The Backyardigans is a Canadian CGI-animated musical TV series that premiered in 2004 and was created by Janice Burgess. It features five animal children, who imagine that their backyard becomes an adventure place. It is a co-production of the Canadian animation studio Nelvana. Debuting on October 11, 2004, it was originally directed by Robert Scull. The series finale aired on May 31, 2010 in Canada, and reruns continued to air on the Nickelodeon family of channels in the United States until 2013. The show airs on Treehouse TV in Canada.