Of all the shows Jake watches, Wubbzy definitely makes it to my own list of favorites. Who couldn’t love that bendy-tailed hero who likes to play, play play? Although I think Walden is actually my favorite, because he’s the book worm, like me. Then again, Widget is a pretty clever girl with all her amazing inventions! Wubbzy and all of his friends are back in a brand new Anchor Bay DVD, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubbzy & the Fire Engine, coming September 13th.
This 70-minute DVD contains six episodes, including the title episode in which Widget builds a fire engine for Wubbzy, and Wubbzy uses it to put out what he thinks is a fire, but is really the Chief Fritz cooking on his roof. Of course, things go crazy when Wubbzy gets stuck on the roof and needs to be rescued from the real firemen. In another episode, “Ty Ty The Tool Guy,” featuring the voice of none other than Ty Pennington, once of Trading Spaces fame, and now best known for his role in Extreme Home Makeover, Wubbzy gets a little help from Ty in rebuilding the Quacker’s home. Wubbzy and his friends all argue over the best way to do things, and disaster ensues. In the end, they decide to work together and everything is fine. I love when famous people take time out of their busy TV and movie-making life to work on children’s shows.
Other episodes include: “What Would Wubbzy Do,” “Mr. Unlucky,” “Wuzzleberg Express,” and “Hangin’ With Mr. Gummy.” All the stories focus on positive lessons, including finding a playmate in the most unlikely places, learning that you make your own luck, and of course, that teamwork can overcome just about any disaster.
Wubbzy is a great show for preschoolers and early grade children because it teaches the benefits of team work. Things often go awry in Wuzzleberg, but when Wubbzy, Walden, and Widget get together, everything somehow works out. The lessons are interwoven into a fun show, so kids don’t really know that they’re learning valuable life skills. Each character has unique character traits that encourage children to learn, explore, and interact with others in a positive manner. Wubbzy’s comfort with his own bendy tail teaches kids that everyone has something different about them, and that is what makes them special. Walden lets kids know that being smart is very cool, and Widget shows that through imagination and ingenuity, anything is possible.
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubbzy & the Fire Engine bonus features include coloring and activity sheets (you’ll need to play it in your computer to access those), and all the music videos.
Note- I received a complimentary copy of this DVD, however my opinions are always completely honest and written in my own words.