Yo Gabba Gabba!
Yo Gabba Gabba! logo.svg
GenreMusical
Educational
Created byChristian Jacobs
Scott Schultz
Developed byKay Wilson Stallings
Directed by
Presented byLance Robertson
Voices of
Opening themeTheme From Gabbaland
Ending themeBye Bye Time
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes66 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMichael Polis
Jon Berrett
ProducersJustin Lyon
Ritamarie Peruggi
Production locationJonah Abreu Studios Hollywood
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time25 minutes
Production companies
DistributorRDF Rights (Internationally)[1]
DHX Media (2010-2015)[2][3]
Release
Original networkNickelodeon (2007-11)
Nick Jr. (2011-15)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseAugust 20, 2007 (2007-08-20) –
November 12, 2015 (2015-11-12)

Yo Gabba Gabba! is a children's television series created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz. The series stars five costumed toys come-to-life and their friend DJ Lance Rock. It is co-produced by Magic Store Productions and WildBrain. Its first episode premiered on Nickelodeon on August 20, 2007, as a part of its Nick Jr. block. Its original run ended on November 12, 2015.

A single topic is addressed in each episode (such as "Adventure", "Friends", or "Dance") through songs and short storylines. Additionally, the show teaches children life and social skills, such as sharing and trying different foods. It also encourages viewers to move along with and dance with the characters in the program. The show is noted for its indie-culture guest stars and bands, and for drawing visual inspiration from 8-bit video games and H.R. Pufnstuf, among other television shows. Created by Christian Jacobs (lead singer of the Aquabats) and Scott Schultz, the show's learning process has parents, older siblings, and younger children watch the show together rather than letting it act as a babysitter. The television program spawned a touring live stage show, several toys, and branded clothing.

On September 10, 2021, WildBrain announced that the series would be revived for 20 new episodes, which will be produced in collaboration between WildBrain and Yo Gabba Gabba LLC (the co-owners of the Yo Gabba Gabba! brand).[4] The new episodes will premiere on Apple TV+, which also acquired the previous episodes and specials for its service.

Overview

Hosted by a man named DJ Lance Rock, the series features live-action segments featuring 5 toys: Muno (a red cyclops), Foofa (a pink flower-bubble), Brobee (a broccoli bee), Toodee (a blue cat/dragon), and Plex (a yellow robot). In between the main segments are many short animated sketches and songs.[5]

Among the varied animation sequences during the show was Super Martian Robot Girl, designed by indie cartoonists Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer.[6] The title character of that segment was voiced by Ariela Barer in season one and by Caroline Jacobs in season three.

Famous musicians who have appeared on the show include Mos Def, Bootsy Collins, Ladytron, The Killers, Enon, The Clientele, Jimmy Eat World, Solange Knowles, Taking Back Sunday, Datarock, The Aquabats, Devo, Anne Heche, Joy Zipper, Of Montreal, Chromeo, My Chemical Romance, Weezer, Hot Hot Heat, The Faint, The Roots, Paul Williams, Mates of State, MGMT, Peter Bjorn and John, Trunk Boiz, The Shins, The Aggrolites, The Flaming Lips, Mya, Biz Markie, Blitzen Trapper, The Ting Tings, Money Mark, Mariachi El Bronx, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Erykah Badu. Other celebrity guests to have appeared include Jason Bateman, Jack Black, Andy Samberg, Melora Hardin, Tony Hawk, Elijah Wood, Sarah Silverman, Laila Ali, Bill Hader, and Anthony Bourdain.

Kidrobot made the toy models of the characters that appear at the beginning and end of each episode. The title of the show pays homage to "Gabba Gabba Hey" from the punk rock band, The Ramones.[7]

History

Yo Gabba Gabba! was developed by two Southern California fathers and punk rockers, Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, who first started working together as teenagers, producing and directing skateboarding videos. Their goal was to design a kids' show that was entertaining while featuring real artists and real performers. Both had no past experience writing scripts for television, let alone children's broadcasting or education.[8] In developing the show they took inspiration from a number of classic children's series including Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Pee-wee's Playhouse, ZOOM, as well as Sid and Marty Krofft puppet shows Banana Splits and H. R. Pufnstuf.[9]

In 1999, after becoming parents, Jacobs and Schultz started playing around with ideas for children's television and produced a pilot independently financed by small loans from friends and family. Yo Gabba Gabba! did not get much attention until it started circulating on the Internet.[10] Jared Hess, the director of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, saw the pilot online and recommended it to Brown Johnson, the executive vice president and executive creative director of Nickelodeon Preschool.[11]

Episode format

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All episodes follow a similar format. In the opening scene of the episode, DJ Lance Rock is shown walking on a plain white background while holding a silver radio with colorful buttons. He then arrives at a table with four different colored lands and a silver design underneath it. He then places down the boombox, and then he shouts "YOOOO Gabba Gabba!" and opens the radio, and inside it are five toys: Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex. He places down the toys one-by-one, and then they become alive.

The episode features four main segments (shortened to three after the first season) that are connected to each other as a plot. They involve DJ Lance and the Gabba gang doing an activity. After each main segment, a short clip is shown that shows a child dancing around. The child says his or her name, followed by "I like to dance!".

Between the main segments, there is another segment called "The Super Music Friends Show", which features a performance by an artist or a band about the episode's theme. Other small segments include "Mark's Magic Pictures" and "Biz's Beat of the Day".

Near the end of each episode, DJ Lance and the Gabba gang do a mix-like song about what had occurred during the main segments. After it is finished, DJ Lance thanks to the children at home for playing along and shouts "YOOOO Gabba Gabba!" once again, and then Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex turn back into toys. One-by-one, DJ Lance puts them back in the boombox, closes the boombox, and then walks off carrying it, thus ending each episode.

Characters

Regular segments

Episodes

Main article: List of Yo Gabba Gabba! episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
First aired Last aired
Pilots 3
2006 (2006)
1 20 August 20, 2007 May 23, 2008
2 20 September 22, 2008 October 16, 2011
3 13 March 8, 2010 September 20, 2011
4 13 December 18, 2011 November 12, 2015


Home media

Main releases

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles Distributor
The Dancey Dance Bunch October 14, 2008 4
  • "Friends"
  • "Eat"
  • "Dance"
  • "Happy"
Paramount Home Media Distribution
New Friends April 7, 2009
  • "New Friends"
  • "Find"
  • "Greetings"
  • "Share"
Halloween August 25, 2009
  • "Halloween"
  • "Scary"
  • "Fun"
  • "Careful"
Meet My Family October 20, 2009
  • "Family"
  • "Games"
  • "Together"
  • "Imagine"
Birthday Boogie February 2, 2010
  • "Birthday"
  • "Dress Up"
  • "Talent"
  • "Ride"
Clubhouse June 15, 2010
  • "Clubhouse"
  • "Adventure"
  • "Summer"
  • "Animals"
Let's Visit the Doctor January 11, 2011
  • "Doctor"
  • "Teeth"
  • "Clean"
  • "Car"
Circus June 14, 2011
  • "Circus"
  • "Treasure"
  • "Flying"
  • "Fun"
Music Makes Me Move August 9, 2011
  • "Band"
  • "Move"
  • "Differences"
  • "Train"
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's a Party in My City! March 13, 2012 1
  • "Live show in Los Angeles with bonus features"
NCircle Entertainment
Super Spies April 17, 2012 4
  • "Super Spies"
  • "Mystery"
  • "Space"
  • "Big"
Paramount Home Media Distribution
A Very Awesome Christmas October 29, 2013 2
  • "A Very Awesome Christmas Special"
  • "Christmas"
NCircle Entertainment
A Very Awesome Holiday Show! October 14, 2014 1
  • "A Very Awesome Holiday Show"

Episodes on Nick Jr. compilation DVDs

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Title
Sleepytime Stories April 15, 2008 1
  • "Sleep"
All About Fall! July 29, 2008
  • "Halloween"
All-Star Sports Day March 10, 2009
  • "Move"
Celebrate Family! June 9, 2009
  • "Family"
Animal Friends! September 15, 2009
  • "Animals"
We Love Our Friends January 5, 2010
  • "Love"
Go Green! March 30, 2010
  • "Green"
Happy Halloween August 24, 2010
  • "Halloween"
Food with Friends! May 17, 2011
  • "Eat"
Summer Vacation June 21, 2011
  • "Summer"

Episodes on Nick Jr. iTunes compilations

NOTE: As of June 2019, the episodes are no longer part of the compilations due to the series being removed from Nick Jr.'s platforms.

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Title
Haunted Halloween Vol. 1 October 13, 2008 1
  • "Halloween"
Holly Jolly Holiday Specials December 25, 2009
  • "Christmas"
Bundle of Love Vol. 1 February 1, 2010
  • "Love"
Helping the Earth April 19, 2010
  • "Green"
We Love Our Mommies April 26, 2010
  • "Family"
Haunted Halloween Vol. 3 October 25, 2010
  • "Scary"
Bundle of Love Vol. 2 January 31, 2011
  • "Together"
Fairytale Play Dates Vol. 1 February 14, 2011
  • "Fairytale"
Move to the Music June 6, 2011
  • "Band"
Nickelodeon in Space October 24, 2011
  • "Space"
Let's Learn ABC's May 28, 2012
  • "Fairytale"
Let's Learn 123's May 28, 2012
  • "School"
Let's Learn Colors May 28, 2012
  • "Art"
Let's Learn Music November 12, 2012
  • "Dance"
Let's Learn Science November 12, 2012
  • "Robot"
Let's Learn Weather November 12, 2012
  • "Weather"
Circus March 4, 2013
  • "Circus"
All Aboard with Nick Jr.! April 15, 2013
  • "Train"
Let's Drive! April 15, 2013
  • "Car"
Super Sailors April 15, 2013
  • "Boat"
Let's Learn Cultures May 6, 2013
  • "Differences"
Let's Go to the Farm! July 29, 2013
  • "Farm"
Let's Go Under the Sea! July 29, 2013
  • "Mermaids"
Back to School August 13, 2013
  • "School"
Birthday Playdates August 26, 2013
  • "Birthday"
Treasure Hunt Vol. 1 March 31, 2014
  • "Treasure"
Bedtime Stories September 29, 2014
  • "Sleep"
Let's Visit the Dentist November 11, 2014
  • "Teeth"
Let's Visit the Doctor November 11, 2014
  • "Doctor"

Soundtrack releases

Four albums have been released featuring songs from the show performed by the cast and the "Super Music Friends Show" segment.

ABC for Kids released a CD in 2014 titled Yo Gabba Gabba! Party In My Tummy.

Stage shows

The world premiere live concert tour of Yo Gabba Gabba! took place in Australia in May 2009. DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee and Plex performed in Wollongong, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney with an indie house-band and secret special guests at each show. Additional tours in the United States and other countries have been performed throughout 2013. Shows have been toured including three presented by Kia Motors and a special Christmas one presented by Citi, Just Dance Kids & Toys for Tots.

  1. "There's a Party in My City!" (2009–2010)
  2. "It's Time to Dance!" (2011)
  3. "Get the Sillies Out!" (early 2013)
  4. "A Very Awesome Holiday Show!" (late 2013)
  5. "Music Is Awesome!" (2014)[12]

Nick Jr. Australia released a tour in 2009 called Yo Gabba Gabba: LIVE on Stage!

Critical reception

On April 30, 2008, the television show received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling.[13] The show has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy in both 2008 and 2009 for Best Costume Design. Time magazine's James Poniewozik, who said the show "will convince you someone slipped something into your Fruity Pebbles" named Yo Gabba Gabba! one of the Top 10 new TV series of 2007, ranking it at #8.[14] In November 2008, the Yo Gabba Gabba! production team won a BAFTA Children's Award, International.[15] The show has also become popular among some college-aged young adults because of the artists often featured.[16] Due to the show's popularity amongst both adults and children, they performed at Coachella 2010 as special guests.[17] Their live touring show also won a Creative Content Award at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards.[18] The Television Critics Association Awards have nominated Yo Gabba Gabba! for Outstanding Achievement in Children's/Youth Programing. The years include 2008–2012. Yo Gabba Gabba! won for the year 2009 and 2010.[19] In February 2013, Yo Gabba Gabba! won two Kidscreen Awards for "Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series 2013" and "Best Music 2013".[20]

In other media

References

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  5. ^ Garofoli, Joe: "Preschooler TV goes hip with 'Yo Gabba Gabba'", San Francisco Chronicle, 17 August 2007
  6. ^ evandorkin: The Last Round-Up (Pre-TCAF) Archived January 10, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
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  9. ^ Keveney, Bill. "'Yo Gabba Gabba!' is monstrous fun for kids, adults". USA Today. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
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  12. ^ Gundersen, Edna. "Yo Gabba Gabba! gets 'Awesome' on new tour". usatoday.com. USA Today. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces 35th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations Archived September 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine", April 30, 2008
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  15. ^ BAFTA Children's Awards Winners ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)", BAFTA, 2008
  16. ^ Friedman, Emily "Nickelodeon Cartoon Draws Unusual Fans", ABC News, May 7, 2008
  17. ^ Glazer, Joshua. "Coachella Backstage With Yo Gabba Gabba". Archived from the original on April 24, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  18. ^ Lipshutz, Jason. "U2, Gaga, Metallica, Swift Win Big at Billboard Touring Awards". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  19. ^ "'Yo Gabba Gabba' (2007) – Awards". IMDb. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  20. ^ Goldman Getzler, Wendy (February 6, 2013). "And the 2013 Kidscreen Awards winners are…". Kidscreen. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  21. ^ Mannino, Brynn (November 23, 2009). "'Yo Gabba Gabba!' Makes Its First Float Through Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade". Woman's Day. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  22. ^ Langmann, Brady (February 22, 2021). "WandaVision Fans Figured Out the Real Meaning Of the Episode Seven Post Credits Scene". Esquire.
  23. ^ Dick, Jeremy (February 19, 2021). "WandaVision Brings Yo Gabba Gabba Into the MCU and Parents Are Stoked". Movieweb.

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