Let’s face it. Kids shows can be, well, annoying. Ava used to watch the Wiggles, but I put my foot down before she got too attached. I’m sorry, but those guys give me the creeps. She also loves Elmo, like every other kid in the world. And I’m all for Sesame Street. I think I half learned to read from it myself. But Elmo’s voice wears down my nerves after awhile. My mother continues to buy talking Elmo toys for Ava because she thinks getting on my nerves is hilarious. Thanks mom. That’s not dysfunctinal at all. But Ava’s favorite show is Yo Gabba Gabba. And its kind of my favorite show too. Yes, it can still be annoying. One of the characters has a voice that tears right through my heart. But the lessons are there and it keeps her entertained so I can get dinner made at night and its the only show out there that has some remnants of the shows that I watched as a kid. The cool thing about the show is that is was not created by network execs. It was created by Christian Jacobs (the lead singer of the Aquabats) and one of his childhood friends, Scott Schultz. They had no experience in tv, they were just two dads and friends that shared a mutual disappointment in kid’s tv. They both wanted to design a kid’s show that was entertaining while featuring real artists and real performers. Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo fame has a regular segment on the show. At this point he may be better known for scoring the music of all of Wes Anderson’s feature films. Or maybe that’s just me. The music on the show is awesome. Seriously, awesome. And I can dance around like an idiot all I want to and its ok.
One of my favorite episodes is the Happy episode, mainly because of this video:
That guy is the geekiest guy of all time, but he sure makes me cheery. My all time favorite video on the show:
My apologies on the quality of the video, but its the best I could find. I love The Roots.