Reviewed by: Douglas Downs
|Featuring:||Jim Cummings, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Sansom, John Fiedler, Peter Cullen|
|Distributor:||Walt Disney Pictures|
I am not sure we need a lot of encouragement to see “The Tigger Movie”… it is always a delight as a father with two sons to recommend such family films. Tigger is my personal favorite of the Winnie the Pooh bunch. It was wonderful to see him receive full feature treatment. “The Tigger Movie” helps to bring out the child in all of us. (Tigger is that wonderful and sometimes annoying sidekick to the ever-popular Winnie the Pooh… the one whose “bottom is made out of rubber, and tail is made out of string”).
The plot is a simple but direct one. Tigger is lonely and wonders if he has a family (a theme recently explored in “Muppets from Space”). Tigger sets out to find his family… other Tiggers to bounce and play with. Even though he feels loneliness, his friends are still there to help him. It is not long before they find themselves in a snowstorm—a “snow day” at the 100 Acre Woods.
Parents and adults will be thrilled that friendship is the dominate theme of the movie. Children will be exposed to plenty of positive values throughout “The Tigger Movie”. It is good for young minds to see their favorite characters working together, caring for each other, and even showing respect. This parent welcomes such input as opposed to the themes often found in “Rugrats”—style stories. Children are also taught the consequences of lying. Yes, even a small fib can cause big trouble.
Some slang terminology is used. The avalanche scene may be frightening for some of younger viewers. The only negative element in this film is the controversy over Disney’s continued use of people in their films that are not good role models for our children. This time it’s Latin singer Lou Bega, whose music often contains objectionable lyrics. Parents may want to consider this before seeing the film.
I do recommend the film, especially if you have young children. Even if you don’t, you will not be alone in enjoying “The Tigger Movie”.