It's strange seeing the normally joyful, bouncing Tigger depressed, but he is. Tigger is down because he's started wondering about his family and if he has one. Surely there must be other bouncing Tiggers out there, but Tigger has no idea where to start looking and he soon spirals into an Eeyore-like funk.
This was the first time I'd seen 'The Tigger Movie.' I was actually excited to sit down and watch it since I loved Disney's 2011 'Winnie the Pooh' movie. Sadly, the imagination just isn't there with this Tigger-centric storyline. It seems more like a quickly pieced together Disney sequel rather than a thoughtfully constructed story.
Tigger was always used best in small doses. He'd come bounding in the frame, speaking in his peculiar vernacular, cheering up the entire scene. With an entire movie focused on him the Tigger mystique slowly fades away as the movie tries to add layers to Tigger that just don't mesh with his character. I understand the thought behind it. Why not take a character who is usually the most happy-go-lucky character in the Disney arsenal and explore his emotional side? Well, that idea just doesn't work out over the long-haul. Winnie the Pooh has always carried these stories, but with Tigger at the forefront it's soon apparent that no matter how popular his character is, he isn't ready to carry his own movie even if that movie is only 77 minutes long.
'The Tigger Movie' lacks the originality and imagination that made 'Winnie the Pooh' so lovable. The songs in 'The Tigger Movie' feel second-rate, and forgettable. I'm thinking back on the movie right now and can't really remember any of the tunes. Although, "Everything is Honey" from 'Winnie the Pooh' keeps bounding back into my head.
The entire cast of characters from the Hundred Acre Woods tries to help Tigger out. They try to help him find his family tree, but Tiggers are elusive creatures and the lack of family soon depresses the once jovial Tigger.
Younger viewers, like under eight, will probably find the bright colors and the innocuous songs entertaining. Anyone older is likely to find the movie fairly mundane. It never really caught me like 'Winnie the Pooh' did. It felt like it serviced a character who plays his part well in the other Pooh stories, but doesn't really have that leading quality for a feature-length narrative.
'The Tigger Movie' is a forgettable try at featuring a loveable side character. Tigger may be one of Disney's most marketable characters in terms of merchandising, but he can't carry his own story in cinematic terms.
The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats
'The Tigger Movie' comes on a 50GB Blu-ray Disc. It has been packaged in a Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Along with the discs comes a code for Disney Movie Rewards and a slipcover that offers the same artwork as the case. The release is region free.
Animated in 2000, 'The Tigger Movie' is a vibrant modern-day animated film that features bold colors and clean animation. The detail of the line art is great here. Each line is crisp and perfectly rendered. Character design is very clearly defined. Textures like wood grain, weathered book covers, and watercolor-style balloons offer a variety of different details inherent in the animation.
Colors are extremely bright and vivid. From the bumble-bee yellows to the dark Tigger oranges, each color shines. Blacks are as inky as they come. None of the animation features a bit of artifacting, blocking, aliasing, banding, or otherwise.
The only complaint I have about this video presentation is that the live-action opening is pock-marked with occasional noise. White flecks pop up in darker areas, while the brighter areas are replete with crawling noise that is otherwise non-existent once the movie hands itself over to full animation. It is enough noticeable noise to bring down the star score a tad, but just know that once the animation part of the movie kicks into gear it's demo-quality through and through.
'The Tigger Movie' has a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track to feature all of its bouncy musical lyrics. The music in this mix, while forgettable when it comes to being a memorable score, does showcase a nicely rounded soundtrack that makes use of each channel whenever the music numbers start. Tigger's opening number bounces around the channels just as much as Tigger springs around on screen.
Directionality works well here too. There's a scene where Pooh knocks over some honey jars just off the left-hand side of the screen and the sound realistically comes from that area without feeling like it was forced there. As Tigger bounds across the frame, the boing boing sound effects follow him around seamlessly.
The movie is light on low-end sonics, but the sub does get some rumbling action during an avalanche sequence. Dialogue is always clear. This may not be a transcendent remixed 7.1 lossless track that Disney usually does for its big-name releases, but it gets the job done and sounds great in the process.
'The Tigger Movie' is pleasing enough for little ones and will probably keep them busy for an hour or so, but older kids will be bored along with their parents. There just isn't enough substance here for a feature-length story. Tigger is a one-note character for a reason, because his optimistic, bouncy charm works. Trying to add layers to his character feels out of place and never really works in the grand scheme of things. That said, the presentation offers great audio and video presentations. Disney completists will have to have it. To anyone else, it's worth a look, but you may want to rent it before purchasing.