The Roots, Busy Philipps, Anne Heche and My Son guest star in BRAND-NEW episodes of NICK JR.’S hit preschool series YO GABBA GABBA!

The Roots, Busy Philipps, Anne Heche and My Son guest star in BRAND-NEW episodes of NICK JR.’S hit preschool series YO GABBA GABBA!

Tom Lennon/Busy Phillips guest star in Yo Gabba Gabba! on Nickelodeon DJ Lance and the Gabba gang are back with new lessons and exciting guest stars as Nick Jr. premieres brand-new episodes of the hit preschool music series, Yo Gabba Gabba!, kicking off Saturday, Jan. 3, at 1:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The brand-new episodes feature the Gabba crew’s celebrity friends including The Roots (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), Busy Philipps (Cougar Town), Anne Heche (The Legend of Korra), George Clinton, Tom Lennon (Reno 911), Marissa Jaret Winokur (Melissa & Joey) and more!

The schedule for the January premieres of Yo Gabba Gabba! is as follows (all times are ET/PT):

  • Saturday, Jan. 3,
    • 1:00 p.m. – “Shopping” – The Gabba friends learn about food, spills, and grocery shopping.  Guests: Anne Heche, Mark Mothersbaugh, Inara George
    • 1:30 p.m. – “DinosaurThe Gabba friends take a magic raft ride into the land of dinosaurs.  Guests: Patton Oswalt, George Clinton, Mark Mothersbaugh,  Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • The Roots guest star in Yo Gabba Gabba!Saturday, Jan. 10
    • 1:00 p.m. – “Day Camp”The Gabba friends and siblings learn new games and crafts at Day Camp.  Guests: The Roots, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Todd Oldham, Matthew Gray Gubler, Biz Markie, Kemba Russell
    • 1:30 p.m. – “Restaurant” – The Gabba friends take a ride to a restaurant and learn how to order and behave.  Guests: Tom Lennon, Busy Philipps, Biz Markie, Steve Caballero, Rocket from the Crypt

10830626_10152581277564607_5033770863497446872_oNow I wasn’t kidding when I said my son… 3 years ago my son was invited to be one of those amazing dancing children on the show… so on the episode Dinosaur – you’ll see my son Marc busting some moves!

It was an incredible experience and I really must thank the great Yo Gabba Gabba team especially Christian Jacobs.

Talking to the co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba – Christian Jacobs

Talking to the co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba – Christian Jacobs

Christian is in front of Brobee (green monster)

If you’ve been reading my blog you know I have a son who is in love with Yo Gabba Gabba, (LOVE!) like knows the songs, has the DVDs, Toys, Bedding, Shirts, ect… Watches it multiple times a day! ps. stop judging me that he’s watching to much TV.  When I was offered the ability to have an interview with Christian Jacobs the co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba and the lead singer for the Aquabats. Naturally I said YES….

I had some questions for the man that created the show that my son is obsessed with… which also means I’m obsessed with, because one of my goals in life is to make my son happy…. Christian took this interview/call while home with his family and washing the dishes, which is pretty awesome for a Dad of four.

I started the interview by asking Christian about why did he make the show…

When Scott and Christian started making this show – they were just starting having kids and the shows on tv were driving them crazy. Yo Gabba Gabba was a product out of a need for better tv they could enjoy as well.

Of course I asked about the character design and how did they develop…

Christian is a major Japanese toy collector and that was some of the inspiration for Aquabats which is where Muno grew out of… Christian is legally blind in his left eye and that was his signature character always felt drawn to the cyclops. The aquabats used to fight a muno like character at the time there were horns and its name wasn’t muno.  The bumps where added by some science which was to have some tactical response as well as the shapes.  Brobee was also in the Aquabats universe as a monster they would fight on stage.

How about the story lines, they’re great and I know they’re not the typical sunshine and rainbows…

Scott and Christian’s kids wear glasses which is why they showed life lessons with its OK to be different and showing that its cool to wear glasses. While traditional values arent featured on many shows because its not popular, they wanted to tackle those issues and be responsible Dads it getting those lessons that would be hard for a 3 year old to wrap their head around.

I started picking on which season we’re up to on air… which is season 3 and there are still some episodes to air and a handful of season 2 that werent aired. I asked about the character development because we’ve seen Brobee celebrate birthdays hows the show long term goals working with development story lines.

Of course the idea of the show it be a long running show and issues like birthdays or haircuts are real life – Christian took his kid for his first hair cut and he was a wild man. Of course there is development because they want to show real life issues to kids. They don’t want to grow the characters up to much because its still based for younger demographics but clearly it connects with older kids, the bands, the animations, over all feel hits a wide age range.  Its been the best job to create an alternative magic world that helps children learn in the milestone education years of 2-4.

When asked about the rumors of whats happening as we’re finishing up season 3 whats going on with season 4….

Here’s the breaking news part – a 4th season of 13 episodes is under way. The sky is the limit – Yo Gabba Gabba got picked up in France and a few other foreign countries and the live show is doing amazing, there is a movie script in the work. New line of Van shoes are rolling out, its a tricky state of things and there have been some missteps but learning from their mistakes.

I asked about video games because I’ve been on a tear of preschool video games and Christian voiced his concern as typically they’ve never sold well, but since Yo Gabba Gabba isnt the typical preschool show and they’re working on it, but its been a challenge.

After this point we started talking to Christian about Aquabats and that’ll be a post for another day….

I really want to say thank you to all the wonderful people who made this interview happen (it took a small team!) and thanks to Chistian for really taking the time to answer all the questions!