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Wiggledance!
Wiggledance! Live in Concert
Video Cover

Written by

The Wiggles

Directed by

Dean Covell

Release Date(s)

June 9, 1997 (Australia)

Filmed

December 10, 1996 (Concert)

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Wake Up Jeff!

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Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas

"Wiggledance!" is the fifth Wiggles video filmed on the 10th of December 1996 in the York Theatre at the University of Sydney's Seymour Centre and released on the 9th of June in 1997. It was re-released in 1998 with Vini Vini cut out of the video but this song was restored in 2013 when it was shown on Wiggle Time TV with a bonus intro by Emma Watkins.

Song List

  1. Rock-a-Bye Your Bear
  2. Can You (Point Your Fingers and Do the Twist?)
  3. Run Around Like Dorothy
  4. Dorothy the Dinosaur
  5. Dorothy (Would You Like to Dance?)
  6. Vini Vini (1997 version only)
  7. Wags the Dog
  8. Quack Quack
  9. Wake Up Jeff!
  10. Nya Nya Nya
  11. Five Little Joeys
  12. Baby Beluga
  13. Let's Have A Dance With Henry
  14. Romp Bomp A Stomp
  15. Hot Potato
  16. Get Ready to Wiggle
  17. Nya Nya Nya (Reprise)
  18. Jeff's Christmas Tune

Plot

The Wiggles are on stage. They introduce themselves. Anthony says, "Since we're all here, why don't we sing some songs together?" Anthony tells the audience to clap their hands three times, hold their hands up high and sing like opera singers, "la la la la la", bow to the person next to you, turn around and say, "Yippie", put their hands in the air, rock-a-bye your bear (they pretend it's a teddy bear), and bears now asleep.

Anthony tells Greg that someone's snoring. Where's that snoring coming from? It's Jeff. Anthony, Murray and Greg are surprised to see that Jeff falling asleep. So what can we do? Greg asks the audience to count to three and wake Jeff up. When he wakes up, maybe he'll do some silly things. Here we go: One, two, three. Wake up Jeff!!! Jeff wakes up and tweets like a bird. Murray asks Jeff if he is awake. Jeff says that he's awake now. Murray tells him not to sleep because we need (swinging both his arms backwards like a windmill) you for the next song. Zingle, zangle. Jeff flaps his arms like a windmill, too. Greg tells him to show everybody how to dance in the next song. But, oh, no! Jeff falls asleep again. Greg tells the audience to wake up Jeff one more time. One, two, three. Wake up, Jeff! Jeff wakes up again and once again flaps and tweets like a bird. Anthony tells Jeff if he's awake now. Anthony thanks everyone for waking Jeff up. Anthony tells Jeff to show everyone how to point our fingers and do the twist. Greg also tells Jeff to stand on one foot, and shake your hands. Murray tells everyone to point our fingers and do the twist together.

Murray asks everyone if they know Dorothy the Dinosaur. Murray tells everyone about Dorothy but adds that she does a dance like this. Murray demonstrates the dance, Anthony and Greg join along, while Jeff plays organ music on his keyboard. Let's all run like Dorothy. Murray introduces the next song about Dorothy the Dinosaur.

Dorothy greets everyone. Anthony tells her great dancing. He has a question for her. Would you like to do another dance? He asks the audience if they're like to do another dance with Dorothy, and everyone agrees.

At the end of the song, Dorothy has done a split. Greg and Anthony try to lift her back up, but she's heavy. They ask if she's okay, but Dorothy quietly responds, "help me." They call Murray and Jeff to help lift her, but no luck. Murray has an idea. He asks everyone to get a big breath together to help lift Dorothy up. The Wiggles, Dorothy and the audience all take a deep breath, and finally, they lift Dorothy up. Dorothy thanks everyone. Anthony tells Dorothy if she'd like to come back later and have another dance. Dorothy responds that she'd love to. Now it's time to wave goodbye to Dorothy. She waves goodbye and leaves.

After Dorothy leaves, Murray introduces to this song were there are not going to use any instruments but use their hands to do the next song: Vini Vini.

  • Song 5: Vini Vini (1997 version only) - The Wiggles chant out "Ooh, ahh, hey" as cavemen.

Who's that yawning? They think it's our sleepy friend, Jeff. But Jeff arrives and says he's not yawning; maybe it's Anthony. It's not Anthony, or Greg, so who could it be? They ask the audience and they reply Murray! Murray tells the others he's really tired; last night there was a dog barking out his window. As Wags arrives, Jeff asks Murray what the dog looked like, describing the details of Wags. Murray affirms each point until Jeff points if it looks like the dog behind him. Murray turns around and says, "It's Wags the Dog!".

Greg tells Wags that was great dancing but it's time to say goodbye for now. Bye, Wags!

Jeff plays the Captain Feathersword theme music as Captain Feathersword arrives aboard his pirate ship. Captain Feathersword gets off his ship and greets everyone with a "Ahoy there, me hearties". As he says hearties, he repeats the ee sound several types, swinging his feathersword around, and then throws it in the air but misses catching it. He tries a second time, and the same thing happens. Then the third time, the sword lands on his head, knocking him to the ground. Anthony tells Captain Feathersword if he's all right and he is. Anthony tosses him back his pirate hat, which he catches and puts on his head. Anthony then tosses him the feathersword but the feathersword hits him on the head again and he falls. After he gets up again, Anthony tosses the sword, which Captain catches. Anthony tosses the hat, which Captain catches but tosses the sword back to Anthony so he can put the hat on his head. Anthony tosses the sword again but Captain catches it and loses his hat. Anthony gets the hat and tosses it to Captain, but Captain tosses the sword back and puts on his hat. This repeats a few times. Where's his hat? He's already wearing it but they're looking around. They're doing jumping jacks. Oh it's on his head. Captain Feathersword says "Quack, quack." Anthony tells him and the audience quack like a duck. Captain follows up with a "cock-a-doodle-doo." Greg arrives with duck and rooster hats for the other Wiggles to wear.

Captain tells everyone to give yourselves a big clap. Jeff has fallen asleep again. This time, Anthony says that Jeff seems to be in a really deep sleep and that we need to think of a new way to wake Jeff up. He asks a boy from the audience; he replies sing a song. He asks the boy's name, and he replies Christopher. What song can we sing to wake Jeff up? Christopher replies, "Wake up Jeff." That makes sense. Anthony teaches everyone how to sing and dance to "Wake Up, Jeff." They sing "Wake up, Jeff" line; it almost wakes him up but he's still asleep, they try again but the same thing happens, so they'll have to sing the whole song.

Jeff is finally awake. Murray thanks the audience for waking Jeff up.

Greg notices that Captain Feathersword is holding juggling balls. Greg tells Captain it's not time to juggle since it's time for something else. Greg turns the audience to talk about something, but Captain Feathersword is juggling again. He turns to Captain Feathersword, who has hidden his balls, and asks if he was juggling. Captain denies it. Greg asks the audience and they affirm he is juggling. Greg takes the balls from the Captain and tells him to stand very still. He then talks to the audience about what's coming up, but Captain Feathersword is now dancing. The audience tell Greg that; Greg turns but Captain is standing still now. Greg asks Captain if he was dancing, but he denies it again. Greg asks the audience and they say yes. Greg tells Captain Feathersword no more juggling and dancing; just stay right there. But as soon as Greg turns to the audience again, Captain Feathersword runs off, and returns riding a unicycle. He loses control and runs into the backdrop. Greg tells him if he's okay. Captain says he's okay but what about his bike? Anthony says it must be broken since it only has one wheel. He and Greg leave to get it fixed. Meanwhile, Captain Feathersword shows the audience about a special new dance called, "Nya, Nya, Nya".

  • Song 9: Nya Nya Nya - featuring four Irish dancing girls; Jessie, Cassie, Sian and Emma. Dorothy, Wags and Henry also join in the dance. Later Greg and Anthony dance while Murray and Jeff play instruments in the back.

Everyone leaves except Greg and Anthony. Greg talks about the special part of the show when Murray arrives in a doctor's coat. Look, everyone. It's Doctor Murray! What's up, doc? Doctor Murray says that there were joeys jumping on their beds and fell off and bumped their heads. Anthony asks if they were jumping like this: he starts jumping like a joey. Murray affirms and runs off. Anthony says he can see someone jumping like that; in fact, all the kids are jumping around.

  • Song 10: Five Little Joeys - Anthony sings this one. Murray comes back for the parts where the doctor says, "No more joeys jumping on the bed." The last part has one silly doctor jumping on the bed.

Henry the Octopus arrives with Greg. Henry asks Greg if he could sing a song about his friend, Baby Beluga. Greg replies, sure, but who is Baby Beluga. Henry explains he's a little whale. He likes to swim, dive, and splash in the ocean. Anthony arrives and gives Greg a whale tail. Greg puts it on and asks Henry how long the song would take to sing? Henry thinks about it, and replies that it would take a little whale.

  • Song 11: Baby Beluga - Murray and Jeff wave two large ribbons in the back while Greg sings with Anthony, Captain Feathersword and Henry. Midway through the song, Anthony directs the audience on the dance.

Henry thanks everyone for singing that song. He asks Greg that he has another dance. Anthony calls everyone to stand up and dance.

Let's wave goodbye to Henry. Look who's here? Dorothy arrives with the child dancers who are wearing Wiggles shirts, overalls and caps. Dorothy says they've been doing the Romp Bomp a Stomp. Let's stand up. Join us and do the Romp bomp A Stomp.

Dorothy and the dancers leave. Murray invites everyone to do the actions for the next song.

Anthony says you can dance any way you like on the next song. It's time to wiggle.

  • Song 15: Get Ready To Wiggle - Captain Feathersword, the mascots, and the child dancers come back to dance.

Murray tells the audience that the show is almost over. He gives special thanks to Sian, Emma, Jessica and Cassie for being great helpers for Dorothy. He also would like to say thanks to the moms and dads, grandparents, caregivers and especially the kids. They all give a big clap. And right now Murray says that it is time to say goodbye to each other. The Wiggles and their friends all say goodbye to the audience as "Get Ready To Wiggle" plays in the background. They leave the concert, except Captain Feathersword. He does his crazy dance and says "Bye, see you later" quickly a bunch of times, and stops for a moment. Where did everybody go? But the audience is still there. Captain Feathersword asks if they would like to see his special dance one more time. Okay!

  • Song 16: Nya Nya Nya (Reprise) - With the child dancers, the credits roll as the mascots join in the dance. Then Captain Feathersword, Dorothy, Wags, Henry and The Wiggles come back and take a bow. Murray is playing guitar, and Jeff is playing accordion.

The Wiggles say goodbye to everybody and leave as the credits roll to the music for "Jeff's Christmas Tune".

Cast

The Wiggles

Also Featuring

Voice Talents

Child Dancers

Cameos

Credits

Produced By: Dean Covell and The Wiggles

Directed By: Dean Covell

Written By: The Wiggles

Choreographed By: Leanne Halloran

Sound Recording By: Chris Brooks

Art Direction By: Keiran Usher

Floor Mural by: Graham Weir

Steadicam Operator: Barry Armstrong

Camera Operators: Peter Viskovich and Scott Preston

Camera Assistants: Justin Field and Sam Collins

Edited By: Nick Pandoulis and Hattie Dalton

Online Edit: Anthony Kavanaugh

Audio Mix: Alex Ferguson

Gallery

Extras

Cover Gallery

Promo Photos

  • The Wiggly Group in promo picture
  • Greg waving
  • Jeff waving
  • Captain Feathersword
  • Murray playing Epiphone Casino electric guitar
  • Wags the Dog in his rare costume
  • Wags the Dog in his rare costume
  • Henry the Octopus
  • Another promo photo of Henry the Octopus
  • Anthony
  • Greg and Jeff
  • Murray
  • Jeff waking up
  • Murray and Jeff
  • Dorothy the Dinosaur
  • Dorothy the Dinosaur
  • The Wiggles lift Dorothy up after her split
  • Captain and Anthony at the Seymour Centre
  • The Wiggles in promo picture
  • The Wiggles in promo picture #2
  • The Wiggles in promo picture #3
  • The Wiggles' logo in black outlines
  • A poster of this video.
  • The Wiggles and Dorothy on clock in promo picture
  • The Wiggles in early 1997 promo picture with logos on shirts.
  • Captain Feathersword in early 1997 promo picture
  • Henry the Octopus in early 1997 promo picture.
  • The Irish dancing girls in promo picture.
  • A billboard for this video
  • Dorothy at the Seymour Centre
  • Dorothy waving.
  • Murray
  • Wags, Leanne and the Irish Girl Dancers
  • The Wiggly Colored Dancers
  • The Wiggles and Dorothy
  • Dorothy, Wags and the Wiggly Colored Dancers

Trivia

  • This is the first appearance of The Wiggles' new logo. It is seen on the clock on stage, and on their shirts for the front and back video cover pictures, however, the concert footage still has The Wiggles wearing plain colored short-sleeved shirts. One of the camera operators also has it on his shirt. The word "The" used to be in blue, but now it's in red. The front and back covers of the VHS also mark the first appearance of the Wiggles' famous logo belt buckles.
  • Unlike other concert tours, this one has the guitars on the right side of the stage and Jeff's keyboard on the left side of the stage. There is also no bass guitar or drum set.
  • This is The Wiggles' very first official concert video.
  • The Wiggles wear short-sleeved T-shirts in this video. Greg's shirt is a lighter yellow than the goldenrod long-sleeved shirt he wore in the previous videos. Anthony used to wear a green short-sleeved polo shirt or an aqua long-sleeved turtleneck shirt until Wake Up Jeff! 1996 when he wore a long-sleeved blue shirt.
  • Carolyn Ferrie, who does Dorothy's voice, is credited as Voice Over. This is her first video where she voices Dorothy. Previously it was done by Emma Buter or Murray Cook.
  • This is the first time Captain Feathersword played by Paul Paddick is seen on stage and the first time Captain Feathersword appears on Stage to be released on Video.
  • During the guitar solo of "Wake Up Jeff!", Murray is playing a Takamaine acoustic guitar but the music presented features an electric guitar.
  • This is The Wiggles' first concert video made by The Wiggles rather than ABC For Kids.
  • This is Officer Beaples' first appearance.
  • Murray plays his red Takamine acoustic guitar on some on the songs on this video. He plays the Epiphone Casino electric guitar on "Dorothy, Would You Like to Dance With Me?".
  • This is the first time Henry says "Breebop" as "Hello" and "Yoop" as "Goodbye" in Octopulian.
  • There is a Blue's Clues version of Rock-a-Bye Your Bear
  • Paul Field and his family, including his three kids, Joseph, Clare and Dominic, are in the audience during 2 instances: 1. Vini Vini song near the end. And 2. Wake Up Jeff! song before Murray's guitar solo. 
  • This is the only video to feature Phillip Wilcher's name in the end credits.
  • This is the last wiggles video where The Wiggles don't have the logo on their clothes.
  • At one point in the end credits, Anthony's last name is accidentally spelled "Feild".
  • Let's Have a Dance With Henry - tailored to a generic version of Henry's Christmas Dance.
  • Captain Feathersword originally did the sword and hat gimmick in the "Yummy Yummy" 1994 video.
  • This is the first time The Wiggles' website is posted in the credits.
  • In a Behind the Scenes photo, Captain Feathersword does a handstand while Anthony points to him. In a couple of promo photos, Wags the Dog is seen in a rare light brown costume.
  • While Anthony and Greg try lifting Dorothy up for the first time, Murray in the background smells his armpits, due to the fact that he put on deodorant. A promo photo later shows Greg and Anthony trying to lift Dorothy.
  • Some people think that The Wiggles Movie is the first appearance of The Wiggles Logo but on the cover of this video The Wiggles have their new logo on their shirt.
  • The Wiggles Movie was in pre-production around the time this was made.
  • The opening sequence where a girl paints a Wiggles logo was filmed in a Chroma Key background. It is later seen at the end of TV Series 1 episodes in 1998.
  • The Big Red Car is seen on some of the kids' shirts such as Christopher in the prologue of "Wake Up Jeff!".
  • "Run Around Like Dorothy" is a song the Wiggles made up for this concert. This short ditty would show up again on The Wiggles Live at Disneyland.
  • This is the first time another country is mentioned besides Australia.
  • According to Phillip Wilcher, the song "Vini Vini" was vetoed in 1998 by French composer, Yves Rocher who had the copyright belongings.
  • In the prologue for "Five Little Joeys", the Wiggles greet Murray, who is in a doctor's outfit, with the Bugs Bunny line "What's up, Doc?".
  • Also in the above song, only The Other Wiggles are on stage.
  • This video marks the first appearance of The Wiggles' Colored Dancers. Their last appearance was in The Wiggly Big Show but a few years later, they were replaced with The Wiggly Dancers during the "Hoop-Dee-Doo" tour. They wore colored shirts too, but then they switched to red coats and decided to wear the colored shirts only sometimes until 2005.
  • This is the first video to feature more than one song during the end credits.
  • This is the first video to have an item besides the shirts that are the symbolic colors of the band, Red, Yellow, Blue and Purple.
  • This video marks the very first conversation between Anthony and Captain Feathersword while Anthony says the Captain's name. In the previous videos, the other Wiggles, Greg, Jeff and Murray each said the Captain's name played by Anthony Field.
  • Emma Watkins is seen in the audience with her sister, Hayley Watkins during Get Ready to Wiggle, who would then go on to become Emma Wiggle in 2013. It is explained in a news broadcast.
  • The original 1997 release runs a minute longer because of the song "Vini Vini".
  • Nya, Nya, Nya is played twice in this video.
  • This is the last video for the Epiphone electric guitar.
  • Both the 1998 versions Hot Potato and Get Ready to Wiggle first appeared on this VHS before the re-release of Wiggle Time and Yummy Yummy
  • This video features a few unique versions of some songs:

1. Rock A Bye Your Bear is the same rendition featured in The Wiggles Movie, except it has a trumpet and the accordion track is missing.

2. Wags the Dog has a slower tempo and a harpsichord track.

3. Quack Quack has a cowbell for percussion instead of drums.

4. Henry's Christmas Dance is renamed "Let's Have a Dance With Henry", which sounds for the most part identical to the album version, except for higher-pitched backing vocals.

5. The drums in Romp Bomp a Stomp are more prominent.

6. Get Ready to Wiggle is the version that was later utilized for the re-recorded Wiggle Time, but with a live keyboard track.

Goofs

  • The lighting changes throughout the video whether it's light or dark.
  • The video footage for the closing song "Nya Nya Nya (reprise)" has an out of sequence event: when Greg is about to rejoin the group, it cuts briefly to Captain and Anthony joining hands and holding up their arms for the dancers to go under, but that part of the dance comes later. It then happens again at the right time.
  • Some of the shots in the video don't match and cameramen appear out of nowhere, because there were 2 or more concerts filmed the same day, the makers of the video used the best footage from both.

References

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