Warner Bros. // 2008 // 57 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 19th, 2008
Nursery rhymes bring happy times with The Wiggles!
During my tenure with the Verdict, I've reviewed more than a few children's DVDs, ranging from the mainstream (Dora, Arthur, etc.) to the whacked out (Lazytown, Boo-Bah). Yet this is the first time I've come into direct contact with the world-dominating quartet "The Wiggles."
Finally, the odds caught up with me.
Some rudimentary research reveals that these guys are ubiquitous. Formed in 1991, the Aussie-laden, kid-friendly musical group has raked in the cash with their gig, singing songs and dancing around and smiling and wearing colorful shirts, and it's all no doubt translated into huge mansions and Bentleys and Olympic-sized swimming pools and a plasma TVs the size of the Chrysler building. On the flipside, however, now their trust-fund offspring will forever be labeled as living off of "Wiggle money."
This being my first real meet-and-greet with the fellas, I was initially taken aback. Maybe it's the submerged stereotypes I have about children's musicians, like they all have to be adorned in nightmarish make-up and plastic prosthetics to cut it, but the sight of four middle-aged guys singing their guts out about Mary and her little lamb was bit...awkward. They just seemed out of place, looking more at home behind the counter of a national retail auto parts chain than strumming on a guitar and laughing at a pirate captain named Feathersword.
But, I confess their exuberance eventually grew on me, and I was able to see them as the spunky, happy performers they are and not the presumed men's league dart champions from your local bar they are not.
Now that I've detailed my Wiggles' spiritual journey, there's not a lot to say about Pop Go the Wiggles. The feature is essentially 60 minutes of the Wiggles singing a buttload of old-school nursery rhymes, with bright, simplistic CGI animation set as the background and sporting the occasional appearance of someone in a hippo suit. A sampling of the tunes our heroes will run through: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "Skip to My Lou," "This Old Man," "Murray Had a Turtle" (huh?), "Three Little Kittens," "Pussycat, Pussycat," "Here We Go 'round the Mulberry Bush," and a bunch more.
That's it, really. If your offspring like the Wiggles and they like nursery rhymes, here you go. They'll be in heaven.
Video comes in a clean 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen (nifty!), and a 2.0 surround mix will project those rhymes all around your living room. In the extras bin: an episode from Dorothy the Dinosaur, a "Little Miss Muffet" e-storybook, another Dorothy bit, and a photo gallery. There's also an option to turn on a sign language feature, which runs through the whole program.
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Studio: Warner Bros.
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English)
* Unknown (American Sign Language)
Running Time: 57 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Episodes
* Photo Gallery
* Official Site