The story here takes on a bit of a somber note as we find Tigger no longer happy to be the only Tigger around, and as such is hellbent on finding his family. It’s touching and will definitely teach kids a thing or two about family and friendship. The gang’s all here, and the voice talent is just as good now as it was when I was a kid. We don’t get much in the way of Christopher Robin, who just pops up out of nowhere near the end, but I think kids will be happy with what they get no matter which character is their favorite. I’m still a little thrown by how Pooh and Piglet generally have nubs for hands, with the occasional thumb popping up when needed.
The animation leaves a little to be desired, but then again, this IS dated material and so unlike all the Disney films I’ve grown so used to lately. There’s not much in the way of complexity either, though I will say that some of the imagery when Tigger goes off into song (like Salvador Dali’s Melting watches and the American Gothic painting) will be completely lost to children, which seems a bit odd to me as there is NO denying the age demographic in which this film is directed. The only real drag for me was the sing-alongs, as unlike ALADDIN, HERCULES and THE LITTLE MERMAID, these lyrics (and the dialogue in general) are a bit on the childish side.
THE TIGGER MOVIE would make a fantastic gift for your children, niece, nephew or that forty year old virgin with the collection of Disney figurines who lives down the street. The runtime was a bit short (just over an hour), but the film itself is warm hearted and a joy for the young (and young at heart). There’s also a pile of games in the bonus features and a digital copy for jealous siblings. All in all, when it comes to old school Disney lore, you can’t lose with Tigger and his friends. However, all things considered, I still feel like I got jipped by the whole “Christopher Robin’s beetle” question, I think his name was Mortimer or some shit, I can’t remember, but as you can see, I’m still bitter.
Games & Activities: There’s four interactive games to choose from: Answer movie related questions with a multiple choice Trivia game, match each character with their correct belongings in the Thingamajigger matching game, learn how to make your own family tree in the Round your Tree game or you can read (or be read) THE TIGGER MOVIE DVD storybook. Hours of fun!
Bonus Episodes: Two (older looking) twelve minute cartoons from THE NEW ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH. I suppose these make up for the initial film’s shorter runtime.
Sneak Peeks: There’s eight previews, a TIGGER MOVIE theatrical trailer and a Disney Movie Rewards commercial. There's also a second disc which is a digital copy of the film.
Extra Tidbit: During that same Trivia Pursuit game, I also had the misfortune of getting asked to name Superman’s monkey. I should’ve known it was Super-monkey. I f*cking hate Trivia Pursuit.