August 26, 2005

It's A Wiggly Weekend


I'm taking the five and three year olds to see The Wiggles in concert this weekend. And while some of you may shudder at the prospect, I have to say that I don't mind at all. When it comes down to it, there is really nothing wrong with the Wiggles. Their music is pleasant and entertaining. Their skits and sketches, far from being soupy or sappy or preachy, are harmlessly silly. True, there are signs that they are being assimilated into the Disney Collective (the gels don't like their newer show very much), but what the hell - we're probably only going to have any interest in them at all for another year or two, after which their spigot on my wallet gets turned firmly off. (Do you know the Wiggles topped the list of richest Australian performers for 2004, outgrossing both Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe?)

Besides, the concerts are a lot of fun. I took the two elder Llama-ettes to see the Wiggles at the MCI Center two years ago - every single kid there had the words to every song down cold. They knew all the jokes, too. The place was jumpin'.

'Course, there are some downsides. I've already had a run-in with the gels about whether we were going to buy roses to give to Dorothy the Dinosaur. (If you don't know what this means, don't ask.) Also, the Wiggles' Australianism gives rise to occassional conflict: their Christmas Special, with everybody standing around in shorts and swimsuits, can offend young Northern Hemispheric sensibilities. Also, the Llama-ettes got into a violent argument on our recent drive down from Maine over whether Cocky the Cockatoo is saying "Pieces of Eight" or "Pieces of Eye". But hey - it's multi-culturalism, right?

I'll let you know how it goes.

Posted by Robert at August 26, 2005 09:41 AM | TrackBack

You can't tell me that they dislike the current (this week - all new shows!) Wiggles TV show more than they despised the Network Wiggles show. I mean, c'mon kids. What are you thinking.

Besides, Wiggly Dancer Larissa has a new haircut and dropped a couple of pounds. Not that I noticed... Or even watch the show...

I'm going to stop typing now.

Posted by: Patrick at August 26, 2005 10:05 AM

Have fun. My sister took my niece a few months ago and had a great time.

I agree that the older, lower production values, shows were better.

Posted by: jen at August 26, 2005 10:20 AM

Yes, it's Network Wiggles that I was thinking of. And Patrick, I am glad to say that I don't feel so bad about my own tracking of Weather Channel Babes now.....

Posted by: Robbo the LB at August 26, 2005 10:24 AM

Speaking as a new father, thank you for this little glimpse of my future. I'm going to go kill myself now.

Posted by: Brian B at August 26, 2005 11:05 AM

My friend, once you get through Tele-Tubbies and Barney, you'll be down on your knees kissing Captain Feathersword's boot in gratitude!

Posted by: Robbo the LB at August 26, 2005 11:07 AM

Are your kids watching Doodlebops yet?

Posted by: jen at August 26, 2005 12:51 PM

I don't think so. The seven year old has become a Looney Toons shark, the five year old is entranced with something called Lazy Town and the three year old -when she gets a vote - generally goes for Dora.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at August 26, 2005 12:59 PM

Oh my, Lazy Town: almost as evil as Barney.

My 4 yo godson is off his Wiggles kick and on to Thomas the Tank Engine.

Posted by: owlish at August 26, 2005 01:40 PM

I plan to indocrinate him on classic Muppet Show, Looney Toons, and Veggie Tales CD's long before modern network dreck can dig its claws into his mind heart and soul.

Posted by: Brian B at August 26, 2005 02:05 PM
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