The Backyardigans

Animation · 

Release Date: October 11, 2004

Status: Ended

Seasons: 4

Episodes: 77

Running time: 25m

Content Rating: TV-Y

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The Backyardigans is a computer-animated musical children's TV series created by Janice Burgess. The series was written and recorded at Nickelodeon Animation Studio. The show centers on a group of five anthropomorphic best friends who use their imaginations to embark on fantastic adventures in their shared backyard. Each episode is set to a different musical genre and features at least four songs, composed by music director Evan Lurie with lyrics by McPaul Smith. The songs are performed by the characters with original dance choreography.The series was based upon a live-action pilot titled Me and My Friends, which was filmed at Nickelodeon Studios Florida in 1998. The pilot featured life-sized mascot costumes and puppets who danced to songs on an indoor stage. In 2001, Nickelodeon Digital in New York retooled the concept into an animated pilot, using motion capture techniques to animate the dances. The newer pilot was greenlit, and the series entered production. Animation for the first season started at Nickelodeon Digital in New York, but as a cost-cutting measure, animation services were eventually relocated to Nelvana, Pipeline Studios, and Guru Studio. Nickelodeon called the show "a home-grown Nick Jr. property," as "the whole creative team... [had] been part of the Nick Jr. family for years."A total of 80 episodes were produced across four seasons, each containing 20 episodes. The series first previewed on Treehouse TV in Canada on September 11, 2004, followed by its official debut on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block on October 11, 2004. The fourth season wrapped production in 2010 and finished airing on Nick Jr. on July 12, 2013.
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