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Tigger Movie Being Released on Friday, February 11, 2000
(February 8, 2000) The Tigger Movie will open throughout the U.S. this Friday, February 11 with a "G" rating. The film follows Tiggers quest to find his family - other Tiggers, if they exist.

The Tigger Movie

"With this new story [around Tigger] and state-of-the-art animation, Disney has reinvigorated the Milne series while staying true both to his and illustrator E.H. Shepherd's original artistic visions. While each character retains his Milne-created personality, the writing is fresh and clever enough to keep kids and parents entertained. And despite all the advances in animation, the forest (falling leaves and all) keeps a quaint sylvan look." - Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune

"The animation is far more delicate than the usual boldly hued Disney fare, aping the watercolor-and-ink drawings from A.A. Milne's books. There is an airy loveliness to the changing of the seasons, as the breeze-swirled leaves evolve into a lacy flurry of snowflakes. But the story isn't a grabber. In fact, when Pooh calms a hive of bees with a lullaby, people over the age of 4 may find themselves catching a few Z's, too." - Susan Wloszczyna, USA TODAY

" The Tigger Movie, featuring six new songs from Disney songwriters Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, has its share of charms. And there's nothing cuter than Tigger's hyper-confused malapropisms and his propensity for bouncing his friends i.e. sending them sprawling. But this Tigger outing, which reprises some Pooh themes (including a run-in with bees in a honey tree), feels more like an overblown TV special than a grand theatrical release. Obviously, your kids will hardly know the difference and you can still consider this a decent excuse to take out the fledglings. But beyond that, you'd be expecting too much." - Desson Howe,
Washington Post

"The Tigger Movie is the kind of sentimental, upbeat and inoffensive children's entertainment parents always hope their kids will like. There's nothing especially wrong with this animated musical, but it moves along slowly and the songs, while pleasant, are nothing special. But Winnie the Pooh and his cronies have amassed nearly 80 years' worth of goodwill, and audiences will arrive at theaters filled with warm feelings. There will probably be enough to carry them through Tigger with only a mild feeling of letdown. In spite of its shortcomings, children love these characters and will enjoy Tigger."
- Hannah Brown, New York Post

"Happily, the animation is competent. And in two musical sequences -- one involving sleepy dancing bees, the other a phantasmagoria of history's greatest tiggers -- it is downright inspired. The characters wriggle charmingly, and the scenery beautifully replicates watercolor illustrations in children's books. If only the story were better. Milne was working in the great tradition of English nonsense, and his characters are studies in post-Edwardian eccentricity. But in the imagination of Jun Falkenstein, who wrote and directed The Tigger Movie, each one is reduced to a single trait: Rabbit is a compulsive scold, Owl is a windbag, Piglet is a worrywart, and so on. Pooh himself seems unusually vague and depressed, perhaps because Tigger has sucked up all the film's comic and dramatic oxygen. But it is, after all, Tigger's movie." - A.O. Scott, New York Times

"Disney's new animated feature The Tigger Movie is a brightly colored, upbeat entertainment that will please small children, its obvious target audience. Parents and older siblings, however, may grow impatient with the uneven execution that weakens the genuine charm the film sporadically exhibits. The animation was done in Japan by the studio that produces many Disney TV shows. Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Roo generally look and act as they should, but Owl, Rabbit and Kanga look misproportioned and move stiffly. Animation this limited needs strong poses and careful staging to make the characters' thoughts and actions read clearly, and the artists don't always find them. Falkenstein relies too heavily on close-ups, which becomes a problem when Roo cries: The animators simply can't draw the expressions convincingly. Art director Toby Bluth does an exceptional job of capturing the distinctive ink lines and watercolor washes of E.H. Shepard's illustrations for the A.A. Milne books." - Charles Solomon, LA Times

"Good news for parents who got dragged to POKEMON: THE FIRST MOVIE; here's a kid flick the little ones will doubtless adore yet also provide old-timers with enough moments of wit and visual magic to stave off a desperate mid-movie popcorn/ice cream/Twizzlers binge." -
Steve Simels, TV Guide



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