NEW YORK, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon invites preschoolers and
their families to rock out with Nick Jr.'s new live-action music series Yo
Gabba Gabba! The interactive, half-hour 20-episode series, produced by The
Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN, will debut with a simulcast of the premiere
episode, "Eat" on both Nick Jr. and sister network NOGGIN on Monday, August
20 at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT*) with an encore on Nick Jr. at 1:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
Nick Jr. will premiere a new episode of Yo Gabba Gabba! every day from
Tuesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) and the
series will air regularly weekdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on
Nick Jr. Through an original beat-driven soundtrack and innovative retro
style, Yo Gabba Gabba! highlights simple life lessons in the lives of
preschoolers, like sharing, healthy eating and making their bed. The
series' unique magazine format features original animation, vibrant
walk-around puppets, real kids, diverse music genres, and celebrity and
musical guest appearances in every episode.
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The first season of Yo Gabba Gabba! will feature a recurring role by
Hip Hop legend Biz Markie in a "Biz's Beat of the Day" segment where he
teaches preschoolers how to beat-box, and a recurring role by singer,
illustrator and composer Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) in a "Mark's Magic
Pictures" drawing segment. Additional guest stars include, Elijah Wood in
the premiere episode ("Eat"), Mya, The Shins, Sugarland, Rahzel, Tony Hawk,
Laila Ali, Sean Kingston, Nikki Flores, Hector Jimenez, Smoosh, The
Aquabats, The Aggrolites and Cornelius.
"Yo Gabba Gabba! is completely unique!" said Brown Johnson, Executive
Vice President, Executive Creative Director, Nickelodeon Preschool
Television. "This fresh, inventive music series will captivate preschoolers
and caregivers with a hip, diverse slate of original music and infectious
lyrics. Kids will see how much fun it can be to eat healthy, clean up and
brush their teeth as they sing and dance along with the engaging cast of
colorful characters, real kids, talented guest stars and one-of-a-kind
"The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN are thrilled to work together with
Nickelodeon to create such an original and ground-breaking series," said
Charles Rivkin, Executive Producer of Yo Gabba Gabba! and President and CEO
of W!LDBRAIN. "Yo Gabba Gabba! is a one-of-a-kind experience and will make
preschool fun for the whole family."
Yo Gabba Gabba! stars host DJ Lance Rock (Lance Robertson) who brings
to life four friendly monsters and a robot in a colorful land of music and
laughter. The series highlights simple life lessons for preschoolers,
through original song in short thematically linked segments, featuring
animation, walk-around puppets and real kids. Yo Gabba Gabba! features an
eclectic mix of unique music genres for preschoolers including, Pop, 80s,
Electronic, New Wave, British Invasion, Hip Hop and more. Each episode
culminates with an original music remix that summarizes the lessons
learned. The characters, Muno the red cyclops, Foofa the pink flower
bubble, Brobee the little green one, Toodee the blue cat-dragon and Plex
the robot, are all ready to sing, play and dance along with the viewers as
soon as they hear the magic words, "Yo Gabba Gabba!" They physically engage
preschoolers with interactive play and encourage them to get up and dance
to the music. Yo Gabba Gabba! also features pretend-along games that teach
shapes and colors, ask questions and teach new dance steps while keeping
preschoolers laughing throughout the episode.
On the premiere episode, "Eat," Elijah Wood guest stars in a "Dancey
Dance" segment teaching viewers a "puppet master" dance, and Mark
Mothersbaugh shows viewers how to draw a potato bug in his "Mark's Magic
Pictures" segment. Musical character segments on the premiere episode
feature songs "Party In My Tummy," "Snacky Snack Snack" and "Try it, You'll
Like It" which teach viewers that it is fun to eat healthy foods, and
"Clean It Up" which shows preschoolers how to have fun while cleaning up a
Yo Gabba Gabba! teaches critical components in early childhood
development such as developing speech, respecting nature and acquiring good
manners. Additional teaching moments set to song include, "Excuse Me,"
"It's OK, Try Again" and "I'm So Sorry."
Nick Jr. will also kick off the launch of Yo Gabba Gabba! across the
following Nickelodeon Preschool platforms:
-- Beginning Thursday, July 26, Nick Jr. Video, Nick Jr.'s broadband video
service available on Nickjr.com, will stream music videos, clips and a
behind-the-scenes of Yo Gabba Gabba!
-- Beginning Thursday, July 26, music videos from Yo Gabba Gabba! will be
available on various wireless carriers.
-- Beginning Friday, July 27 through Friday, August 17, Nick Jr. will
premiere four new music videos from Yo Gabba Gabba! every Friday,
during the network's music-themed "Nick Jr.'s Dance Party" lineup.
-- Beginning Monday, July 30, Video On Demand windowing of Yo Gabba Gabba!
episodes and music videos will commence on Comcast and Time Warner.
-- On Monday, August 20, Yo Gabba Gabba! will simulcast on both Nick Jr.
and sister network NOGGIN at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT*).
Nick Jr.'s award-winning website (www.nickjr.com) will feature three,
brand-new convergent online games to complement the launch of Yo Gabba
Gabba! Beginning Friday, July 27, preschoolers can go online and play
"Brobee's Dance Game" where they use their mouse to move Brobee's arms and
legs to make him dance. On Friday, August 3, Nick Jr.com will launch the
"Foofa Flower Watering Game" where players control Foofa's arms to water
flowers. Beginning Friday, August 10, the site will feature the "Muno vs.
Plex Volcano Volleyball" game where users play as Muno and hit lava balls
across a volcano net. Additionally, Nick Jr.com will feature an interview
with the series creators, in addition to iron-ons, printables, crafts,
e-cards and more.
The Magic Store was founded in 2005 by "Gen X" dads Christian Jacobs,
Justin Lyon and Scott Schultz. The studio's first project, Yo Gabba Gabba!,
was produced independently in two half-hour episodes. After creating an
online viral frenzy with the trailer, the show ultimately found a home on
Nick Jr. The Magic Store's mission is to produce ground-breaking, fresh,
wholesome and fun entertainment properties that parents can enjoy along
with their kids.
Founded in 1994, W!LDBRAIN (www.wildbrain.com) is an award-winning
entertainment company that develops and produces unique and compelling
content across the media spectrum. Powered by its distinctive pool of
talented animators and directors and renowned for blending traditional
animation methods with state-of-the-art computer graphics, the studio and
its artists have consistently won top industry awards. In film, W!LDBRAIN
has garnered numerous awards including an Annie for its computer graphics
short film Hubert's Brain and currently has a number of film projects in
development. In television, the studio has produced an exceptional slate of
original work, including the top-rated and critically acclaimed animated
series Higglytown Heroes and the upcoming Nick Jr. series Yo Gabba Gabba!
One of the nation's foremost producers of animated commercials, W!LDBRAIN
has won Clios, Addys, the BDA Awards and Annies for their commercial spots
- reinvigorating classic brands and developing cutting-edge spots for such
leading companies as The Coca-Cola Company, Honda, Kraft and Nike.
W!LDBRAIN additionally creates and distributes collectible merchandise
through its subsidiary Kidrobot, a premiere retailer of limited-edition art
toys and apparel, with stores located in New York City, Los Angeles and San
Nick Jr. is a specially designed programming block airing on
Nickelodeon weekdays from 9 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Completely dedicated
to preschoolers ages 2-5, Nick Jr.'s Emmy, Peabody and Parents' Choice
Award- winning programs are curriculum based, fun and commercial free. At
Nick Jr., kids play to learn with innovative, original shows created just
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*Broadcast times for the NOGGIN premiere are (ET) only.
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