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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Wiggles: Wiggle House is a DVD of 25 songs featuring original Wiggles star Anthony (Anthony Field), along with newcomers Emma (Emma Watkins), Lachy (Lachlan Gillespie), and Simon (Simon Pryce) and some guest celebrity appearances. These cute and catchy songs are geared toward the preschooler set and include some educational content. Although the DVD claims to feature 25 new songs, many of these tracks have been recorded with the previous Wiggles cast and have been reworked for this DVD.
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What's the story?
Anthony, Emma, Lachy, and Simon are back to sing and dance with you in this sing-along DVD. The crew does some new takes on old favorites such as "5 Little Joeys" and "My Big Red Car"; show some neat ballet moves; and bring some new friends to visit and help sing some new songs. In "Poppadum," everyone dresses up in traditional Indian garments and sings about the favorite Indian dish. Reporter Lee Hawk comes to sing about hawks. And rugby player Joseph Paulo stops by to sing about rugby.
Is it any good?
Although traditional Wiggles fans may miss the original crew, the new additions to the team do a decent job encouraging kids to sing and dance. Although parents will probably groan their way through, preschoolers will no doubt be singing along quickly with a lot of the catchy tunes. Parents will appreciate the nice messages scattered throughout the songs, though they may not be as happy with the somewhat random celebrity appearances throughout.
Most kids probably won't be able to sit through the entire DVD, which is 80 minutes long and does have some slightly boring numbers, but they'll probably enjoy watching their favorite songs over and over. And kids who are interested in dancing will find a lot to enjoy as there are quite a few sequences about ballet that feature Emma en pointe.
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