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'The Tigger Movie - 10th Anniverary Edition'
(John Hurt, Ken Sansom, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2000) 2009 / Disney)

Overview: To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the beloved Disney classic, 'The Tigger Movie,' Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment presents a new, two-disc edition DVD. Available on August 4, 2009, 'The Tigger Movie - 10th Anniversary Edition' weaves magical storytelling, charming characters and memorable songs into an endearing tale of adventure and heart.

DVD Verdict: "Mostly I'm happy... but now all at once I feel so lonely," sings a uncharacteristically melancholy Tigger in this year-2000 theatrical film, after his Hundred Acre Wood pals finally reject his manic bouncing behavior. Determined to track down "someone like me," the irrepressible stuffed tiger has several adventures. He eventually learns that family members come in all shapes and sizes, and not necessarily from the same family tree.

Compared to most Disney sequels "The Tigger Movie" has a lot to offer. It's sweet, with absolutely no hostility, and no more violence than a few bee stings. The animation is surprisingly good -- a hallucinatory revue of history's greatest Tiggers in references to The Brady Bunch, the "Jackson 5ive" Saturday morning cartoon series, Jerry Springer, The Seven Year Itch, even 1930s Gold Diggers films -- while backgrounds often retain the soft watercolor look of the classic Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. For the most part Tigger's sunny enthusiasm is on full display, as are his absoposilutely twisted takes on the English language. All the other classic Pooh characters appear too, including Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga, Roo, even Christopher Robin.

The voice talent is good, though the only voice from the original film is John Fiedler as Piglet. Both Tigger (originally Paul Winchell) and Pooh (originally Sterling Holloway) are voiced by Jim Cummings, recognizable to Playhouse Disney fans as the voice of Pete on the series "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse." The narrator (originally Sebastian Cabot) is voiced here by John Hurt, who portrays Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter films as well as Professor Oxley in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

In short, "The Tigger Movie" is the best of Disney's Pooh sequels. Preschoolers will especially love it, and though the oddball story line has some obvious plot holes (stuffed animals have birth parents?), parents can sit through at least one viewing with relative ease. P.S. Want another good Pooh sequel? Check out 'Pooh's Heffalump Movie.' [JN] This is a Widesreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

”King of the Beasties” and “Tigger’s Houseguest” – New-to-DVD episodes from TV series
“The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”
”Your Heart Will Lead You Home” – Music video/music by Kenny Loggins
”Round My Family Tree” Sing-Along Song
Tigger Movie Trivia Game
Thingamajigger Matching Game
Round Your Family Tree
Tigger Movie DVD Storybook