The 25-minute short film "Winnie the Pooh
and Tigger Too!" first introduced A.A. Milne's
stories to animation and Winnie fans in 1974.
Over the last few years, each of the central
players in the many installments of the Winnie
series (mostly direct to video) have struck out
on their own in starring vehicles. In 2000's
"The Tigger Movie,” Tigger was given the
opportunity to shine as he never has before,
though his bounce isn't what it once was. Now
Piglet steps from beneath the shadow of the
bear in "Piglet's Big Movie." The film explores
the isolation a Piglet feels when he is
shunned by the Pooh society because he is
too small. In the vein of DeSicca's "Umberto
D," "Piglet's Big Movie" is a devastating retort.
Feeling alone and friendless, Piglet retreats
into the bowels of the 100 Acre Wood.
Believing that Piglet has run away--or
worse--Rabbit (voiced by Ken Sansom),
Eeyore (Peter Cullen), Tigger and Winnie
(both voiced by Jim Cummings) use a book of
memories to trace their history with the little
pig in a series of flashbacks, from their first
encounters with Kanga (Kath Soucie) and Roo
(Nikita Hopkins) to their North Pole expedition
with Christopher Robin (Tom Wheatley).
It's a cute film that continues the tradition
of the Winnie the Pooh series with simple
stories and simple animation. Very young
children will enjoy the characters and the
numerous songs, including the famous
"Winnie the Pooh," performed by Carly Simon
with Ben Taylor.
Starring John Fiedler, Jim
Cummings, Andre Stojka, Kath Soucie, Nikita
Hopkins, Ken Sansom, Tom Wheatley and
Peter Cullen. Directed by Francis Glebas.
Written by Brian Hohlfeld. Produced by
Michelle Pappalardo-Robinson. A Buena Vista
release. Family/Animation. Rated G. Running
time: 75 min