Case Number 20303: Small Claims Court


Nickelodeon // 2010 // 95 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // December 12th, 2010

The Charge

Imagination FTW.

The Case

One of Nickelodeon's signature series, The Backyardigans sports a group of painfully adorable computer generated animal characters (and one horrifying genetic abomination) going on adventures fueled by their imagination and engaging in epic musical numbers.

Four episodes on this Yule-theme disc:

* "The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve"
The friends turns themselves into the Action Elves in an effort to retrieve the stolen sack of Santa Claus.

* "Pablor and the Acorns"
The kids pretend to be wilderness scouts and end up in space somehow battling interstellar totalitarians.

* "The Big Dipper Diner"
More space hijinks, this time with the kids pretending to operate a galactic restaurant and later battling a monster named Blarg.

* "The Amazing Splashinis"
Uniqua, Tyrone and Pablo play around a water park and fend off a Sea Monster.

And there's your episode selection. There's only one Christmas themed episode and the remainder of the installments are just random offerings, but this is still a great little show, packed with charm and attractive animation and surprisingly catchy songs.

The DVD: full frame, stereo, a "Matching Gift" game and a music video.

The Verdict

Not Guilty.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 85

Perp Profile
Studio: Nickelodeon
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

* English (CC)

Running Time: 95 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Interactive Game
* Music Video

* IMDb