Me and My Friends (partially found live-action pilot of "The Backyardigans" Nick Jr. CGI-animated series; 1998)

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Me and My Friends photo 1.jpg

Still of the cast, courtesy of The Backyardigans Wiki.

Status: Partially Found

Me and My Friends is a live-action pilot episode taped at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida in September 1998. It was declined by Nickelodeon,[1] though an animated pilot featuring the characters of "Me and My Friends" created in 2002 was picked up as the CGI animated series, The Backyardigans.

Characters

The only characters from The Backyardigans who appear in Me and My Friends are Uniqua, Pablo, Tyrone, and Tasha. Three puppet characters called "the Meerkats" also appeared. Austin, the purple kangaroo, is absent. This may be the reason why he is called "the new kangaroo on the block" in some of his character bios.

Differences

The characters' appearances aren't vastly different from that of the CGI series, besides a few minor differences:

  • Uniqua has visible nostrils.
  • Pablo's propeller is yellow, as opposed to red.
  • Tyrone and Tasha's nostrils are black instead of dark yellow and dark orange. These were utilized as vision areas.
  • Tyrone's shirt has yellow/blue stripes rather than red/blue stripes.

Availability

A clip of Me and My Friends was released in a 5-minute compilation video created by former crew members of Nickelodeon Studios for its 10-year anniversary in 2000. There are around 3 seconds of video without the original audio. Images from the pilot's production were released by Yvette Helin and Lyon Puppets. Helin has released at least seven photos, while Lyon has released one.

Gallery

LSuperSonicQ’s video on the subject.
LSuperSonicQ’s livestream that showcases Yvette Helin's images.

See Also

The Backyardigans

Other Nick Jr. Pilots

External Links

Reference