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The Tigger Movie - 10th Anniversary Edition

by Phil Hall
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Tuesday Aug 11, 2009
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Everyone knows that "tiggers" are wonderful things, and the bouncy striped feline is more than wonderful in this delightful 2000 animated feature, which is being offered on DVD somewhat curiously as a "10th anniversary edition."

Wobbly market mathematics notwithstanding, The Tigger Movie offers a family friendly film about, appropriately enough, what constitutes a family. Tigger, feeling unhappy that the other denizens of the Hundred Acre Wood cannot bounce with his vim and vigor, decides to set out in search of hitherto unknown members of his family. In the course of the film, Tigger learns a lesson that friends and neighbors can also constitute a larger family environment.

It is stylish to view, and its lesson of pure love is one that seems more timely than ever.

The young kids will have a ball with the film’s gentle slapstick and its genuinely exciting climax involving a near-fatal avalanche. Kids-at-heart will enjoy the playful score by Sherman Brothers that includes Winnie the Pooh’s enchanting lullaby to a colony of bees (they climb into their honeycombs for shut-eye) and the astonishing "Round My Family Tree," where Tigger imagines a variety of celebrity relatives (there are Tiggers resembling Marilyn Monroe, the Jackson Five, Jerry Springer and Whistler’s mother).

The Tigger Movie is a 2D animated affair, with much of the ink-and-paint work originating with Japanese animators. It is stylish to view, and its lesson of pure love is one that seems more timely than ever.

Phil Hall is the author of "The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time

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