Judge Erich Asperschlager wonders, how do you make a birthday tissue dance?
Our reviews of Yo Gabba Gabba! Circus (published June 19th, 2011), Yo Gabba Gabba! Clubhouse (published June 14th, 2010), Yo Gabba Gabba! Let's Visit The Doctor! (published January 16th, 2011), Yo Gabba Gabba! Meet My Family (published October 20th, 2009), Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Makes Me Move! (published August 21st, 2011), Yo Gabba Gabba! New Friends (published April 6th, 2009), Yo Gabba Gabba! Party In A Box (published July 12th, 2011), Yo Gabba Gabba! Super Spies (published April 28th, 2012), and Yo Gabba Gabba! The Dancey Dance Bunch (published October 20th, 2008) are also available.
"This is the best birthday ever!"
The coolest kids' show on TV returns to DVD with another four-episode collection: Yo Gabba Gabba! Birthday Boogie! This time around, DJ Lance and his gaggle of talking toy-creatures sing and dance their way through birthdays, playing dress up, a talent show, and taking a ride. Cynical parents might look at this 94-minute disc as another stingy-on-content money grab, but their kids won't care, and neither do I. As far as I'm concerned, any Gabba is good Gabba. I could pretend that I love this show on behalf of my infant daughter, but why bother? Yo Gabba Gabba! is awesome, and I am in its fuzzy orange-hatted thrall.
• "Dress Up"
Yo Gabba Gabba! Birthday Boogie! is identical to past releases in presentation and bonus features. That is, it's in full screen and there are no bonus features. I know the show is aimed at a young audience who wouldn't know an extra from a hole in the ground, but why must we adult fans suffer? Or be judged for our love of a kids' show?…But mostly the extras thing. The stereo sound more than handles all the great music, though music is a big enough part of the show that I wonder what the creative minds at Wild Brain and The Magic Store could do with a surround soundtrack.
Provided your kids (and/or you) dig this show, Birthday Boogie! will satisfy just as much as the previous Gabba discs. Though I'd much prefer full-season sets to these piecemeal collections of random episodes, Yo Gabba Gabba! is highly recommended to parents who are tired of lame kids' programming. Children are weird, and cool, and they look at the world in a unique way. So does this show. It's got tons of style and creativity, and perfectly captures the joy of being a kid. It educates as well as entertains, but keeps the messaging to simple ideas like, have fun, stay safe, and don't be mean. And really, what more do little kids need their TV to teach them?
Now it's time to render a verdict! Are you ready? Well, let's do it! Break it down. Not Guilty!
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