Case Number 25291: Small Claims Court

WOW! WOW! WUBZY! BEST OF WIDGET

Nickelodeon // 2006 // 70 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Paul Pritchard (Retired) // February 14th, 2013

The Charge

Wow! Wow! It's Widget's Wildest Inventions & Best Adventures!

The Case

For the uninitiated (like myself), Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! comes from animator Robert Boyle, whose other works include Danny Phantom and the excellent The Fairly Oddparents. Here Boyle is aiming for a slightly younger audience than before, with Wubbzy's combination of cute characters and music being ideal for preschoolers.

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! follows the adventures of Wubbzy, an odd little yellow fella who resembles a cross between a squirrel and a cat. Wubbzy spends his days with his best friends Walden, a bookish, and gerbil-like creature, and Widget, an engineer whiz who also happens to be a rabbit. It is Widget who is the basis of the Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Best of Widget DVD release, as it contains a selection of episodes centered on the character.

* "Widget's Wild Ride" -- Widget sets about building Wubbzy a go-kart for an upcoming race.

* "Gotta Dance" -- In an effort to become a ballerina, Widget designs a pair of robotic legs.

* "Gidget Super Robot" -- Widget builds a solar powered, robotic version of herself.

* "Eggs Over Easy" -- It's Easter time, and Widget offers to help Wubbzy decorate the eggs.

* "Widget Gets The Blooey Blues" -- Widget goes into a slump when her latest invention fails.

* "The Super Fixers" -- Widget becomes obsessed with a TV show.

* "Where's My Wiggle Wrench?" -- Widget loses her confidence when she loses her favorite wiggle-wrench.

Visually the show is something of a mixed bag. Certainly the pastel colors, combined with the sharply drawn characters, are somewhat appealing, and there's no doubting that Wubbzy, Widget, and Walden would make perfectly fine decorations for a little one's nursery. Still, the fact remains that the lack of a truly vibrant image means the show struggles to grab one's attention in the way similar animated series do.

Personally I found little appeal to Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Best of Widget, other than its innocent nature. The show's humor quickly becomes tiresome, and the "quirky" trio of characters soon become annoying as their enthusiasm shows no signs of abating. Each episode follows much the same formula, meaning that sitting through more than one becomes a chore, and then there's the annoyingly infectious songs that will be bouncing around in your head for days -- if not weeks -- on end. My children -- aged four and fifteen months -- would beg to differ, of course.

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Best of Widget has been on regular rotation in the Pritchard household since the DVD arrived, much to the disappointment of my wife and I. For reasons I cannot quite fathom, my boys love the show. Its humor is right up their alley, and they can happily sit through a handful of episodes without making a peep -- save for my youngest getting up to dance during the musical interludes. I've said it before, but it bears repeating: whether an adult likes the show or not is of little importance; this is a kid's show, thus theirs is the only judgment that counts. On that score, this one is clearly a success. Mr. Boyle, I doff my cap to you, sir.

The DVD sports a sharp, colorful full-frame transfer, backed up by a clean 2.0 soundtrack. Extras are limited to coloring and activity sheets, and music videos from the show.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 70

Perp Profile
Studio: Nickelodeon
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 70 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Music Videos
* Activity Sheets

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0762067/combined