Noteworthy: Yo Gabba Gabba

Elijah Wood Stars in Scariest Puppetmaster Sequel Yet

This is just… unbelievable. Move over Saw IV and Hostel, take a seat Eli Roth, because there’s a new horror show in town that will cause you to grab two shishkebab skewers, pluck your eyes out of your head, grill em on a BBQ, and shove em into some pita bread falafel stizz. And it’s name is Yo Gabba Gabba!, which is alien for “Please Get These Images Out of My Head!” In today’s installment, our favorite miniaturized adorableness man, Elijah Wood, shows up on set to teach these devil worshipping mascots how to do the latest dance craze… The Puppetmaster.

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Forgive the BWE review (I thought it was hilarious, because indeed Elijah, darling, this is frightening).

But what is Yo Gabba Gabba? It’s a show recently acquired by Nick Jr. Thanks to Star Farm, I had the pleasure of viewing this wonky, absurd GEM of a program last year.

Yo Gabba Gabba! is a fun live-action program for young children ages 1 and up. Join our host DJ Lance Rock as he introduces us to friendly toy monsters in a magical land full of music, dance, colorful cartoons and simple life lessons that will get you and your children up off the floor to learn and dance along. Muno, the red cyclops, Foofa the pink flower bubble, Brobee the green little one, Toodee the blue cat-dragon, and Plex the robot are ready to sing, play and teach whenever you’re ready. Just say the magic words! YO GABBA GABBA!!

http://www.yogabbagabba.com/oldsite/about.html

Want more info? Check out their wikipedia page with actors & themes (which crack me up… deep themes such as “happy”, lol).

It’s hilarious– the kind of show that will appeal to ANY growing up with TV. Why? Because it’s like HR Puffinstuff and the Electric Company and Sesame Street all mashed together. It’s comedy for adults, yet completely valid for kids… like a mockucational program. (Mockucational coined by yours truly, lolz).

In a day & age when programing gets SO loaded with BIG lessons (heavy loaded lessons & huge adventures), it’s great to see a program surface that doesn’t take it self so seriously, and actually allows kids to enjoy themselves a bit, while still eyeballing the basics. Even Blue’s CluesBlue’s Clues fan… but once they switched Steve for Joey, I had to grow up and move on, le sigh). This is straight up classic Sesame Street— like HENSON days SS. And we all know I view Henson to be a mighty deity. Indeed.

Seriously… you CANNOT tell me this that THIS doesn’t bring a smile to your face:

What’s their online existence like? Well, typical fare for the Nick Jr plate. A handful of simple games, some videos to watch, coloring pages– and my PERSONAL favorite… the iron on for a t-shirt. Once I get Iron On paper for the printer, I’m so making myself one!!!

Anyway– take a look and tell me what you think (there are already home vids of kids singing this! Kids are great- they’re so brilliantly weird)! In the mean time, watch the opening sequence for the show (or go to youtube and take a gander at all the YGG vids they have there).

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  1. August 27, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    I agree with you … There have been weirder things on kid’s TV, and a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously is a nice change of pace. I think, though, there’s some room for improvement. Punching up the educational value while simultaneously maintaining the “fun.”

    You might find my recent article on “YGG” interesting:
    http://www.childrensmediaconsultant.com/ten-ways-to-take-yo-gabba-gabba-to-the-next-level.htm

    The home videos on You Tube of the kids singing and dancing to the show is truly interactivity at its best … That’s a great thing to see, especially when a lot of preschool shows field test to completely disengaged, zero comprehension audiences!

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