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Yo Gabba Gabba! — Music Makes Me Move! (DVD Review)

3 Aug, 2011 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 8/9/11
$16.99 DVD
Not rated.

What’s not to love about enchanting creatures from a make-believe land that always are ready to dance, sing and play?

Music Makes Me Move! has four “Yo Gabba Gabba!” episodes bursting with exciting adventures and sing-along lessons, starring the jumpsuit-clad DJ Lance Rock and the eclectic Gabba Land friends. Whether it’s encouraging cleanliness through a ska-reggae ditty, silliness through making funny faces, or teamwork through building a choo-choo train, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” makes learning practical and, above all, fun.

Young ones, and the young at heart, will appreciate the sound advice, like “Don’t be mean to your friends” and “Being different is a good thing,” all the while grooving and moving. The show’s benefits are obvious: There’s something about a catchy chorus of “Skippy skip, skip, skip” while prancing that just puts a smile on your face.

The “Band” episode, in which the bunch forms their own group, is a guaranteed favorite. There’s Toodee on the bass, Muno on the guitar, Foofa on the tambourine, Brobee on the drums and Plex on the keytar. The gang discovers that with a little practice, they can jam with the best of them. They even act as the backup band for The Lady Tigra as she sings her rousing rendition of ’80s dance hit “When I Hear Music.”

As is customary with the series, Music Makes Me Move! features guest appearances from an array of celebrities such as rapper Biz Markie, who presents his “Beat of the Day”; pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, who shows off some tricks on the half pipe; and Laila Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who leads viewers in a “Dancey Dance.”

The title sums it up. I dare you to watch Music Makes Me Move! and not let your inner child run free, if not for a moment.

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