A WALK DOWN NOSTALGIA LANE REVIEW: “The Tigger Movie” is voiced by Jim Cummings (The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin ), Nikita Hopkins (Piglet’s Big Movie, The Zeta Project [TV series]), Ken Sansom (Airport 1975, The Long Goodbye), John Fiedler (12 Angry Men, The Odd Couple ), Peter Cullen (Transformers , Treasure Planet), Andre Stojka (Pom Poko, Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer), Kath Soucie (Zootopia, The Santa Clause 2), Tom Attenborough (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [Video Game], Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh [TV series short]), Frank Welker (Scooby-Doo Where Are You? [TV series], Futurama [TV series]), and John Hurt (Alien, 1984). It is directed by Jun Falkenstein (The Jungle Book , Monster High: Welcome to Monster High), who also wrote the screenplay. Realizing that there should be more of his kind out there, Tigger (Cummings) sets out to find his relatives, all at the weariness of his friends.
It goes without saying that I love the world of the Hundred Acre Wood. Both as a kid and an adult I’ve enjoyed the adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Cummings) and friends because of its sense of innocence and strong morals told through beautiful animation and unique storytelling. It’s quite honestly the perfect blend of film that’d you’d want your child to grow up on, and while it may be on-the-nose when it comes to the lesson that’s to be learned from movie to movie, it nevertheless carries itself in a fun way. Take “The Tigger Movie” for example, our first feature where the lovable orange tiger creation is the center of focus. The overarching theme to be learned with this story is that family isn’t just blood; it’s the people in your life that love and care for you unconditionally. And while there may be no surprises, that’s not what most Winnie-the-Pooh tales are here for (at least, when it comes to adults). I knew what to expect walking into this one, and I enjoyed my time watching it. Alongside “The Search for Christopher Robin,” “The Tigger Movie” was another film that I grew up watching on VHS, gravitating towards it for reasons unexplained. Maybe I liked the uniqueness of it being centered on someone other than Pooh Bear. Alas, our tape of the flick went missing some odd years ago, but I was able to find it on blu-ray for cheap, prompting its induction into this marathon. As I stated, I already have an adoration for this series. It’s a franchise I love, which could account for some bias. Trust me though, I will relay the facts to you. “The Tigger Movie” does some things right, and others not so much. Let’s look at the right. Like I said, the animation is beautiful, and to see it on blu-ray was amazing. The crisp detail amplified the experience and I loved the transitions to different scenes. As always, the voice talent is great as is the music. All around, it’s a technically solid film, especially for being a direct-to-video release. The story itself is also pretty good, albeit its effort to shove a few story arcs into one journey. We not only see Tigger’s dilemma, but the other animals of the Hundred Acre Wood as they prepare for the coming winter. Roo (Hopkins) wants Tigger to see him as a younger brother, and soon enough the rest of the gang want Tigger to see them as his family. In true Hundred Acre Wood fashion, they have a climactic moment where the characters hang off the side of a cliff, as well as a moment meant to spark tears in moviegoer’s eyes. While I didn’t cry in this one, it was a touching sight to see Tigger come to terms that while he may never find his relatives (if he has any), he’s had a family all along in his friends. It’s a warm story that doesn’t look to be controversial, mix-up things, or explode. It’s simply what you pay for, and I took pleasure in seeing the journey unfold. Now let’s get to the problems. For me, there isn’t much, besides how strung out it can feel at times. “The Tigger Movie” runs just over seventy minutes yet feels like it’s two hours, mainly because it places itself in a few character arcs, all the while taking its sweet time to develop things (or get to a point). This may cause you to look at your watch; it certainly made me question its length. Outside of that, however, I can’t find much to pick at. We have to be honest with ourselves here; it’s a family flick, so if you want something edgy, unpredictable, or straight dramatic, you won’t find it here. So, if you aren’t into what this story is selling, chances are you won’t like it. Sorry. As for the movie as it is, I’d say it holds up to what I remember. The filmmakers certainly crafted something meaningful given that it is a direct-to-video, as “The Tigger Movie” shows a good heart and invites viewers on a journey that is memorable. FINAL SCORE: 88%= Juicy Popcorn
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