Saturday, March 1, 2014

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974)

Today's animated feature is Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too.  My co-film critic requested that we review this film.  It features the beloved characters that everyone has grown up with, and they're all introduced in the beginning song.  Each character has their own quirks, and they are also the stuffed animals of Christopher Robin.  There's Eeyore the depressed donkey, Rabbit the high-maintenance gardener rabbit, Piglet the worrisome, well, piglet, Kanga and her son, Roo, Owl, and most importantly, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too.

I think my daughter likes Tigger because he is the most like a three-year-old out of any of the characters.  He's hyper and bounces all the time.  He has enough energy for five people.  My daughter is always bouncing, on the floor, on the couch, on the bed, outside, everywhere.  Especially when I'm trying to relax, she'll take a flying leap and land on me, like Tigger takes a flying leap and lands on Rabbit all the time.  I can see why Rabbit gets fed up with him.

Rabbit gets the brilliant but cruel idea to lead Tigger into the woods and get him lost.  This will somehow make him stop bouncing.  Piglet and Pooh come along with them.  Piglet, Pooh and Rabbit ditch Tigger but instead get themselves lost in the misty forest.  Tigger, who never gets lost, helps lead them home.

Later, Tigger takes Roo boucing through the forest and they bounce all the way up a tree.  Being a feline, Tigger can't get down from the top of the tree. Since there are no firefighters in the Hundred Acre Wood, Christopher Robin and friends come to the rescue.  Tigger swears that he will never bounce again if he is rescued.  When he comes down, he is so happy he wants to bounce, but Rabbit reminds him of his oath.  Eventually Rabbit and everyone realize that they want the happy, bouncy Tigger back.

A lot of Disney animations are based on books, but the Winnie the Pooh movies actually take place in a book.  Tigger even has a conversation with the narrator, who helps him out by tipping the book.  The characters also interact with the letters and words in the book, too.  These movies are short and perfect for young children.  We will give it an 8/10.

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