It may not be the best Winnie the Pooh films, but 2000’s The Tigger Movie finally comes to Blu-ray in a bounce-a-rrrific special edition with plenty of catchy songs by the Sherman Brothers and tigger-ific fun that’s sure to please longtime fans while making some a few new ones in the process.
In this charming Pooh adventure, Tigger (voiced by Jim Cummings, taking over for original voice actor Paul Winchell) is always looking for someone to bounce around with him through the Hundred Acre Wood, but his friends Pooh, Rabbit, Piglet and Eeyore are usually busy doing other things. Luckily he finds a kindred spirit in Roo (voiced by Nikita Hopkins) who loves bouncing around just as much as he does, but he still longs to find some other fellow “tiggers” out there. After giving it some thought, Tigger writes a letter to his family somewhere out in the world in hopes that they will write back and confirm he isn’t the only tigger around. When they learn of this, his friends decide to write him a reply letter to keep his spirits up, but this makes things even more complicated as now Tigger thinks that his family is out there and that they’re coming to a welcome party he’s preparing for them.
While it might not be the best Pooh adventure out of the bunch, writer / director Jun Falkenstein does a pretty good job with A. A. Milne classic characters, despite not seeing a lot of the gang besides Tigger and Roo. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Winnie the Pooh movie without everyone’s favorite bear getting into some honey seeking action, as one the film’s most charming parts comes along in the form of Pooh singing some bees to sleep as he eats their honey. Even sweeter than the honey is the fact that all of the songs were written by Disney’s legendary composers Richard and Robert Sherman, giving the movie a special charm the studio is known for.
As with all of their Blu-ray releases, Disney once again hits the mark of excellence in their high definition video transfer. The picture is crisp and smooth, whhy5rtttich helps to bring the fluid animation to new heights. The 5.1 DTS-HD audio is just as crisp and clean as the picture, as every bounce and catchy song is heard to perfection. There’s plenty of extras here, too, such as behind the scenes features, sing-a-longs and more, but one of the things I found that was really cool is what happens when a viewer pauses the disc. When they do, a series of games such as guessing something that’s being drawn or finding the differences between two similar pictures pops up, bringing a whole new level of fun to the disc that makes you wish more Blu-rays would do the same.
While not as epic as the classic Pooh films from the 1970s or even the more recent 2011 film, The Tigger Movie is still a tigger-ific ride with it’s own special kind of charm that’s sure to please longtime fans of these beloved characters while making new ones. The high-definition transfer to Blu-ray is amazing and the songs by the Sherman brothers outstanding, both of which look and sound better than ever before. If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, then bounce on down to your local store and add this Blu-ray to your collection. You’ll be glad to find out the wonderful thing about tiggers here.
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