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"Essentially another brightly colored acid trip into a world where anything is possible (but nothing ever seems to happen), Boobah can be described as both terrifying and hilarious. If you are wondering what a Boobah is, I’m afraid there is no simple answer. They seem to be a species of frankly ridiculous aliens who travel the globe in an organicly constructed inter-dimensional craft known as the Booball. They are fat and hairy, and their bald heads are protected by a layer of retractable neck skin that is similar in appearance to that of a foreskin. The Booball, with which the Boobahs seem to have a symbiotic relationship, appears as a single glowing light and is capable of travelling at high speeds. This explains why nobody yet has been able to blast it out of the sky."
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From the creators of Teletubbies comes this series that aired on ITV in the UK and PBS Kids in the US about five brightly colored, gumdrop-shaped creatures called the Boohbahs who teach their target demographic of toddlers various exercises in each episode. The Boohbahs live in the multicolored Boohzone, and in every episode they enter and leave the Boohzone via the Boohball, a bubble-like vehicle.

Each episode also had a segment featuring live action actors playing people called the Story People, whose segments are introduced by some children providing them a present. This present appears later on in the Story People segment to be used by them. American broadcasts of the show added another segment called "Look What I Can Do", where children show off what exercises they can do.


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  • Aerith and Bob: Of all the Story People, the only one whose name isn't just an indicator of what part of the family they are and nothing more is Little Dog Fido.
  • Amazing Technicolor World: The Boohbahs' world is filled to the bursting point with bright colors.
  • Couch Gag: Every episode opened with the Boohball floating to various parts of the world, where children notice it and play with it. The exact location changes each episode.
  • Ensemble Cast: All of the Boohbahs are given equal focus as main characters.
  • Every Episode Ending: The end of an episode is signalled during the episode's second Boohbah exercise segment through a rainbow-colored tint suddenly passing by the screen. This is the cue for a rainbow-colored portal to appear nearby, which in turn is the cue for the Boohbahs to return to the Boohball.
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  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Story People are given names that fall into this. Guess what parts of the family Grandmamma, Grandpappa, Brother and Sister, Auntie, Mrs. Lady, Mr. Man, and Little Dog Fido are.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All episodes source their names from whatever is a main plot point in the episode's Story People segment, usually whatever the gift to the Story People is for that episode.
  • Licensed Game: The show's website had a tie-in minigame-centered Flash game called "Boohbah Zone".
  • Narrating the Obvious: Most of the time, the narrator in the Story People segments tells the audience exactly what is happening or has happened on-screen as it's happening or already happened. To give one example, one episode had Auntie painting a fence. Only a few seconds after she starts doing this, the narrator explicitly states that she's painting the fence.
  • No Mouth: The Boohbahs have no visible mouths.
  • The Speechless: The Boohbahs do not speak, and instead make noises such as squeaks. The Story People are never shown speaking, either.
  • Strictly Formula: Every episode goes like this: The Boohbahs leave the Boohball to go to their world and do some exercises, a Story People segment follows, then the Boohbahs do some more exercises before they leave for the Boohball.
  • Theme Naming: The Boohbahs all have names ending in "bah" (Humbah, Zumbah, Zing Zing Zingbah, Jumbah, and Jingbah).
  • Three Shorts: The show seems to follow the ABA format somewhat, with A representing the Boohbah exercise segments and B representing the Story People segments. American broadcasts make the format ABAC, with the C representing the extra "Look What I Can Do" segments.
  • Title Theme Tune: "Boohbah" is the only word sung throughout the intro.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: If you count the colored hair all over the Boohbahs' bodies, the Boohbahs have hair of various colors.

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