Is it perhaps overly cynical of me that my first impression of The Backyardigans was, "Oh, how convenient for marketing. They already look like stuffed animals."
Marketing aside, I do have to say that as children's programs go, this is a remarkably non-annoying one. It's cute, fairly funny and musical. And perhaps the most important part, they sing lots of different songs, so the likelihood that you'll wind up with evil earworm music stuck in your head from the incessant repetition is much lower (although in the spirit of full disclosure, I've been humming the theme song for the past two days. But it's a lot better than the theme to Elmo's World, so I'll take what I can get).