The Tigger Movie

Directed by Jun Falkenstein
Starring: The voice of Jim Cummings and narrated by John Hurt.
MPAA Rating: G

Review by Matt Heffernan
February 12, 2000

When I was a little kid, I went to see The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It was a compilation of three older shorts that Disney had made since 1966. Several other shorts were made over the years, making Disney billions of dollars off of A.A. Milne's characters with ticket sales, merchandising, and various TV shows and videos. But after all this time, they never made an original feature film. With Pooh and his stuffed friends hotter than ever, the Big Mouse finally made a big movie.

The plot of The Tigger Movie is slight at the very best. Tigger (Jim Cummings imitating Paul Winchell) wants his neighbors in the Hundred Acre Wood to bounce with him, but they are mostly ill-equiped because they are not tiggers themselves. In fact, Tigger seems to be the only tigger in the world. His friends -- Pooh (Jim Cummings imitating Sterling Holloway), Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl, and Eeyore -- write him a letter signed by his "family." Assuming this means he has a real family, Tigger goes in search of his own kind.

Whether this story warranted a feature film is debatable. It is filled with several amusing musical numbers (including one very reminiscent of Busby Berkeley), but it only pads out to 70 minutes. This is good, though, for young kids, but I still have to say that I recommend against taking pre-school children to this or any other movie. Please, wait for it to come out on video, because most kids that young either cannot pay attention to the screen or are too uncomfortable in the dark theatre.

As for the adults, it should prove to be above-average entertainment for the family. You might not like it as much as Toy Story 2, but it is something decent to enjoy with your kids.

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The Tigger Movie (2000)

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