Yo Gabba Gabba! (found pilots/test demo of live-action/puppet musical TV series; early 2000s/2006)
The pilot version of the series' logo.
Date found: 19 Dec 2020 (Short Story) 12 Oct 2023 (Play)
Found by: RayStarKitty (Short Story) Yo Gabba Guru! (Play)
Yo Gabba Gabba! was a live-action/puppet musical series that ran on Nick Jr. from 2007 to 2015. The series consists of the musician DJ Lance Rock and five costumed characters (Muno, Plex, Foofa, Toodee, and Brobee) as toys that come to life when placed in a multi-colored landscape. They appear in many segments and musical numbers of each episode.
The series had two pilots developed around 2005 and 2006. All the characters (minus Brobee) had slightly different looks from the final show: Foofa had a bulkier costume design, Plex had a blue antenna instead of a red one, Muno had slightly sharper teeth, and Toodee had glossier eyes. Additionally, Julius the Monkey appears in "Short Story" while dancing with the other characters, even though he is nowhere to be seen in the final show.
In the early 2000s a low budget test demo was made titled Yo Gabba. The demo consisted of three characters, two created by the American rock band The Aquabats; The Cyclopsis (who became Muno) and Weedy the Broccoli Bee (who became Brobee) and an unnamed grey robot (who presumably became Plex albeit the color change).
One pilot, titled "Short Story" or "Show #1", was uploaded in two parts on December 19th, 2020 by Vimeo user RayStarKitty. The pilot was found on a DVD used to promote the show before being picked up by Nickelodeon.
The other pilot titled "Show #2", or "Play", was uploaded on February 15th, 2021, but was taken down a month later with only 2 surviving segments from it titled La La Doodles!! that was originally uploaded onto YouTube by krisboban in 2007, And Bubblebeard that was originally uploaded onto YouTube by devinater200 in 2006. There is a clip uploaded to Youtube named Crazy Yo Gabba Gabba Kid by HaroldChizick where you can make out a song from the second pilot. The demo was found later that year and uploaded onto Vimeo by user Atomic Toybox.
On October 12th, 2023, the second pilot was uploaded to YouTube by user Yo Gabba Guru!. It was obtained by the said user by Kris Boban, who had worked on the La La Doodles segment and the first season of the show, and he had a copy of the second pilot which he gave to the user when asked in an email.
- Gabbapedia Wiki page on the pilots.
- Gabbapedia Wiki page on the test demo.
- The booklet that came with a DVD of one of the pilots.
- Pilot DVD photo.
- A webpage announcing the series. Retrieved 21 Aug '21