2020 – The Year of Change
aka stop it already 2020, we’re tired aka, is it 2021 yet?
This year we kicked things off with a list of expectations, goals, and pre-made plans, as most of us do at the start of a new year. And, just like your personal plans, we were sideswiped by 2020. No one could have foreseen all of the unexpected “hits” that have taken place within the last six months around the world.
Here at GoNoodle, we have made changes that you may have already noticed or will take note of as you head back to school. We wanted to take the time to address them, as it hurts not only your hearts but ours as well, as we say goodbye to some of our favorites.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Koo Koo Kanga Roo sadly decided to leave GoNoodle. Unfortunately, talks to extend our agreement with them did not go in the direction we had hoped. We know concerns have been finding a replacement that can fill the void of this fan favorite. Like you, we’re sad to see them go but we are excited for the content in the works that will bring the same good energy and movement that inspired us to originally create the Koo Koo Kanga Roo channel. In the meantime, a little more Moose Tube always makes our day better!
As a company, we’ve been putting a lot of effort around walking the walk on the diversity and inclusion front. After receiving feedback, our team took a closer look at the content on our site to ensure it positively reflected the diversity of the world in which we live. As a result, we made the decision to remove Maximo from GoNoodle in mid-June.
We think it’s vital for GoNoodlers of all backgrounds to have a joyful experience on our site, and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure GoNoodle content reflects our shared values around positive representation. We completely understand that many of you loved and relied on Maximo content, and we’re so sorry for the pain this is causing you. However, we take our commitment to providing content that kids love and parents trust seriously and knowing that Maximo content caused some members of our community pain was an issue that we had to address. You can read more about this decision here – and again, please know, we’re working on bigger and better things for you and the kids in your life to help fill this space.
KidzBop & Zumba Kids
Our relationships with both KidzBop and Zumba have ended. We are actively working to see if we can get content from amazing groups like these back on GoNoodle as quickly as possible. And while GoNoodle and KidzBop have heard you all loud and clear, if you want to see Zumba back on GoNoodle, ask them to come back on social media with the tag @zumba. Hopefully, our work and your requests will bring them back into GoNoodle very soon! In the meantime, check out NTV: Noodle Television for some great 80s, 90s, and 00s songs for you and your family to jam out on.
While we know these changes may be difficult to accept, know that we’re riding this bumpy road of 2020 along with you. As we gear up for a wildly different back to school season, we want you to know we have new content for families and teachers that we can not wait to share with you.
We’re working now on new acts, songs, channels, and videos with favorites like Blazer Fresh, BestTees, MooseTube, the Champs, and more – all to launch this fall!
Thank you for your continued support as we remain focused on supporting our community of teachers, children, and families. We hope you’ll stand by us through this time and please know we’ll do everything we can to help you through the whirlwind of 2020 as well.
We are more committed than ever to our mission to spark Good Energy in the lives of kids (and the adults who love them). It lives deep in the soul of each one of the people at GoNoodle and is behind our push to create the best content to reflect the kids of today and dig deep in working with awesome partners that you (and we) love. In the meantime, we will hope along with you that 2020 stops it already with all the curveballs and starts to bring us all some good energy.