“Boohbah:Skipping Rope (Episode 1)”-Ragdoll Productions, 2003

4 Nov

I remember the first time I saw an episode of Boohbah. It was after an intense 4-week teaching stint left me so physically and emotionally exhausted that I could do nothing but  lie on the couch and watch TV for a week straight. This was pre-streaming days, and weekday mid-morning television had little to offer. After watching about an hour of the local schoolboard district meeting (yes I was that desperate), I switched stations to find this beautiful, psychedelic wonder aimed for lucky little pre-school children. It was comfort food for my eyes and for my soul.

Boohbah is and was a polarizing show. Folks seem to love or hate it. I am fully and firmly entrenched on the love side of the fence. Created by Anne Wood and Ragdoll Productions (the same team who brought us Teletubbies), Boohbah features costumed creatures flying through rainbow space clouds, dancing, cooing and making fart sounds. Each episode includes a live action vignette driven by a gift and the storypeople. It is pure genius. I may post more episodes in the coming weeks to help us all relax during this stressful time of year. PS-If you are an American citizen reading this- VOTE!!!

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