Judge David Johnson applied to be a Wiggle, but was denied because of his big wooden toe.
Our reviews of The Wiggles: Pop Go The Wiggles (published March 19th, 2008), The Wiggles: Ukulele Baby (published August 28th, 2011), and The Wiggles: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (published July 30th, 2008) are also available.
The Wiggles are more than just four middle-aged Australian guys belting out songs for pre-schoolers. Since 1991, when Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, and Sam Moran got together to wear different color shirts and sing enthusiastically, The Wiggles have exploded into a multi-million dollar family entertainment empire, spinning off international Wiggles in Taiwan and Latin America (some of their stuff is including with the bonus features).
It might be standard operating procedure to dismiss The Wiggles with Internet-approved snark—and there's an excellent chance I've done so in previous reviews—but more power to 'em. These guys have found something they love doing, bring happiness to loads of children, and gotten filthy rich in the process. Not a bad tradeoff for a piece of your dignity!
There's that snark again…Forgive me.
The Best of The Wiggles collects 35 songs, totaling 123 minutes, strung together in a nifty jukebox presentation and bolstered by an impressive selection of extras. Essentially, it's the must-have Wiggles disc for the diminutive fan in your household.
The songs are varied, plucked from the group's large catalog, and feature both founding member Sam Moran and his eventual replacement Greg Page (Moran had to leave due to health concerns, though I tend to think he just wanted to live out the rest of his years reclining on a mountain of cash). Special guest stars like Kylie Minogue, John Fogerty, and the late Steve Irwin.
Once you've ripped through the songs, the special features offer up even more: interviews with The Wiggles' mothers and the woman who signed them to their recording contract (also, no doubt currently reclining on a mountain of cash); clips from 1991 performances; a loot at the international Wiggles; a featurette called "Growing Up with the Wiggles"; and a pair of photo galleries. The feature is given a solid technical treatment, transferred in a bright, crisp 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and issued a 2.0 stereo mix.
Wake Up, Jeff! This one's Not Guilty.
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