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Directed by Jun Falkenstein (2000, Walt Disney Pictures)
Featuring voices by Jim Cummings, Nikita Hopkins, and Peter Cullen

The animals in the Hundred Acre Wood go looking for Tigger's family.

View Count: Twice



2 stars

September 18th, 2000 on Video

    There is not much that I can say this time around that I didn't say in the last viewing.  I didn't discover anything new about the movie, either about the characters, or about the story.  It held my interest for as long as I was watching it, but it disappeared after that. 

At the risk of repeating myself, I thought Tigger's first depressing song should have been cut altogether.  I was also frustrated that Tigger's friends didn't chase right after him as he left in the storm. 

My favorite part is still Pooh's song to the bees.  I laughed throughout, and it was so typical of Pooh.  And while I still don't really like the characters of Rabbit or Owl, the scenes where Tigger knocks down Owl's family pictures was terrific.  Also in Owl's house, the tea scene was hilarious, especially when Tigger pounces after a sugar cube.  I saw my cat in that scene -bum wagging as he shifts his weight from leg to leg, ready to spring. 

I did get antsy during a lot of the movie, which is the reason for the downgrade in the rating.  I just didn't think it was as interesting as it could have been, or perhaps should have been.  Toy Story 2 comes out very soon.  That's one that I got cramps from, while laughing throughout. 



2 stars

February 17th, 2000 in the Theatre

    That was as fun as Pooh and his friends ever get, I think.  But there were a few things that seemed out of place. 

Most of the gang is spot on character.  Pooh is hungry as ever, and is hilarious when he tries to sing a lullaby to the hunny-bees in order to get to their honey.  Their bunk beds were great, as was the way Pooh gently lays them down to sleep.  Any kid's dream. 

Piglet has never had much to do except be frightened, but he always shows that he has as much courage as the others when he's put in the proper position.  But he's just so small that he flies away in a gust of wind, and can't hold his own weight when rebuilding Eeyore's house.  But he does offer excellent suggestions.  "Stay safe and sound" is as good advice as anybody can give.

Owl is as pompous as ever.  He rambles on and on and on, and acts before thinking, as always.  Eeyore is as downcast as ever, except when he's trying to act like a tigger.  He loses his house in just about every act in this movie, once destroying it himself!  But he gets a great couple of lines out of it -once with the house that Rabbit builds him (kinda drafty..), and once when Tigger gives him a new living room (not very drafty..).

Rabbit is his usual nasty self.  He seems a little more cruel towards Tigger than usual, but I guess, with winter coming along, he has the right to be.  Tigger doesn't seem to be the kind of personality to make winter preparations.  But he is convinced, as usual, that he has to help save Tigger.

Roo was a main character this time around.  He's the only one who likes bouncing around with Tigger, and follows Tigger everywhere, learning new bounces, he earnestly want to find the missing family.

The only character who seemed to out of character was Kanga.  We've never seen much of her, but the fact that she participated in all the deceptions seemed just wrong.  She's more of an adult than anybody except Christopher Robin (and I was wondering if we were going to see him, which we do, at the very end).  But she agrees to write Tigger a false note, and dresses up in stripes for his party.  Not the mature mother we should be seeing, I think.  Better to leave her out of most of it.

Tigger was his usual self.  Bouncing and just enjoying life.  He goes to extremes, both in aggravating everybody, and with his moods.  He desperately wants to go bouncing with everybody, but they are just to busy.  So he becomes depressed.  Roo wonders about his family, which gets him looking for his family tree -the biggest, bestest, strippedy tree in the forest.  He becomes depressed again when he can't find them.  So Roo gets Owl to write a letter from Tigger's family.  Tigger gets so excited about the letter that he thinks his family is coming to visit him.  So he builds a family room, and decorates profusely.  When his family doesn't show up, he gets depressed again.  Then the gang dresses up in stripes and pretend to be his family.  When he discovers the ruse, he is so upset that he walks out on them and goes into the forest alone, in the middle of a blizzard. 

Roo, of course, gets the friends to go search for him, and they finally find him, but get caught in an avalanche.  Roo saves Tigger from a fall over a cliff, and he realizes that his family was with him all along. 

Tigger is great with his own vocabulary, his bounciness, and his joyful attitude.  So it's a complete jolt when he begins singing a melancholy song and becomes depressed for the first time.  The song is a sudden switch of pace that it jolted me out of the movie for a time. 

However, I did like the rest of the songs.  Tigger's big band number was great, as was Pooh's lullaby.  The others were not all that noticeable, but they weren't too out of place, either. 

The thing that I really don't like about Pooh stories is the way the landscape always suddenly changes through the woods.  Cliffs appear then disappear, trees have green leaves, then snow is waist deep in the next scene.  Tigger fell quite a ways to get to the base of the stripped tree (he really found one!), but the rest of the gang walked around the corner to get there.  Ah, well.

I did like the snowflake effects, though.  They were really neat.  And the animation was still the old style.  The lines were thick (sometimes too thick) around the characters, the trees were mostly static, as in the old films, and the Hundred Acre Wood seemed peaceful.  That's the way it should be.


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