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
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
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.