Case Number 21590: Small Claims Court


Nickelodeon // 2011 // 95 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 19th, 2011

The Charge

"Listening and dancing to!!!"

The Case

It is transfixing. That beach-sound opening where DJ Lance Rock, clad in his orange jumpsuit, walks through a white vacuum, holding a giant boombox. When that musical cue kicks in, the one that signifies the awakening of Muno, Brobee, Toodee, Foofa and Plex from their mystical imprisonment, all children within a ten-foot radius are drawn in, trance-like. I've seen it happen. In my own living room. From my own daughter.

And I'm fine with that.

Yo Gabba Gabba! is awesome, delirious awesomeness, a wild show for toddlers that pumps out lessons about not biting and trying real hard and not giving up and having parties in your tummy, set against some dope tunes and trippy visuals. I'll just say it: it's the best little kids show out there.

Nickelodeon has a quartet of episodes for you:

* "Circus"
Weird Al Yankovic guest stars as a ringmaster for a traveling circus. Brobee discovers his love for dressing up as a clown, solidifying his role as a tormentor of your child's dreams for years to come.

al on yo gabba gabba circus

* "Treasure"
Plex and Muno are joined by a pair of guest star elves to search for a treasure and discover a bubble-blowing robot, which, frankly is about the coolest treasure I can think of.

* "Flying"
The Gabbaland friends pile into a hot air balloon, much to Brobee's amusement.

* "Fun"
Really, this title can apply to any Yo Gabba Gabba episode. It's a smorgasbord of fun-having activities, with everyone enjoying such enjoyable diversions like eating breakfast and dancing.

That's it. A no-nonsense DVD. I'd rather see full seasons, but let's be honest: the diminutive target audience could watch this stuff over and over again.

The disc: full frame, 2.0 stereo, no extras.

The Verdict

Not Guilty, but that's because Yo Gabba Gabba! rules. The DVD is threadbare.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 80

Perp Profile
Studio: Nickelodeon
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

* English (CC)

Running Time: 95 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* None

* IMDb

* Official Site