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"A Giant Problem" is an of The Backyardigans from the second season.

Characters

Summary

"Big friendly giantess, Tasha, is new to the kingdom and wants friends to play with. However, Queen Uniqua simply cannot tolerate giants, especially when she’s trying to take a beauty nap. She summons wizards in training Pablo and Tyrone to get rid of it. They try every spell in the book before finally turning themselves and the Queen into giants, too."

Plot

Once upon a time, there was a sandy area is shown with a horse, a tree, and a bucket. Tasha's feet stomp down on the area. The camera zooms out, revealing that the sandy area is the sandbox filled with toys. Tasha repeatedly chants, "Boom, boom!" pretending to be a giantess. She then looks towards the screen, greets the viewer, and introduces herself as Tasha, the giant, a gigantic creature. Tasha begins singing, "Nobody's Bigger Than a Giant". The backyard transforms into a region filled with trees. Tasha then becomes an actual giant. Then Tasha sings a reprise of the song.

Tasha spots a village far from the forest and begins strolling toward it. The camera moves to the house in the small village where wizards Pablo and Tyrone live. Pablo asks Tyrone if they can try a spell, Tyrone and Pablo uses magic word his magic wand on wizard hats. but wizard hats fly out of control, and smashes a watercolor beakers drops over, wizard hat onto Pablo's tail. and another wizard hat into Tyrone's nose, and Tyrone reminds Pablo that it is difficult to cast spells. The two sing "It's Hard to Be a Wizard". Through the song, they explain how they can never get any spells right and demonstrate how it comes out wrong whenever they try one.

The two receive a call from the village queen Uniqua through a magic ball. Uniqua tells the boys that she wants them to visit her castle at once, and Pablo and Tyrone tell her they will do so. Tyrone tells Pablo they could use a spell to get to Queen Uniqua's castle from their house. They wave their wands and recite magic words. The spell brings them to the top of Queen Uniqua's castle on a pole. They are hung by the back of their robes.

The camera moves to Queen Uniqua inside the castle. Pablo and Tyrone arrive. Uniqua asks them why they took so long, and they both start talking at once, so she silences them and explains that she is trying to take her royal nap but cannot sleep with the giant causing so much noise, so she orders the wizards to get rid of the giant. They dash out and stop by the castle wall. Pablo starts to worry that they never had to get rid of a giant before; Tyrone replies that he knows, but Queen Uniqua finds them standing in her window, and she yells at them to go. As they rush down the road to the forest, they quickly become winded, as the road is very long. The wizards agree to use a flying spell to get to the giant faster. After waving their wands and reciting the magic words, they fly around uncontrollably.

They start flying towards Queen Uniqua's castle and barely escape being smashed into it, but then there was trouble: they ended up near Uniqua's bedroom just as she was stretching, getting ready for her nap instead. She notices they are still at the castle and yells at them to hurry up. They quickly speed away, finally in control, only they run out of flying magic, and they crash down a big tree, tyrone and pablo is exhausted. Tyrone offers to rest on a circular red item, which he claims to be a rock. The "rock" begins to move, revealing that the rock is actually Tasha's shoe. Pablo and Tyrone are petrified and try to run away from Tasha. While they run, they look at Tasha but end up looking up at her dress. Tasha is happy, thinking the wizards want to play tag, and yells to the boys that she will get them as she chases after them.

The wizards sing the song "I Know a Spell" using every spell they know. First, they want to transform Tasha into something more. Pablo suggests turning her into a sheep, so the wizards recite the magic words to a spell in which the giant turns into one. But instead of turning into a sheep, Tasha falls asleep, disappointing the wizards. Then the wizards try to make the giant disappear, but they disappear instead. After turning visible again, Tyrone suggests making the giant go away, but they go to the North Pole instead. Tyrone tries to get them back again, but they are teleported to the moon instead. Pablo says he'll try this time, and they accidentally appear in Queen Uniqua's castle.

Queen Uniqua realized the wizards had appeared before her and made an angry look on her face. The wizards say sorry to Queen Uniqua and quickly warp themselves away, only to end up landing on the giant's head though. The wizards are scared and scream, causing Tasha to giggle as it tickles. The wizards lose their balance on the giant's head and fall into a pond. The wizards are disappointed, and the giant tries to grab them. The wizards swim out of the pond and start running for their lives, until they realize that they won't get away with their speed and need horses. They try to bring some with their magic, but they turn into horses themselves instead. The giant starts to chase them, so they run away as horses, neighing. When they almost reach the castle, they run into Queen Uniqua, with her royal yawn, who claims that she saw everything and orders them to stop horsing around, or she'll get rid of them. They watch her leave back to the castle, and with a reverse spell, they turn back to wizards.

Meanwhile, the giant is almost at the castle. Tyrone suggests doing the same-size spell, even though it is the most difficult trick ever, and they manage to make two giant bubbles (which will make anything the same size as another being if you touch it). The giant sees the bubbles, and she blows them toward the wizards cheerfully. The bubbles pop on the wizards, causing them to become giants.

The wizards are scared of the giant (even though they are all the same size). The giant tags them, and they finally understand that the giant wants to play tag with them. Wizard Tyrone feels playing tag with the giant is fun, but Wizard Pablo worries that Queen Uniqua will be angry if she catches them playing with the giant. So the wizards make her giant by coaxing her out of her castle and using the same-size spell. The wizards are happy that they got a spell right for the first time ever, and they play tag. Queen Uniqua now feels happy and says she can nap anytime. The four giants now sing "On Top of the World", with Tasha the Giant having three friends she can call her own. Pablo's stomach growls as the world starts shaking, and Tyrone suggests having mini muffins at his house as the village transforms into the backyard. The kids sing the end song as they enter Tyrone's house instead. Tasha opens the previously closed door and shouts, "Yoo-hoo!" before reclosing the door and living happily ever after. So ends the 2nd season of The Backyardigans.

Roles

Trivia

  • This episode was released early to the DVD "Super Secret Super Spy" before premiering on the Nickelodeon channel 4 months later.
  • This is the last official episode of the show:
    • In the DVD, or production order, where Tasha's speaking lines are provided by Naelee Rae, but the next few episodes however, left her Naelee Rae voice recordings, either gasping or screaming, intact.
    • To be released digitally on Nick Jr's streaming service, Paramount Plus.
  • This is the first of two episodes with the same snack (mini muffins), the second being "The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon."
  • This is the only season finale:
    • In the DVD or production order where Austin is absent.
    • In which only most of the 4 main characters appear instead of 5.
  • Austin is the only Backyardigan that isn't featured in this episode.
  • This is the 37th episode for 17 out of 20 to be available on YouTube.

    Songs

  • "Nobody's Bigger Than a Giant"
  • "It's Hard to Be a Wizard"
  • "I Know a Spell"
  • "On Top of the World"
Pilots
"Me and My Friends" • Nick Digital pilot
"Pirate Treasure" • "The Heart of the Jungle" • "The Yeti" • "The Snow Fort" • "Secret Mission" • "It's Great to Be a Ghost!" • "Riding the Range" • "The Key to the Nile" • "Knights Are Brave and Strong" • "Viking Voyage" • "Castaways" • "Race to the Tower of Power" • "The Quest for the Flying Rock" • "Polka Palace Party" • "Surf's Up" • "Eureka!" • "Race Around the World" • "Monster Detectives" • "Cave Party" • "High Tea"
"Mission to Mars" • "Samurai Pie" • "Scared of You" • "Whodunit" • "The Legend of the Volcano Sisters" • "The Secret of Snow" • "The Swamp Creature" • "Horsing Around" • "Special Delivery" • "International Super Spy: Part 1" • "International Super Spy: Part 2" • "Movers of Arabia" • "Cops and Robots" • "Sinbad Sails Alone" • "Best Clowns in Town" • "Save the Day" • "Into the Deep" • "News Flash" • "Catch That Butterfly" • "A Giant Problem"
"Who Goes There?" • "Blazing Paddles" • "Garbage Trek" • "Fly Girl" • "What's Bugging You? " • "Chichen-Itza Pizza" • "To the Center of the Earth" • "Front Page News" • "Tale of the Mighty Knights: Part 1" • "Tale of the Mighty Knights: Part 2" • "Le Master of Disguise" • "Match on Mt. Olympus" • "The Great Dolphin Race" • "Caveman's Best Friend" • "Ranch Hands from Outer Space" • "Robin Hood the Clean" • "Escape from Fairytale Village" • "Pirate Camp" • "The Two Musketeers" • "The Masked Retriever"
"Robot Rampage: Part 1" • "Robot Rampage: Part 2" • "Catch that Train!" • "Attack of the 50 Foot Worman" • "Dragon Express" • "Flower Power" • "The Funnyman Boogeyman" • "Follow the Feather" • "Break Out!" • "The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve" • "Los Galacticos" • "For the Love of Socks!" • "The Flipper!" • "Elephant on the Run" • "The Magic Skateboard" • "Pablor and the Acorns" • "Super Team Awesome!" • "The Big Dipper Diner" • "The Amazing Splashinis" • "The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon"
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