TV Series 3
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Episodes

52 (11-minute versions)
26 (22-minute versions)

Filmed

2002

Created by

The Wiggles

Directed by

Nicholas Bufalo

Original Network

11-minute:
ABC1 (AUS)
TVO (CA)
Sprout (US)
22-minute:
Playhouse Disney (AUS/US)

Opening Theme

Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles!

Original airdate

11-minute:
September 30, 2002 (AUS)
January 3, 2003 (CA)
2011 (US)
22-minute:
October 13, 2003 (US)

Preceded by

The Wiggles
(TV Series 2)

Followed by

The Wiggles Show!
(TV Series 4 & 5)

Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles! (also known as Network Wiggles!) is the Wiggles' third TV series, first aired in late 2002.

Episodes

The series existed in two versions.

  • Episodes running 11-minutes aired on ABC1 in Australia, on TVO in Canada, and PBS Kids Sprout in the United States, with 52 episodes total. However, some of the episodes run 9 minutes, some such as Episode 17 run 10 minutes, while others such as Episode 12 run 12 minutes.
  • Episodes running 22-minutes in length aired on Playhouse Disney in both countries (among others), with 26 episodes total. These are the versions released on the complete series DVD set, as well as iTunes.

The pages linked below are of the 22-minute versions, as the DVD set provides us with information on all of these episodes. Due to the several 11-minute versions have never been released on DVD, we didn't know the contents of them. For airdates and pages on the known 11-minute versions, click the aptly-named tab below.

iTunes cover artwork

Note: The order of episodes is based on the DVD box set and iTunes, where these are simply titled "Episode 1" - "Episode 26". To differentiate these pages from the 11-minute versions, the titles given to them by Playhouse Disney (sourced from tv.com) are used. All dates are the original Playhouse Disney airdates.

  1. The Beach - October 14, 2003
  2. Animals - October 15, 2003
  3. Instruments - October 13, 2003
  4. Gardening - October 13, 2003
  5. Ballet and Dancing - October 16, 2003
  6. Australian Animals - October 17, 2003
  7. Kids Island, Long Jump - October 13, 2003
  8. Bush Walking, Didgeridoos - October 20, 2003
  9. Australian Birds - October 13, 2003
  10. Captain Feathersword's Birthday - October 21, 2003
  11. Art Gallery - October 22, 2003
  12. Return to the Beach - October 23, 2003
  13. Boats - October 24, 2003
  14. Stories - October 13, 2003
  15. Swim Lessons and Transportation - October 27, 2003
  16. Tap Dancing Class, Leaf Rubbing, High Jump - October 13, 2003
  17. Bubbles - October 28, 2003
  18. Kindie Gym - October 29, 2003
  19. Reptiles - October 13, 2003
  20. Ducks and Potatoes - October 13, 2003
  21. Groceries and Noises - October 13, 2003
  22. Australian Museum and Farm Animals - October 13, 2003
  23. Aquarium - February 2, 2004
  24. Children's Hospital - January 5, 2005
  25. Flowers and Parks - January 26, 2004
  26. Skipping and Exercise - January 3, 2005

11-minute versions

Note: Episodes that are available on DVD or have surface online are marked in bold.

Format

  • Network Wiggles News: Greg hosts a news report with Dorothy as the field reporter and Captain Feathersword as the weatherman.
  • Music with Murray: Murray teaches children about different types of music and the soundwaves of the music.
  • Anthony's Workshop: Anthony hosts a show where he shows different crafts for kids.
  • Captain's Magic Buttons: Captain Feathersword shows a Wiggle the many things he can do when the buttons on his magic vest are pushed.
  • Where's Jeff?: A Wiggle gets another Wiggle or Captain Feathersword to guess where Jeff is sleeping in, and they wake him up at the end.
  • Wiggly Community Service Announcement: The Wiggles and their friends are interviewed on what they are doing and given safety tips.

Songs

Romp Bomp A Stomp, the first song used in the series

The songs used in the series are primarily taken from the videos Wiggle Bay and Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins, with each song from both videos appearing in their original widescreen presentation. For the first time in a Wiggles series, no concert clips appear within the show. New music videos, which are exclusive to the series, use songs from Wake Up Jeff!, The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack, Toot Toot!, the North American version of Yummy Yummy, Wiggle Time, It's a Wiggly Wiggly World! and Hoop-Dee-Doo it's a Wiggly Party. All of the songs are filmed on the main set, with the alternating purple and gold curtains. The only exception is Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car, which is filmed around the whole studio as the car travels.

Version Differences

The original 11-minute versions of episodes, as shown on the ABC, usually only feature 2 songs. Odd-numbered episodes usually contain Network Wiggles News and Music With Murray segments, while even-numbered ones contain Anthony's Workshop, Captain's Magic Buttons, and Where's Jeff? segments. Community Service Announcements appear randomly in any episode.

An extended version that lasts 22 minutes, as aired on Playhouse Disney in Australia & United States & Treehouse TV in Canada & released on the DVD Box Set, will have a Network Wiggles News segment, an Anthony's Workshop segment, a Captain's Magic Buttons segment, a Music With Murray segment, and a Where's Jeff? segment, in that order. Songs (usually 4-5), short skits, and Community Service Announcements appear in-between.

Some of the 11-minute episodes contain scenes not included in the 22-minute versions. Below are some known examples.

Home Video Releases

22-minute versions

DVD box set for the 22-minute episodes

In Australia, the series received a complete DVD set release in December 2008, containing all 26 episodes from the series, plus the documentary A Wiggly Postcard From Asia and two bonus episodes of the Dorothy the Dinosaur TV Series. Outside of this release, an edited version of Instruments (one that removes Rock-A-Bye Your Bear and the Where's Jeff segment) was included as a bonus feature on the Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins! DVD, while Swim Lessons and Transportation was included as a bonus feature for Wiggledancing! Live In The U.S.A.

These individual releases mark the only time (outside of iTunes) that the 22-minute versions of the series were made available to purchase internationally.

11-minute versions

DVD cover for Lights, Camera, Action, Wiggles!

As mentioned in the Episodes tabs above, various 11-minute episodes were included as bonus features for Wiggles DVD's, beginning in 2004 with the Toot Toot! Australian DVD release and ending in 2006 with Splish Splash Big Red Boat's American DVD release.

In 2003, a video containing Episode 1 and Episode 2 was released in Australia, while a DVD version, released later in 2006, replaced episodes 1 & 2 with Episodes 13, 14 & 15. The DVD release was made more for promotional purposes, and as such, was packaged with various Wiggles DVDs throughout that year (such as Wiggle Bay & LIVE Hot Potatoes!).

In 2005, an episode compilation containing Episode 12 & Episode 16, as well as Episode 15 & Episode 11 from Wiggly TV was released exclusively in North America. A screener version of the DVD possibly included Episodes 11 & 15 of Lights, Camera, Action!, as indicated by its back cover, but were replaced before its official release.

Trivia

  • The original 11-minute versions have additional segments of Music with Murray that were not used in the 22-minute versions. Some segments were separated in both 11-minute and 22-minute versions as exclusives.
  • This is the first series to be filmed and released in widescreen. 
  • As mentioned above, songs used in the series are primarily taken from the videos Wiggle Bay and Whoo Hoo! Wiggly Gremlins. These videos were shot around the same time as the series, were also directed by Bufalo and produced and aired by the ABC as specials for this series.
  • This is the first and to date only Wiggles series to use comical sound effects aside from The Wiggles Movie, The Taiwanese Wiggles, and The Wiggles' North American trailers by HIT Entertainment.
  • This is the first Wiggles series to feature Maton Guitars aside from Fender Guitars and instead of Takamine guitars.
  • The song "Taba Naba" appears in the series, with Christine Anu's vocals from the It's a Wiggly Wiggly World! album removed and Greg Page's vocals re-recorded.
  • Unlike The Wiggles' other TV Series, this series didn't have any story based scenes.
  • This is the first Wiggles TV series not to feature the song "Fruit Salad".
  • This is the first series not to feature Live in Concert songs. The only other is TV Series 6.
  • The 11-minute versions have been released in different aspect ratios such as 4:3 and 14:9.
  • A Sydney Morning Herald article mistakenly claims that the series contains 54 11-minute episodes,[1] whereas the flyer correctly states that it has 52 11-minute episodes.[2]
  • This was the last appearance of the Excelsior S108 until Pop Go The Wiggles!, however, Jeff still played it in December 2003 for The Wiggles' Live TV Performance with The Moguel Family on Channel 9's Today Show.
  • This was the first, and to date, only Wiggles TV series to receive a Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Children's Program, but lost to Tracey McBean.

References

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