Sunday, May 16, 2021

'The Backyardigans’ Trends on Social Media Thanks to Gen Z

We're your backyard friends, 'The Backyardigans.'

The internet can be a fun and surprising place nowadays, thanks to Generation Z folk. People born between 1997 and 2012/15 have a knack for making the most obscure things go viral. Often thanks to their use of TikTok and the endless creativity they have. The latest “where did this come from” trend is the reappearance of Nickelodeon's popular CG-animated preschool series The Backyardigans.

The Backyardigans is a musical-adventure series featuring a group of five friends - Pablo, a blue penguin; Uniqua, a pink character that sort of looks like a bug; Tyrone, an orange moose; Tasha, a yellow hippo, and Austin, a purple kangaroo - who rely on their vivid imaginations to transform their backyard into a fantastical 3-D landscape, where together they embark on amazing epic journeys and solve problems. Each episode always comes with a lesson that the kids watching can take away.

They infuse the message with lots of catchy songs. Years later, kids and parents still find themselves singing (“hiya pie-ya, I make pie like a samurai,” is a popular earworm). Each episode starts with the theme song where each character introduces themselves, and ends with a catchy song about snack time.

Airing for 80 episodes across four seasons between October 11, 2004 and July 12, 2013, it’s one of the shows that the Gen Z people grew up watching and will forever love, it seems. And maybe it’s because of the pandemic, or it’s more a nostalgia factor for when problems were far simpler; the Backyardigans are listening to the theme song, causing it to go viral on TikTok and hit the US Spotify Viral 50 chart.

According to Chart Data, The Backyardigans’ “Castaways” song, which is a song in a episode from the show’s first season, has hit the number one spot on the Viral 50 chart. The crew finds themselves on a deserted island. Now castaways, they talk about being stuck on their own, which, to be honest, sounds a lot like quarantine. “On a lonely little island where it’s just us three” is something we can relate to a lot more now than when we were kids.

On TikTok, though, it’s the show’s theme song getting all the views. Gen Z is creating their own openings to the show, highlighting each character’s personality. Again, because The Backyardigans make grand adventures from their imagination while stuck in their backyard, it feels very fitting today.


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♬ The Backyardigans Theme Song - The Backyardigans

And others are recreating the excitement they had when they were younger, and the show was on. Sitting anxiously at the TV while the theme song plays, wondering what adventures the group of friends would find themselves on.


if y’all didn’t vibe to the backyardigans you can’t vibe with me #fyp #childhoodmemories #backyardigans

♬ The Backyardigans Theme Song - The Backyardigans

So, while we’re not totally sure why The Backyardigans are a hit thing again, the songs are catchy, the show is all feel-good adventures, and well, we could all do for more of that these days.

The Backyardigans is available to stream on Paramount+ and Noggin!

Original source: Fatherly; Additional source: Hopster.

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