The Wiggles-Santa's Rockin!
Menu Animation & Audio
Bonus Episode-2, The Wiggles TV Series: Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles!
Song Lyrics-Song Jukebox
Music Highlights-Sing Along With The Wiggles
|Year Of Production||?|
|Running Time||44:49 (Case: 80)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Paul Field|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
English Song Lyrics
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, out-takes|
Wiggles - Santa's Rockin' is an Aussie DVD that combines two kid's favourites, The Wiggles and Christmas. Wiggles - Santa's Rockin' features plenty of the singing, dancing, and hijinks that kids all around the world have grown to love.
As I wrote in a previous review, " . . . if you are somehow unaware of who they are, the Wiggles (Anthony Field, Greg Page, Murray Cook, and Jeff Fatt) are a musical group who entertain children. The Wiggles are often thought of in reference to the 1980s pop-band, The Cockroaches (of which two were members), however, three of the Wiggles met while at Macquarie University, Sydney, studying early childhood degrees. Indeed, they started writing songs as a great learning and development tool for young children . . . It is common knowledge that the Wiggles are very popular in Australia, where it is estimated that half of all Australian children own a Wiggles video, CD or DVD. However, following the Disney Channel beginning to broadcast the Wiggles in the US, their fan base has grown into the millions".
There is no plot to Wiggles - Santa's Rockin. Rather, The Wiggles, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, and Dorothy the Dinosaur join Santa and some of his dancing elves in a collection of Christmas songs and dances. There are also a few special guests, including pop-music legend John Fogerty, and a Very Brady Barry Williams.
Apart from the expected children acting out nativity scenes, and traditional Christmas carols, there is also a look at Christmas in the US, and a Mexican touch, with a Christmas song sung in Spanish.
On a trivial note, when I was a student, I worked as an entertainer at (the sadly now closed) Australia's Wonderland. One of the guys I worked with, Brett Clarke, appears as one of Santa's back-up singer/dancers on this DVD. Brett, it's great to see you're still kicking up your heels!
As with other recent Wiggles DVDs, the transfer is of broadcast quality, and problem-free.
Considering that the advent of Digital Television has allowed many programs, including other children's programs such as Hi-5, to be broadcast with a widescreen image, I am disappointed that the Wiggles' DVDs persist with transfers in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (full frame). As a result, at times some of the dancers and action at the sides of the screen are cut off.
The sharpness and shadow detail are both fine, but some scenes were a little soft, such as at 26:27. As one would expect, the colour is brilliant, and features bright primary colours
There are no problems with MPEG artefacts, film-to-video artefacts, or film artefacts. However, very rarely, there is a slight shimmer on some objects.
Only English subtitles (including lyrics) are offered, which are accurate to the spoken (and sung) word.
This is a single-sided, single-layered disc.
The only audio option is English Dolby Digital Stereo (224Kb/s), which is clear, and exhibits a good dynamic range.
The dialogue quality is excellent, but the audio sync suffers a little. At times some of the song-miming is obviously out of time. Captain Feathersword was the main culprit here.
The music is mainly provided (and/or arranged) by the Wiggles, and there are 13 songs encompassing a variety of styles. I thought the better tunes were Henry the Champion Christmas Wrapper and Ross Wilson's This Little Baby is Born Again.
As a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track, there is no surround presence or LFE activity.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are a few extras.
Animated menu, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
Dorothy's Spots (5:07)
A narrated picture book with a story of the day Dorothy's spots went missing.
A series of stills, including publicly stills and behind-the-scenes shots set to music.
Bonus - Episode 17, The Wiggles TV Series: Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles! (10:14)
Bonus - Episode 24, The Wiggles TV Series: Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles! (11:20)
Featurette-Christmas Messages (3:31)
Christmas messages from some of the Wiggly Dancers.
Songs Jukebox and Sing Along With The Wiggles
Select your favourite tunes and sing along.
From what I can tell, this DVD has not yet been released in Region 1.
While there is nothing remotely original about Wiggles - Santa's Rockin' (even many of the new songs sound familiar), it does provide another dose of Wiggle Christmas Fun for the kiddies.
The video quality is very good, but should have been presented in widescreen.
The audio quality is good for a stereo track.
The extras are few, but the additional episodes of television are a nice touch.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||Grundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||Sony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer|