OverviewHosted by a character named Lance Robertson, DJ Lance Rock, the series featured a mix of live-action segments featuring all five cartoonist costumed-characters, Muno (a red cyclops), Foofa (a pink flower bubble), Brobee (a hairy little green monster), Toodee (a blue cat-dragon), and Plex (a yellow robot), and many short animated sketches and songs. Famous musicians who have appeared on the show include Mos Def, Bootsy Collins, Ladytron, The Killers, Enon (band), 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 (songwriter), Paul Williams, Mates of State, MGMT, Peter Bjorn and John, Trunk Boiz, The Shins, The Aggrolites, The Flaming Lips, Mýa, Mya, Biz Markie, Blitzen Trapper, The Ting Tings, Money Mark, The Bronx (band), Mariachi El Bronx, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Erykah Badu. Other celebrity guests to have appeared include Jason Bateman, Jack Black, Andy Samberg, Melora Hardin, Tony Hawk, Elijah Wood, 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. Kidrobot made the toy models of the characters that appeared at the beginning and end of each show. The title of the show pays homage to "Gabba Gabba Hey" from the punk rock band, Ramones, The Ramones.
History''Yo Gabba Gabba!'' was developed by two Southern California fathers and punk rockers, Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz (producer), 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 past experience writing scripts for television, let alone children's broadcasting or education. In developing the show they took inspiration from a number of classic children's series including ''Sesame Street'', ''The Electric Company'', ''Pee-wee's Playhouse'', ''Zoom (1999 TV series), ZOOM'', as well as Sid and Marty Krofft puppet shows ''The Banana Splits, Banana Splits'' and ''H.R. Pufnstuf, 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.
Additional BroadcastsA "''Yo Gabba Gabba!'' Power Hour" event aired on Noggin on August 25, 2007. Internationally, ''Yo Gabba Gabba!'' aired on Nick Jr. in the US (in reruns from September 28, 2009 to October 24, 2016), Nick Jr. (British and Irish TV channel), UK & Republic of Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Georgia (country), Georgia, Nick Jr. (Italian TV channel), Italy, Nickelodeon Junior, France & Nick Jr. (Australia and New Zealand), Australia, the Treehouse TV and Family Jr. networks in Canada, Disney Junior in Southeast Asia, Hop! Channel in Israel (in Hebrew language, Hebrew) & RTE2 on RTÉjr in the Republic of Ireland.
Episode formatAll 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 silver radio with colorful buttons. He then arrives at a table with four different colored lands and a silver design 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 dolls: Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex. he places down the dolls one-by-one, and then they become alive. The episode features 4 main segments (shortened to 3 after the 1st season) that are connected to each other as a plot. They involve DJ Lance and the Gabba gang 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 theme. 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 Gabba gang do a mix-like song about what had occurred during the main segments. After it is finished, DJ Lance thanks the kids at home for playing along and shouts "YOOOO Gabba Gabba!" once again, and then Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, 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, thus ending each episode. The credits then roll.
Characters*DJ Lance Rock – (Portrayed by Lance Robertson U.S., voice dubbed by Ortis Deley in the UK): A human DJ who is the friend of the Gabba gang and the series' host. He likes to fly. *Muno – (Voiced by Adam Deibert U.S., Bob Golding UK): A friendly red cyclops, the main character. He's the tallest, is somewhat clumsy and has a close friend with Foofa. Muno is also the band's guitarist. He lives in a rock-filled summer-themed place called "Muno Land". His hobbies are playing his guitar, seeing bugs, skateboarding, and building blocks. During Super Bowl XLIV, he appeared in a 2010 commercial for the Kia Sorento. His realm resembles the moon, another planet, or a desert and he has a pet horse. Muno land is also a printable background. He is also a cutout with Toodee and Foofa. *Brobee – (Voiced by Amos Watene U.S., Justin Fletcher UK): A small, green furry monster and the youngest of the Gabba gang. He lives in a fall-themed place called "Brobee Land". He is the band's drummer. 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 different foods. His realm is a large fall forest. He is 4 years old. He likes to play the drums. *Plex – (Voiced by Christian Jacobs U.S., Justin Fletcher UK): A magic yellow robot who is intelligent and the oldest of the Gabba gang. He is portrayed as being smart and as the leader of Gabba Land. Plex often 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 and transport living things. He's the band's keyboardist. 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 hobbies are driving his car, playing his keytar, and stretching his arms and he often falls in love with Toodee in Toodee Land. *Foofa – (Voiced by Emma Penrose U.S., Teresa Gallagher UK): A carnation pink Centaurea cyanus, cornflower bubble girl character who is sweet and happy. She likes cornflowers, rainbows, dolphins and unicorns. She lives in a spring-themed place called "Foofa Land". She is the band's tambourinist. Her realm is a spring or a summer meadow. Her hobbies are watering cornflowers, whistling, playing her tambourine, and riding her bike. *Toodee – (Voiced by Erin Pearce U.S., Jonell Elliot UK): A sky blue arctic cat-dragon who loves to have fun. She has a close friend with Plex and is also the band's bassist. She lives in an arctic winter-themed realm called "Toodee Land". Her hobbies are ice skating, playing her bass, surfing, and tap dancing. *Gooble – (Voiced by Joel Fox): A supporting character, a white ghost who is always very sad and lives in a place known as "Gooble Land".
Regular segments*Jingles, each episode has animated music videos featuring music by a guest performer and animation by guest artists, designers, and animators. They often happen after the first segment in an episode. *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 Matt Chapman as the announcer and John Reis as "The Music Swami". *Dancey Dance Time, featuring celebrity guests performing dance moves with the characters. It was 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 kid or an adult demonstrates a special talent. *Storytime, where a kid narrates a story. *Super Martian Robot Girl, featuring a helpful comic book drawn-style green-haired superhero who saves the day, but only solves extremely contrived misunderstandings of ignorant citizens, instead of fighting crime. Only used in season one, though one storytime of season 3 featured this segment. *Learn with Plex, a solo segment in which Plex teaches basic daily skills like brushing your teeth, making lemonade, putting on pajamas, etc. in kids' chants, using four repeated steps. Only used in season one. *Play Pretend with Muno, in which Muno encourages viewers to pretend along with him, as he imagines himself as different creatures and objects. Only used in season one. *Listen with Toodee, in which Toodee listens to sounds and encourages the viewer to help her identify them. Only used in season one. *Color with Brobee, in which the viewer guesses what color Brobee is thinking of by the examples he gives. Only used in season one. *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. Only used in season one. *DJ Lance Dance, in which DJ Lance Rock teaches kids doing a different dance. *Funny Faces, in which DJ Lance Rock encourages kids to make funny faces. *Knock-Knock Joke of the Day, a segment where Jack McBrayer and Paul Scheer tell knock-knock jokes. This segment first appeared in season two. *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. "Show" and "Quest" do not end with this segment.
Episodes on Nick Jr. compilation DVDs
Episodes on Nick Jr. iTunes compilationsNOTE: As of June 2019, the episodes are no longer part of the compilations due to the series being removed from Nick Jr.'s platforms.
Soundtrack releasesFour albums have been released featuring songs from the show performed by the cast and the "Super Music Friends Show" segment. *''Music is. Awesome!'' (2013) *''Music is. Awesome! Volume 2'' (2014) *''Music is. Awesome! Volume 3'' (2015) *''Music is. Awesome! Volume 4'' (2016) *''Hey!'' (2017) *''Fantastic Voyages'' (2017) Children's programming on ABC Television, ABC for Kids released a CD in 2014 titled ''Yo Gabba Gabba! Party In My Tummy''.
Stage showsThe 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!
StreamingOn 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 and Pluto TV's version of Nick Jr., 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. The series is available on YouTube for free on the Yo Gabba Gabba! official channel, and all episodes can be watched.
Critical receptionOn 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), 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-aged young adults because of the artists often featured.Friedman, Emily
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 Super Bowl XLIV, the 2010 Super Bowl and other 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 (AFL), 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 (TV series), 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 Turanga Leela, Leela produces during the episode, known as "Rumbledy Hump". *On June 8, 2012, ''The Fresh Beat Bands 15th episode in season three ''"Yo! Fresh Beats Go Gabba Gabba!"'' (a Crossover (fiction), 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 2017, A spin-off called ''DJ Lance and The Upbeat Retreat!'', produced by WildBrain Spark, WildBrain Studios (now WildBrain Spark Studios) premiered on YouTube, featuring DJ Lance Rock with his new friends. *The cast appeared in Cupcake Wars. *The series is briefly featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe miniseries ''WandaVision'', appearing on Agnes' television screen in the seventh episode "Breaking the Fourth Wall (WandaVision), Breaking the Fourth Wall".
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