Published on August 28th, 2012 | by Bags Hooper1
Blu-ray: The Tigger Movie: Bounce-A-Rrrific Special Edition – A Successful Allegory on Family Values
The Tigger Movie may not have the riche cache of songs you would expect from a Disney movie, but it more than makes up for its lackluster music roster with a heartfelt allegory on the modern family. Now on Blu-ray, The Tigger Movie comes home with some additional “bounce.”
Labeled the “Bounce-A-RRRific” Special Edition, the new Blu-ray contains ten animated shorts, a “Tigger Tale” featurette with the production team and a few family tree stickers for offline family fun.
The Tigger Movie begins with a familiar opening. Tigger (voiced by Jim Cummings) bounces in on his friend Winnie The Pooh and lands squarely on Pooh’s stomach, much to the bear’s chagrin. Tigger is in the mood for some bouncing, but unfortunately none of his friends in the 100-Acre Mile have the time or interest in joining him. Well, nobody except for Roo (voiced by Nikita Hopkins), who looks up to Tigger as a big brother.
After a few familiar Pooh moments, Eeyore’s (voiced by Peter Cullen) house inevitably gets destroyed and Rabbit (voiced by Ken Sansom) finds a reason to yell at Tigger, the bouncy Tigger realizes that being the “only” Tigger isn’t as “wonderful” as he once thought. Meloncholy sets in when he goes on a mission to search out his lost aunts, uncles, brothers and parents. Although Roo looks up to Tigger, the bounce-happy animal becomes depressed and feels ostracized by his friends.
It’s a fun Tigger adventure. However, at times the depressing tone of the story saps its energy. The first song Tigger sings is a total snooze fest. He’s loneliness is amplified by the dour lyrics. In movies like Beauty and the Beast, even sad songs have a way of feeling uplifting. That’s not the case in this movie.
Where music fails, the overarching allegory on family and friends is a successful one. The story speaks to the changing family structure over the past few decades and encourages viewers to look beyond the dictionary definition of family to find its true meaning. Viewers will constantly root for Tigger to open his eyes to his friends and, of course, Roo. There are a lot of great Roo moments, which will be a playful delight for children. Tigger’s dancing and special bounces are also always a joy.
The Blu-ray comes with 10 mini adventures. However, half of the adventures are just quick cuts from The Tigger Movie, which will leave you feeling cheated. The other shorts are ripped from another Pooh story. Unfortunately, I was expecting either ten new shorts or at least ten completely separate shorts from the animated TV series.
Other additional features include a sing-along song and Kenny Loggins music video for “Your Heart Will Lead You Home.”
Tigger is a staple character in the Winnie the Pooh series. Although this is not the great stand alone Tigger tale fans wished for, it is a delightful one – with a touch of adventure. Families will enjoy watching this The Tigger Movie again-and-again on Blu-ray.