another 50 episodes and I thought: Hey, Id better get an agent because I guess Im an actor. The actors were both further surprised when Bluey which centres on the eponymous characters imaginative adventures with her younger sister, Bingo became a global hit. So far, the show has won a Logie, an AACTA, an International Emmy and critical acclaim. I dont think anyone could have predicted how much the show has blown up, Zanetti says. But when they showed me the [fi rst] episode, I was like: OK, this is something really special. And I fell in love instantly because it hurt my heart how cute it was, how true to life and special this creation was. I didnt know it would be as big as it is, but I did know it was something unique that I hadnt seen before. McCormack, who grew up watching The Flintstones and The Jetsons, likens the shows appeal to that of The Simpsons thanks to it featuring jokes for all ages. When I fi rst did it, I thought it was going to be like some YouTube short clip thing. I didnt think it was even going to be on the tele, to be honest, he reveals with a laugh. But people love it. Zanetti adds: I have friends who are like, I dont have children, Im in my 30s and I watch Bluey. So, its not just parents and children it can be enjoyed by anyone, because of how beautifully its made. BLUEY THE NEW SEASON PREMIERES TOMORROW AT 8AM ON ABC KIDS AND STREAMING ON ABC IVIEW AMY If you liked... DETECTIVE BACK in 1995, angsty Canadian singer Alanis Morissette (pictured) taught a generation of young people the meaning of irony. Sort of. Lets just say its not exactly like rain on your wedding day. But close enough. This lm explores that pivotal year in Morissettes life when she burst on to the music scene with her hit album Jagged Little Pill. It features an in-depth interview with the singer and archival material. It is a deep dive into the music culture of the 1990s that will be nostalgic for those who lived through the era, and a fun ride for those who didnt. MUSIC BOX: JAGGED 8PM, SATURDAY, FOX DOCOS Siobhan Duck PRETTY LITTLE LIARS If you liked... EVERYONES favourite salacious secretspiller is back to dish the dirt on the rich and famous folk on New Yorks Upper East Side. When we last heard from Gossip Girl in this reboot of the 2017 series that spawned countless copycat fashions the key players were discovering that threes a crowd. As Audrey (Emily Alyn Lind), Max (Thomas Doherty) and Aki (Evan Mock) take their relationship to the next level, sisters Zoya (Whitney Peak) and Julien (Jordan Alexander) jostle over Obie (Eli Brown). GOSSIP GIRL NEW EPISODE STREAMING ON THURSDAY, BINGE DYNASTY If you liked... YOU can smell the panic. Its got the aroma of the Berlin bunker in here, Shiv (Sarah Snook, pictured) observes as she stridesinto a covert cocktail party of powerful Republicans. As the higher echelons of power jostle to impress at this high-stakes gathering, Roman (Kieran Culkin) discovers some unnerving news, Shiv receives an indecent proposal from an ambitious candidate, and a concerned Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) gathers intelligence on what to expect if hes sent to jail. SUCCESSION 11.30AM (EXPRESS FROM THE US; ENCORE, 7PM), MONDAY, FOXTEL Among the numerous fans of the hit animation series Bluey, there are a few very famous fans, too. David McCormack, who voices dad Bandit Heeler, was delighted to learn about the shows global appeal. Billy Joel threw his daughter a Bluey-themed party [pictured, right], McCormack says. Ryan Gosling loves it so basically that makes me best mates with Ryan Gosling, right? And that famous actress from Star Wars and Black Swan, Natalie Portman, likes it. So, Im going to be sure to invite them to my birthday party in Sydney next year. We can get the paparazzi out and it will be the to-do event of 2022! Paws with star power around the world Gosling, right? And that famous actress from Star Wars and Star Wars and Star Wars FAN FAVOURITES: From left, Chilli, Bluey, Bingo and Bandit from the ABC Kids animation Bluey are adored by viewers around the world. try try try
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