The Backyardigans

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The Backyardigans (2004–present) is a Canadian 3-D CGI-animated children's TV series, created by Janice Burgess. It is a joint production of Nick Jr. and the Canadian animation studio Nelvana. Debuting on July 10, 2004, it originally had 18 episodes. It aired on PBS, PBS Kids, PBS Kids Sprout, Cartoon network, HBO Families & Playhouse Disney from June 13 2004 until June 6 2006. Music for the show is written by Evan Lurie, of The Lounge Lizards, and Douglas Wieselman. The characters are designed by children's book author and illustrator Dan Yaccarnio.

Season One[edit]

Knights are Brave and Strong [1.1][edit]

[Queen Tasha sends Uniqua the page on a mission to deliver a secret message to King Austin.]
Uniqua: Oh, Queen, nothing can stop me from delivering this message. I hope.

Pablo: You cannot pass!
[This is a reference to Gandalf's famous line, "You shall not pass!"]

The Yeti [1.2][edit]

[Uniqua, Tyrone, and Tasha set out on a journey to the Frozen North to find the Yeti - Pablo.]
Tasha: I'll race you to the other side.
Uniqua: I'll beat you to the other side.

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Uniqua: Tarnation!

Pirate Treasure [1.3][edit]

[Uniqua and Austin are brave pirates, who seek a hidden treasure after finding half of a treasure map—without knowing that Pablo and Tyrone have the other half, and are also looking for the same treasure.]
Tyrone: [singing] What's gonna happen when we find that treasure?
Pablo: What's gonna happen is we'll all be rich.
Tyrone: We'll have gold to last us forever.
Pablo: And a big pile of candy that no one can snitch.

Uniqua: Come on.
Tasha: Oh, for goodness sakes. You come on.

Heart of the Jungle [1.4][edit]

[The three Tarzans (Pablo, Tyrone, and Austin) and Scientist Uniqua set off on a journey to the heart of the jungle to return Sherman the Wormin to his home.]
Uniqua: [singing] These trees look so familiar, we've been here once before.
Tyrone: You're right except it wasn't once.
Pablo: It was three times.
Austin: Or four.

[Austin comes to the large fern leaf, which has hit him in the head the past two times they've gone past. He ducks, and it misses.]
Austin: Ugh!

Austin: Quicksand bad.

Secret Mission [1.5][edit]

[Secret Agents Pablo, Uniqua, and Tyrone must return the mystery object to its rightful owner in the museum.]
Pablo: Secret agents go on secret missions and we have background music. Sneaky background music: de de doo. Danger background music: dun dun DUNN. And if we goof up: wuah wuah wuahnn.


:Tyrone: This certainly is a long short cut.

Riding the Range [1.6][edit]

[Tyrone heads to Texas for the hoedown, while Tasha, Uniqua, and Pablo track down a jump-rope thief - who is actually an unwary Tyrone.]
Uniqua: The bandit must have jumped across on his horse.
Pablo: Now that's one clever varmint!


Uniqua: [singing] What do you do with a scurvy pirate?
Austin: Load the cannon up then fire it!
Uniqua: What do you do with a scurvy pirate?
[Tyrone and Pablo jump onto Austin and Uniqua's ship.]
Tyrone and Pablo: Make them walk the plank!

The Key to the Nile [1.7][edit]

[When the river Nile disappears, Princess CleoTasha takes her three servants out to find three presents for the Sphinx, so that she can tell them the secret of the Nile and get the river back.]
Tasha: [singing] Some say a princess should live like her people; but I reply: What are you? Nuts?

Pablo: Long live your name, O Princess.
Austin: She's such a pain that princess!

[Princess CleoTasha has not said thank you for any of the three presents her loyal royal servants have gotten for her.]
Tyrone: You don't even have to say it.
Austin: I know. [pause] But Princess CleoTasha never says please or thank you!

The Snow Fort [1.8][edit]

[Mounties Tyrone and Pablo defend the world's biggest snowball while Ski Patrollers Uniqua and Tasha look for somone to save.]

It's Great to Be a Ghost [1.9][edit]

[Ghosts Tyrone, Pablo and Uniqua, and practice scaring people, and try to scare Tasha.]
Tasha: [singing] Are you scared of dark shadows that go bump in the night? Do you leave the door open?
Tyrone: I've got two night lights.
Tasha: Well that's okay, if you're a scaredy cat.
Tyrone: Hey!

Viking Voyage [1.10][edit]

[Vikings Pablo, Tyrone, and Uniqua seek to discover uncharted lands, though Mermaid Tasha has other ideas.]
Tyrone: I'll read the map, so we know where we're going.
Pablo: And I'll be the lookout, so we can see where we're going.
Uniqua: And I'll steer, so we go where we're going.

The Quest for the Flying Rock [1.11][edit]

[Four explorers find a mysterious map for the legendary Flying Rock atop Stone Step Hill (really a pyramid), but upon a disagreement on what path to choose, Uniqua and Tasha compete with Pablo and Tyrone on a race filled with unknown obstacles.]
All: [reciting the spell and singing] Float, flutter, fly. Float flutter fly, oh rock, oh rock on hilltop high! Float, flutter, fly!

Surf's Up [1.12][edit]

[Surfer Pablo is on the lookout for Tiki Beach to ride the perfect wave, but he can't find it. Little does Pablo know that he must learn a lot of radical moves before he can find that place and ride the perfect wave, and he will only do that with the help of other fellow surfers and a mysterious lifeguard, Austin.]

Race to the Tower of Power [1.13][edit]

[Two wicked supervillains, Dr. Shrinky (Tyrone) and Yucky-Man (Pablo) are intent on stealing the Key to the World, which lies inside the Tower of Power, and taking over the world. Stopping them is the duty of superheroes Weather Woman (Uniqua) and Captain Hammer (Austin).]

Castaways [1.14][edit]

[Uniqua, Tyrone, and Pablo are castaways on a deserted island, and as they struggle to find food and a place to live, they receive mysterious help. Could it be a mischievous intruder, or just a fellow castaway, maybe Austin, who's too shy to say hello to the others?]
Uniqua: [singing] On an island at sea, just me -
Pablo: - me -
Tyrone: - and me.

Polka Palace Party [1.15][edit]

[Cowboys Tyrone, Uniqua, Pablo and Austin—united by a shared love of polka music—need to get to Cheyenne by sundown in order to play at a surprise birthday party for Sherman the Worman's brother Herman.]
Uniqua: Darn tootin'!

Cave Party [1.16][edit]

[The Mountain Cave People — Austin and Tasha — invite the Valley Cave People — Uniqua, Pablo, and Tyrone — to howl at the moon when it hits the highest peak. While the three Valley Cave People must get there on time, the two Mountain Cave People must fill their time, all with the help of handy new inventions.]
'Uniqua: Look, ice.
Pablo: A shade of ice.
Tyrone: I guess this is why they call it the ice age.
Pablo: Yeah, because so far, it's been more like the snow age.

[The three Valley Cave People are climbing the stairs Uniqua invented up the mountain.]
Uniqua: Next time... I'm gonna invent... the elevator.

High Tea [1.17][edit]

[When Pablo, Tyrone and Uniqua can not agree on what to do, they let Tasha decide—and she leads them on a quest for the perfect cup of tea that takes them to Borneo, the Ming Empire (ruled by a grumpy Emperor Austin) and the Gobi Desert.]
[Repeated throughout when it seems they're almost ready.]
Tasha: There's just one teensy little thing...

Pablo: Have look at this funny face.
Austin: If that's funny, I'm a Ming vase.
[Austin has never won a race before, but he is well prepared for the difficult "Race Around the World". He will compete with veteran racers Pablo, Tyrone, and Uniqua for his first gold medal.]
Austin: [singing] Racing day, oh racing day! It's not sausage casing day, today's the day! Let's race.
[Other day's it's not include doily making day.}

Austin: I've got everything a racer needs right here in my pack!
[Later]
Tasha: Got any snacks in your Race Pack?
Austin: Well, actually no.

Cast[edit]

  • Jake Goldberg (speaking), Sean Curley (singing) - Pablo
  • Jordan Coleman (speaking), Leon G. Thomas III (singing) - Tyrone
  • Jonah Bobo (speaking), Thomas Sharkey (singing) - Austin
  • LaShawn Tináh Jefferies (speaking), Jamia Simone Nash (singing) - Uniqua
  • Gianna Bruzzese (speaking), Gabriella Malek (singing) - Tasha

External links[edit]

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