- Sing a song, we'll all sing along, with the Mother Goose Club!
What do you get when you take six well-known nursery rhyme characters and modernize them? Why, Mother Goose Club, of course!
Mother Goose Club is a media brand of educational content for preschoolers. There are online videos, Direct-to-DVD mini-episodes, and music albums. The franchise follows six iconic nursery rhyme characters — Baa Baa Sheep, Eep the Mouse, Little Bo Peep, Jack B. Nimble, Mary Quite Contrary and Teddy Bear — who perform songs and skits featuring both classic and new songs.
The brand's live-action content is produced in Nashville, Tennessee. There are also various animated segments featuring the cast, which, until 2017, were animated in Toon Boom Harmony. The videos are available on YouTube, distributed on Netflix, and broadcast on local PBS stations.
Not to be confused with Mother Goose Treasury.
Mother Goose Club provides examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: "Eight Planets" stars recurring character Humpty Dumpty, while the MGC are absent.
- Aerith and Bob: Mary, Jack, and Teddy are the only ones in the club that have normal names.
- All-CGI Cartoon: Since 2017, most of the cartoon videos are animated in CGI, though there are some rare 2D videos that pop up.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: In the MGC universe, animals come in all colors. Sheep are pink and mice are blue.
- Ambiguously Human: Baa Baa, Teddy, and Eep may be a sheep, bear, and mouse respectively, but they have human faces and hands. It is unclear if they are Half Human Hybrids or if they are meant to be interpreted as full animals.
- An Aesop: Occasionally. For example, the moral of Today is the Day for Valentines is that you don't have to make a card to show someone you care.
- Art Evolution: As shown in "Jingle Bells", the art style for the cartoons was much more crude looking, resembling the brand's coloring books. In "Swimming", the art style was similar, but more refined. The art style since "The Planting Song" aims for a chibi-esque look. And finally, the art style since Itsy Bitsy Spider is CGI.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Eep the Mouse is the youngest of the team, but is treated as an equal regardless.
- Baseball Episode: The gang plays baseball in "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".
- Beary Friendly: Teddy Bear is a warm-hearted bear whose wisdom commands respect.
- Bowdlerization: The group sings some nursery rhymes with darker meanings to them, but given the demographic, they're retooled to be kid-friendly.
- Caring Gardener: Mary is a gardener who takes good care of her plants. She mostly gardens flowers, but she has also planted fruits and vegetables.
- Cartoony Eyes: In the cartoons, the characters have eyes shaped like black ovals with white highlights, but no discernible sclera.
- Edutainment Show: Teaches kids about literacy and sometimes other subjects like counting or the planets.
- Friend to All Living Things:
- Although Bo Peep often loses her sheep, she still loves them very much.
- Mary is as good with animals as she is with plants, and is practically revered by them.
- Kids Driving Cars: Mary has a car which she drives in "Driving In My Car".
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Two notable duos fall into this trope. Jack has blue hair and Mary has a pink dress. Eep has blue fur and Bo Peep has pink hair.
- The Prankster: Jack likes playing practical jokes, most notably in "Swimming".
- Public Domain Character: The characters are all based on nursery rhymes, which are alluded to in their names. Eep the Mouse is based on "Hickory Dickory Dock", by the way, which his name doesn't immediately indicate.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: The pink-haired Bo Peep is soft-spoken and gentle.
- Stock Animal Diet: Eep the Mouse loves cheese.
- Two Girls to a Team: Inverted. There are only two guys in the club, Jack and Eep.
- Vague Age: Mary, Jack, Eep, and Bo Peep are obviously kids, but Baa Baa and Teddy are ambiguous. They are played by adults, but they still behave like children.