If you kvell over the artistic sensibilities and pop-art style of Yo Gabbba Gabba and its animated segments, then it is time to take a trip to Goon Holler.  While we have written about this property in the past, all has been quiet out of the ‘Holler,’ until now. The Goon Holler Guidebook

The Goon Holler Guidebook” was written and illustrated by four-time Emmy-nominated Yo Gabba Gabba art director Parker Jacobs, based on a a property he created with his brother Christian (co-creator and director of ‘Gabba’ and The Aquabats! Super Show!).  This fully-illustrated “guidebook” introduces readers to Tooba the Bigfoot as he wanders into the land of Goon Holler. There he meets a wizard name Uncle Wiznat, a girl named Dosie Doh, an alien name Xöranj and the mischievous furry goons that give the book its name.

“The Goon Holler Guidebook” shirks the traditional format  to create what can be best described as a “variety show”-style book for kids. Similar to “Yo Gabba Gabba,” a wrap-around story ties everything together. The story focuses on Tooba’s introduction to Goon Holler and is interspersed with comic strips, recipes, jokes, and even sing-alongs.

When the Parkers launched Yo Gabba Gabba, they brought something bold and new to TV, while pulling in the best artists and musicians to make it hit home with kids and caregivers. Once again, they are ignoring the norms in a traditional marketplace and have created a first-of-its-kind book for kids.

So what’s next for Goon Holler? Let’s hear from Parker himself in an exclusive interview with Nugget Island.

Nugget Island: First off, a standard question: What inspired this property and its universe?

Parker Jacobs: I lived in Appalachia for a few years; West Virginia, Virginia & the Amish part of Maryland. America’s forgotten back yard became so exciting to me in this age of Google maps. Living out there brought back things that excited me as a kid, tall tales, stories of Bigfoot, the Flatwoods Monster, Mothman…These legends say that there’s still magic, wonder and unknown things in this world, but it’s just hiding out in some hidden forest. Like the Smurf villlage.

NI: What came first ‘Goon’ or ‘Gabba’?

Parker Jacobs

PJ: We had been developing both from around the same time. I was already working on Goon Holler when Christian approached me to feature those characters for the “Please/ Thank you” segment in the Yo Gabba Gabba pilot.  That along with 2 other Goon Holler shorts, “Goon Fishin’ and “Toot Your Horn”  were in the first season.

NILove the guidebook format! What made you decide to go this way instead of a traditional storybook?

PJ: My goal for “The Goon Holler Guidebook” was not to tell one story but to present a new world. I wanted to appeal to a broader audience, while still keeping it visually strong. If I had just made a traditional picture book people would think that Goon Holler is just for preschoolers.  I also didn’t want to settle on one style. That’s why I implemented an Illustrated version, a loose 2-color comic book style and even real photographs of Dosie Doh and Pooka Shells.

NIIs that you singing the theme songs on the website?

PJ: Oh that’s Tooba’s voice. ;^)

NIHave you tried all the recipes in the cookbook?

PJ: Okay you got me. Not all of them. A couple of those recipes I enlisted my sister and mom to help put together. The Alien Tentacle Crawlers,  is something I’ve been doing with my  kids for years! It’s so much fun to prepare as a family.

NI: What future plans do you have for the property outside of the print media?

PJ: I would like to do an app next. The goons lend themselves so well to designer toys, but we’ll see. Ultimately a T.V. show or a full-length motion picture is where I’d like to take this.

NIWill we see more of the ‘Holler or Toobaloth C Grassfoot on Yo Gabba Gabba?

PJ: Probably not, but don’t you think it’s time for a spin-off anyway?

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“The Goon Holler Guidebook” is now  available on Amazon and in bookstores nationwide. For more information about the Goon Holler team, check out http://www.goonhollerbook.com or http://www.sourcedmediabooks.com. Also, be sure to check out the trailer here!

Goon Holler Goodbye

Pop quiz: What do the following kids’ shows have in common?: Blue’s Room, Go, Diego, Go!, The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, She-Ra: Princess of PowerThe Fairly OddParents, and Pinky and the Brain?

Stumped?

Each of these kids’ shows is a spin-off of a successful counterpart.

Following their lead, Nugget Island-favorite Yo Gabba Gabba has an unofficial spin-off in the works. Head of animation at Yo Gabba Gabba, Parker Jacobs is hoping to bring his own Goon Holler property, often seen during the YGG Story Time segments, to the small screen.

Gabba Helps Launch Goon
Gabba Helps Launch Goon

Coming out of Yo Gabba Gabba production house The Magic Store, the show is currently in concept form, with a few sample “Goon toons” ready. Targeting an older audience of kids 6-to-11, Goon Holler will be a mix of live action and animation. According to the creators it will be a throwback to series like The Mickey Mouse Club or Howdy Doody where Goon Holler cartoons are screened in front of an in-studio kid audience. The audience will also participate in games, sing-alongs and guest star interactions.

The show itself will be a standard 22-minute format, including 5 minute animated shorts. The shorts will focus on the fictional backwoods state of Burgertucky and its new inhabitants, the Goons. When bumbling wizard Theodore Wiznat accidentally brings the strange creatures to life as pets for his nephew, more of them arrive and a new community called “Good Holler” emerges. The ‘Holler’ is filled with magical dragons, silliness, slapstick, and we can assume, important lessons.

Artist/creator Parker Jacobs dreamed up this property when he was drawing bedtime stories for his daughter. Although the show has not landed a TV deal just yet, Jacobs already sells must-have Goon Holler merchandise online. In the meantime, while we wait for the show to make its way into our living rooms, check out some additional artwork below, as well as some Goon toons from Yo Gabba Gabba Story Time.

More info on Goon Holler TV show (via Kidscreen)

The Goon Gang
The Goon Gang
Welcome to the Holler
Welcome to the Holler
3 Goons on a Tee
3 Goons on a Tee


Goon Fishin’

Goon Holler by Parker Jacobs


Toot Your Horn

Goon Holler by Parker Jacobs