The Wiggles: Getting Strong

  • Review Date: October 5, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007

Common Sense Media says

Ages 2-5 dance and learn with energetic Aussies.
  • Review Date: October 5, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007

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What parents need to know

Educational value

This DVD isn't designed to teach specific lessons/curriculum, but kids will learn new songs and games (some of which promote early literacy skills, etc.), as well as the benefits of exercise.

Positive messages

The Wiggles and their friends always have fun together, without even a hint of conflict.

Positive role models

The Wiggles are positive and upbeat, and they always support one another and work as a team.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD is a wholesome, fun way for kids to spend an hour, and should leave viewers with lots of new ideas for activities and word games. While the relentlessly happy Wiggles and their cohorts might grate on the nerves of parents and older children, the preschoolers at which this DVD is aimed will love the goofy dances, cheerful songs, and easy-to-replicate games. The inclusion of live action shots of children with different ethnicities and abilities is welcome, but short. Special features include an American Sign Language option.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In THE WIGGLES: GETTING STRONG, kids can join Murray (Murray Cook), Jeff (Jeff Fatt), Anthony (Anthony Field), and Sam (Sam Moran) as they sing, dance, hop, and jump, moving their bodies and encouraging young viewers to join in. The first half focuses on active games to promote the virtues of exercise, while the second half promotes language and literacy through simple phonic games and skits. All of the activities reinforce concepts taught in preschool or at home from parents. Special features include an extension of the foreign language practice in the main program, when Dorothy the Dinosaur gets a visit from a Warramiri elder, from one of the indigenous tribes of Australia. An interview with Aussie football star Kate Gill is also a nice touch, especially for young soccer players.

Is it any good?

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The DVD is a perfect rainy-day activity for a preschooler needing to burn up some energy, and should give parents some new ideas for games in which the whole family can participate. The four Wiggles converged over a shared interest in early childhood education, and the sincerity of their intent really shows here. They're not afraid to make goofy faces, dance in silly costumes, or try new things, all to the backbeat of cheerful music and a brightly animated background. Children ages 2 through 5 will find it hard to resist their appeal.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the many games that are demonstrated in the DVD, including musical cushions, jumping and running in place, and making origami whales. Which one was your favorite?

  • The Wiggles share some games to help promote language and literacy,

  • like pattern recognition and reading practice. Kids: What did you learn from playing these games?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 8, 2007
DVD release date:October 9, 2007
Cast:Anthony Field, Jeff Fatt, Sam Moran
Director:Paul Field
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:73 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 4 year old Written bystumom April 9, 2008
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Great for the 2-8 set

The Wiggles jump into some great learning with fun songs, actions and lessons in literacy and numeracy. My four year old watches it again and again. If you like the Wiggles who have a great respect for, and don't talk down to children, then you'll like this video. It is a bit different from their previous videos, as it is specifically aimed at teaching (but still loads of fun) and happens to be the first one with Sam Moran, the new yellow Wiggle, who is doing a fantastic job taking over for his mate Greg.

Parent Written byChristy Deckys April 9, 2008
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great kid movie

this movie is great for little kids. there is dancing and singing that your child will enjoy!

Parent of a 2 year old Written bygerbowski August 9, 2012
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Great show for younger kids

My son loves the wiggles, particularly the videos made around the time this one was. He jumps, dances and sings along with them. Hardly a day goes by that he won't request a wiggles show at least two or three times. They are both educational and entertaining for younger kids which is a bonus. If you have cable, Sprout plays short 15 minute wiggles episodes, which are perfect for preschoolers shorter attention spans.

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Great role models

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