The Tigger Movie

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The Tigger Movie
The Tigger Movie film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jun Falkenstein
Produced by Cheryl Abood
Jennifer Blohm
Richmond Horine
Screenplay by Jun Falkenstein
Story by Eddie Guzelian
Based on Characters created 
by A.A. Milne
Starring Jim Cummings
Nikita Hopkins
John Fiedler
Ken Sansom
Peter Cullen
Andre Stojka
Kath Soucie
Tom Attenborough
Narrated by John Hurt
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Production
company
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Release dates
  • February 11, 2000 (2000-02-11)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Box office $96.1 million

The Tigger Movie is a 2000 American animated musical drama film co-written and directed by Jun Falkenstein. Part of the Winnie-the-Pooh series, this film features Pooh's friend Tigger searching for his family tree and other Tiggers like himself.

The film was the first feature-length theatrical Pooh film that was not a collection of previously released shorts.

This is also the first film in the series where Tigger is voiced by Jim Cummings (who also voices Pooh), Tigger's original voice actor, Paul Winchell, officially retired from the role in 1999 after A Valentine for You and died in 2005. Cummings had already played Tigger in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue and the final 2 seasons of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

The film features original songs from the Sherman Brothers.

The film was originally slated for a direct-to-video release until Disney CEO Michael Eisner heard the Sherman Brothers' score and decided to release the film in theaters worldwide.

Plot[edit]

An animated Tigger interrupts the film's live-action introduction, complaining that Pooh is the subject of too many stories already. He rearranges the letters and illustrations from the book's title page to spell "The Tigger Movie".

Tigger is searching through the Hundred Acre Wood for someone to bounce with, but all of his friends are too busy getting ready for the coming winter. While he searches for a playmate, Tigger accidentally destroys Eeyore's house with a boulder. He later wrecks the complex pulley system that Rabbit has rigged up to remove the boulder and sends his friends flying into a mud puddle. Rabbit is furious and the rest of Tigger's friends admit they're not quite as bouncy as he is because they aren't Tiggers. Tigger sadly wanders off on his own, wishing there was someone else like him.

Roo, who does want to play with Tigger, catches up to him and asks if Tigger has a Tigger family he could bounce with. Tigger is fascinated by the idea and the two go to visit Owl for advice on finding Tigger's family. Owl shows them portraits of his own family and mentions the concept of family trees. Tigger accidentally knocks the portraits over. When he quickly hangs them back up, all of owl's ancestors appear to be perched on a single tree. Tigger concludes that his family tree must be a real tree and he and Roo go searching for it.

After searching the wood without turning up any giant, Tigger-striped trees, Tigger and Roo go back to Tigger's house to search for clues to his family's whereabouts. They find a heart-shaped locket that Tigger hopes will contain a picture of his family, but it is empty. Roo suggests that Tigger try writing a letter to his family, which Tigger does.

When Tigger's letter gets no response, Roo gathers Tigger's friends together to write him a letter. Everyone contributes a bit of friendly advice and they sign it "your family." Tigger is overjoyed to receive the letter, but misinterprets it and announces that his whole family is coming to visit him tomorrow. Tigger's friends don't have the heart to tell Tigger that the letter is from them, so they disguise themselves as Tiggers and attend his family reunion. Tigger is completely taken in by the costumes until Roo attempts Tigger's complex Whoop-de-Dooper-Loop-de-Looper-Alley-Ooper Bounce and knocks his mask off. Believing that his friends are mocking him, Tigger goes out in a fierce snowstorm to search for his family after a final "TTFE, Ta-ta forever!!"

Tigger's friends form an expedition to find him and convince Rabbit to lead them. They find Tigger sitting in a large tree with patches of snow on the trunk that resemble stripes. Rabbit insists that Tigger come home, but Tigger refuses to leave his "family tree" until his Tigger family returns. They argue and Tigger's shouting causes an avalanche. Tigger bounces all of his friends to safety in the tree branches, but is swept away by the snow himself. Roo performs a perfect Whoop-de-Dooper-Loop-de-Looper-Alley-Ooper Bounce and rescues Tigger.

When the avalanche subsides, Tigger realizes he has lost the letter from his family. His friends each recite their parts of the letter from memory and Tigger finally sees that they are his real family. He throws a new family reunion party with presents for everyone. Roo receives the heart-shaped locket and Christopher Robin takes a picture of Roo, Tigger, and the rest of their family to go in it.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was animated by Walt Disney Animation Japan.[citation needed] Tokyo Movie Shinsha, a Japanese animation studio, took part in some of the animation.

Paul Winchell, the original voice of Tigger, was originally set to voice Tigger for the film, which was then titled Winnie the Pooh and the Family Tree.[1] In the spring of 1998, Winchell participated in a single recording session for the film, but Disney people found his voice too raspy, and they let him go from the project.[1][2] He was replaced by Jim Cummings, who was already voicing Winnie the Pooh for the film, and doing Tigger's voice on various Disney television shows and for Disney consumer products.[1]

Release[edit]

The film was released theatrically on February 11, 2000.

Home media[edit]

The film was originally released on August 22, 2000, on both VHS and DVD. The VHS and DVD included the Kenny Loggins music video "Your Heart Will Lead You Home." The DVD included additional special features. The film was later re-released on a 2-disc DVD on August 4, 2009 to coincide with its 10th anniversary. The 2-disc release includes a DVD and a digital copy. It contains all the 2000 DVD bonus features, but has more language tracks and special features. The film was also re-released as a Bounce-a-rrrific special edition on Blu-ray on August 21, 2012.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Tigger Movie received generally mixed to positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 62% of critics gave the film "fresh" reviews on 71 reviews with a 5.9 rating. The site's consensus states, "The Tigger Movie may lack the technological flash and underlying adult sophistication of other recent animated movies, but it's fun and charming."[3]

Box office performance[edit]

The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making $9.4 million in its opening weekend. The film was a box office success, earning $45,554,533 in the United States alone while making $50,605,267 overseas and $96,159,800 worldwide against a budget of $30 million.[4]

Accolades[edit]

The film was nominated for numerous awards[5] in 2000 including the following:

for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production"
Jun Falkenstein
for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production"
Richard M. Sherman (music and lyrics)
Robert B. Sherman (music and lyrics)
For the song "Round My Family Tree"
for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production"
Nikita Hopkins
As the voice of "Roo".
  • Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
The Sierra Award for "Best Family Film"

It was also given an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award.[6]

Soundtrack[edit]

The songs for The Tigger Movie were written by Robert and Richard Sherman who had not written a feature for Disney in over 28 years. Their last fully original feature film score was for the Oscar nominated film, Bedknobs and Broomsticks which was released in 1971. Originally slated for video or television release, the score was so well received (in demonstration form) by then Disney CEO, Michael Eisner, that the project's priority level moved up to feature theatrical release. This was due in great part to the perceived caliber of the song score throughout the studio. All the songs were created new for the film except for "The Wonderful Things About Tiggers" which was originally written in 1968 for the featurette, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (released in 1968). That song was also by the Sherman Brothers. The "punch line" of the song: "But the most wonderful Thing About Tiggers is I'm the only one..." provides the basis of The Tigger Movie‍ '​s storyline. "Your Heart Will Lead You Home" was the last song written for the film and is a collaborative effort between the Sherman Brothers and singer Kenny Loggins. Richard Sherman described the song as "a song about the picture, as opposed to songs of the picture." It marks the only time the trio worked together on a song.[7]

Song titles include:

  • "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" – Tigger
  • "Someone Like Me" – Tigger and forest animals
  • "Whoop-de-Dooper Bounce" – Tigger and Roo
  • "Pooh's Lullabee" – Pooh
  • "Round My Family Tree" – Tigger
  • "How to Be a Tigger" – Roo, Owl, Piglet, Eeyore, Pooh and Kanga
  • "Your Heart Will Lead You Home" – Kenny Loggins

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hill, Jim (June 27, 2005). "Remembering John Fiedler (1925-2005)". Jim Hill Media. Archived from the original on July 19, 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ Graham, Jefferson (November 25, 1998). "Original Tigger voice bounced from 'Pooh'". USA Today. Retrieved July 19, 2015. Fiedler completed that movie, but Disney let Winchell go after his first day, telling the actor's representative that Winchell's voice was now too "raspy." 
  3. ^ "The Tigger Movie - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Tigger Movie". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Tigger Movie (2000) - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Early School Years: Feature-Length Films". Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. Retrieved April 22, 2009. 
  7. ^ Susan King, The Pair Who Write Songs for Nannies and Pooh Bears", Los Angeles Times, February 11, 2000.

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