Friday, March 27, 2009


Hey, another great Season One Jingle is up on the animated music video "Listen" - animated by the crazily talented Lori D., from a song by the band Paco (a side project of the husband and wife that make up two-thirds of the band Ivy.)

The song, and the animation, are a perfect reminder of how important it is - and how much fun it can be - to stop and listen to the things all around us.

And noone knows that better than Lori D. herself! Here's what she told us about how she made the animation:

"I was living on a pistachio farm when I made the "Listen" animation. I started working on this animation during the early summer. As I was developing the treatment for the animation, I had a helpful listening experience. One day, in the late afternoon, I started hearing something knocking on the roof above me... Like someone knocking on a door. I couldn't figure out what was making that sound! It was happening every day for weeks. Then one day I noticed there were lots of pistachio shells scattered on the ground around the front porch and I realized the birds were picking pistachios out of the orchard and taking them up to the roof of the house to peck them open! That was what the knocking sound was....and then the shells would just roll off the edge of the roof onto the ground.

I thought about how that gave me a whole new level of understanding of how listening was a tool I hadn't thought of before that enables a person to intimately get to know the subtle seasonal indicators in the place that they live. I found out by listening that if I hear a bird pecking pistachio shells open on a roof, I can learn from the birds that the pistachios are getting ripe enough to start eating! I thought it was exciting that even though I don't speak bird language, the birds could tell me it was pistachio chowdown showdown time, even if I hadn't been out there in the orchard to see for myself.

That was a big part of what gave me the idea to create ribbons of visualized sound pattern and then follow them to eventually reveal the source of the mystery."

Here's some of the early artwork Lori D. started with when she was making the animation:

Man, that station wagon is so cool!

More from Lori D.:

"I was really excited to create an animation to accompany the "Listen" song. I loved the song and the idea of celebrating the importance and pleasure of actively listening to our world and the people who are in our lives. I had been thinking a lot about how our imaginations ignite when we listen. If there are sounds that we recognize, we use our memories to paint pictures in our minds of what would be making that sound. If we do not recognize the sound, our imaginations piece together wild patchwork quilts of possibilities based on the things that we do know about the world from our experience in it.

So for the fantastic new people of the world, such as are many of the fans of Yo Gabba Gabba, I was thrilled to make an animation that explored the bounty of possibilities for learning about the way things work through listening."

The "Listen" jingle, from Season One.
CLICK HERE to watch - and listen... (Shhh)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Win A Phone call from a Gabbaland!

Our Gabba-friends over at put together this exciting new contest . That's right, you can get an actual live phone call from the actual characters from Yo Gabba Gabba!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

the F A C K R E L L B R O T H E R S

Nate & Matt Fackrell are two mighty filmmakers that have helped Yo Gabba Gabba! become what it is today. Gosh! In so many ways; editing, behind-the-scenes, writing, directing, more editing... Their own site is now online and I'd just like to suggest that you check out their work. Their commercials are especially entertaining. They are my good friends, though I'm still trying to figure out which one is the evil twin.

The Fackrell Brothers

Entertainment Weekly: Jack Black clip

EW Popwatch Exclusive: Jack Black on 'Yo Gabba Gabba'

Video clip Link

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Big and Small

Now playing on a great animated Jingle from Season One, "Some Things Are Big, Some Things Are Small" - with music by Jason Falkner, and animation by Christopher Palazzo. It's super pretty, and the song is super hummable and fun to sing along to- for big mouths and small mouths, too.

And the animation and characters are so rad! Here's what Christopher said about designing them.

"The idea is to create as many smiles as possible. The track had a nice feeling to it... like a three minute hug... and I wanted the animation to feel the same way. Big guys helping little guys, little guys showing big guys the cool tricks they can do, etc. It's about being friends with people no matter what they look like."

CLICK HERE to go to Christopher's site and read more about his process, and to see a SMALL video Chris made of the black and white storyboards (aka the "animatic"):

Then, you can watch the very, very BIG finished animated Jingle on!

[But just to give you a heads up: If you think that all things are big, or that no things are small... boy, are you in for a surprise.]

Monday, March 9, 2009

ABC News: Indie Hipster's 'Kid' Rock

ABC News does a nice write-up explaining why so many musicians are, "tuning in to toddlers". The story is mostly about Robert Schneider of the super cool, "Apples In Stereo" and his cool new project. I like it. There's a little Yo Gabba Gabba in there too. Check it out.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What's In DJ Lance's Bag?

Hello, friends! Do you sometimes sit alone in your room and think, "How can I be as musically radical as all my favorite Yo Gabba Gabba! characters? Where does Muno get his inspiration to shred? What kind of beeps and bops does Plex like to download (legally) to his motherboard? Who could I ask such questions?" Well, DJ Lance of course! DJ Lance was spotted at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, CA getting gifts for the Gabba gang! Luckily, he was wearing a mic and a camera man was there to film it or this post would be very pointless. Click the link below, then click on the picture of DJ Lance to watch!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Super Soapy Pal!

Just recently, Nickelodeon FINALLY aired the "Clean" episode of of Yo Gabba Gabba! "Clean" also introduced a new character, Super Soapy Pal. Super Soapy Pal is a flying bar of soap that is Yo Gabba Gabba's official spokesperson for hygiene (you know, like washing your hands?) His mortal enemies are germs! Not these Germs...
But these germs!!
"We are the tiny ugly germs, and we'll make you sick!" But I digress...

Below is my first colored sketch of Mr. Super Soapy. As you can see, it's super sketchy...

So after everybody dug the sketch, I took it to my computer and built this "cleaner" version (wocka wocka) in Adobe Illustrator. Learning that Super Soapy Pal was going to be flying in front a blue screen, I rendered him in more of a minty hue.

After the cleaner, soapy sketch is OK'd, we turn this art over to our puppet masters, and Super Soapy Pal quickly comes to life!

Here we have Animation Producer Kevin Lee, Animation Wizard Joel Fox and a flying tattooed arm, demonstrating Super Soapy Pal's shoulder resting capabilities.

Super Soapy Pal is here to inspire hope in the hearts of parents and children everywhere. Hope for a cleaner, brighter future.
So what if they've switched to an anti-bacterial liquid soap.