Wiggly Wiggly Christmas is a terrific music compilation of new and favorite Christmas songs. Jeff, Greg, Anthony and Murray join a fun cast of characters in performing both upbeat, familiar carols and creating their own brand of new Christmas classics.
1. Have a Very Merry Christmas
2. Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas
2b. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1997 version)
3. Here Comes Santa Claus
4. Go Santa Go
5. Ding Dong Merrily on High (instrumental)
6. Christmas Star
7. Unto Us, This Holy Night
8. Feliz Navidad
9. Jingle Bells
10. Christmas Picnic
11. Let's Clap Hands for Santa Claus
12. Henry's Christmas Dance
13. Jeff's Christmas Tune (instrumental)
14. It's a Christmas Party on the Good Ship Feathersword
15. Away in a Manger
16. Wags is Bouncing Around the Christmas Tree
17. Silent Night
18. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Bonus Song from The Wiggly Big Show (1999 versions)
19. Wiggly Christmas Medley
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Ziggy and Frank
Wags the Dog
Dorothy the Dinosaur
Voice of Dorothy the Dinosaur
During the beach sandcastle skit, the Wiggles are supposedly building the castle, but they are actually tearing down the sandcastle since the video footage is played backwards. You can see the breaking waves forming and the walls of the castle being formed regardless of detail for the windows.
Song title typos:
The Wiggles cover Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad" song, but spell it "Felice Navidad" on the on-screen title in the 1997 version, and on the back cover of the 1999 UK version.
The Wiggles cover "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", but spell it "Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer" on the on-screen title in the 1997 version.
In "It's a Christmas Party on the Goodship Feathersword" the first time around when they sing "we're gonna party," on the right side, there's part of a camera on-screen as well as a hand waving from the opposite direction most likely from the choreographer.
The star stays on top of the Wiggles' Christmas Tree except in two songs:
In "Ding Dong Merrilly on High", Wags puts the star on top.
In "It's a Christmas Party on the Goodship Feathersword", Captain puts the star on top.
In octopus language, Bree-bop means hello, and Yoop means goodbye.
When Dorothy is asked to do Irish dancing, she replies that's her favorite style. No surprise there since many of the dancers come from the Halloran Dance School which specializes in Irish dancing.
In the 3D animation opening skit where a toy robot pushes the cart with a Wiggles logo on it, the letter "i" on the logo is in purple instead of blue.
In the "Wiggly Christmas Medley", a person says "Action!" before Murray gives his speech. The video also contains different camera angles before the song in comparison to the version on "The Wiggly Big Show" video.
Anthony: Hey, Dorothy, I've got a special dance for you to do. We like to call it the line dance.
Murray: (leans toward Dorothy and faces camera) Rarrr!
Dorothy: (notices Murray and jumps in surprise) Oh!
Anthony: No, Murray. Not the lion dance, but the line dance.
Dorothy: Boot scootin', Murray. (starts doing her line dance to piano music)
(Jeff has a dream where The Wiggles and mascots build a sandcastle. As he continues to sleep, the other Wiggles arrive.)
Greg: Oh, no! Jeff's always falling asleep. I guess we better wake Jeff up. When I count three, let's say, "wake up, Jeff," okay? (Murray and Anthony count along) One, two, three.
Greg, Anthony, and Murray: Wake up, Jeff!
(Jeff wakes up while making a blubbering noise.)
Jeff: Hey, guys. I just had a dream then. I dreamt that we were at the beach and we were building a big sandcastle. Santa Claus and Henry the Octopus were helping us.
Murray: A sandcastle?
Jeff: It was so real. Take a look at this…
(Jeff reaches down off-camera, and then picks up his shoe. He pours water out of it. The other Wiggles laugh.)
Captain Feathersword: Ooh. Ho-ho-ho. Too much Christmas food. Too much Christmas food!
(Greg and Murray arrive.)
Murray: Captain Feathersword, what's wrong?
Captain Feathersword: Oh, I have too much Christmas pudding, Murray, and I'm not feeling too good. Hoo-ooh.
Murray: Oh, Captain, there's always lots of great food to eat at Christmas, but you've got to be careful not to eat too much.
Greg: Captain Feathersword ate five plates of pudding, all at the Christmas dinner. Three coat buttons popped, which made him exclaim.
Captain: Oh, I'm not getting any thinner! Hoo-oo-o-oo-ooh!
(Anthony appears with three iguanas.)
Anthony: These are our friends, Iggy, Ziggy and Frank. Merry Christmas, guys.
Iggy: Merry Christmas, Anthony.
Anthony: All over the world at the moment, people are celebrating Christmas. And, all over the world, people have different ways of saying "Merry Christmas". In Central Australia, the Arrernte people say "Iguala!" for "Merry Christmas". Uh, in Italy, people say uh.
Iggy: Buon Natale.
Anthony: They do too, Iggy. They say "Buon Natale". And uh, well in Spanish speaking countries, uh people say um What do they say?
Iggy: Hey, Anthony, Anthony. Feliz…Navidad!
Murray: At Christmas time, one of the things I love doing is getting presents for everyone. I've got a present for Wags. It's a bone. What do you think? Do you think he'll like it?
Greg: (arriving with yellow bone-shaped present) Hey Murray, I've got a present for Wags the Dog.
Jeff: (arriving with purple bone-shaped present) I've got a present for Wags as well.
Anthony: (arriving with blue bone-shaped present) Murray, look, I've got a present here for Wags the Dog.
Murray: Great, guys, what are they?
Greg, Jeff, and Anthony: It's a bone!
Murray: Oh, that's what I got him too.
Wiggles: Oh, no. (they all look dejected.)
Anthony: Oh well, he'll like them anyway.
(All the Wiggles faces turn to BIG smiles.)
Original video release: 1997 (Roadshow/ABC Video #100767), runtime of 40 minutes.
* video poster announcement made on 10/13/97
* Sydney Morning-Herald article dated 11/16/97 announced Now On Sale listing
* Powerhouse Museum exhibit listed release month as September 1997
* Sun-Herald article dated August 9, 1997 reported that the video would be released in November
Re-release: 1999 (Roadshow/ABC Video #102341) runtime of 40 minutes
UK VHS release: November 1, 1999 (Walt Disney Home Video, EAN 5017186111975), runtime of 43 minutes
US VHS release: October 24, 2000 (Lyons/Hit Ent. #2505), runtime of 40 minutes
US DVD release: September 30, 2003 (Lyons/Hit Ent. #24031), runtime of 47 minutes
AUS DVD release: October 9, 2006 (Roadshow #102341-9) runtime of 46 minutes
UK DVD release: November 21, 2005 (Lyons/Hit Ent. HIT41802 2-pack with Yule Be Wiggling)
Original album release: September 6, 1996
US audio release: October 24, 2000 (Lyons/Hit Ent. #9216 cassette, #9218 CD)
Audio CD Notes:
Each of the spoken sections has its own title.
Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer was removed from the 1999 video version.
Reindeer Express was not made into a video.
At the end of the Wiggly Wiggly Christmas song, Santa Claus says "Now play that trumpet, Rudolf. Zee ya. Cool man, cool."
In Pirate Food Poem, Anthony voices Captain Feathersword, and it is stated that he ate too much stew (the video has Paul Paddick as the Captain, and pudding instead of stew).
After We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Greg says a goodbye message on behalf of The Wiggles.
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
Additional Crew Credits
Camera / Steadicam - Barry Armstrong
Camera - Murray Kelso
Camera assistant - Hugh Thorpe
Production Design - Andrew Horne
Art Director - Gavin Barbey
Art Department Manager - Deborah Szapiro
Set Construction - Craig Elliott, Rion Hogan, Phil Ascott
Standby Props - Tristan Fitzgerald
Wardrobe - Kerry Dawson
Additional Costumes - Bridgette Thorn
Production Assistant - Cameron Warn
Production Office - Karen Smith, Paul Field, Tammy Garton
Lighting Director - Borce Damcevski
Lighting Assistant - Nick Thompson
Online Editors - Stephen Rees, Chisholm McTavish
Sound Recordist & Playback - Matt Ackland
Video/Audio Engineer - Tony Douglass
Child Minders - Maxine Halloran, Glen Ryan, Pauline Field
In the 1999 version credits:
All the credited names for supporting cast and crew are in blue color with titles in purple.
The mascots are just listed under Cast instead of by name as consistent with TV series 2.
The puppeteers for the iguanas are listed with the crew as Puppets.
Felice Navidad was corrected to Feliz Navidad.
The Feliz Navidad dancers were listed in a different order.
Dancer Elyssa Dawson's name is corrected from Elysa Dawson.
Child participant Ashleigh Johns's name is corrected from Ashliegh Johns.
Murray's daughter Georgia Cook was added to the Little Girls credits.
Jeff's Christmas Tune and the detailed Wiggly Christmas Medley are in the song list.
Small Christmas graphics are added between each song in the list.
Background Instrumental Songs
The video intro is a mix of the main motifs from Jingle Bells and Get Ready to Wiggle.
When the Wiggles and friends build a sandcastle, the piano background music is Having Fun at the Beach.
Dorothy does Scottish dancing to "Scotland the Brave".
Dorothy does Irish Dancing to the Nya, Nya, Nya song.
The Wiggles have their own arrangement of "Here Comes Santa Claus."
In Gene Autry's original, the directions "So hang your stockings and say your prayers" is in the first verse, and the directions "So jump in bed and cover your head" is in the second verse.
In the Wiggles version, the directions are swapped. The first verse has "So jump into bed and cover up your head" while the second verse has "So hang your stockings and say your prayers."
Greg sings the second verse in a voice reminiscent of Elvis Presley. No surprise there since the Wiggles love Elvis, and Elvis also did a memorable cover of the song on his Christmas album in 1957.
In Gene Autry's original, there are two more verses, but the Wiggles just repeat the first verse. Also, on the last verse, The Wiggles added the background singers that sing "Santa Claus is…Santa Claus is…Santa Claus is Coming to Town" which is what Elvis Presley had done on his version.
Murray's daughter Georgia is seen in "Ding Dong Merrily on High", "Christmas Star" and "Unto Us This Holy Night".
This video was filmed in the same year as The Wiggles Movie so many of the set designs were decorated with Christmas themes. The first part of the set shows Captain Feathersword's dockyard and ship and the second part shows the Wiggles' house with Christmas decorations, a Christmas tree with presents, Wags' bone and the armchair where Jeff sleeps. There's also a wooden floorboard and a sign that says "Wiggly Wiggly Christmas". 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 called "Wiggles Interactive".
The Wiggles and Captain Feathersword include falsetto voices in their skits and vocals in their songs.
According to the interview on Hot Potatoes: The Best of the Wiggles, this video marks Larissa Wright's debut as one of the Wiggly Dancers. She was 15 when she auditioned.
This is the first Wiggles video to make use of 3D animation techniques, that the director and producer Dean Covell even gets a separate credit for that.
"Ding Dong Merrily on High" marks the first time the Wiggles or their likeness (e.g. puppets) do not appear for a song.
The front cover for the 1997 Australian VHS release from ABC video has The Wiggles in plain colored shirts, but the back cover of the same video has them in their shirts with logos.
Henry the Octopus wears a single red striped hat on the same video cover, but in the videos, he wears a multi-striped hat. Dorothy wears a banded ribbon on her hat and she has spots all over her chest area, but in the videos she has a red rose on her hat, and her chest area does not have spots. Wags is darker on the video cover than in the video.
The audio with Anthony and the iguanas for the introduction of "Feliz Navidad" was re-recorded for the 1999 version. Anthony speaks in a lower tone.
The Wiggles' version of "Here Comes Santa Claus" is not on their companion album, but can be found on the Australian compilation album The Spirit of Christmas 1998.
North America (Region 1) DVD bonus features include a photo gallery.
Debuts with Wiggles movie
This video was produced and released around the same time as the movie, so some of these are considered debut depending on what is seen first:
The Wiggles logo no longer has black outlines as shown on the Wiggledance! video release. The Wiggles also use the logo for their shirts and belt buckles.
Dorothy, Wags, and Henry have new costume designs. Dorothy's chest no longer has yellow spots. Wags has a letter "W" on his chest. Henry wears a bow-tie. Captain Feathersword has bigger pirate clothing, including his sword and hat.
The S.S. Feathersword is now a moving vehicle instead of a cardboard cutout.
Jeff has an armchair with a clock face.
Iggy, Ziggy and Frank make their debut.
On the 1997 video cover and 1996 CD cover, The Wiggles hold presents and pose around a small Christmas tree with balls and tinsel while wearing Santa hats. Dorothy, Wags, Henry and Captain Feathersword also pose around a small Christmas tree while standing next to Anthony and Jeff and behind Greg and Murray. This shot is similar to one used by the Beatles in 1965 when they posed around a small tree with balls and tinsel on their 1970 Fan Club album, "The Beatles' Christmas Album".
In "Go Santa Go," The Wiggles and friends do the finger pointing part of the dance from the "Greased Lightning" song in the Grease musical.
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