The Backyardigans

American animated children's television series

The Backyardigans is an animated kids' TV series. It was created by American writer Janice Burgess. The series was made for Nickelodeon. It first aired on October 11, 2004. The last new episode aired on July 12, 2013. The series was made in Canada by Nelvana.

The Backyardigans
Genre
Created byJanice Burgess
Directed by
  • Bill Giggie (season 1)
  • Mike Shiell (seasons 1–2)
  • Dave Palmer (seasons 3–4)
Voices of
Composer(s)
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes80 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time21–23 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Original releaseOctober 11, 2004 (2004-10-11) –
July 12, 2013 (2013-07-12)

The show ran for four seasons totaling 80 episodes. Most episodes aired on Nickelodeon on weekday mornings. In 2009, the show was planned to continue beyond the fourth season.[1] However, in 2010, the series' creator Janice Burgess decided to move onto a different series: Nickelodeon's revival of Winx Club. Burgess worked as a creative director and writer for Winx Club before eventually retiring from Nickelodeon in 2014.

Characters Edit

  • Uniqua, a pink unique girl. Voiced by LaShawn Jefferies.
  • Pablo, a blue penguin. Voiced by Zach Tyler in Season 1 and Jake Goldberg in Season 2-4.
  • Tyrone, an orange moose. Voiced by Reginald Jr. in Season 1, Jordan Coleman in Seasons 2-3 and Chris Jr. in Season 4.
  • Tasha, a yellow hippopotamus. Voiced by Naelee Rae in Seasons 1-2 and Gianna Bruzesse in Seasons 3-4.
  • Austin, a purple kangaroo. Voiced by Jonah Bobo.

Episodes Edit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
120[2]September 11, 2004 (2004-09-11)August 4, 2005 (2005-08-04)
220[3]September 8, 2006 (2006-09-08)May 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)
320[4]November 19, 2007 (2007-11-19)August 12, 2008 (2008-08-12)
420[5]January 2, 2010 (2010-01-02)December 25, 2010 (2010-12-25)

Season 1 Edit

  1. Knights are Brave and Strong
  2. The Yeti
  3. Pirate Treasure
  4. The Heart of the Jungle
  5. Secret Mission
  6. Riding the Range
  7. The Key to the Nile
  8. The Snow Fort
  9. It's Great to Be a Ghost!
  10. Viking Voyage
  11. The Quest for the Flying Rock
  12. Surf's Up
  13. Race to the Tower of Power
  14. Castaways
  15. Eureka!
  16. Polka Palace Party
  17. Cave Party
  18. Monster Detectives
  19. Race Around the World
  20. High Tea

Home media Edit

In the United States, the show's 80 episodes were released across a series of 21 DVD releases. Ten episodes of the first season were also released to VHS across five volumes. Viacom's Paramount Home Media Distribution published all of the show's video releases. Outside North America, Paramount released DVDs under a separate deal with Nelvana, with this worldwide deal later transitioning to Fremantle Home Entertainment.[6]

Broadcast Edit

The show aired on Nickelodeon and the Nick Jr. Channel in the United States and Treehouse TV in Canada.

References Edit

  1. Seitz, Patrick. "Animated kids' show 'The Backyardigans' began as a full-body puppet show". Tech-media-tainment. Archived from the original on 2021-06-02. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  2. Cuthbert, Wendy (May 1, 2004). "Scales even out at the kids upfront". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  3. DeMott, Rick (April 3, 2006). "Nick Jr. Starts Production on Backyardigans Season Two". Animation World Network. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  4. "The Backyardigans: Season 3". iTunes. Apple Inc. September 3, 2007. Archived from the original on June 18, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  5. "Nickelodeon Picks-Up Returning Animated Hits Including Seventh Seasons of Spongebob Squarepants and the Fairly Oddparents, Plus More Episodes of New Nicktoon Back at the Barnyard and the Preschool Favorite the Backyardigans". The Futon Critic. March 13, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  6. "FremantleMedia grabs 'Backyardigans' DVD rights". The Hollywood Reporter. March 28, 2008. Archived from the original on July 13, 2021. Retrieved July 13, 2021.