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If you have never heard of The Wiggles you are missing a treat, as these middle-aged Aussie children's entertainers are surprisingly catching in their enthusiasm and energy. I had lived my life with no knowledge of The Wiggles until recently when my daughter watched their dvd at nursery, but apparantly they have been on the circuit for around 20 years!
Consisting of four men called Murray, Jeff, Anthony and Sam, The Wiggles each wear a certain colour so you know which one is which. They are supported by some fun chaacters including Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and Captain Feathersword, who is a pirate.
I spotted the 'best of' dvd for £3 in Tesco, and decided to buy it as I was being driven demented by my daughter's previous favourite dvd! I'm glad we made the plunge as The Wiggles don't annoy me half as much as the now relegated Day full of Songs!
My two-year-old watches this dvd regularly and it competes with her other new favourite the slightly rude Peppa Pig. The Wiggles is essentially non-offensive fun and its simple format based on colour, songs, movement and dance seems to tune in perfectly to what a toddler wants from a dvd. My little girl has started to sing along to the songs and she also knows some of the actions to the dances. The songs were unfamiliar at first as they are special Wiggles ones, and not nursery rhymes, but they are actually really upbeat and catchy. Including songs like 'Big Red Car' and 'Fruit Salad', the dvd is fairly educational and introduces pre-schoolers to various concepts through the power of song.
Hugely popular in Australia, it seemsThe Wiggles are rapidly catching up in the UK, as I tried to book tickets for their live UK tour and they sold out really quickly. There is a whole range of Wiggles merchandise available as well as various dvds, including a Christmas special entitled 'Yule be Wiggling!'
The version we have includes chameos by big names like Kylie Minogue, Rolf Harris and the late Steve Irwin, so it just goes to show the demand for these ageing but surprisingly agile men, who make unlikely children's entertainers. From start to finish this dvd and the whole Wiggles franchise is perfectly suited to the mind of a toddler. Full of energy, enthusiasm, fun and humour, this is a wholesome brand that is not that irritating for the parents. In fact I actually really likeThe Wiggles and am grateful that they have drawn my daughter's attention away from her old-fashioned nursery rhyme dvd.
As a really original form of entertainment for children, The Wiggles are perfectly placed to inform and educate without being patronising to their target young audience. Each song on the dvd is accompanied by music, colour and movement, and The Wiggles deliver thm perfectly using many visual effects which thrill my daughter and fire her imagination.
In fact she is such a fan that she carries the dvd case around with her and is not bothered by whether or not it contains the actual dvd. She loves The Wiggles and all the characters and even sings along by herself now. I can't recommend this dvd highly enough especially for parents bored of the slightly sombre, depressingly annoying old-fashioned dvds which often flood the market.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Hot Potato
2 Can You (Point Your Fingers And Do The Twist
3 Fruit Salad
4 Rock-A-Bye Your Bear
5 Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car
6 Wake Up Jeff
7 Wiggly Party
8 Captain Feathersword Fell Asleep On His Pirate Ship (Quack Quack)
9 Wiggle Bay
10 Monkey Dance, The
11 Get Ready To Wiggle
12 Go Santa Go
13 Dorothy (Would You Like To Dance)
14 Ohh It's Captain Feathersword
15 Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport - Wiggles & Rolf Harris
16 Dressing Up
17 Move Your Arms Like Henry
18 Lights Camera Action Wiggles
19 Do The Owl - Wiggles & Steve Irwin
20 Zeezap SOng, The
21 Play Your Guitar With Murray
22 Rockin' Santa - Wiggles & John Fogerty
23 To Have A Tea Party
24 Here Come The Chicken - Wiggles & James Burton
25 Getting Strong
26 Murray Had A Turtle
27 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
28 I'm Dorothy The Dinosaur
29 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Wiggles & Leo Sayer
30 Dr. Knickerbocker
31 Shimmie Shake, The
32 Over The Moon
33 Wags The Dog Is Chasing His Tail
34 Monkey Man - Wiggles & Kylie Minogue