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The Wiggles Movie

Created by

The Wiggles

Starring

Greg Page
Anthony Field
Murray Cook
Jeff Fatt
Tony Harvey
Leeanne Ashley
Carolyn Ferrie
Paul Paddick
Donna Halloran
Paul Field
Mic Conway
Joanne Samuel

Directed by

Dean Covell

Produced by

Hilton Fatt

Written by

Greg Truman

Music by

The Wiggles
John Field

Production Design

Andrew Horne
Deborah Szapiro

Distributed by

20th Century Fox

Running time

79 min.

Country

Australia

"The Wiggles Movie" (released as a "Magical Adventure! A Wiggly Movie" in North America and the United Kingdom) was The Wiggles' feature film. Produced by Gladusaurus Productions and distributed by 20th Century Fox, it was released in Australian cinemas on December 18, 1997. Its soundtrack was released two months prior on the October 20, 1997.

Synopsis

In the movie, The Wiggles embark on a journey to find Dorothy the Dinosaur since a amateur magician Wally the Great, steals Greg's magic wand in order to become a better magician. Meanwhile, Dorothy is sad because she thinks that The Wiggles and everyone have forgotten her birthday, while in fact they're all planning a surprise party for her by performing at a circus tent that night.

Prologue

The Wiggles greet everyone and tells the audience that they're about to watch the "The Wiggles Movie.". They say that you might see the Wiggly Friends and a new character known as Wally the Great who is a magician. Anthony's hand then starts to hurt after Jeff clicks a slate. He then looks embarrassed after Greg and Murray look at him. This introduction is only available on the VHS release.

Plot

Scene 1

Wally the Great (Tony Harvey), great-grandson of Waldo the Magnificent, is the amateur magician whose dream is to win the competition at the Magic Club for Best Magician. However, he is confronted with the rival, Roland the Remarkable (Dale Burridge), who believes Wally is a nobody.

Song 1: Hey There Wally

Scene 2

The Wiggles are performing at a school. Mrs Bingle (Joanne Samuel), the principal, had the accident with Anthony after she blew the whistle to wake Jeff up before the show, causing him to act extremely silly. The Wiggles start the show.

Songs 2, 3, and 4: Dorothy (Would You Like To Dance?), Can You (Point Your Fingers And Do The Twist?), Rock-a-Bye Your Bear

Wally, watching from behind a wall, sees Dorothy herself laying Greg's (who is a magician) magic wand on a table while sulking that everyone has forgotten her birthday but really they were trying to keep the surprise party for her a secret. Wally quickly snatches it but is caught by Dorothy.

Songs 5 and 6: The Chase (Instrumental), Quack Quack

Scene 3

The 2 have a tug of war and the wand breaks in half. Meanwhile, The Wiggles decide to go out looking for Dorothy in the Big Red Car. They visit Henry the Octopus.

Songs 7, 8, and 9: Rockin' And A Rollin' SeaBoom BoomMrs Bingles Theme

Then, they visit Wags the Dog.

Song 10: Tap Wags

Wally and Dorothy stop a rose robber and go to a dance academy

Song 11: Ballerina, Ballerina

As the Wiggles continue their search for Dorothy, They happen upon Brrrrrr Street where they get frozen.

Dorothy and Wally visit Captain Feathersword.

Song 12: Ooh It's Captain Feathersword

Scene 4

Since they have no luck find Dorothy, they go to the Wiggle house where they ace a test given to them by the talking Door, mix up their skivvies, have a flashback of the first time they celebrated Dorothy's birthday, and do the Romp Bomp a Stomp. Songs 13, 14, and 15: Romp Bomp A StompI'm a CowNya Nya Nya During the adventures that Dorothy and Wally have, their friendship grows more and more. Dorothy leaves and sits on a bench, sadly, complaining to Wally that nobody remembers her birthday. Wally then says "I didn't forget your birthday" which makes Dorothy feel a little bit better.

Scene 5

Wally begins to daydream about his grandfather, Waldo, saying to him to believe in himself. Song 16: Wally's Dream Music Wally forgets all about the Magic Competition and is almost late but thanks to Dorothy, makes it. However, Jimbo the Juggler blocks their way and says that Wally should put his vehicle in the full car park but Wally thinks quick and says "You find a spot" and tosses his helmet at him leaving Jimber pinch-faced. He then signs in and runs into Roland who clearly amuses the judges when his score is 9-9-9. Wally find his Grandfather's old chest of magic supplies and is confident in himself. 

Scene 6

The Wiggles are waiting for Dorothy to come to the party but nobody shows up. After Wally does his magic act, the judges score him 10-9-9. He wins the competition which leaves Roland jealous but at the same time impressed. Wally takes Dorothy to her party when it is just about to be cancelled and the party begins.


Songs 17 and 18: Let's Have A Party, Wiggly Medley

Songs

  1. Hey There Wally
  2. Dorothy (Would You Like To Dance?)
  3. Can You (Point Your Fingers And Do The Twist?)
  4. Rock-a-Bye Your Bear
  5. Quack Quack
  6. Rockin' And A Rollin' Sea
  7. Boom Boom
  8. Mrs Bingles Theme
  9. Tap Wags
  10. Ballerina, Ballerina
  11. Ooh It's Captain Feathersword
  12. Hot Potato (Young Wiggles)
  13. Romp Bomp A Stomp
  14. I'm a Cow
  15. Nya Nya Nya
  16. Wally's Dream Music
  17. Let's Have A Party
  18. Wiggly Medley

CD Songs

Other Music

Though unmentioned in the credits, the song Captain Feathersword is adapted to an instrumental score piece during a scene at the dockyard. The vocal version of We Like To Say Hello is sung by The Wiggles as they pull up to Wigglehouse in the Big Red Car. Several other unnamed pieces of score appear throughout.

Cast

Pirates

Mrs Bingle's Students

Puppeteers

Uncredited Cast

  • Baby Dorothy's Voice: Carolyn Ferrie
  • Wag's Voice: Paul Paddick and Jeff Fatt (Songs only)
  • Henry's Voice: Jeff Fatt
  • Voice of The Great Waldo: Paul Field
  • Voice of Jacques the Shark: Paul Field

Locations

Budget and Profit

The film's budget was $1.6-1.7 million Australian dollars. It was raised mainly by executive producer Hilton Fatt through private investors. 

In the 2011 documentary Everybody Clap! Everybody Sing!, it's discussed that there were concerns about the profit, as Australian cinemas did not charge children ages three and under. It would eventually make a profit upon its successful home video release.

Soundtrack

For more information, see here

TheWigglesMovieSoundtrack

The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack cover (1997)

"The Wiggles Movie Soundtrack" is an Enhanced CD released on October 20, 1997. In addition to 22 tracks featured in the film, a 23rd remix track titled "Wigglemix" is included at the end of the album. It would later be used in The Dorothy the Dinosaur and Friends Video and the international version of Yummy Yummy. The "24th track" is a special interactive component, which can only be played on home computers. Among the features on "Wiggles Interactive" are a driving game with the Big Red Car, and interviews with The Wiggles and Captain Feathersword about the movie, filmed during the production of Wiggly, Wiggly Chistmas, which was released on VHS the same month. It also includes a video clip of a girl in Wiggly clothes painting and revealing the new Wiggles logo when you start playing the Big Red Car Game. (previously used as the introduction to Wiggledance!, and later used as the closing to TV Series 1), as well as a montage "trailer" set to Romp Bomp A Stomp.

Video Release

For more information, see here

The Wiggles Movie
TheWigglesMovie - VHSCover
1998 Australian VHS Cover

Released

June 20, 1998 (AUS VHS)
February 4, 2003 (US, as Magical Adventure!)
November 12, 2003 (AUS DVD)

Running Time

1:19:42

Previous Video

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Next Video

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The Wiggles Movie was first released on VHS in Australia on June 20, 1998. It contained an exclusive introduction by The Wiggles (on the set of Toot Toot!). It would later be re-released in 2000, without the introduction (despite it still being mentioned on the cover) or any previews. It was later released on DVD on November 12, 2003 with a bonus storybook and a photo gallery.

The film was released on DVD and VHS in North America and the United Kingdom in 2003 and 2005 respectively, re-titled "Magical Adventure! A Wiggly Movie". The original UK release also contains Wiggle Time!, but the 2008 handle-case re-release omits it.

Picture Slideshow

  • The Wiggles at Hoyts Cinema
  • The Wiggles giving thumbs up
  • The Wiggles at their movie premiere
  • The Wiggles in the Big Red Car.
  • The Wiggles in the Big Red Car.
  • Dorothy the Dinosaur holding slate
  • Captain Feathersword
  • A promo picture of The Wiggles in the Big Red Car outside.
  • The Wiggles in the Big Red Car
  • The Wiggles and Dorothy in promo picture
  • Jeff in promo picture
  • Murray in promo picture
  • Jeff
  • The Wiggles in promo picture
  • Dorothy the Dinosaur in promo picture.
  • Greg with the Box of Mystery.
  • Dorothy and Greg.
  • "Rock-A-Bye Your Bear"
  • "Rock-A-Bye Your Bear"
  • Meagahan
  • Clare and Meaghan
  • A promo picture of Wally and Dorothy riding on bike.
  • The Wiggles at Sandlot
  • Lifesaver in promo picture.
  • Another promo picture of Lifesaver.
  • "Rockin' and a Rollin' Sea"
  • Anthony and Jacques the Shark.
  • "Boom, Boom"
  • Henry the Octopus dancing.
  • The Underwater Big Band.
  • The Underwater Big Band.
  • The Green Catfish
  • The Wiggles at sandlot.
  • "Mrs. Bingles' Theme".
  • The Wiggles looking for Wags.
  • The Wiggles pointing in promo picture.
  • The Wiggles and the postman.
  • The Other Wiggles and Mic the postman
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Wally, Dorothy and the Waggettes.
  • The Wagettes tap-dancing.
  • Wags and the Wagettes tap-dancing.
  • Wags and the Wagettes tap dancing.
  • "Ballerina, Ballerina"
  • Captain Feathersword at the pier.
  • A promo picture of the pier.
  • Dorothy the Dinosaur
  • The Wiggles and Wigglehouse door
  • The Wiggles' bedroom doors
  • Jeff's purple armchair
  • "This surprise party was a silly idea!"
  • Baby Dorothy
  • The Little Wiggles
  • The Wiggles looking at picture of Dorothy as baby.
  • Jeff sleeping.
  • The Wiggles dancing to Romp Bomp A Stomp.
  • The Wiggles dancing to Romp Bomp A Stomp.
  • The Wiggles dancing to Romp Bomp A Stomp.
  • Anthony talking to garden gnome in promo picture.
  • "Hello?"
  • "You don't say!"
  • Murray and Jeff in promo picture.
  • "Nya, Nya, Nya"
  • Dorothy dancing to "Nya, Nya, Nya"
  • Ship Dancing.
  • Dorothy and Wally riding on bike.
  • A promo picture of Dorothy on bike.
  • Dorothy and Wally at the entrance of the Magic Club.
  • Cecil and the Magic Club Judges giving scores.
  • Wally performing his magic.
  • Dorothy and Wally inside Wigglehouse
  • Jimbo, Cecil and Roland in promo picture.
  • Dorothy in close-up.
  • Wally the Great in promo picture.
  • Wally the Great in close-up
  • Mrs. Bingle
  • Another Captain Feathersword promo picture by close-up.
  • The Wiggly Group
  • "Come on, everybody,"
  • "let's party!"
  • "Let's Have Party".
  • Henry dancing
  • Henry
  • "Let's Have a Party"
  • "Let's Have a Party"
  • "Let's Have a Party"
  • Dorothy and Anthony
  • "Let's Have a Party"
  • Dorothy, Anthony and Wally
  • Dorothy and Anthony
  • Dorothy and Anthony
  • "Let's Have a Party"
  • "Let's Have a Party"
  • "Let's Have a Party"
  • The Wiggles in promo picture
  • The kids seated
  • The Wiggles and the Big Red Car
  • The Wiggles and the Little Wiggles
  • The Wiggles in the garden
  • Door
  • The Wiggles in the garden
  • Dorothy in promo picture
  • Wally, Dorothy and Cecil in promo picture
  • Let's Have a Party - Promo Picture #13
  • The Wiggles and Dorothy in promo picture #2
  • Dorothy and Anthony in a Behind-the-Scenes picture.
  • The Cartoon Wiggles
  • Cartoon sketch of Captain Feathersword in promo picture
  • The Wiggles Logo
  • Logo
  • The Wiggles on hill.
  • The Wiggles and Dorothy on hill
  • The Awake Wiggles and Dorothy on hill.
  • The Wiggles and Dorothy rolling down the hill
  • The Wiggle Friends and Wally the Great as finger puppets
  • Finger puppets of Wags, Wally, Captain and Dorothy
  • The Big Red Car pencil topper
  • A Big Red Car T-shirt
  • The Wiggles' name on movie award
  • Hunteriscool's fanmade Magic Competition poster ad
  • Brochure
  • Brochure
  • Film and script
  • Script for the movie.
  • Items of the movie
  • Greg's magic kit
  • Anthony's apples
  • The movie's German dub: Wally und die wilden Wiggles

Trivia

Goofs

  • During the song Rock-a-Bye Your Bear, Murray is playing his Red Starry Electric Guitar but the music presented features an acoustic guitar.
  • In Quack Quack when Murray wakes Jeff up, his seatbelt falls down but he fixes it afterwards.
  • The pool moves a bit between Greg and Murray's jump into the water. This is likely the fault of it being moved accidentally after those particular takes.
  • The camera wobbles just before Jeff comes out of his room wearing Murray's red shirt and says "Nope, no Dorothy".
  • When Captain Feathersword is talking to Wally, one of the pirates in the background is mouthing Captain Feathersword's words.
  • When Captain Feathersword is talking to Wally when he says "I will be seeing you tonight." his right arm bumps the actress next to him.
  • In the Theatrical Trailer, a rope is seen pulling the Big Red Car when the Wiggles leave Sandlot backwards and then forwards. This is cropped out of frame for the movie itself as the movie was filmed in an open matte ratio and it isn't meant to be shown.
  • When Murray was getting ready for the concert the guitar strap for the Red Starry Guitar placed on the correct way but during concert performance, it was placed on backwards.
  • Nya Nya Nya isn't credited as a traditional arrangement.

References

  1. https://www.change.org/p/20th-century-studios-remaster-and-re-release-the-wiggles-movie-in-full-hd
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