Why is the children’s cartoon ‘The Backyardigans’ trending on TikTok?

Gen Z’s new obsession is … The Backyardigans, a children’s show from 2004.

It appears The Backyardigans had some serious bops since music from the show is going so viral it’s making its way onto the Spotify charts. Here’s why Gen Z has rekindled its love for an animated series that’s been off the air for eight years. 

What is The Backyardigans

The Backyardigans is a CGI musical children’s show created by Janice Burgess. The show followed a group of animal friends that would go on adventures in their backyard. Each episode had a musical theme and contained four songs. 

The series was appeared on Nick Jr. and had four seasons that aired sporadically from 2004 to 2013.

The Backyardigans’ soundtrack is making waves with Gen Z

The song “Castaways” debuted on the Spotify Viral 50 chart at no. 1 on May 13, according to Chart Data. 

The song is about the cast being stranded on a desert island. 

“On a lonely little island where it’s just us three,” they sing

Some people think the themes of the song, loneliness and isolation, seem relevant to our hurdles in lockdown today.

But it’s the show’s theme song that is rekindling Backyardigans love on TikTok

The Backyardigans theme song features each character introducing themselves. It currently has 152,000 videos associated with the song. 

Some people on TikTok are using it to create their own intros. The user @official_scottjackson earned 1.1 million likes when he did his own renditions of Pablo, Tyrone, Uniqua, Tasha and Austin. 

“This is the content I signed up for,” someone wrote.

“I remember this show, this was my jam,” a user said


pt. 4 😤 only one more to go!! tasha was my least favorite but she lookin cute anyways #backyargains #tvshows #art

♬ The Backyardigans Theme Song – The Backyardigans

The artist @kibbletricks shared digital fan art she made of the characters.

“This tugged way too many heartstrings,” one person commented.

“Pablo was my fave character,” another said

“POV: It’s the year 2004. 6:30 a.m.,” @d_chromedi1 said in a video caption. 

He filmed himself reacting to the animated series with utter joy like when he was a kid. 

“Not to brag but I owned a CD with their top tracks,” a person responded.

“My favorite animated childhood TV show,” another added.

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