November 30, 2010
Anyone who has spent any decent amount of time with toddlers knows Yo Gabba Gabba! (Wikipedia link for you non-Flash-types). The Delaney clan has been a big fan of the show since it began. I’m thrilled to be writing this post after receiving an unexpected tweet from @yogabbagabba.
A bit of back story
Back in 1999 I saw a pilot episode of a television show that was killed before it ever had a chance called Heat Vision and Jack.
The story of a man and his talking motorcycle. Jack Austin (played by Jack Black), an ex-astronaut who got too close to the sun and, by the power of the yellow sun, becomes the smartest human being alive. Heat Vision is the unfortunate combination of Jack Austin’s former roommate and his motorcycle. Ron Silver, also an ex-astronaut and part-time actor, has the job of taking out Jack Austin. – Morpheus0364
This weekend, I was watching an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba! with my kids, with Jack Black as the guest. The opening scene involved Jack getting lost as his talking motorcycle ran out of gas. Talking motorcycle? Jack Black?
I laughed out loud as I made the connection between the episode of the popular kids show and the one hit wonder from eleven years ago (a hit in my mind at least).
What happened next
So I tweeted my discovery on Twitter and I was pleased as punch when I got my reply!
All of this is so cool, because Rob Schrab wrote the original pilot episode of Heat Vision and Jack. Rob ended up voicing the talking motorcycle in the episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!
Kudos to @yogabbagabba for replying to me. I really appreciate that you did. I am also appreciative to a show that not only combines great talent with incredible writers. Thanks for entertaining my family!