Ok y’all, what is wrong with Yo Gabba Gabba? Besides the obvious? I mean, think about the plot line. Some guy, dressed in overalls, has a bunch of kids in a box that he takes out to let them play in twenty minute intervals a few times each day. These kids, and their DJ caregiver in turn rely on a magic robot to guide them in their adventures and help explain things.
If that right there isn’t weird enough, consider that, much like Max and Ruby, these kids have no parents. Which would make Gabba land seem like some type of orphanage. Alright, so lets go with the orphanage idea for a second, and let me contradict myself by saying that two of the kids, Muno and Brobee, do have parents.
Muno’s parents live in a weird one room house at the edge of Gabba land. But he never goes home. Except when DJ Lance takes him there for a few minutes so the audience can look inside the house for some sort of learning experience. Like the tutorial on how to feed a baby. Since little kids need to know this type of thing.
Muno’s parents never ask about him. He spends his nights sleeping on the floor in Gabba land.
Brobbee’s parents are even more allusive. We have only seen them in one episode when they came to watch him perform in the circus.
Aside from the obvious child abandonment issues presented here where even the characters with parents have seemingly been forsaken, there is still the larger concern of why these kids live in a box. I can’t get over that. I am not sure what is being implied here. I thought it was because they are just dolls that come to life when DJ Lance “activates” them, but if they do have families, and behave like children, and according to one episode they also have histories, such as memories of themselves being babies, then isn’t the whole premise of the show conducted under the idea of child imprisonment?
I have to admit I love Yo Gabba Gabba. Compared to some of the other shows out there, like Caillou, it is far more entertaining and engaging. I don’t mind my kids watching it. Especially since they are WAY too young to really pick up on any of the weirdness I just mentioned. Is that what the creators are banking on? That little kids just wouldn’t realize this stuff?
So I am not going to be changing the channel when its on, or telling anyone not to watch, but sometimes, sitting there with my kids watching this stuff, I guess I just can’t stop thinking.
What is your take on this?