Monday, September 24, 2007



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.


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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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)