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Yo Gabba Gabba! is AWESOME!

tv_new_yo_gabba_gabba.jpg “Yo Gabba Gabba!” is a hip live action children’s show with a techno beat that airs on Nickelodeon. Each episode is focused on a social topic like sharing, love, sleep, or eating. The premise of the show is that DJ Lance Rock carries five dolls in his boom box and when you say the words “Yo Gabba Gabba!” all five characters come to life in their own diorama world. According to a NY Time article, the show’s title is combination of MTV’s “Yo! MTV Raps” and the Ramone’s chant “Gabba gabba hey.”

The show is collection of live-actions segments, short animations, kids dancing, and band performances on the Super Music Friends Show. Rapper Biz Markie teaches kids how to beatbox and Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh teaches kids how to draw. Some of the guests on the show have included country band Sugarland, actor Elijah Wood, and indie rock bands like The Shins and The Postmarks.

The five characters are Muno the red cyclops, Foofa the pink flower bubble, Brobee the little green one, Toodee the blue cat-dragon and Plex the robot. They are a little weird at first, but you soon get over it and enjoy the show.

The creators Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz are parents themselves. They produce what they would to watch too and as a result a lot of adults enjoy the show with their kids. I know I do. It is my favorite show that Ace watches.

acetv.JPG This show is the first show that my 13 month old ever watched. She gets excited when she hears the theme music and even screams and bounces her knees. ( I don’t know if it is wrong that I am so excited that she watches t.v. but I am able to get some laundry done!)

Yo Gabba Gabba! is twenty-four minutes of silly fun that might make you sing along and dance when no one is watching or at least wonder what was in your kool-aid. You should check it out!

Bonus Facts:

  • It is Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling.
  • The second season has already begun production. Apparently they filmed a huge band that played at Coachelle in April. There were so many bands at the festival that it is hard to guess but I am sure it is going to be cool.
  • Did you know that they sell ‘Yo Gabba Gabba!’ apparel at Barney’s in New York City through Kid Robot? Check it out here.
  • Sometimes it is featured on “The Soup” with Joel McHale. HILARIOUS. Check it out here and here.

Brace yourself. Clips from the show:


Official Production Blog

Official Website of the Show

‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ Wikipedia entry

* P.S. The title of the post comes from when DJ Lance Rock says “Listening and dancing to music is awesome!” after the Super Music Friends Show.

A lot of my friends either hate or love this show. What side of the fence are you on? Have you seen it? What do you think of the show? What is your Cool Trick?

19 Responses to Yo Gabba Gabba! is AWESOME!

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    Comment by Casey
    June 17, 2008 @ 6:55 am

    I’m not a big fan of the show but I get the songs stuck in my head really easily and they stay there forever! my kids love the show, they’re glued from the minute it starts.
    “there’s a party in my tummy! uh huh, uh huh” lol. I keep singing that little one

  • Comment by Amanda
    June 17, 2008 @ 8:23 am

    @Casey – OMG! Those songs always get stuck in my head. “Don’t Don’t Don’t bite your friends!” So true.

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    Comment by Kara
    June 17, 2008 @ 8:39 am

    That’s funny – the title of the show always reminded me of the Ramones and ‘gabba gabba hey!’ Now I know why – because they are actually related! Christian Jacobs is in a band called the Aquabats, and I have seen them in concert a few times and I have two of their albums (I admit) and they are quite hilarious. He is called the Super Bat Commander or something like that – I just remember that they all wear tights and capes like superheroes. Why do I know this???

  • Comment by Amanda
    June 17, 2008 @ 8:44 am

    @Kara – You know this, because you are AWESOME. The Aquabats do make an appearance on the show occasionally.

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    Comment by Heidi
    June 17, 2008 @ 9:58 am

    I am a parent who dislikes this show (as well as the Doodlebops). I’ve always wondered exactly what those 5 characters were, and the cheesy outfit that guy wears….oh my.

    With that said, I’m surprised of the accolades the show has received. I obviously must be missing something.

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    Comment by Trina
    June 17, 2008 @ 10:28 am

    Sorry to tell you all but I am NOT a fan of the show for my 16 month old. We again have to be very careful with Brielle because of her seizures and be very careful since TV and other fast pasted things are linked to promote more of them for her. So we do not watch much TV for her. That being said we are big fans of Blues Clues since it seems more educational and teaches sign, and thinking.

  • Comment by Amanda
    June 17, 2008 @ 10:39 am

    @Heidi – I HATE the Doodlebops. That and LazyTown. When people are made to look un-human it freaks me out. I don’t like the Blue Man Group either.

    @Trina – That is certainly understandable! I wouldn’t turn on a show that would hurt my daughter. We occasionally turn on Blues Clues when she wakes from her nap based from your suggestion. What is up with the two different Steve’s? I do hope Brielle gets better and grows out of them very soon!

  • Comment by McKenna
    June 17, 2008 @ 11:23 am

    I must admit, I’m not a fan….I think I actually prefer Barney to this! OMGosh…did I just saw that?!?! I haven’t let the kids watch it because it’s annoys me. I like Talk Soup’s narration of it, though…especially Julia vs. Seth!! My kids are watching Sesame Street, Signing Time, and Barney these days. We actually went “unplugged” this weekend and didn’t have the television on at all. I started feeling like the kids were watching a lot of tv and wanted to see how they would do. They both asked for it a couple times, but were fine with it off and so now, I am trying to really limit it. That being said, the kids watch Sesame Street every morning from 9am until 10am while I get some phone time in! The hardest part for me to turn off the t.v. is in the car. They automatically want their movie when they’re in the car, and I have created a really bad habit!

  • Comment by Sharon M
    June 18, 2008 @ 5:47 am

    Not a huge fan of Yo Gabba Gabba, but maybe b/c we haven’t really been in the States long enough to watch it and appreciate it. I am, however, addicted to Backyardigans. I absolutely LOVE the music, and the fact that they play pirates and knights in their backyard reminds me of when I was growing up.

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    Comment by Trina
    June 18, 2008 @ 10:54 am

    @Amanda: The first Steve is the main one. He started the show and did 5 years (6 seasons I think) when he left the show (for college in the show) his “brother” took over. Joe the new Steve did not connect with the kids (I should not know all this but we goggled it a while back) and the show ended shortly after. Brielle hates Joe and will turn the TV off if he is on. We find that funny. But her OT and ST only want less than 20 minutes of TV for her and I am fine with that. She loves her play area so much it is not an issue.

    @Mckenna- I am reluctant to get a DVD player for the car for that reason. I will keep that in mind when she is a little older.

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    Comment by Trina
    June 18, 2008 @ 10:55 am

    PS..I have all of the Blues on DVD if you want a copy. Let me know.

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    Comment by bekkah
    June 19, 2008 @ 6:36 am

    I’m kind of on the fence about this show, but my daughter seems to like it. I don’t mind putting it on occassionally. It’s nice to have a show that focuses more so on moral issues like ‘no biting’ and ‘sharing’, since most kid’s shows (and Moms!!) are already hammering into their little brains things like ABC’s and 123′s :)

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    Comment by workout mommy
    June 19, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

    it is starting to grow on us—and I find myself repeating “theres a party in my tummy, my tummy…” way too often!

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    Comment by lilly torres
    August 11, 2008 @ 6:38 pm


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    Comment by Laura T
    October 7, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

    Hey ladies, newsflash, this has got to be the worst cartoon (of this decade) currently on T.V. This belongs in the suck category along with Barney and Power Rangers. The acting is horrific not entertaining, and frankly DJ Lance is just creepy. The music is not catchy, it’s annoying. The only thing I or my children (because they have taste also) find appealing about this program is when it’s over. I do appreciate Nickelodeon’s decision to air this program, because I can only imagine how many more parents are motivated to turn the T.V. off and get there kids outside for some play time, so thank you for that Nickelodeon!

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    Comment by Kelly
    October 13, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

    I like these guys. I like the yellow one with the orange stripes.

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    Comment by Elle
    November 12, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

    My 19 month old daughter LOVES this show…I have never once had a show she loved,then one day when channeling surfing I found it..She went bananas over it…She loves Brobee…she goes around saying his name even has the dancing Brobee she dances with.While she’s watching it I get household things done…

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    Comment by annie
    December 10, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

    Ladies- face it, if you don’t see it, you probably have no edge. Why do you want everything to be so watered down and boring? The reason the show has received accolades is because writers and other people who are reviewing shows have an artistic side and can appreciate something fresh and new when they see it. DJ Lance is not creepy but a very talented artist. He is playing to a very young audience which responds to his overly enthusiastic approach- so it’s not about acting.

  • Comment by Dawn
    February 28, 2009 @ 6:12 am

    Entertainment Weekly.com just blogged about the show:



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