When in Gabbaland, Judge Erich Asperschlager recommends visiting the Museum of Modern Balloon Art.
Our reviews of Yo Gabba Gabba! Birthday Boogie! (published February 1st, 2010), 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), and Yo Gabba Gabba! The Dancey Dance Bunch (published October 20th, 2008) are also available.
"And this was going to be the best balloon art party ever."
The latest Yo Gabba Gabba release expands the Gabbaverse with trips to a secret spy base, outer space, and even the nothingness beyond Gabbaland. Yo Gabba Gabba! Super Spies collects four more episodes from the hit kids' show, featuring the new title episode:
• "Super Spies"
Also included in the episode: Swedish indie trio Peter, Bjorn and John sing "I Wish I Was a Spy"; and a stop-motion Story Time about a kid spy who makes a new friend.
Also included in the episode: Biz (aka. "Sherlock Homeboy") throws down a mystery beat; Paul Scheer and Jack McBrayer tell the Knock Knock Joke of the Day; Super Music Friends Ladytron play "Use Your Mind"; and a monkey-themed Story Time.
Also included in the episode: an intergalactic Story Time about an alien with an asteroid problem; Super Music Friends the Electrocutes sing "Zero Gravity"; and DJ Lance teaches kids the Moon Bounce dance.
Meanwhile, Mark Mothersbaugh draws fleas on skis; Jem and the Yo Dazzlers sing "Some Things Are Big, Some Things Are Small"; a balloon animal artist shares his Cool Trick; and a Story Time baking competition proves that the biggest cake doesn't always taste the best.
This latest DVD comes in the same 2.0 Dolby Stereo, full frame format as previous releases. No bonus features.
Yo Gabba Gabba gets a lot of play in our house, in DVD, streaming, and CD form. It's been less than a week, but I've got a feeling Super Spies is going into heavy rotation, especially the title episode. The best Gabba shows tend to be either the simplest or most ambitious. "Super Spies" is definitely the latter, with a real story, special effects, a car chase, cool gadgets, and disguises. It also features a memorable performance by Jason "Don't miss the string art" Bateman, one of the only real antagonists I've ever seen on the show. Sure, he does a miraculous about-face at the end (something about stealing because he loves art), but for most of the episode he gives the show a welcome injection of menace. "Space" is another winner—quoth my daughter, "Space is my favorite"—as is "Mystery." The only disappointment is "Big," mostly because I read somewhere that it included a trip to DJ Lance's house. It doesn't. To be fair, that promised visit isn't mentioned on the back of the box. Brobee's sudden growth spurt is reminiscent of giant Animal in The Muppet Movie. The twist is neat, but it comes late in the episode and never really pays off. You know, because I hold goofy kids' shows to high narrative standards.
Bad spy, fun DVD. Not guilty!
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