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TIGGER MOVIE, THE

SYNOPSIS:
In the Hundred Acre Wood, the very best thing about being a Tigger is that, well, heís the only one. So Tigger starts thinking maybe there are other tiggers out there somewhere. His friends - Winnie the Pooh, Eyore, Kanga, Roo, Piglet, Owl and Rabbit decide to help out. But when they canít find any other tiggers, Tigger is crestfallen. To cheer him up, they write him a letter, pretending itís from his family. Now Tigger expects a whole tribe of tiggers will be showing up on his doorstep any day.

"In a world where it seems the art of animation produces quantum leaps every other week, itís refreshing to see an animated childrenís movie which relies on the old fashioned things - line drawings, colour, a simple story and songs kids can sing along to. In The Tigger Movie, kids will find scenes that will be familiar from the books by A A Milne - and hopefully, the film will encourage them to read more of those (and other) books. For adults, it must be said, the film doesnít really offer much. But as with many films, weíre talking about a specialised audience; in this case the under 10 team. From what I could see, they will love every minute of this charming adventure. The story is straightforward, well constructed and easy for youngsters to follow. The drawings which form the basis of the film hark back to the artwork in the books - slightly imperfect but engaging in their simplicity. At times I felt Tigger himself became a little annoying, with his bizarre speech patterns and incessant bouncing, but that didnít seem to trouble my kids nor any of the others in the theatre. My two (aged 3 and 4 and a half) did find one particularly dramatic scene near the end a little "scary", but had thoroughly enjoyed themselves by the time it was over. The Tigger Movie is a delightful adventure especially designed for younger children. If theyíre into Pooh and the other characters (and what kid isnít) theyíll be entranced by this film."
David Edwards

"The Tigger Movie is good fun, especially for fans of A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh. It's always a scary prospect when something as decidedly English as the Pooh stories are taken into American hands. The Pooh cartoons that have long featured on Saturday morning television can be real groan material. While the voices here are still American, there is a good deal of regard for the English sensibility. The actual animation retains a sense of the original storybook drawings and the structure even incorporates an actual storybook to further the plot. This is a nice touch. John Hurt's terribly British narration also works well. As for the story, it's fairly standard Disney stuff but it's nice to see the message that families don't all have to be made up in the same way, that friends can constitute family just as well. A good thing too if you're a drawing! Tigger is a worthy star because of his fun value, and Roo provides excellent support as he's just too cute for words. At only 77 minutes in length, it's quite manageable for the average little tot, with plenty of songs to break up the action. A couple of these songs provide the best bits for adults. The sleeping bees and the Tiggers through history sections are quite inspired. The Tigger Movie is fun."
Lee Gough

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

TIGGER MOVIE, THE (G)
(US)

CAST: (voices) Jim Cummings, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Ransom, John Fiedler, Peter Cullen, Andre Stojka, Kath Soucie, Tom Attenborough and John Hurt

DIRECTOR: Jun Falkenstein

PRODUCER: Cheryl Abood

SCRIPT: Eddie Guzelian, Jun Falkenstein

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Walt Disney Animation, Japan

EDITOR: Robert Fisher, Jr.

MUSIC: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman; Harry Gregson-Williams

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Toby Bluth

RUNNING TIME: 77 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista International

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 6, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: BVHE

VIDEO RELEASE: March 20, 2002







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