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Dave McCormack: How a beloved rock star became a voice in Bluey

Dave McCormack has built his career and legacy with his voice.

The Australian singer first found fame as the frontman for the hit band Custard, a natural step forward for an aspiring rock star with a signature sound.

But he doesn’t necessarily expect to one day become a celebrity simply say – but that’s what the 53-year-old has done as the voice of Bandit, cartoon Blue Heeler Bluey’s father on the wildly popular children’s show is named after the puppy character.

The show’s creators are currently refining the show’s third season as parents and kids alike call for episodes to be more than seven minutes long. Bluey has been praised for its emphasis on play in child development, the family scenarios involved, and its depiction of modern parenthood, among other things.

Mr MCormack was a parent whose parents matched Bluey’s target audience when he first joined the show, debuting in Australia before BBC and Disney purchased its international rights in 2019.

But his involvement with Bluey was a mess, he said Guardians in 2019 – through contracts made with his Sonar soundtrack company.

“I thought I needed to read just a few lines, but I ended up reading them all to the pilot,” Mr. McCormack said, adding: “They sent me the script, they marked my lines, and I just read my line.

“I don’t have to act, I don’t have to change my voice or anything. I didn’t hear anyone else talking; all I did was read what they literally told me and that was it. And they do all the animation and all the other voices and music.

“So I don’t know what it’s going to be like. And then they send me a pilot and it’s like this, which is pretty good! ”

Parents around the world share that opinion; Bluey has broken records and sparked productive conversations about everything from diversity, cultural awareness and childhood development to parenting styles.

But the Bandit vocalist – hailed as a “father’s idol” by images of his distraught father sitting in front of a screen – said he still sees his role on the children’s show as surprising thing.

“Who would have thought in 1992 that we would be talking in 2019 about me being the voice of a parent dog?” I said Guardians.

Bluey debuted in the US in 2019 on Disney Junior, and its first two seasons can be watched online on Disney+.

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Tom Vazquez

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