Yo Gabba Gabba!

Yo Gabba Gabba!

Yo Gabba Gabba! title card
Genre Children's television series
Created by Christian Jacobs
Scott Schultz
Developed by Kay Wilson Stallings
Directed by
Starring Lance Robertson
Voices of
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 66 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Michael Polis
Jon Berrett
Producer(s) Justin Lyon
Rita Peruggi
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor DHX Media[1][2]
Original network Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Original release August 20, 2007 (2007-08-20) – November 12, 2015 (2015-11-12)
External links

Yo Gabba Gabba! is an American live action/puppet children's television show starring five costumed toys-come-to-life and their friend DJ Lance Rock. The Gabba gang explores 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 classic television shows. Created by Christian Jacobs (lead singer of the Aquabats) and Scott Schultz, the show is written to appeal to children and their parents. 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.


Hosted by a character named DJ Lance Rock, the series features a mix of live-action segments featuring cartoonish costumed characters—Muno (the red cyclops), Foofa (the pink flower bubble), Brobee (a little hairy green monster), Toodee (the blue cat-dragon) and Plex (the magic yellow robot)—and many short animated sketches and musical numbers.[3]

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, Mates of State, MGMT, Jack Black, Tony Hawk, Elijah Wood, Peter Bjorn and John, 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, and Lil Wayne. Other non-musical special 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 is Super Martian Robot Girl, designed by indie cartoonists Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer.[4]

The toy models of the characters that appear at the beginning and end of each show were made by Kidrobot.


Yo Gabba Gabba! was developed by two Southern California fathers, 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.[5] In developing the show they took inspiration from a number of sources including Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Pee-wee's Playhouse, as well as Sid and Marty Krofft puppet shows Banana Splits and H. R. Pufnstuf.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] Yo Gabba Gabba! premiered on Nickelodeon on August 20, 2007.


The show is produced by The Magic Store Productions 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 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 on February 23, 2008 on the Nick Jr. TV channel. They have not yet renewed for a fifth season.


Regular segments

Episode list

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
First aired Last aired
Pilots 2 2006
1 20 August 20, 2007 May 23, 2008
2 20 September 22, 2008 October 16, 2011
3 13 March 8, 2010 September 18, 2011
4 13 December 11, 2011 November 12, 2015

Video releases

DVD Collections[9]
Title Released Episodes
The Dancey Dance Bunch[10] October 14, 2008 "Friends", "Eat", "Dance", "Happy"
New Friends April 7, 2009 "New Friends", "Share", "Find", "Greetings"
Halloween! August 25, 2009 "Halloween", "Scary", "Fun", "Careful"
Meet My Family October 20, 2009 "Family", "Games", "Together", "Imagine"
Birthday Boogie[10] February 2, 2010 "Birthday", "Dress Up", "Talent", "Ride"
Clubhouse[10] June 15, 2010 "Clubhouse", "Adventure", "Summer", "Animals"
Superhero October 14, 2010 "Superhero", "Train", "Adventure", "Bugs"
Doctor January 11, 2011 "Doctor", "Teeth", "Clean", "Car"
Circus[11] June 14, 2011 "Circus", "Treasure Hunt", "Flying", "Fun"
Party in a Box[10][12] July 12, 2011 Three disc set of The Dancey Dance Bunch, Birthday Boogie, Clubhouse in a slipcase.
Music Makes Me Move August 9, 2011 "Band", "Move", "Differences", "Train"
Merry Christmas! August 9, 2011 "Christmas", "A Very Awesome Christmas", "Fairytale", "Boat"
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!:
There's A Party In My City!
March 13, 2012 Live show in Los Angeles with bonus features
Super Spies April 17, 2012 "Super Spies", "Mystery", "Space", "Big"

Soundtrack releases

Four albums have been released featuring songs from the show performed by the cast and the "Super Music Friends Show" segment.

ABC for Kids released a CD in 2010 titled Yo Gabba Gabba! Party In My Tummy.

Stage shows

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.

  1. "Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: There's a Party in My City!" (2010-2011)
  2. "Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! 2: It's Time to Dance!" (2011)
  3. "Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! 3: Get the Sillies Out!" (2012)
  4. "Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! 4: A Very Awesome YGG Holiday Show!" (2014)
  5. "Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! 5: Music Is Awesome" (2015)[13]

Nick Jr. Australia released a tour in 2009 called Yo Gabba Gabba: LIVE on Stage!

Critical reception

On April 30, 2008 the television show received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling.[14] 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.[15] In November 2008, the Yo Gabba Gabba! production team won a BAFTA Children's Award, International.[16] The show has also become popular among some college-age young adults because of the artists often featured.[17] Due to the show's popularity amongst both adults and children, they performed at Coachella 2010 as special guests.[18] Their live touring show also won a Creative Content Award at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards.[19] 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.[20] In February 2013, Yo Gabba Gabba! won two Kidscreen Awards for "Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series 2013" and "Best Music 2013"[21]

In other media


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  2. "OMDC Success Story: DHX Media". Ontario Media Development Corporation.
  3. Garofoli, Joe: "Preschooler TV goes hip with 'Yo Gabba Gabba'", San Francisco Chronicle, 17 August 2007
  4. evandorkin: The Last Round-Up (Pre-TCAF)
  5. "Christian Jacobs & Scott Schultz: Co-Creators, Yo Gabba Gabba!" (PDF). Wild Brain. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  6. Keveney, Bill. "'Yo Gabba Gabba!' is monstrous fun for kids, adults". USA Today. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  7. Frauenfelder, Mark (June 2, 2006). "New kids' show: Yo Gabba Gabba". Boing Boing.
  8. Itzkoff, Dave (August 12, 2007). "Charm the Children, Tickle the Parents". The New York Times.
  9. "Yo Gabba Gabba! Episode Guide 2010 Season 3 – School, Episode 6". TV Guide. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  10. 1 2 3 4 Kirby, Alicia. "Yo Gabba Gabba Party In A Box DVD Set Review". The Mama Report. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  11. Gagnon, Robin. "Yo Gabba Gabba! : Circus ~ DVD Review". MomFoodie at Blommi.com. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  12. Lott, Rod. "Yo Gabba Gabba!: Party in a Box!". Oklahoma Gazette. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  13. Gundersen, Edna. "Yo Gabba Gabba! gets 'Awesome' on new tour". usatoday.com. USA Today. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  14. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces 35th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations", April 30, 2008
  15. Poniewozik, James: "Top 10 New TV Series", Time, 2007
  16. BAFTA Children's Awards Winners ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2010.", BAFTA, 2008
  17. Friedman, Emily "Nickelodeon Cartoon Draws Unusual Fans", ABC News, May 7, 2008
  18. Glazer, Joshua. "Coachella Backstage With Yo Gabba Gabba". Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  19. Lipshutz, Jason. "U2, Gaga, Metallica, Swift Win Big at Billboard Touring Awards". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  20. "'Yo Gabba Gabba' (2007) - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  21. Goldman Getzler, Wendy (6 February 2013). "And the 2013 Kidscreen Awards winners are…". Kidscreen. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  22. Mannino, Brynn. "'Yo Gabba Gabba!' Makes Its First Float Through Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade". Woman's Day. Retrieved 24 February 2014.

External links

Official sites



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