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'Yo Gabba Gabba!': Who should guest on season 3?

Yogabbagabbajayz_lYou might not have noticed if you don’t have a young kid in the house, but Nickelodeon’s Yo Gabba Gabba!, currently in its second season, is totally huge. A third TV season green-lit, a live tour coming this spring, a feature film in the works: Those brightly-hued oddballs are a phenomenon. "We’ve been trying to develop this idea of Yo Gabba Gabba! for such along time," exec producer Scott Schultz told Variety yesterday. "To all of a sudden have squishy pals and plush toys instores…it’s humbling."

The show has booked some legitimately cool guests for the first two seasons, including Jack Black, Andy Samberg, the Shins, and Chromeo. So, as the Yo Gabba empire continues to expand, now’s the time to ask: Which stars would you like to see cavorting with Brobee, Foofa, Plex, and Co. when season three comes around? Personally, I’m pulling for Danny McBride doing a toned-down version of his Kenny Powers shtick. Very toned-down. C’mon, he’s hilarious with kids. (Okay, maybe that one is a little too edgy even for Yo Gabba.) On the music front, I wonder if Jay-Z (pictured) might be interested in one-upping his wife’s upcoming Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! arc. Or, considering the hipster cred the show has already accrued, maybe Yo Gabba‘s producers should give Animal Collective a call. Those guys seem like they already live in a manic cartoon. What do you think?

More on Yo Gabba Gabba!:
Yo Gabba Gabba!: A two-year-old’s take
Exclusive: Jack Black on Yo Gabba Gabba!
Jack Black rocks Yo Gabba Gabba! and other first looks

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Exclusive: Beyonce does guest voice for 'Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!'

Beyonce will guest-star in four new episodes of Nick Jr.’s Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! starting Monday, April 27, and we have an exclusive clip! She’s the blonde in the middle. Obviously. Awww, the usually unadorned Wubbzy got all blinged-out (blung?) to become the likely Jay-Z-inspired (just a hunch) "Wubb-Z." No one falls off a stage and into a heap of abandoned orchestra instruments better than Wubb-Z, y’all! Press play below.

 

Bobb'e J. Thompson: Give this kid his own show!

Bobbejthompson_lUsually, I can’t stand precocious children in movies or sitcoms. You know, the ones that pop into a scene and obnoxiously deliver a line that’s unnaturally funny for a child their age. (I’m looking at you, any child to ever appear in a CBS sitcom!) But I turned a new leaf last night during the young Bobb’e J. Thompson’s cameo on 30 Rock as Tracy Jr. (brother to George Foreman). Now, I loved the kid during Role Models — he practically stole the entire movie — but his hysterical blink-and-you-missed-it appearance on last night’s show proved he’s the funniest kid to break out in Hollywood since Spanky McFarland. Seriously, Thompson held his own against Alec Baldwin! And he looks great in a suit! Even though Thompson has some movies lined up, I’m a selfish person: I want to see the kid nab his own TV show so he can grace my TV screen each week. Who’s with me? Who thinks Thompson deserves his own series?

Exclusive: Jack Black on 'Yo Gabba Gabba'

Jack Black will join the Yo Gabba Gabba gang — possibly his original ancestors; investigation ongoing — for the kiddie show’s April 3 episode, "New Friends." Press play below for a sneak peek of the episode’s ending: Black’s transformation into a schlubbier DJ Lance and his dramatic, Grease-like exit. You can also check out an exclusive clip of Black’s disco-inspired "Dancey Dance" teach-along over at People.com.

I hope Black gets to do a few of those "drive-by" transition shots on tricycles and elaborately decorated gurneys, ’cause when the glassy-eyed toddlers do it with their limp, disinterested half-waves, I gotta be honest: I freak the f— out.

Happy 50th birthday, Barbie!

Barbie50_lIt’s that anatomically perfect, American icon’s 50th birthday today, and in honor of it, we’ve decided to dig up a few crazy facts (from Barbie’s official website) about the 11.5 inch-tall, 7.25-ounce doll to remind all of you out there just what kind of an impact Barbie has had on pop culture since her birth on March 9, 1959 at the International Toy Fair in New York:

During her first year in stores, about 300,000 Barbies were sold at $3 a pop.

The average price it would cost you to get one of those original dolls in good condition today: $27,450.

Three Barbies are sold somewhere every second (and sales total around $1.5 billion a year). So just in the time it took you to read this sentence, about nine dolls were sent on their way home from the toy store.

The best selling model ever? 1992’s Totally Hair Barbie. Yes, as in the one sporting a Pucci-inspired  mini-dress, hot pink stilettos, and hair flowing all the way down to her ankles. (I’ll admit it — I owned one! Only I’m the moron who cut her hair, thus negating her purpose in the first place.)

In her 50 years, Barbie has tried out more than 108 different careers. Among my favorites: pet doctor, Miss America, and Rock Star.

The toy has represented 50 nationalities thus far. That’s more than most TV networks can say.
Due to the fact that its used somewhere around 105 million yards of fabric to outfit Barbie, Mattel is considered one of the largest apparel manufacturers in the world.

• Barbie, it seems, spends more time at the "salon," than most females do: her hair is made up of seven shades of blonde, weaved together to get that token golden look.

Ninety percent of little girls in the U.S. (ages 3 to 10) own at least one Barbie.
Still, being a fan of the doll herself isn’t limited by age: There are about 8 million Barbie collectors in the world today.

Basically, Blondie has ingrained a giant place in history for herself, and her popularity seems to be continuing to grow (there apparently are 1,000 YouTube channels dedicated to the girl. Who knew??). PopWatchers, do you hold a special place in your heart for Barbie as well? Or are you surprised at all of the above numbers because she’s, well, just a freaking doll?

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What an excellent excuse to spend an hour at Seussville's Playground!

SeussvilleHappy birthday to Theodore Geisel, the author formally known as Dr. Seuss. He’d have been 105 today, and some of his most famous characters have taken over today’s Google nameplate. Whoa, I’d kind of love to read a Dr. Seuss book about the Internet. Actually, this passage from Oh, The Places You’ll Go! could easily apply:

You can get so confusedthat you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…
…for people just waiting.

That’s the spirit! Anyway, head over to Seussville.com’s Playground to achieve remastery of some really basic vocabulary. My favorite activity was the Horton Hears a Who! StoryMaker (pictured), but you may prefer the rather more challenging One Fish Two Fish Concentration, which is a dead ringer for the "Bonus Game 4: Match Cards" level of Super Mario 3. I’m cool.

'Yo Gabba Gabba': A 2-year-old's take

Yogabba_chromeo_3If Beck and Deee-lite teamed up to make a kids show, it would probably be a lot like Yo Gabba Gabba. Featuring a freaky DJ named Lance Rock and a cast of colorful creatures who (seriously) live in his boom box, the Nickelodeon show is packed with references aimed straight at 30-something ex-hipster parents: a drop-in from the Shins, an extended riff on 2-Tone ska, regular segments featuring Biz Markie and Mark Mothersbaugh, etc. Today’s episode, which airs at 1:30 p.m. ET, is especially packed, with appearances from Roots drummer ?uestlove and SNL‘s Rachel Dratch, along with a performance from excellent ’80s R&B revivalists Chromeo (pictured).

My 2-and-a-half-year-old son is absolutely obsessed with the show (his favorite phrases, in order of importance: "No," "I want Yo Gabba," "I don’t like that"), so this morning I threw on a DVD of today’s episode and had him weigh in. Overall, his reaction was mixed. An early segment with some nasty-looking cartoon germs scared the hell out of him ("I don’t like that, Daddy. Turn it off!" he said, burying his head in the chair), but he went nuts for a hair-washing sequence with a talking shampoo bottle ("that’s funny, Daddy!"). As for the celebrity guests, well, he thought they were okay. ?uestlove’s drumming demonstration was short enough to keep his interest, and he managed to tolerate Dratch’s "dancey dance" (less so his father). 

Oddly, he didn’t have much of a reaction to Chromeo, whose typically funky tune about hand washing — performed, naturally, inside a sink floating in outer space — was easily the episode’s highlight, at least for those of us less easily amused by animated bathing products. "Nice and Clean" boasts vintage beats straight out of a Klymaxx song and a funny breakdown moment when one band member chastises the other for forgetting to wash his hands before touching the keyboard. Maybe you had to have been into Midnight Star in 1983 to get it (did I just admit to that?). Or maybe my son’s just more interested in funny creatures than bearded old-school beat-crafters. Either way, it’s his loss. Now he’s downstairs throwing plastic balls at his mother’s head. I’m gonna go watch that Chromeo song one more time without him.

Who else enjoys Foofa, Plex, and the gang, with or without their kids as an excuse?

More ‘Yo Gabba Gabba':
Jack Black rocks ‘Yo Gabba Gabba’ and more first looks

'The Dark Knight': Too dark for the Kids' Choice Awards?

Darkknight_lNickelodeon just announced the Favorite Movie contenders for its annual Kids’ Choice Awards (airing on March 28). And the nominees are….

High School Musical 3
Iron Man
Bedtime Stories
The Dark Knight

If you’re like me, you did a double take at the last title on this list. Is Dark Knight really a kid pic? I’ve got no beef with parents who let their children see it; the movie’s rated PG-13, after all. But this is the same show that nominated George Lopez as Favorite Male Movie Star for his "role" in Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Do nihilistic terrorists (i.e. the Joker) and talking dogs really have the same entertainment value for kids today?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Is it just me, or is Dark Knight a little too dark for the Kids Choice Awards?

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New 'Electric Company': (All together now) HEY YOU GUUUYS!

PBS Kids has posted preview clips of the new version of Sesame Street‘s funkier, more Morgan Freeman-y older cousin, The Electric Company, set to debut in January. Thankfully, they didn’t just go all ’70s-wakka-wakka-funk-retro in an attempt to replicate the original, but instead, use the show’s hip, fast-paced style to create some pretty cool new stuff, like the technological, Matrix-inspired segments featuring beatbox wizard Shock, and the cute/funny, two-dimensional animation bits between The Odd Couple. I always loved The Electric Company when I was a kid (especially Freeman’s DJ Mel Mounds, embedded below), and I think it’s awesome that a new generation of kids will grow up with its quirky brand of edutainment.

So what were your favorite Electric Company bits? You psyched to see the new one? Think it’ll succeed?

Is Burn-E 2008's third-most-adorable robot? Discuss.

The most adorable and second-most adorable — I’ll let you decide who’s in which place — have to be Wall-E and EVE, from Pixar’s super-awesome Wall-E. Just thinking of them makes me let out a little "Awww." And NASA’s late Mars Phoenix Lander is a strong third-place contender after them. So sad! But I think the bronze is gonna have to go to my new pal Burn-E, the star of a seven-and-a-half-minute short that Wall-E lead animator Angus MacLane directed for the new Wall-E DVD. You can check the little guy out below (h/t) if you can’t wait to buy the DVD next week. Burn-E, whose adventure takes place at the same time as Wall-E, is a repair robot on the Axiom spacecraft. All your favorite human and technological characters make cameos as he struggles to fix a broken gizmo of some kind. And there’s a very nice score by Wall-E orchestrator J.A.C. Redford. Pretty great stuff, no?

UPDATE: Broken YouTube link replaced with a new one below. If this one disappears, too…well, go out and buy the DVD next week!

More on Wall-E and Pixar:
EW’s Chris Willman gave the Wall-E DVD an A review…
…just like Owen Gleiberman did for the theatrical release
Marc Bernardin teared up at the end of the movie (me too!)
Director Andrew Stanton and composer Jerry Herman told EW all about Wall-E‘s Hello, Dolly! connection
EW reviewed Wall-E, the video game

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