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"Wow! Wow! Wubbzy: A Tale of Tails" DVD

by Steve Anderson
thevideostoreguy@columnist.com

You know, I'm not exactly a great judge of children's fare. Most of my experience is in horror and science fiction. I'm not a father, and I haven't been a kid in decades. But I do have a pretty good idea when I'm being conned.

However, the boys and girls out at Nick Jr. / Noggin who put together Wow! Wow! Wubbzy are not trying to do that. And for that, I have a lot of respect for them.

Basically, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy: A Tale of Tales, is a compilation of various Wubbzy adventures in the town of Wuzzleburg--Wubbzy here being some kind of unusual boxy chimpanzee and frankly, I'm not all that sure just what exactly Wubbzy is, nor does it really matter--that revolve around the kinds of things that small children might be facing, and some that they likely never will. For instance, Wubbzy will lie to cover up breaking something, get dirty (only occasionally of his own accord), spy on his friends...commit mail fraud, try to win a street race that is apparently legal in Wuzzleburg, stop a volcanic eruption from covering Wuzzleburg in something called "sour milky-milk" and be directly responsible for unleashing a fifty-foot-tall monstrousity on Wuzzleburg.

But if you're reading this, chances are you're looking for a good kids' movie that you can safely leave the kids with, and despite that last, I'm fairly sure Wow! Wow! Wubbzy is going to fit the bill. Applying actual logic to these proceedings will be a truly futile task, but the results are actually fairly benign. That monstrousity he unleashes is hungry for candy only, and easily tamed by reading a manual and discovering the monster reverts back to a small, cute form under an onslaught of carrot juice. Also, I'm fairly sure that Wubbzy is not old enough to drive, let alone participate in some kind of street race, but he'll be building a rocket-powered flying go-cart with his friends and tooling around Wuzzleburg like it was nothing at all. This is the kind of thing I imagined myself doing back when I was, oh, five or six. For me to deny kids the same fun would be somewhat cruel.

This isn't some mammoth toy commercial--though there is a plethora of Wubbzy merch available this is merely a sidebar. The stories themselves are halfway decently constructed and put together in a fashion sufficient for children to follow. Objectionable content is at a minimum with even the smallest right-and-wrong knowledge instilled in children before watching. The messages are delivered with all the tact and gentility of a rocket-propelled sledgehammer (following one episode on not touching other people's things there will be a musical number whose lyrics are mostly "look but don't touch" repeated over and over again) and thus fairly sure to leave lasting impact on children's developing minds.

So I can confidently recommend Wow! Wow! Wubbzy: A Tale of Tails for anyone looking for a decent video for children. There's not much out there, but it's pretty safe to give Wubbzy a spin in your DVD player.

 

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy: A Tale of Tails
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Release Date: September 23, 2008

 

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