I'm going to drift a tad off subject with today's blog. Yes, I will be talking about something that makes me happy.. in terms of preschool educational programming.
As a mother, I have been up to date on educational shows on PBS and Nick Jr. While it's awesome that my son watched Sesame Street like I did, there are a few new shows that have caught my attention. Some of them include Blue's Clues, Ni Hao Kai Lan, and Wow Wow Wubbzy. There is one show that has caught my attention more than the others and it has caught the attention of teens, college students, and Brangelina.
Yo Gabba Gabba!
This show was created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, two fathers that felt disappointed in children's programming. They had done some amateur videos as teens, but had no experience in creating a television show. They just wanted something that was entertaining and featured popular musicians and celebrities. They got their big break after posting their pilot on the Internet and found themselves sitting in an office, talking to the creative director at Nickelodeon Preschool. Yo Gabba Gabba debuted on August 20, 2007.
What I love about the show is that it expresses all of the creative mediums out there: art, music, computer design, dance, and expanding the imagination. Kids learn to create simple art projects with Mark Mothersbaugh (lead singer of Devo, among many other talents). Biz Markie demonstrates different styles of beatboxing. Children are featured showing off their dance skills as well as making silly faces. There are video game styled activities that resemble classic Atari games (like Pitfall). There is also a segment called Super Martian Robot Girl, which is a comic book styled story segment featured in every episode.
Now, about the guest bands and artists.... they are featured on the Super Music Friends Show. DJ Lance and the group gather together to watch a performance by underground and indie rock artists. Some of the guests include The Aquabats, Jimmy Eat World, The Ting Tings, Cornelius, The Shins, and Electrocute.
In the segment called Dancey Dance, a celebrity makes an appearance and teaches everyone how to do a simple dance. Some of the funnier teachers include Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Tony Hawk, Sugarland, Jack Black, and Sarah Silverman.
Now that I have introduced many of you to the awesomeness that is Yo Gabba Gabba, I will end this with my favorite song from the show (which Hot Topic sells a t-shirt about this song... and I just might have to buy it, hehe).