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PIGLET'S BIG MOVIE

SYNOPSIS:
Piglet (voice of John Fiedler) lives in Hundred Acre Wood with his friends Winnie The Pooh (Jim Cummings), Rabbit (Ken Sansom), Tigger (Jim Cummings), the donkey Eeyore (Peter Cullen) and Owl (Andre Stojka). During a honey harvest the diminutive Piglet is told by his pals that he's too small to help on such important missions. When the dejected piglet goes missing, the rest of the gang use his scrapbook diary to find him - and in the process discover how Piglet has been a big hero in many small ways. 


Review by Richard Kuipers:
Winnie The Pooh sidekick Piglet makes an impressive leap to leading man status in this animated feature sourced from the children's books by A.A. Milne. Unlike many feature length cartoons this one doesn't make any attempt to jazz up a classic tale with adult-friendly dialogue and plays strictly for kids. Most moppets should love the characters and incidents as Winnie and his neighbourhood pals go looking for the missing porker and discover how important their loyal little friend has been in the Hundred Acre Wood scheme of things. Driven by a bouncy selection of original Carly Simon songs and reprises of Sherman Brothers favourites from the 1977 feature The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, this all-new adventure is all the more attractive for its faithful adherence to the animation style that made Disney the leading brand in family entertainment. 

Directed by Francis Glebas, who designed musical numbers in some of the best recent Disney fare including Aladdin, Fantasia 2000 and The Lion King, this feature has charming characters, bright, pictures that are noticeably and appropriately less detailed than the studios' extravaganza productions and a solid moral message about how appearances can be deceiving. Much of the action is revealed in flashbacks that spring to life from Piglet's picture book diary and this episodic structure allows all the Hundred Acre Wood gang to occupy the limelight at various stages. 

The episodic format won't do much for adults in attendance but it's perfect for kids who'll enjoy watching all their favourites including Kanga (Kath Soucie), her daredevil son Roo (Nikita Hopkins) and Owl (Andre Stojka) strutting their stuff. With human nature sharply observed through the actions of a bunch of animals and a story that builds to an exciting climax and much self-discovery, Piglet's journey through the woods is an excellent 74 minute adventure for kids who don't insist on all their entertainment looking like a video game.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

TRAILER

PIGLET'S BIG MOVIE

VOICES: Voices of John Fiedler, Jim Cummings, Andre Stojka, Kath Soucie, Nikita Hopkins, Peter Cullen, Ken Sansom, Tom Wheatley

PRODUCER: Michelle Pappalardo-Robinson

DIRECTOR: Francis Glebas

SCRIPT: Brian Hohlfeld (Books by A.A. Milne)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: n/a

EDITOR: Ivan Bilancio

MUSIC: Carl Johnson, songs by Carly Simon

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Art Direction: Fred Warter

RUNNING TIME: 45 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: BVI

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 26, 2003 (all states except Tasmania - May 29, 2003)







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