If you have young kids and cable, chances are they’ve either driven you nuts with a bit of Nick Jr.’s Yo Gabba Gabba! or you’ve gotten into it right along with them. Well, like it or not, there are more on the way. The preschool-centric network has picked up a third season of the series that marries the silly and the surreal with life lessons featuring a cast of multicolored, amorphous beings.
It’s sort of a freak of a show, and one that’s obviously captured the imagination of more than just kids. It’s become something of a cool hangout for pop-culture icons great and small. Among the hipster list to appear amid its appealingly primitive sets have been Jack Black, Saturday Night Live‘s Rachel Dratch and Andy Samberg, Melora Hardin from The Office, Tony Hawk, DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh, The Shins, Elijah Wood and many more.
But one thing has consistently bothered me about the series, from the day I saw the initial teaser reel: Its uncanny resemblance to the Japanese series Kure Kure Takora from the early ’70s. Although the content of Yo Gabba Gabba! is unquestionably a little more potentially nourishing to young minds, I can’t help but think that Jack Black, Andy Samberg and The Shins wouldn’t have given their eye teeth to have appeared on a show this bizarre.
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