'Yo Gabba Gabba' Creators Reveal Their Inspiration (Hint: They're Drug-Free)

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The creators of "Yo Gabba Gabba" swear they weren't on drugs when they created the show. Credit: Nick Jr

If you have a small child living in your house, chances are you're intimately involved with Muno, Foofa, Toodee and the rest of the gang in Yo Gabba Gabba land.

The trippy, vibrantly hued show is on Nick Jr and has amassed a devoted following since it debuted three years ago. And it's not only kids watching, a large portion of their viewers are college students and it seems quite a few celebrities. Jack Black, Elijah Wood and Sarah Silverman have all appeared, Tori Spelling admitted that she is dying to do the show as her kids are huge fans and last Halloween Brad Pitt donned a DJ Lance Rock outfit complete with a neon furry orange hat that resembles a shtreimel (a fur hat worn by ultra-religious Jews).

The creators, Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz have four children apiece, ranging in age from 10 to newborn. Amazingly, they had no television experience prior to Gabba.

"We were watching shows with our children and we just noticed that there wasn't anything that spoke to us as well as our children," explains Jacobs. "When we were kids there was a lot more family orientated programs like the Muppet Show and Sesame Street. It was a fun experience watching those shows and the shows we were watching with our kids wasn't so much fun for us."

The pair -- who were carpooling while going to a meeting -- chatted with ParentDish about TV viewing in their homes and Brad Pitt.

ParentDish: Were you guys on hallucinogens when you created the show?

Scott Schultz: Honestly, no.
Christian Jacobs: We came out of the generation of shows that may have been programmed by people who were hallucinating. All that left deep impressions on us as kids. We're just fans of it so we try to incorporate as many wild visuals and fun colors as we could.
Schultz: We are drug free!

PD: Do you limit television at home?
Jacobs: Definitely.
Schultz: At my house on weekdays we have one hour and on weekends two, if they choose to use it. They can save it and barter it.
Jacobs: TV is not allowed unless all homework and chores are done. We're particularly strict on the video games because that gets out of control. But on weekends we have movie nights and they're allowed to have friends over and watch a movie. Partly because there's so much stuff on TV, it's subversive even in marketing, it's distasteful. I think a lot of times it's even dishonest. So we want to make sure that we're there watching stuff with our kids so we can translate the truth.

PD: What do you think of all the merchandise from Gabba?
Jacobs: Any time we things made from the show we're in awe. We can't believe it.
Schultz: We're collectors. We're just as excited to collect stuff from our show as anything else.

PD: You have to buy your own stuff?
Jacobs: You'd think we would be able to get it for free.

PD: No way.
Jacobs: I swear. I've spent like four, five hundred dollars on Gabba stuff. It's a crime and would like that to come out!

PD: I find the song, 'Don't Bite Your Friends,' a little offensive. Shouldn't it be, 'Don't Bite Anyone?'
Schultz: (Laughs) I think that's a little sophisticated.
Jacobs: In Yo Gabba Gabba land everyone is your friend. We can equate Yo Gabba Gabba land to the human landscape.

PD: When Brad Pitt dressed up as DJ Lance Rock did you just die?
Jacobs: I think I heard angels and Smokey Robinson singing. It was amazing, we couldn't believe it. But after three or four hours of contemplation it kind of made sense. He and Angelina Jolie do have a lot of kids.

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