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?


“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

Dave PerilloIf you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may know our tendency for sharing and over-sharing the work of Philly-based artist and illustrator Dave Perillo. Like me, Dave has a love for all things pop culture and pop art, including well-known and cult artists like Jim Flora, Charles Schultz, Jim Henson, Mike Allred, and Tim Biskup. Unlike me, Dave has actual artistic talent and has used it to create some amazing illustrated tributes to some of the entertainment properties we love as children of the 80’s (The Goonies, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Thundercats), watch as adults  (Moonrise Kingdom, Breaking Bad), and, most relevant to this blog, enjoy with our kids.

If you are looking for some art to decorate your children’s room (or your office), Dave’s Etsy shop is a great place to start. From fairy tales to Pixar films, he offers a broad spectrum of illustrated work for parents who want to  pay tribute to their children’s favorites without just sticking up a poster.

Do yourself a favor, and check out Dave Perillo’s blog and Etsy shop as soon as possible. I have included some samples of his work below for you to appreciate.

All images are created, designed and illustrated by Dave Perillo. 

Monsters Inc

Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Muppets Dinosaurs Mickey Mouse Willy Wonka

Buzz & Woody

Grimm's Fairy Tales by Dave Perillo ParaNorman Alice In Wonderland

Boo! Halloween season continues at Nugget Island as we present our special YouTube playlist of non-stop Halloween goodness for the kiddos. Tune in via your smart TV, set-top box or old-fashioned laptop for classic clips from Disney, kindie music videos, and much more. Click here to get access to it on YouTube or watch below.

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As mentioned in a previous post, the whole family already has our dancing shoes ready as we gear up for the  Yo Gabba Gabba! There’s A Party In My City! Tour show.  We can’t wait to catch DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee , Plex and (maybe) Gooble at the Gilford, New Hampshire show on Tuesday, August 31. I look forward to partying with other all-ages YGG fans and actually enjoying a TV-based traveling road show.

Win a Yo Gabba Gabba! Prize Pack

In honor of this event we are giving away a “Yo Gabba Gabba!” prize pack to one lucky Nugget Island reader. This prize pack includes:

  • Yo Gabba Gabba!: Clubhouse Nickelodeon DVD
  • Yo Gabba Gabba! Party in My Tummy Book
  • Yo Gabba Gabba!: Music is Awesome Volume 1. CD Soundtrack

Yo Gabba Gabba! Prize PackYo Gabba Gabba!: Clubhouse features four episodes of the show with the usual first-class musical guests including Erykah Badu, The Killers, and Jimmy Eat World. Yo Gabba Gabba!, Party in My Tummy is based on the the show’s popular song, with a story  about healthy eating. Finally, Yo Gabba Gabba!: Music is Awesome Volume 1 is the first official CD from the show featuring music from the Roots, The Shins, Chromeo and Of Montreal.

How to enter: Send an email to matthewdsiden(at)gmail.com with your favorite Yo Gabba Gabba! character in the subject line. One lucky winner will be selected using Randomizer. Hurry! Contest deadline is 8/19/2010
Contest over! Congrats to Jen M!

In the meantime, be on the lookout for Yo Gabba Gabba!: Music is Awesome Volume 2 (8/24/10). We can’t wait to own this CD featuring kid-friendly tunes from adult-friendly bands like Weezer, Datarock, Apples in Stereo, and The Ting Tings.

We’re going to Gabbaland! For those hardcore Yo Gabba Gabba fans, you have probably already heard that Yo Gabba Gabba is hitting the road for the Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: There’s a Party In My City tour. But if you haven’t, check out all the details below or on the official site. This isn’t your ordinary traveling kids’ show. Think music you can actually tolerate and dance to, hipster surprise guests at every stop and like-minded parents ready to have an unabashed good time. We are heading to the Gilford, NH show at Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion and hope to see you there!

Lance Rock Live

YO GABBA GABBA! Announces 60 City North American Tour and Solidifies YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! Partnership With Habitat for Humanity

YO GABBA GABBA! Announces 60 City North American Tour and Solidifies YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! Partnership With Habitat for Humanity

Fresh off a triumphant sold-out tour debut, a headlining performance at The White House, a critically-acclaimed, chart-topping album, and an appearance at Coachella that garnered rave reviews from spectators and media alike, DJ Lance Rock and the cast of YO GABBA GABBA! are heading back on the road with YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to play to enthusiastic fans on a 60-city tour across North America. Today’s hottest live show for families will make stops at top theaters, arenas and amphitheaters throughout North America, starting August 27 in Bethel, NY and ending in Dallas, TX on December 12. YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! is produced by S2BN Entertainment in association with Wildbrain Entertainment and The Magic Store.

Champions on the stage and in the community, the Gabba Gang will participate in various service projects aimed at building homes and hope in the cities they visit during their four month journey across North America. In addition, $1 from every ticket sold during the 2010 YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY North American tour will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity local affiliate in each tour city to further their homebuilding efforts.

Pre-sale tickets are available to American Express Cardmembers starting Thursday, May 20. A special GabbaTix pre-sale offer for members of the Gabba community will begin on Wednesday, May 26 at 10 a.m. VIP packages with premium tickets and meet and greets will also be available. For complete tour, ticket, and VIP package information, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com. Children under one year of age will be admitted free to sit on a parent’s lap.

To celebrate the North American tour and partnership, DJ Lance Rock and friends are inviting fans and Habitat for Humanity families to a dance party at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday May, 20.

The state-of-the-art production features music, singing, dancing and animation. The show is an interactive experience that offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life. Joining the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie to teach kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day”. Special guests will join the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show and Dancey Dance segments.

Released in October, 2009, YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME Volume 1 topped kids and overall music charts at iTunes (#1 kids album), Amazon (top 5 kids album) and Target sales, which reached more than 40,000 copies in only 6 months since its release. YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME was picked as one of 2009′s top holiday gifts for toddlers by both PARENTS magazine and the popular Mom web destination MomLogic.com. YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME Volume 2 will be released on iTunes and will hit shelves nationwide this September.

Check out the cool promo reel, as well. (Much-welcome Sarah Silverman cameo included.)