A success when it hit theaters in 2000, "The Tigger Movie" is a moderately enjoyable attempt to re-introduce Pooh and pals (Eeyore, Kanga, Piglet and Roo and the others) to modern audiences. Directed and written by Jun Falkenstein ("Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas"), "Tigger Movie" makes the choice (not exactly surprising, given the title) to give Tigger the spotlight, and let Pooh and the other residents of the Hundred Acre Woods shine in the background.
While I'll take on the seemingly rare opinion that Tigger is my least favorite character in the stories - the hyperactive character is generally best in small doses as a supporting player - "The Tigger Movie" is otherwise a fairly enjoyable and entirely wholesome family feature that follows Tigger on a quest to find others like himself. Not surprisingly, the movie follows a predictable path, leading Tigger to find that his family all this time was closer than he'd ever expected.
The film doesn't deliver a particularly original tale, but writer/director Falkenstein does manage to offer lessons in a way that's heartwarming and genuine, instead of seeming corny or too heavy-handed. While the story may not break new ground, in an era where children's fare can be flashy and loud, the sweet, simple and generally quiet nature of "The Tigger Movie" is refreshing.
The animation isn't too remarkable, and stands a bit above most Saturday morning fare. However, this is understandably not a big-budget feature, and the animation works fine for the material. Additionally, songs are standard fare, and a few are mildly memorable. The picture's short running time feels just right, with the film never wearing out its welcome.
Overall, "The Tigger Movie" remains sweet, pleasant fare that offers an engaging tale that the whole family can enjoy.
VIDEO: "The Tigger Movie" is presented by Disney in approximately 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen. The presentation is an excellent effort from the studio. Sharpness and detail are first-rate, as the animation looked consistently crisp and well-defined throughout. The presentation did suffer from some minor shimmering, but aside from that, no flaws were encountered, as edge enhancement, pixelation and print flaws were not seen. Colors looked bright, warm and well-saturated, with no smearing or other faults.
SOUND: The film's Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack offered somewhat more activity than one might expect, as the rear speakers provided mild ambience and other light background details throughout many scenes. Otherwise, audio was spread out across a fairly wide front soundstage. Audio quality was top-notch, with clear dialogue, rich music and crisp, well-recorded effects.
EXTRAS: The new extra(s) on this 10th Anniversary Edition are two episodes from "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" - "The King of the Beasties" and "Tigger's Houseguest". Also offered on this release are: "The Tigger Movie" interactive game, "Thingamajigger Matching Game", "Round My Family Tree" sing-along, "The Tigger Movie" storybook, "How To Make Your Own Family Tree", the film's theatrical trailer and Kenny Loggins music video. Finally, a digital copy of the film is also included on a second disc.
Final Thoughts: A decade later, "The Tigger Movie" still remains charming family fare, with a sweet story and fine performances. The 10th Anniversary DVD edition adds a couple of new bonus features, as well as a digital copy of the film.
The Film B