|Yo Gabba Gabba!|
|Created by||Christian Jacobs |
|Developed by||Kay Wilson Stallings|
|Presented by||Lance Robertson|
|Opening theme||Theme From Gabbaland|
|Ending theme||Bye Bye Time|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||66 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Polis |
|Camera setup||Multi-camera, 60 FPS|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Distributor||DHX Media (Canada)|
Viacom Media Networks (United States)
Paramount Television (Worldwide)
|Picture format||HDTV (1080i) (Seasons 1-4)|
|Original release||August 20, 2007 –|
November 12, 2015
Yo Gabba Gabba! is an American-Canadian live action/puppet educational, musical children's television series starring five costumed toys coming to life and their friend DJ Lance Rock. The series premiered on Nick Jr. August 20, 2007 and ended on November 12, 2015. There is a single topic in each episode, e.g. "Adventure", "Friends", and "Dance", through songs and short storylines in the half-hour program. Additionally, the show teaches children life and social skills, such as sharing and trying new 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 kids watch the show together rather than letting it act as a babysitter. The television program has spawned a touring live stage show, various toys and branded clothing. Trademarks relating to Yo Gabba Gabba! and its characters are held by GabbaCaDabra, LLC in partnership with The Magic Store and Spiffy Pictures.
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Production
- 4 Episode structure
- 5 Characters
- 6 Regular segments
- 7 Episodes
- 8 Video releases
- 9 Soundtrack releases
- 10 Stage shows
- 11 Mobile streaming
- 12 Critical reception
- 13 In other media
- 14 See Also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Hosted by a character named DJ Lance Rock, the series featured a mix of live-action segments featuring cartoonish costumed characters—Muno (a red cyclops), Foofa (a pink flower bubble), Brobee (a hairy green monster), Toodee (a blue cat-dragon) and Plex (a magic yellow robot)—and many short animated sketches and musical numbers.
Popular artists 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, Jack Black, Tony Hawk, Elijah Wood, Peter Bjorn and John, Trunk Boiz, The Shins, The Aggrolites, The Flaming Lips, Mýa, Biz Markie, Blitzen Trapper, The Ting Tings, Money Mark, Mariachi El Bronx, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Erykah Badu. Other non-musical celebrity guests to have appeared include Jason Bateman, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Laila Ali, Bill Hader, and Anthony Bourdain.
Among the varied animation sequences during the show was Super Martian Robot Girl, designed by indie cartoonists Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer; the title character of that segment was voiced by Ariela Barer.
The toy models of the characters that appeared at the beginning and end of each show were made by Kidrobot.
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 previous experience writing for television, let alone children's broadcasting or education. In developing the show they took inspiration from a number of sources including Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Between the Lions, Pee-wee's Playhouse, ZOOM, as well as Sid and Marty Krofft puppet shows Banana Splits and H. R. Pufnstuf.
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. 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. Yo Gabba Gabba! premiered on Nickelodeon on August 20, 2007.
The show was produced by The Magic Store and Wild Brain. Yo Gabba Gabba! airs on the Nick Jr. cable network in the United States and the Nick Jr. networks in the United Kingdom & Ireland, Italy, France and Australia as well as Treehouse TV network in Canada, Disney Junior in Latin America and RTE2 on RTÉjr in Ireland. The series premiered August 20, 2007 on Nickelodeon as part of its Nick Jr. block, and began broadcasting in reruns from February 23, 2008 to October 24, 2016 on the Nick Jr. TV channel. The show was not renewed for a fifth season.
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 gray radio with colorful buttons. He then arrives at a table with four different colored lands and a gray cloth underneath it. He then places down the radio, and then he shouts "YOOOO Gabba Gabba!" and opens the radio, and inside it are 5 toy figures: Toodee, Muno, Foofa, Plex, and Brobee. He places down the figures 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 gabbas doing an activity. After each main segment, a short clip is shown that shows a kid dancing around. The kid 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 a band about the episode's topic. 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 gabbas do a mix-like song about what had occurred during the main segments. After it is finished, DJ Lance shouts "YOOOO Gabba Gabba!" once again, and then Brobee, Muno, Toodee, Foofa, and Plex turn back into toys. One-by-one, DJ Lance puts them back in the radio, closes the radio, and then walks off carrying it. The credits then roll.
- DJ Lance Rock – (Portrayed by Lance Robertson U.S., voice dubbed by Ortis Deley in the UK) A DJ who is the friend of the other characters and the series' host. He likes to fly.
- Muno – (Voiced by Adam Deibert U.S., Bob Golding UK) A friendly red male cyclops. He's the tallest, is somewhat clumsy and has a close bond with Foofa (though she also bonds with Brobee in the same way). He is also the band's guitarist. He lives in a summer place called “Muno Land”. His talents are playing his guitar, looking at bugs, skateboarding, and building blocks. During Super Bowl XLIV, he appeared in a commercial for the Kia Sorento. His realm resembles the moon, another planet, or a desert and he has a pet horse. He has three stomachs with Anthropomorphic candy seen in the X-ray in the Season 1 episode "Halloween" (#13). However another X-ray in the Season 1 episode "Imagine" (#20) shows him with one stomach, a normal heart and lungs. His catchphrase is "Razzle Dazzle".
- Foofa – (Voiced by Emma Jacobs-Briggs U.S., Teresa Gallagher UK) A female flower bubble character who's "pink and happy." She likes flowers, rainbows, dolphins and unicorns. She lives in a spring place called “Foofa Land”. Her instrument is the tambourine. Her realm is a spring or summer meadow. Her talents are watering flowers, whisling, playing her tambourine, and ride her bike.
- Brobee – (Voiced by Amos Watene U.S., Simon Feilder UK) A small, green male monster and the youngest of the gabbas. He lives in a fall place called “Brobee Land”. He is the drummer for the Gabba band. He is the one of the characters whose facial expression changes depending on the situation; his normal face turning into a frown, and vice versa. He is often subjected to trying new foods. His realm is a vast autumn forest. It is mentioned that he is four years old. He loves to play the drums.
- Toodee – (Voiced by Erin Pearce U.S., Jonell Elliot UK) A blue arctic female cat dragon who loves to have fun. She has a close bond with Plex and is the bassist for the Gabba band. She resides in a winter arctic realm, with icicles. She lives in a winter place called “Toodee Land”. Her talents are ice skating, playing her bass, surfing, and tap dancing.
- Plex – (Voiced by Christian Jacobs U.S., Simon Feilder UK) A magic yellow robot who is treated as a male and the oldest of the gabbas. He is portrayed as being smart and as the leader of Gabba Land. Plex usually teaches lessons to his friends and is a father figure to the gang. He can also use his special ray to bring things into existence. His instrument is the keytar. He has no realm in particular, though he seems to have a "docking station" between Foofa and Brobee's realms. His talents are driving his car, beating us out, playing his keytar, and streching his arms.
- Gooble – (Voiced by Joel Fox U.S.) A ghost who is always sad. He resides in a magical house located in a non-gabba land-place named "Gooble Land".
- The Yo Dazzlers" - are the hottiest band in all of Gabba Land. Members include Riffington, Jean-Pierre, Big Bitz, and Chip
- Barbara - (Voiced by [Marissa J. Winkour]) is a big and orange monster, she is Toodee's best friend and is from the episodes "Nature,' "Flying," "Olympics," "Circus," and "Day Camp." Like all butterflies, Barbara can fly.
- Sparkles -(Voiced by Sam Levine) a Unicorn-Giraffe She is Brobee's best friend from "Flying,' "Nature,' and "Show."
- Mark - He loves to draw.
- Amar'e - He loves to play basketball.
- Jingles, each episode has animated music videos featuring music by a guest musician and animation by guest artists, designers, and animators. They often happen after the first segment in an episode. (One episode does not have the segment.)
- Mark's Magic Pictures, featuring Mark Mothersbaugh, drawing simple pictures that often come alive at the end of the segment.
- Biz's Beat of the Day, starring Biz Markie, demonstrating new beatboxing beats.
- The Super Music Friends Show, featuring musical guests and introduced by John Reis as "The Music Swami" and Matt Chapman as the announcer.
- Dancey Dance Time, featuring celebrity guests performing dance moves with the characters. It is rarely used after season one.
- Numbers, live action music video similar to the jingles, usually with counting up numbers or back.
- Cool Tricks, in which a child or adult demonstrates a special talent (e.g., gymnastics, breakdancing, playing a theremin, cup stacking or another cool trick.)
- Storytime, where a child narrates a story (e.g., Goon Fishin', Goodnight Moon or another story.)
- Super Martian Robot Girl, featuring a helpful comic book-style superhero who saves the day, but only solves extremely contrived misunderstandings of ignorant citizens, instead of battling crime. (Season 1 only)
- Learn with Plex, a solo segment in which Plex teaches basic daily skills like brushing your teeth, making lemonade, putting on pajamas, etc. (three times by saying "it's fun to" do whatever he is teaching) in chants, using four repeated steps. (Season 1 only)
- Play Pretend with Muno, in which Muno encourages viewers to pretend along with him, as he imagines himself as various creatures and objects. (Season 1 only)
- Listen with Toodee, in which Toodee listens to sounds and encourages the viewer to help her identify them. (Season 1 only)
- Color with Brobee, in which the viewer guesses what color Brobee is thinking of by the examples he gives. (Season 1 only)
- Play Games with Foofa, in which Foofa solves simple puzzles, such as mazes and matching games, and encourages the viewer to help her find the solution. (Season 1 only)
- DJ Lance Dance, in which DJ Lance Rock teaches the viewers a different dance.
- Funny Faces, in which DJ Lance Rock encourages viewers to make funny faces.
- Knock-Knock Joke of the Day, a segment where Jack McBrayer and June Diane Raphael tell knock-knock jokes. This segment first appeared in season one.
- Look Back At Today, each episode ends with a music video recap of that episode, featuring special effects, and a remix of every song featured in that episode. (Season 2 onward has DJ Lance remembering the things he and the gang did in that episode before the music video starts.)
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|First aired||Last aired|
|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|
|Name||Release Date||Number of Episodes||Episode Titles||Distributor|
|The Dancey Dance Bunch||October 14, 2008||4||
||Paramount Home Media Distribution|
|New Friends||April 7, 2009||
|Halloween||August 25, 2009||
|Meet My Family||October 20, 2009||
|Birthday Boogie||February 2, 2010||
|Clubhouse||June 15, 2010||
|Let's Visit the Doctor||January 11, 2011||
|Circus||June 14, 2011||
|Music Makes Me Move||August 9, 2011||
|Yo Gabba Gabba Live! There's a Party in My City!||March 13, 2012||1||
|Super Spies||April 17, 2012||4||
||Paramount Home Media Distribution|
|A Very Awesome Christmas||October 29, 2013||2||
|A Very Awesome Holiday Show!||October 14, 2014||1||
Episodes on Nick Jr. compilation DVDs
|Name||Release Date||Number of Episodes||Episode Title|
|Sleepytime Stories||April 15, 2008||1||
|All About Fall!||July 29, 2008||
|All-Star Sports Day||March 10, 2009||
|Celebrate Family!||June 9, 2009||
|Animal Friends!||September 15, 2009||
|We Love Our Friends||January 5, 2010||
|Go Green!||March 30, 2010||
|Happy Halloween||August 24, 2010||
|Food with Friends!||May 17, 2011||
|Summer Vacation||June 21, 2011||
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||
|Holly Jolly Holiday Specials||December 25, 2009||
|Bundle of Love Vol. 1||February 1, 2010||
|Helping the Earth||April 19, 2010||
|We Love Our Mommies||April 26, 2010||
|Haunted Halloween Vol. 3||October 25, 2010||
|Bundle of Love Vol. 2||January 31, 2011||
|Fairytale Play Dates Vol. 1||February 14, 2011||
|Move to the Music||June 6, 2011||
|Nickelodeon in Space||October 24, 2011||
|Let's Learn ABC's||May 28, 2012||
|Let's Learn 123's||May 28, 2012||
|Let's Learn Colors||May 28, 2012||
|Let's Learn Music||November 12, 2012||
|Let's Learn Science||November 12, 2012||
|Let's Learn Weather||November 12, 2012||
|Circus||March 4, 2013||
|All Aboard with Nick Jr.!||April 15, 2013||
|Let's Drive!||April 15, 2013||
|Super Sailors||April 15, 2013||
|Let's Learn Cultures||May 6, 2013||
|Let's Go to the Farm!||July 29, 2013||
|Let's Go Under the Sea!||July 29, 2013||
|Back to School||August 13, 2013||
|Birthday Playdates||August 26, 2013||
|Treasure Hunt Vol. 1||March 31, 2014||
|Bedtime Stories||September 29, 2014||
|Let's Visit the Dentist||November 11, 2014||
|Let's Visit the Doctor||November 11, 2014||
Four albums have been released featuring songs from the show performed by the cast and the "Super Music Friends Show" segment.
- Music is... Awesome! (2009)
- Music is... Awesome! Volume 2 (2010)
- Music is... Awesome! Volume 3 (2011)
- Music is... Awesome! Volume 4 (2012)
- Hey! (2017)
- Fantastic Voyages (2017)
ABC for Kids released a CD in 2010 titled Yo Gabba Gabba! Party In My Tummy.
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.
- "There's a Party in My City!" (2009–2010)
- "It's Time to Dance!" (2011)
- "Get the Sillies Out!" (early 2013)
- "A Very Awesome Holiday Show!" (late 2013)
- "Music Is Awesome!" (2014)
Nick Jr. Australia released a tour in 2009 called Yo Gabba Gabba: LIVE on Stage!
On March 8, 2017, the first season (20 episodes) of the show were made available for streaming on the Noggin video subscription service. The series was removed from the Noggin App on June 25, 2019. The series was also removed from the Nick Jr. website, the seasons got removed from iTunes and Amazon Prime Video, and the Yo Gabba Gabba! episodes that were on Nickelodeon iTunes compilation collections were removed as well.
On April 30, 2008, the television show received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling. 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. In November 2008, the Yo Gabba Gabba! production team won a BAFTA Children's Award, International. The show has also become popular among some college-age young adults because of the artists often featured. Due to the show's popularity amongst both adults and children, they performed at Coachella 2010 as special guests. Their live touring show also won a Creative Content Award at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards. 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. In February 2013, Yo Gabba Gabba! won two Kidscreen Awards for "Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series 2013" and "Best Music 2013"
In other media
- In 2009, the cast was featured in their own float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- Muno was featured in a commercial for the Kia Sorento that aired during the 2010 Super Bowl and a subsequent Kia commercials in 2011, also the character Brobee appeared in a 2011 advertisement for Wonderful Pistachios.
- The cast appeared in the Big Time Rush episodes "Big Time Audition", "Big Time Halloween" and "Big Time Cameos."
- Yo Gabba Gabba! appeared in True Jackson VP in the episode "Trapped in Paris."
- Garry Lyon, of The Footy Show, an Australian Football League panel show, performed an interpretive cycle (Yo Gabba Gazza!) based on the Yo Gabba Gabba! dancing style after losing a humorous bet. The choice of the Yo Gabba Gabba! dance was based on a number of physical similarities to Brobee, including Bushy Eyebrows and Excessive Androgenic Hair.
- In the Mad episode "So You Think You Can Train Your Dragon How to Dance / Yo Gagga Gagga!," Lady Gaga hosts Yo Gagga Gagga! featuring her dolls – Taylor Swift, T-Pain, Miley Cyrus, and Triple H – and the cast is seen watching a monster movie at the end.
- In 2011, the cast appeared in the Raising Hope episode "Sabrina Has Money."
- The title of the Futurama episode "Yo Leela Leela" parodies this, as does the show in the episode, known as "Rumbledy Hump".
- On June 9, 2012, The Fresh Beat Band's 14th episode "Yo! Fresh Beats Go Gabba Gabba!" (a crossover episode) the "Gabba Gang" gets beamed into the episode by way of a malfunctioned Plex has with robotic hiccups which was caused by Gearmo: a gear who always causes trouble.
- Insane Clown Posse recorded a cover of the song Hold Still for the 2012 album Smothered, Covered & Chunked.
- The South Park episode "Taming Strange" features Foofa becoming a spoof of Miley Cyrus after Kyle's adopted younger brother, Ike, attends a performance and "tames Foofa's strange" in front of everyone seeing the show.
- The cast appeared in a Delta Airlines safety video which first aired in August 2015.
- In 2008, Aaron Olson & Lee Patrick McIntire created a Yo Gabba Gabba ripoff called, "The Lee and Aaron Show" on YouTube.
- The Fresh Beat Band
- Pancake Mountain
- Pee-Wee's Playhouse
- Adventure Time
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
- Captain Kangaroo
- Sesame Street
- Super Monsters
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