Words cannot express my joy at seeing an early pilot of Yo Gabba Gabba! that my boss at the time had gotten her hands on. I watched with a sense of delight and wonder, reveling in humor and gorgeous design that I think had been missing from kid’s TV for some time. I took the pilot home with me to show my then 18-month-old, immediately breaking my own “absolutely no TV until age 2″ rule. It was worth it. Fortunately the good folks at Nick, Jr. brought it to the small screen and we can now enjoy it all the time.
First off, the characters are great. Brobee is the unanimous favorite in our house, but it’s hard not to be intrigued by the provocative design of Muno. Am I wrong?
Next, the music is unbelievably pleasant to listen to, from the cool bands that stop by (the episode that aired today featured The Shins) to the songs that the characters sing themselves, though I don’t think that any song has topped “Party in My Tummy” from the pilot.
Throw in wildly creative animated segments that remind me of the wonderful segments that were on Sesame Street when I was growing up, kids dancing and making funny faces, and Biz’s Beat of the Day, and you’ve got yourself a show!
I just wish they’d release DVDs or make it available on iTunes, already! It’s a serious DVR clog as I’m reluctant to let any episodes go. Fortunately, one of our favorite episodes, “Sleep”, is part of the Nickelodeon Sleepytime Stories DVD compilation.