The Tigger Movie

Friends & family: Tigger's friends try to show him that they're his true family...
dir-scr Jun Falkenstein
voices Jim Cummings, John Hurt, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Sansom, John Fielder, Peter Cullen, Andre Stojka, Kath Soucie, Tom Attenborough
Disney 00/US 3 out of 5 stars
Review by Rich Cline
Winnie the Pooh and gang make a welcome return to the big screen in The Tigger Movie (couldn't they come up with a real title?). It's a warm-hearted, colourful film with songs by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins) and the usual life lesson stuff. Even if the script isn't terribly special, the animation is far above par for this sort of thing, and makes it worth seeing on a big screen.

Obviously, Tigger (voiced wonderfully by Cummings, who also voices Pooh) takes centre stage this time as he has a crisis of self-identity. The wonderful thing about Tiggers, of course, is that he's the only one. But he suddenly has a yearning for connection, so he goes on a quest to find his family, aided by the rambunctious young Roo (Hopkins), who can't understand why Tigger doesn't see him and the other animals as family.

All the memorable characters are here, and the Shermans have written some catchy little ditties for them to sing; although is it just me or does "The Whoop-de-Dooper Bounce" sound suspiciously like "Supercalifragelisticexpialidocious"? (Yikes, did I spell that right? Can't exactly look that one up in the dictionary!) Yes, the plot is about as sophisticated as a Saturday morning cartoon with its lack of logic or sense, not to mention the heavy-handed moralising. But the characters are so endearing (Tigger's malapropisms keep a continual grin on our faces) that we don't really care. And the animation is lovely, especially the beautifully painted backgrounds ... and characters that look like they were actually drawn by hand, whether or not they really were. Nice touch!

[U--mild suspense] 11.Apr.00
US release 11.Feb.00; UK release 14.Apr.00

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2000 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall