Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas

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Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas
Studio album by The Wiggles
Released September 6, 1996
Recorded The Tracking Station Studios, Sydney[1]
Genre Children's Music
Length 33:27
Label ABC
Producer The Wiggles[1]
The Wiggles chronology
Wake Up Jeff!
(1996)
Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas
(1996)
The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack
(1997)

Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas, released on September 6, 1996 is The Wiggles' seventh album and the group's first Christmas album. It was made into a video the following year.

Tracklist[edit]

All songs written and composed by (or trad arr. by) M. Cook, J. Fatt, A. Field, G. Page, except listed below. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Have a Very Merry Christmas"   J. Field 0:31
2. "Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas"   M. Cook, J. Fatt, A. Field, G. Page, P. Paddick 2:14
3. "With a Shiny Red Nose" (spoken)   0:07
4. "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer"   Marks 1:56
5. "If You See Santa" (spoken)   0:11
6. "Go Santa Go"   J. Field 1:49
7. "Ding Dong Merrily on High"     1:29
8. "Shepherds" (spoken)   0:11
9. "Christmas Star"     0:28
10. "Unto Us, This Holy Night"   J. Field 2:04
11. "Feliz Navidad"   J. Feliciano 2:20
12. "Peace and Joy to Everyone" (spoken)   0:05
13. "Jingle Bells"     1:52
14. "Christmas Picnic"     2:20
15. "Let's Clap Hands for Santa Claus"     1:32
16. "Breebop Poem[note 1]" (spoken)   0:08
17. "Henry's Christmas Dance[note 2]"     1:36
18. "Jeff's Christmas Tune"     1:59
19. "Pirate Food Poem" (spoken)   0:11
20. "It's a Christmas Party on the Goodship Feathersword"     1:56
21. "Away in a Manger"     1:03
22. "Wags Ate the Rags" (spoken)   0:07
23. "Wags Is Bouncing Around the Christmas Tree"     1:27
24. "Reindeer Express"     2:02
25. "Silent Night"     2:59
26. "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"     0:26
Total length:
33:27

Personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from the album's liner notes.[1]

The Wiggles are: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Greg Page, and Anthony Field

Vocals
  • Vocals - Greg Page
  • Backing Vocals - Paul Paddick, The Wiggles
Instruments
  • Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet and Flugelhorn - Dom Lindsay
  • Cello - Margaret Lindsay
  • Viola - Angela Lindsay
  • Violin - Maria Schattovits
  • Drums - Tony Henry, Peter Iacono
  • Guitars - Terry Murray, Rex Kellehr, Murray Cook, Anthony Field and Greg Page
  • Bass - Murray Cook
  • Organs, Piano, Accordion - Jeff Fatt
Staff

Engineered by: Chris Brooks, Alex Keller, Roy Mollace, Aaron Ruig Recorded at The Tracking Station Studios, Sydney

Video[edit]

Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas
WigglyWigglyChristmas1997Video.jpg
Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas 1997 cover
Directed by Dean Covell
Produced by Dean Covell
Starring
Distributed by Roadshow/ABC Video (#100767)
Release dates 1997
Running time 40 minutes
Country Australia

The album was also made into a video with the same title. It was originally released in 1997 in the Australia region.[2] It was later edited and re-released in 1999 to account for changes made in the TV series and the addition of a "Wiggly Christmas Medley".

Song list[edit]

  1. Have a Very Merry Christmas
  2. Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas
  3. Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer (original 1997 version only)[note 3]
  4. Here Comes Santa Claus[note 4]
  5. Go Santa Go
  6. Ding Dong Merrily On High[note 5]
  7. Christmas Star
  8. Unto Us This Holy Night
  9. Feliz Navidad
  10. Jingle Bells
  11. Christmas Picnic
  12. Let's Clap Hands for Santa Claus
  13. Henry's Christmas Dance
  14. Jeff's Christmas Tune
  15. It's a Christmas Party on the Goodship Feathersword
  16. Away in a Manger
  17. Wags Is Bouncing Around the Christmas Tree
  18. Silent Night
  19. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Production[edit]

As with The Wiggles Movie, the costumes for The Wiggles and friends were updated.[specify] It is the first video besides the movie where The Wiggles have logos on their shirts. Producer and Director Dean Covell added "3D animation" to the videos.

The Christmas set was in the background during the taping of the interviews with The Wiggles and Captain Feathersword for The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack Enhance CD bonus track.[3]

Release[edit]

In an August 1997 article by The Sun-Herald, The Wiggles planned to release the Christmas video in November, and was going to tour New South Wales and Victoria.[4] The Powerhouse Museum website listed the video as being released in September 1997.[5] However, the Powerhouse Museum exhibit itself showed a poster with a release date for Wiggly Wiggly Christmas on ABC Video for October 13.[2]

The front cover uses a picture of the Wiggles and their friends posing around the Christmas tree from their companion album.

Cast[edit]

The cast as presented on the videos:

The Wiggles are
Additional Cast
  • Captain Feathersword: Paul Paddick
  • Dorothy the Dinosaur: Leeanne Ashley
  • Dorothy's Voice: Carolyn Ferrie
  • Henry the Octopus: Charmaine Martin
  • Wags the Dog: Edward Rooke
  • Santa: Jonathon Mill
  • Mexican Puppets by Balooga Puppets
Iggy: Graeme Haddon
Ziggy and Frank: Edward Rooke
  • Feliz Navidad Dancers: Larissa Wright, Reem Hanwell, Elyssa Dawson, Kristen Knox, Rhiannah Kitching, Shannon Smith
  • Mary: Clare Field
  • Joseph: Joseph Field
  • Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer: Cassandra Halloran
  • Reindeer: Jessica Halloran, Sian Ryan, Sofia Silvestrini
  • Elves: Clare Field, Joseph Field, Emma Ryan, Natasha Petracic, Ashleigh Johns, Alicia Bryant, Laura Tilt, Anthony Silvestrini, Leonardo Silvestrini
  • Shepherds: Jessica Halloran, Sian Ryan, Emma Ryan
  • Wise Men: Cassandra Halloran, Sofia Silvestrini, Anthony Silvestrini
  • Donkey: Laura Tilt
  • Cow: Alicia Bryant
  • Sheep: Natasha Petracic, Ashleigh Johns
  • Drummer Boy: Leonardo Silvestrini
  • Little Girls: Georgia Cook, Ceili Moore

1999 re-release[edit]

Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas (re-release)
WigglyWigglyChristmas1999Video.jpg
Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas (re-release) 1999 cover
Distributed by Roadshow/ABC Video (#102341)
Release dates 1999
Running time 43 minutes
Country Australia

The video was re-released in 1999 with the removal of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", and the addition of a concert track called "Wiggly Christmas Medley".[note 6] The medley was filmed from their Toot, Toot! tour at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in December 1998, and contains different camera angles before and after the song in comparison to its version on The Wiggly Big Show. Some minor typos in the video such as "Felice Navidad" were corrected, along with some cleanup on the title bars and closing credits.

Home release[edit]

A listing of release dates for the 1999 edition. The US DVD features a photo gallery.


VHS[edit]

  • Region 4 (Australia): 1999 (Roadshow/ABC Video #102341)
  • Region 2 (United Kingdom): November 1, 1999 (Walt Disney Home Video, EAN 5017186111975)
  • Region 1 (North America): October 24, 2000 (Lyons/HIT Entertainment #2505)

DVD[edit]

  • Region 1 (North America): September 30, 2003 (Lyons/HIT Entertainment #24031)
  • Region 2 (United Kingdom): November 21, 2005 (Lyons/HIT Ent. HIT41802 2-pack with Yule Be Wiggling)
  • Region 4 (Australia): October 9, 2006 (Roadshow #102341-9)[6][7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Anthony notes that in Henry's octopus language, "Breebop" means "Hello" and "Yoop" means "Goodbye".
  2. ^ Another rendition of this song was sung on their first concert video Wiggledance! titled as "Let's Have a Dance with Henry".
  3. ^ Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer was listed on the back cover of the UK video edition.
  4. ^ The rendition of "Here Comes Santa Claus" by The Wiggles can be found on the Australian compilation album, The Spirit of Christmas 1998.
  5. ^ The Wiggles do not appear in the "Ding Dong Merrily on High" video.
  6. ^ The songs in the Wiggly Christmas Medley are: "Have a Very Merry Christmas", "Unto Us, This Holy Night", "Feliz Navidad", "Jingle Bells", "Henry's Christmas Dance", "Let's Clap Hands for Santa Claus" and "Go Santa Go".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wiggly Wiggly Christmas booklet, last page
  2. ^ a b "photo of Wiggles video exhibit". Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  3. ^ Sarno, Tony (October 17, 1997). "Wiggles Get In On The Act". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  4. ^ Williams, Sue (9 August 1997). "World Wakes Up To The Wiggles". The Sun-Herald. Retrieved 23 July 2012. As well as gearing up for the movie's launch and the release of another Christmas video in November, A Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas, the group is touring NSW and Victoria country areas, although often these days in far bigger venue 
  5. ^ "Powerhouse Museum - The Wiggles Videography". Powerhouse Museum. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "2006, English, Video edition: Wiggly, wiggly Christmas (videorecording)". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Buy Wiggles, The - Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas (Handle Case) on DVD-Video from". EzyDVD.com.au. Retrieved 2013-12-05.