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Fridge Logic

  • At the end of "The Secret of Snow", Tyrone bellyflops into the snow... and starts gliding. Wouldn't that mean that whole area is ice (which is dangerous)?
  • Another one related to everyone's second favourite cartoon moose and snow: In "The Yeti", Tyrone is willing to go inside the igloo to warm up. Don't moose love the cold?
  • In "Race Around the World", Pablo proves to be great at hurdles, while Austin proves to be terrible. This despite the former being a penguin and the latter being a kangaroo.
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  • "Knights Are Brave and Strong" is one of the few episodes where no one's belly rumbles. Instead, Tasha asks Uniqua to deliver a message to Austin that she is not to read until Austin gets it. At the end it is revealed that the message was to tell Austin that it was snack time. Does this mean that Tasha was hungry since the beginning of the episode?

Fridge Brilliance

  • If you pay attention to the choreography in the theme song, you'll notice that Austin dances slightly offbeat compared to the others. It has also been stated that he had just moved to the Backyardigans' neighborhood (Backyardihood?) at the beginning of the series. Of course he wouldn't be perfectly synced up; he hasn't known them as long!
    • There are also a few parts where Uniqua is offbeat as well. Maybe she's doing that on purpose to make Austin feel better.
  • Some events in the fantasies may occur due to the characters incorporating objects in the yard into the adventures.
    • In "News Flash", there's a scene where farmers Pablo and Tyrone are sitting in chairs on their front porch. A similar set of chairs can be seen on Tyrone's real life front porch.
    • Any instances of characters getting wet? Ever noticed that kiddie pool on Pablo's side of the yard?
    • At the beginning of "The Amazing Splashinis", Pablo, Tyrone, and Uniqua slide down the slide in the backyard. This is possibly the real-life equivalent to the waterslides at Splashini Water Park.
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  • The ending credits play the theme song over the Nick Jr. and Nelvana logos. This may seem insignificant at first glance...until you realize that the series has a heavy focus on music.
  • Each of the characters fits certain archetypes and likes to play certain roles, so whenever a certain scenario doesn't strike their fancy, they just stay home. Uniqua is in every single episode because she's the type of girl who will never turn down an adventure.
    • An alternate reason why Tasha and Austin are absent from so many episodes is because it's not really their backyard. Pablo, Tyrone, and Uniqua all share a backyard, but Tasha's and Austin's backyards are both fenced off. Notice how, whenever they go to Tasha's house for a snack, they walk in front of Pablo's house, and whenever it's Austin's house, they go through a gate in the fence.
  • Why doesn't Tasha know what a worman is in "What's Bugging You?" There are two earlier episodes that featured wormans, "The Heart of the Jungle" and "Polka Palace Party", neither of which featured Tasha.
  • At the end of "Blazing Paddles", Uniqua burns a hole through Pablo's paddle, but after Pablo returns everyone's paddles, his own paddle is intact again. Maybe it's a continuity error...or maybe the blue paddle that Pablo is holding belongs to one of his victims outside of Ping-Pong Mesa and he will return it to that victim later.
  • Relationships between sentient and non-sentient animals:
    • In "Horsing Around", Uniqua and Pablo see their horses as tools to help them win races, but Tyrone sees his donkey as more of a friend. This is because he is a hoofed, hairy mammal as well.
    • In "Tale of the Mighty Knights", Pablo is the owner of a duck-like dragon who hatches from a bird-like egg. Pablo is the only one of the five friends to be a bird.
    • In "Elephant on the Run", Tasha is the owner of several elephants. She is also a large, gray note , hoofed, hairless mammal.
  • Why do the Backyardigans always react to Pablo's panic attacks with mild, deadpan annoyance? Because every episode is a game the kids came up with, where no matter what happens, everything ends happily for all the characters playing the game and everybody rushes to somebody's house for a snack once the game's over. The other kids know that whatever scenario Pablo is freaking out over can be resolved quickly, but in his panic attacks, Pablo temporarily forgets that the stories are only taking place in their imagination.
  • The contents of each of the three containers in "International Super Spy" corresponds to the initial locations of that container:
    • The first container, containing a glass, is found in a glass building.
    • The second container, containing milk, is found at a dairy farm.
    • The third container, containing chocolate syrup, is found in a Caribbean jungle, the natural habitat of cacao trees.

Fridge Horror

  • In "The Key to the Nile", Princess Cleo-Tasha and her three servants, Pablo, Tyrone, and Austin, have to give three presents to Sphinx Uniqua. The first two gifts are the Jewel of the Waters (which is found among other jewels) and the yellow lotus flower (which is found among red and blue lotuses). If any of the other jewels or flowers are touched, "all is lost". The same is true if anyone besides Uniqua drinks from a magical oasis. This revelation is terrifying, especially considering Pablo and Tyrone wanted to drink from the oasis before Austin stopped them.

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