Monday, September 24, 2007

YO GABBA GABBA!


OH MAN!!!

I just got to see my first episode of Yo Gabba Gabba on Nick Jr--I knew I would like this thing, I had heard alot about it, but I LOVED it, if only stylistically.

With its myriad Atari-Generation references, sparse and uber-hip techno soundtracks, totally Gen X graphics and "look", I almost want to say it is like a Wonder Showzen for toddlers. Except that is really, really bad to say. Because Wonder Showzen is terrifying in its over the brink insane irony and painful humor--but if you get it, you get it, and you will get me when I feel a connection.

The first episode featured some ska, Tony Hawk, Biz Markie, a furry hatted DJ, some haunting Nintendo-esque melodies, and just heaps of great 70's and 80's fonts, graphics, puppets, kids doing the robot, and just total Pee-Wee's Playhouse, indie-rock aura.

Is it a bit stupid? Yes. Is it a bit annoying? Yes, the puppets giggle too much. But in the sea of faux-educational programming out there, this is a COMPLETE breath of fresh air. This one feels like your film student friends had a baby and now they made a show for kids, if only to make parenting more pleasant and tolerable for the artsy-wonderfully-intelligent-enough-to-know-that-its-more-than-ok-to-just-freak-out and-shake-your-rump-ah crew of Gen X-ers who are having children who really cannot stomach much more Dora or Barney.


Click the link and you will see how !Brilliant! this thing really is.


3 comments:

Lynn said...

LouLou watches Yo Gabba Gabba and I have been a Bad Mom and not watched it to make sure I approve. :P Josie hates it, and there you have the differences in their temperaments.

HOW COOL WAS IT!! to find you in my stats and discover that you have a quote from me as your freakin' header graphic!! yow! I'm blushing!

I love your blog, keep writing, and pop in to the TNH community now and again, will ya?

Housefairy said...

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I am definately going to pop in to TNH, thank you for finding me :) how did you? I do not understand.

Warmly,
Joy a.k.a. Housefairy

Kelley said...

I'd love to see it, but we just got rid of Cable. I can't compete with Barney when I'm trying to homeschool my kids. (rolling my eyes)