Feeling good with the Gabba gang
The Story So Far...
"Teeth" follows the disc's health theme, as DJ Lance remembers when Muno lost his baby teeth. The highlight has to be the appearance by the Tooth Fairy, played by Amy Sedaris, in a performance not unlike her role as Jerri Blank (which is both awesome and disturbing.) The animated video this time is "Brush, Brush, Brush" a brightly-colored, bouncy clip, while Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh stops by to magically draw a tooth and the Super Music Friends Show features Datarock, performing the somewhat related "Smile for the Camera." While the Story Time, about an alligator and his cavities, is one of the segment's lesser offerings and the Cool Trick isn't too impressive (a smiling mule), the only thing that was kind of annoying was the "Baby Teeth" song, which follows the trend of taking a previous song and just replacing the words.
We're three for three on sticking to the theme with "Clean," as the gang gets obsessed with being icky, as the tiny, ugly germs make a return, along with their earworm theme song, only to be stopped by Super Soapy Pal, the superhero bar of soap who encourages everyone to wash their hands. Once in a while, Yo Gabba Gabba! will pull out some stuff that's just made to freak you out, and the animated video "Cover Your Mouth" does just that, with some of the oddest drawings of children I've ever seen, along with the bathtime song, with the Strongpals, two living action figures that will give me nightmares for certain. It's all good though, as there's also a funky percussion demo by ?uestlove and Frankie Knuckles of The Roots; "Nice N' Clean," a fun song by Chromeo; and a Dancey Dance from Rachel Dratch. The counting computer segment and magic shampoo song (featuring an oddly Jamaican shampoo bottle) just don't stand out alongside the other segments.
The consistency in theme ends with the final episode of this set, "Car," as the gang goes for a ride, talking about traffic safety and the need to buckle up. There are two repeated songs this time, with "Keep Trying" and "Dangerous" but the animated video features The Aggrolites, so all is forgiven. The Muno Plays Pretend, Listening with Toodee, and Funny Face segments are a bit meh, and the Dancey Dance with country band Sugarland didn't do anything for me, though another Beat of the Day with Biz is always welcome and the Cool Trick, featuring Bones of the Aquabats and Joe from Supernova ripping it up on their guitars, is excellent fun. As usual, the Story Time is cute and has a good moral. Overall, it's definitely the weakest of the four, though the music helps.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtracks are as good as can be expected, delivering the characters' voices and the music very well, but there's no dynamic mixing, as the show features the straight-down-the-middle audio you'd expect from a kids show.
The Bottom Line