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Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! A Tale of Tails

Children's Music, Kids & Family and Television movie directed by Bob Boyle

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Pleasant But Bland Cartoon Fare

  • Oct 7, 2008
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Getting Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! A Tale of Tails was a bit of a gamble, but my 4-year old likes it so that is what counts. It certainly appeals to its target demographic. My 8-year old thinks it is okay, but it is by no means a favorite.

This disk has the first eight episodes of Nick Jr.'s Wubbzy and a few extras. If there is a preschooler in your home, I don't see how you can go wrong with this $10 purchase. It really appeals to the 3-7 demographic, with simple stories that have good message, simple yet flashy graphics, and a catchy theme song that will stick in your head for days (you are SO right Amanda). The 3 main characters interact in a very basic manner and without other main characters to complicate things. I suppose this appeals to the younger set and the voice acting is good. The animation is almost comic book/vintage video game- like, very angular and 2D, yet it helps to create the disctinctive Wubbzy world.

All that said, my 4-year old daughter still likes SpongeBob better. This indicates to me that a kid's show does not have to pander to a certain age group to be successful and well done. Shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Thomas & Friends and Chowder have a broader appeal across a larger age group and stand the test of time. I can't see Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! doing that, but it is "safe." I don't think anyone would object to having their little one watch this program.

If you want "safe" and "formulaic" for your children, and want them to watch programming with a positive social message, then you could do worse than this DVD. Personally, I like a bit more of an edge, a bit more intelligence. And so do my kids.

3.5 stars for "kooky," wholesome (if somewhat bland) fun.

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8 Episodes: A Tale of Tails - Wubbzy feels like an outsider because of his strange curvy tail the kids think it s too kooky and won t play with him, and it keeps causing trouble. Widget invents a machine, the Tail a Tronic, to straighten out Wubbzys tail, but it only makes things worse. Walden puts things in perspective by showing Wubbzy that there s nothing wrong with being a little different. And when Widgets invention, the Robo-Cluck, goes way out of control, it s Wubbzy s tail that saves the day. The other kids realize that they were totally wrong, you cant judge a Wubbzy by his tail.
Special Delivery - The Mailman leaves a package for Walden in Wubbzy s care. Wubbzy can t resist opening it, and finds a really cool toy train inside. He starts playing with it, but then he cant figure out how to stop the runaway train. He has to put it back in the box before Walden gets there! Widget tries to help him corral the train, as they wind up chasing it all over the backyard. Finally Walden shows up, and calmly uses the remote control to stop the chaos. Widgets Wild Ride - Wubbzy is excited about racing in the annual Wuzzleburg Derby. But when Widget gets a look at Wubbzy s little road-racer, she gets all kinds of great ideas for souping it up. She puts in huge wheels and turbo-engines and sails and the works. There s no way that Wubbzy can lose! Except he can t control this monster car, and it goes completely berserk stopping and spinning, and driving right into Wuzzleburg pond. ...
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Director: Bob Boyle
Genre: Television, Family, Music, Musical
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: Anchor Bay - ITN
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