What is Joe Brumm’s net worth?
Joe Brumm is an Australian animator and writer who has a net worth of $10 million. Joe Brumm is best known for creating, writing and directing the Australian children’s animated series ‘Bluey’. Previously, he worked as an animator on British animated series for children such as ‘Charlie and Lola’, ‘Tinga Tinga Tales’ and ‘Peppa Pig’. Brumm also directed several animated shorts, including ‘Causes’ and ‘The Meek’.
Early life and education
Joe Brumm was born in Winton, Queensland, Australia in the late 1970s, the middle of three sons of Bob and Chris. His mother worked as a librarian, while his father worked for the Department of Primary Industries. When he was five years old, Brumm moved to Cairns with his family. At the age of 12 he settled in Brisbane with his family. Brumm attended Marist College Ashgrove and graduated in 1995. For his higher education, he studied animation at Griffith University.
British animated shows
After graduating from Griffith University, Brumm moved to London, England and worked as an animator on British children’s animated series. He worked on shows like ‘Charlie and Lola’, ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom’, and went to Africa to work on ‘Tinga Tinga Tales’, which was produced in Nairobi, Kenya.
In 2009, Brumm returned to Brisbane and a few years later founded a small animation studio called Studio Joho. Through the studio, he created a one-minute preview of a show called “Bluey” in 2016, which he intended as an Australian version of the British animated series “Peppa Pig” with dog characters instead of pig characters. Brumm was also inspired by his experience raising two daughters, and wanted to convey the importance of imaginative play during childhood. In 2017, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the British Broadcasting Corporation jointly commissioned “Bluey” as a full-length series for preschoolers, to be developed by Ludo Studio. The following year, the show made its debut on ABC Kids in Australia, and in 2019 it premiered on Disney Junior in the United States.
‘Bluey’ focuses on the titular youthful character, an anthropomorphic Blue Heeler puppy known for her curiosity, imagination and high energy. She lives with her father Bandit, mother Chilli and younger sister Bingo, with whom she plays all kinds of imaginative games. There are also numerous recurring characters representing different dog breeds. Themes in ‘Bluey’ include family, cooperation, children’s play and Australian culture. The show consistently attracts high viewership in Australia and has won multiple AACTA and Logie Awards for best children’s programme. Critics have widely praised “Bluey” for its nuanced and compassionate portrayal of family life, parenthood and growing up.
In his other work, Brumm has directed animated shorts such as ‘Causes’ (2001) and ‘The Meek’ (2015), the latter of which won an award at the Austin Film Festival. He was also behind the animation of many College Humor sketches, including “Tinderella: A Modern Fairy Tale” and “Paperman Threesome.” Elsewhere, Brumm created an original YouTube web series titled ‘Dan The Man’, which was turned into a successful mobile game in collaboration with video game developer Halfbrick Studios in 2015.
Accolades and awards
Among his honors, Brumm was named a 2021 Outstanding Alumnus of Griffith University. A few years later he was named a Queensland Great for his contributions to his home state of Queensland.
Brumm has two daughters with his wife Suzy. His wife creates storyboards and performs as a voice actor in ‘Bluey’.