Hot Poppin' Popcorn
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this album stays safely planted in The Wiggles' tradition of churning out silly songs for little ones. There aren't many significant messages about good behavior or health habits that sometimes get incorporated into their songs; instead, it's all "big-top" fun that's not too charged up. These are songs designed to hold youngsters' interest without getting them so excited that they're bouncing off the walls. And for those PC parents concerned about the circus message, it's handy to know that no animals were harmed during the making of this album and that the band avoids any references to animal performances, but instead focuses on human entertainers.
What's the story?
HOT POPPIN' POPCORN is the most recent release from the Australian preschool power band, The Wiggles. This time around The Wiggles take the musical dance party to the circus, with songs that relate to everything within the big-top tent, from jugglers and clowns to the trapeze and ringmaster. This album is the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, which was released on DVD around the same time as this LP.
Is it any good?
It's hard not to like The Wiggles' whimsical, tender style. Their songs are rarely over-the-top and can just about fade into the background for parents' ears. Look for a great kid-friendly rendition of "Waltzing Matilda" and the cheery tongue-twister "Circus Cyclists Circling" here. This album does, however, show The Wiggles' recycling old riffs and gags. Yes, we know Captain Feathersword will do something outlandish and Dorothy the Dinosaur will have a pleasant song in here, which makes the album free of surprises. Fortunately for The Wiggles, their audiences tend to grow out of them before things become too predictable. Parents, on the other hand, will just have to grin and bear it.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about eating healthy foods. The Wiggles mention good, nutritious, fresh foods on their song, "Fly, Fly, Foodman." Can you name any healthy foods you like? Can you add those foods into this song?
Talk about visiting a circus. What are the sights and sounds you experience? Can you try to put on your own circus while listening to this album? What special tricks would you do? Do you have any special talents you can show your family?
Talk about the marketing of a brand like The Wiggles. What items beside CDs and DVDs feature The Wiggles? Why do you think there are so many Wiggly toys being sold today? Does liking the band make you want to buy the other products? Parents, what lessons can you teach your kids about marketing from this group's mega-branding campaign?