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"Front Page News" is a superhero-themed episode of The Backyardigans from the third season.

Characters

Summary

"Berlin cabaret plays as Tasha tries to photograph the big news: the superheroes of Bigopolis taking on a giant robot! But Tasha is the real big news - a new superhero named Super Snap!"

Plot

Tasha is in the backyard wearing a blue hat with a red flower pinned to it. She holds a camera and asks the viewer to say "cheese" before snapping a photo and introducing herself as Photographer Tasha, who takes photos for the Bigopolis Big News newspaper. Tasha sings the song "I've Got a Secret Identity" as she explains that she is not an ordinary photographer: she is also a superhero named Super Snap, who can run at the speed of light but cannot reveal this secret identity.

The backyard transforms into the city of Bigopolis. Tasha walks into a tall building, where she enters a room. She greets her boss, Newspaper Editor Pablo, but he is angry. He explains to Tasha that the newspaper needs a picture for its front page story. He tells her he tried to draw one himself, but it did not look like the real thing. He holds a poorly drawn picture of a pink stick figure, supposedly representing the robot. Pablo and Tasha sing "Front Page News" as Tasha tries to persuade her boss to let her take the photo he wants. The phone rings, and someone tells Pablo that a giant robot is attacking the city.

Tasha rushes outside and sees the giant robot. Captain Bubble (Tyrone) traps the robot in a large bubble. Tasha is about to photograph Captain Bubble in front of the robot when the robot attempts to escape. He repeatedly chants "cheese." Tasha turns into Super Snap and runs around the robot so quickly that a tornado forms and blows the gigantic robot away. Super Snap turns back into Tasha and returns to the tall building and sadly tells Pablo that she cannot take a photo of the robot since Super Snap, who fought the robot, was too fast to take an image of.

Pablo gets another call and tells his employee that Bug Girl (Uniqua) is to fight the robot since he has popped Captain Bubble's bubble and has returned to Bigopolis. Tasha walks over to Bug Girl, who can perform actions only bugs can perform. Tasha and Uniqua begin singing "Bug Girl" as Bug Girl picks up the giant robot with her super strength. The robot crashes down. Tasha transforms into Super Snap for a second time and places two carts under the robot's feet before she and Bug Girl push the robot away.

Super Snap turns back into Tasha, walks back inside the tall building, and tells Pablo that she cannot retake a photo for him. Pablo is informed that the robot has returned and that Captain Bubble and Bug Girl are about to fight him. Tasha runs outside to see Captain Bubble trapping the robot inside a wall of bubbles. She is about to take a picture when the robot breaks the barrier. Bug Girl and Captain Bubble see the robot saying "cheese." The characters begin singing "Cheese, Cheese" as they bring the robot cheese, thinking he wants it. The robot refuses all the cheese they give to him.

Tasha turns into Super Snap and suggests that the robot might say "cheese" because he wants his picture taken. She grabs her camera and takes a photo. The robot poses. She takes multiple pictures of him as Pablo walks out of his building. Super Snap reveals that she is Photographer Tasha and could not take a picture of the superheroes because she was fighting the robot with them. Tasha sets the timer on her camera and turns into Super Snap. The superheroes and Pablo pose alongside the giant robot as the scene switches to an up-close shot of the new newspaper. Pablo mentions that there is another problem. The heroes ask if he means a giant spider, a giant asteroid, or a giant dinosaur. Pablo's stomach rumbles as he replies, "Nope, I'm starving!"

Tasha invites everyone to Uniqua's house and says, "I'll get a snack in a snap!" as Bigopolis transforms back into the backyard, and Bug Girl and Captain Bubble transform back into Uniqua and Tyrone. Afterwards, the characters sing the end song and rush into Uniqua's house for a snack. Tasha opens the door and asks the viewer, "Can you guess what snack we're having?" Tasha and her friends answer, "Cheese!" before reclosing the door.

Roles

Songs

Trivia

  • This is the last whole episode in the US airing, or production order, where Damani Roberts sings for Tyrone.
  • Austin is the only character absent in this episode.
  • The airplane in this episode is a Douglas DC-3.
  • The airplane in this episode is shown to have a horn. Planes don't have horns because there's nothing to honk at in mid-air. It also is shown to move backward, which airplanes cannot do.
  • When this episode was shown on YouTube, Tasha's line "It's a secret. Shhh." was muted for some reason.
  • This is the 38th episode to be available on YouTube.

Video

Backyardigans_-_Front_Page_News

Backyardigans - Front Page News

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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