Monday, May 15, 2017

"Bo On The Go!" Animated Children's Series & Its Use Of Ska Music, Made Up Language, & Rhyming

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides information about the Canadian children's interactive animated series Bo On The Go!. Particular attention is given to that series' use of Ska for its theme song and for the background music for each of the episodes in this series.

In addition this post provides examples of Bo On The Go!'s creative use of language play featuring the word "bo", and its creative use of rhyming.

The Addendum to this post provides information about Ska music and showcases a YouTube video about that Caribbean originated music genre.

The content of this post is presented for cultural and entertainment purposes.

All copyrights remains with their owners.

Thanks to the creators of the "Bo On The Go!" series and thanks to all those who are/were involved with that series. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

Excerpt #1:
" "BO ON THE GO! is an exciting, new, motion capture series for preschoolers. Through dance and fun activities, Bo promotes physical activity and a love of different forms of movement. Children at home will love Bo as she inspires, promotes and teaches about staying healthy and being active.

Bo is a positive, super-energetic and inquisitive young heroine who, along with her young friend Dezadore the dragon, or Dezzy as she likes to call him, encourages children at home to actively join her in a variety of movements that assist her on amazing adventures. Each episode is a mythic quest that presents challenges and obstacles that Bo must overcome. Along the way, Bo and Dezzy achieve victories and receive small rewards. Maximum Bo power!".
Excerpt #2:
" "Bo on the Go!" is a Canadian children's television show created by Jeff Rosen produced by Halifax Film, a DHX Media Company, in association with CBC Television. The show emphasizes the importance movement for children through a plot element called "Animoves," animations demonstrating specific body movements young viewers must learn in order to solve adventures highlighted in each program's storyline.

It is broadcast in Canada on CBC Television in the Kids' CBC programming block.[1] It is currently broadcast on 17 broadcasters around the world, in over 12 languages, including Spanish, French (retitled 1, 2, 3, Bo!), Italian, Greek, Arabic, Thai, Finnish, Hebrew, Portuguese, Turkish and Gaelic.

Bo lives in a castle with Dezadore the dragon. He is younger than Bo, and is naturally curious and often gets into trouble as he is not as physically adept as Bo. Bo's mentor on the show is Wizard. When she encounters challenges, he gives her advice and knowledge of how to achieve the quest at hand."...

Original network:CBC Television
Original release: September 3, 2007 – November 12, 2009"
Notice the use of Ska music in the "Bo On The Go!" theme song and throughout this (and other) "Bo On The Go!" episodes. The Addendum below provides information about Ska music and a clip from a film about that music.

SHOWCASE VIDEO: Bo On The Go Full Episodes - Bo and the Eager Beaver | 210

Bo on the Go!, Published on May 11, 2017

Bo On The Go Full Episodes - Bo and the Eager Beaver | 210

An industrious Eager Beaver has been finishing all of Bo and Dezzy’s building projects for them, taking away all their building fun! They creep Kitty-like across a wobbly card bridge, and Bunny-hop across some racetracks to find the Eager Beaver. They give him an Ever-Changing-Toy-Car-Kit, which keeps him busily building happily ever after!

The Canadian animated children's series "Bo On The Go!" uses the word "bo" (pronounced "boh') as a name or nickname for the little girl who is the series' main character. "Bo" is also used as a name for "Bo Zone", the space that is cleared of toys where that character and her little dragon friend "Dezzy" ("Dezadore") can safely move. Bo also encourages all the viewers of these episodes to "get in their Bo zones, so that they also can move along with her and Dezzy.

Near the beginning of each "Bo On The Go! episode, the little girl Bo asks all of the children watching are they in their Bo Zone. Children are then asked to clear off their "bo zone" (remove toys in that space so that they have room to move safely.) In addition, at specific times within each episode a certain movement is proscribed (such as "galloping like a horse" or "hopping like a bunny"). At those times, children are asked to choose the best of three pictured "animoves" that fits the movement that is needed. Bo then asks those watching "Are you still in your Bo zone?" and encourages them to move along with her and Dezzy.

In addition to those usages, I've noticed these five additional ways that the word "bo" is used in the "Bo On The Go!" series as an element of a creative "made up" language:
1. "Bo" is used as a suffix in front of words beginning with the letter "b"
Examples: "Hi bo buddies."; "That was bo brilliant."; "Thanks a "bo bunch.", "and Let's bo boogie". ("Boogie" here means "dance").

2. "Bo" is used in the middle of certain words whose two parts rhyme:
Example: That was "super bo dupper"


3. "Bo" is used in the middle of rhyming or near rhyming words. Examples: That was "easy bo breezy"; That was "simple bo dimple".

4. "Bo" is used as a noun that describes a form of power (energy):
Example: "Maximum Bo power!".

5. "Bo" is used as a word in an example of scatting*.
Example: "Bo Bop A Diddie Boogie, Bo Buddies". (from 12:26 in the the embedded video given above, and also found in some other episodes of this series.)

* "In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables or without words at all."...

The title "Bo On The Go!" is an example of the frequent use of rhyming that occurs in that animated children's series. Some other examples of rhyming that may occur in each episode of that series are:
1. "Hello Bo. What do you know?" (said by Magician, who along with Bo and Dezzy, is a recurring character in that series.

2. "When I count to three, move with me." - said by Bo to the children watching the episode.

3. "We made it through, thanks to you" -said by Bo ("through" refers to one of the two doors that Bo and Dezzy have to move through before they reach the third door where they have to solve some problem which is the focus of that episode)
Here are three examples of the use of rhyming and/or the use of the "Bo" made up languages that are found in each episode of "Bo On The Go!"*. Each of these examples are said by the main character Bo:
"When you move with me, you give me energy"
You make my power bands glow.
When you get on the go.
You're really helping me.
I can feel your energy."

"We made it through, thanks to you.
It's bo boogie time.
Let's see what kind of bo boogie you can do."

[Bo and Dezzie do different contemporary dance moves and presumably children (and adults) watching the video also get up and "boogie"] Bo then says:

"That was a Bo brilliant boogie, bo buds!"

[After Bo and Dezzie have solved the problem that they were faced with in that series, Bo says]
"We have time for one more bo boogie, the bo boogie-ist boogie of them all."

[Bo, Dezzie, and those watching the episode, dance again.]
*The consistent format (structure) of Bo On The Go! episodes and the familiarity of their repeated scripts adds to the appeal of that series to pre-schoolsers (as evidenced by my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter who loves this series.

Here's information about Ska music:
Here's information about Ska music as well as a video about that music genre:

"Ska.... is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae.[1] Ska combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. It is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the off-beat. Ska developed in Jamaica in the 1960s when Prince Buster, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, and Duke Reid formed sound systems to play American rhythm & blues and then began recording their own songs.[2] Some suggest ska dates to earlier times, however. In the early 1960s, ska was the dominant music genre of Jamaica and was popular with British mods. Later it became popular with many skinheads."...


Stijn Biemans, Uploaded on Jun 8, 2008

This is ska, the authentic style! Just learn these basic steps and be amaze all your friends at the next ska party ;)
Here are two comments from this video's discussion thread:
Bretxa, 2014
"someone can tell the original name of the song¿?"

greenaum, 2017
"I don't think it is a song, just a generic copyright-free jam. It doesn't really go anywhere as a song. Just a bit of a groove for the ladies and gentlemen to ska along to, while the nice man explains the whole thing, uninterrupted by any singing or frequent trumpetry"
Click for the 2012 pancocojams post "Seven Jamaican Ska Music Videos (information, and examples)"

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