This morning my 20-month-old woke up and said, "Tomp, tomp!" She was referring to "The Yeti Stomp," one of the many fine songs available on the new Backyardigans collection "The Snow Fort." So clearly she likes it, which is a relief because I was worrying that I was enjoying the show more than she was.
But why is it surprising that they've made a show that's as appealing to adults as to children? Adults--parents, anyway--think kids are interesting. Kids think other kids are interesting. Why shouldn't a show that presents kids in a fairly realistic way be interesting to both parents and kids?
Of course, by "fairly realistic," I mean that they're portrayed as computer-animated anthropomorphic animals--a moose, a hippo, a penguin, a kangaroo and I guess a bug of some sort. And I guess it's not particularly realistic that they break in to choreographed song and dance numbers at regular intervals, though it is fun. I particularly like that the music from each episode is in a particular genre (i.e. Western swing, Big Band jazz), which may or may not have anything to do with the episode.
I also like how The Backyardigans are mapping out our collective fantasy world--all the things that are fun to imagine, suitable for the pre-K set anyway. This collection includes Mounties, secret agents, knights and a Yeti. I have to agree with my daughter that the Yeti is the best, but they're all pretty good.
By giving this five stars, I mean to say, "Yes, you should buy this. Definitely. Yeah, go ahead."