The Wiggles Movie (1997)

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Released 11-Nov-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio & Animation
Menu Audio
Song Lyrics
Music Highlights-Song Selection
Gallery-Photo
Storybook-The Lost Joey
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 79:39 (Case: 83)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Dean Covell
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Murray Cook
Jeff Fatt
Anthony Field
Greg Page
Case ?
RPI $26.95 Music The Wiggles


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
English Song Lyrics
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Whether you know them as Greg, Jeff, Murray and Anthony or Those Guys That Wear Skivvies, The Wiggles have had an amazing influence on our culture. Everybody knows them, young and old - and if you didn't grow up with them you must know at least a couple of lines from their songs. Come on! You started humming Hot Potato as soon as you noticed a Wiggles review had been published today, didn't you!

    All of the familiar Wiggles characters are present in this movie, including Dorothy the Dinosaur and a lot of their songs that you will instantly recognise. With a runtime of over seventy minutes, this is a very long film for a youngster to sit through, but older children will find it easier going.

    It's Dorothy's birthday and the four Wiggles are planning a surprise party - but Dorothy disappears and is rumoured to be in the company of Wally the magician. The race is on as the dinosaur has to be found before she discovers the planned party. Along the way we meet Henry the Octopus, Captain Feathersword and Wags the Dog who each sing and dance for us.

    This is great, simple entertainment for kids with plenty of action, songs and dancing to keep them interested for a long time.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer is presented in what appears to be the intended ratio of 1.33:1, full frame.

    There is a moderate amount of sharpness present in the transfer, however many scenes have a very soft appearance. It is hard to tell if this is intentional or a transfer issue. Take a look at the blurriness of the closing credits and you will see what I mean.

    As you would expect for a children's program the colours used throughout the film are very bold and bright. I didn't notice any instances of oversaturation or bleeding during the transfer. Among the bright splashes of colour skin tones appeared true and consistent.

    I didn't notice any signs of MPEG over-compression or low level noise. Aliasing was very minor when it did pop up, and hardly noticeable. The most distracting problem I encountered was some persistent shimmering on the Wiggles' graphic logo during the opening credits, lasting only for a few seconds.

    There is a lot of artefacting present at the beginning of the movie, but this quickly passes. The remainder of the film is clean and relatively dust free apart from the odd speck here and there.

    English hard of hearing subtitles are available on the disc and seem to follow the dialogue almost perfectly. There is also a sing along lyric subtitle stream that when selected appears as the Wiggles break into song.

    This disc is single layered, so there is no layer transition pause present.

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Audio

    There is only one audio track present on the disc, English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s).

    There are distinct differences between location and studio audio, with the latter sounding much clearer and slightly louder. All of the dialogue is very easy to understand and most of the ADR work is spot on, but there are a few minor occasions that seem to sway a little. I don't think the average child would find this a problem.

    All of the Wiggles' songs are mimed quite well - but as I mentioned above, the studio recordings are a lot clearer than the rest of the film's soundtrack, so it is quite obvious when a song is coming up. The music and lyrics are bright and cheerful. I have no doubt that anyone who has heard Hot Potato or Dorothy The Dinosaur knows exactly what to expect from the music in this film.

    I did attempt to engage Pro Logic but there were few examples of surround activity or subwoofer reaction. There was a lot of effective panning in the stereo soundfield, such as a plane swooping past at 2:55. A six channel soundtrack would have been nice, but I doubt that it would be really necessary on a film such as this.

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Extras

Menu

    All menus are animated and feature characters from the series, as well as audio accompaniment. There is no 16x9 enhancement.

The Lost Joey (3:49)

    While doing some gardening the Wiggles meet Kylie the Kangaroo, who is looking for her lost joey. This is very simply animated, but effective storytelling. The animated story includes subtitles that follow the narration closely.

Gallery (5:36)

    This is simply a scrolling montage of photos taken during production, accompanied by an extra long extended mix of the Wiggles' Medley.

Censorship

    There is censorship information available for this title. Click here to read it (a new window will open). WARNING: Often these entries contain MAJOR plot spoilers.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Details on the Region 1 release are sketchy, but it appears to be a bare bones disc. I don't see any good reason to import this title.

Summary

    The Wiggles Movie is great fun for kids, although very little ones will find the duration a bit of an ordeal. All of the characters that kids love are present, and the songs complement the story well.

    The audio and video transfers are average, and there are a couple of little extras to round off the package.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Monday, November 17, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-525, using Component output
DisplayPanasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.

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