The Tigger Movie

USA 2000

Reviewed by Kim Newman


Our synopses give away the plot in full, including surprise twists.

The Hundred-Acre Wood. Although his friends are devoted to him, Tigger misses the family he has never known. Tigger approaches Owl for advice about locating his family; Owl tells him to look up his family tree. Tigger takes him literally and searches for this tree in the Wood. Realising Tigger's predicament, Roo and his other friends - Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Owl - write him a letter purporting to be from his family to cheer him up. Tigger misconstrues this as a promise that they will come to visit.

As winter encroaches, Pooh and comrades dress up as tiggers and visit Tigger. Tigger sees through the imposture and sets out to find his real family. Rabbit leads Tigger's friends in search of Tigger; they find him by a large tree which he believes to be his family tree. Tigger's shouting causes an avalanche, but he saves all his friends by bouncing them into the tree. He is swept away and only the encouragement of Roo prompts him to save himself. Christopher Robin turns up and tells Tigger that he already has a family, his devoted friends.


The greatest moment of Tigger's screen career is in T. Graham's presumably illegal short Apocalypse Pooh (1987): soundtrack excerpts from Apocalypse Now are laid over brilliantly edited excerpts from Disney's Pooh films, and Tigger's bouncing first entrance is cut to the dialogue from the "it's a fuckin' tiger" scene from Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam epic. Sadly, nothing in this belated series entry - the first feature in a run of Disney shorts which began in 1966 with Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree - comes up to that mark. Though one dreads the addition of any further elements that would distance the characters from the Hundred-Acre Wood which writer A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard created in the original books - an excursion into the world beyond this leafy idyll comes only in a fantasy song sequence ('Round My Family Tree') which manages to evoke divers contemporary figures such as Jerry Springer and Andy Warhol - this 75-minute crawl is such thin stuff that even a burst of rap (Tiggaz with Attitude?) would be a relief.

There is something badly wrong with the film's premise, which contradicts Milne's lessons that Tigger can't climb trees (here, he lives in one and searches for another) and that, crucially, Tigger can't be unbounced. The great appeal of the character is his emotional invincibility, yet in The Tigger Movie he turns all sappy and is often seen with animated tears brimming in his eyes. When Tigger stops blithely flattening things and starts yearning for a family, a great many children in the preview audience began to fidget (overheard on the way out: "He sat still all the way through Toy Story 2"), sensing that the toothless tiger on screen had ceased to be the Tigger they liked.

The rest of the characters are reduced to stooges, with the shrill Roo given the largest role, and, as ever, the only real laughs come from Eeyore's tonic gloom (his advice to Tigger, "Keep smiling"). A lick of contemporary satire comes with the casting of Rabbit as a survivalist whose warren is stocked for the winter like a Y2K-fearing militia man, but the character, like everything else, has been softened to the point of blandness. Richard and Robert Sherman contribute unmemorable new songs ('Pooh's Lullabee', 'The Whoop-de-Dooper Bounce'), and their classic 'The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers' is revived in a decidedly unbouncy new arrangement. The owners of the franchise should perhaps reread the last chapter of The House at Pooh Corner, which predates Toy Story 2 in its understanding of the brief life a child's plaything can have and establishes the wisdom of knowing when to stop before something unique becomes something tiresome.


Jun Falkenstein
Cheryl Abood
Jun Falkenstein
Story by
Eddie Guzelian
Based on characters created by
A.A. Milne
Makoto Arai
Yasunori Hayama
Art Director
Toby Bluth
Harry Gregson-Williams
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
©Disney Enterprises, Inc
Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures presents
Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation
Animation Production
Walt Disney Animation (Japan) Inc
Digital Producers
Doug Little
Karen Ferguson
Associate Producer
Jennifer Blohm
Executive in Charge of Production
Sharon Morrill Robinov
Production Associate
Mona Holtz
Production Supervisors
Ferrell Barron
Kristin Kakiuchi Rawnsley
Jennifer Lopez
Christopher Kracker
Marilyn Munro
Production Managers
Noriyuki Fukumaru
Brant Hawes
Mark Van Der Heide
Mark Bollinger
Craig Sawczuk
Ken Poteat
Continuity Checkers
Barbara Donatelli
Lynn Singer
Kathrin Victor
Voice Casting/Dialogue Director
Jamie Thomason
Talent Co-ordinators
Anne-Marie Pione
Aaron Drown
Script Co-ordinators
Leona Jernigan
Brian Sintay
Viki Anderson
Ken Boyer
Amber Tornquist Deforest
Holly Forsyth
Denise Koyama
Chris Otsuki
Additional Storyboarding
Keith Baxter
Sean Bishop
Barry Caldwell
Jason Lethcoe
Phillip Mosness
Floyd Norman
Cynthia Petrovik
David Prince
Leonard Robinson
Lead Colour Stylist
David A. Rodriguez
Digital Production Technical Director
Kentaro Takahashi
Composite Supervisor
Kousuke Arakawa
Toshiyuki Fukushima
Shunya Kimura
Katsuya Kozutsumi
Additional Compositors
Tracy Jones
Charlie Luce
Glo Minaya
Kimberly Rose
Andrew Schoentag
CGI Effects Supervisor
Shinji Nasu
CGI Effects Artists
Seiko Endoji
Ryoichi Ishigami
Ray King
Digital System Manager
Kotaro Beppu
Manager, Digital Technology
Kiyoto Todori
Manager, Studio Technology
Stephen Toback
Digital Film Services
Digital FilmWorks Inc
E Film
Supervising Animation Director
Kenichi Tsuchiya
Character Design
Chris Butler
Kimie Calvert
Robert Sledge
Vincent Woodcock
Character Design Clean-up
Kimie Calvert
Character Animation Directors
Takeshi Atomura
Hiroshi Kawamata
Character Key Animators
Yoshiharu Ashino
Ken Boyer
Atsuhiko Hara
Jeff Johnson
Isamitsu Kashima
Dave Kuhn
Creg E.S.C. Manwaring
Hiroko Minowa
Kiyomi Miyakawa
Hirofumi Nakata
Takayo Nishimura
Kazuhiro Ohmame
Masaru Oshiro
Chiharu Sato
Yoshiharu Sato
Atsushi Sekiguchi
Kazuko Shibata
Kouichi Suenaga
Sachiko Sugino
Yuri Takasaki
Kazuyoshi Takeuchi
Junpei Tatenaka
Yasuo Torii
Sachiko Wakabayashi
Shigeru Yamamoto
Shinichi Yoshikawa
Additional Animation
Tandem Films
Cornerstone Animation Inc
Studio Basara
Tama Production
Creative Capers Entertainment
Telecom Animation Film Co Ltd
Additional Animation
Terrence Bannon
Keith Baxter
Mike Bell
George Benavides
Rune Bennicke
Dan Boulos
Ronaldo Canfora
Wayne Carlisi
Mike D'Isa-Hogan
Jeff Etter
Ralph Fernan
Tim George
Ernie Gilbert
Patrick Gleeson
Chris Hubbard
Richard Jack
Kevin Johnson
Richard Jones
Ernie Keen
Michael Kiely
Chrystal Klabunde
Eric Koenig
Craig Maras
Bob McKnight
Mike Nguyen
John Nunnemacher
Dan O'Sullivan
Ralph Palmer
John Pomeroy
Bill Recinos
Dean Roberts
Carolyn J. Sarachene
Andy Schmidt
Kexx Singleton
Robert Sledge
Derek Thompson
Greg Tiernan
Roger Vizard
Andreas Von Adrian
Todd Waterman
Larry D. Whitaker Jr
Gabriele Zucchelli
Supervising Effects Animation Director
Madoka Yasuet
Additional Effects Animation
Dave Bossert
John Dillon
Joey Mildenberger
Kevin O'Neil
Gary Sole
Character Layout Supervisor
Dave Kuhn
Character Layout Artists
Ken Boyer
Jeff Johnson
Greg Manwaring
Craig Maras
John Nunnemacher
Dan O'Sullivan
Robert Sledge
Additional Character Layout
Roy Meurin
Background Layout Artists
Arlan Jewell
Christopher Morley
Colette van Mierlo
Wallace Williamson
Key Background Stylists
Toby Bluth
Barbara Schade
Background Supervisor
Hiroshi Ohno
Studio Fuga
Kazuo Nagai
Akihito Fujimori
Naoto Hoshino
Masami Horii
Hiromichi Ito
Kumiko Ohno
Studio Moonflower
Masatoshi Kenmochi
Kinya Tsubota
Tomoko Herai
Toshiharu Mizutani
Additional Background Artists
Toby Bluth
Barbara Schade
Rita Joyce
Ink & Paint Supervisor
Naomi Tazawa
Supervising Film Editor
Robert Fisher jr
Additional Editing
John Royer
Key Location Design
Arlan Jewell
Christopher Morley
Colette Van Mierlo
Wallace Williamson
Title Design
Susan Bradley
Buena Vista Imaging
Score Music Programming
Steve Jablonsky
Score Conductor
Nick Glennie-Smith
Songs Arranger/Orchestrator
Martin Erskine
Score Orchestrators
Bruce Fowler
Ladd McIntosh
Supervising Music Editors
Richard Whitfield
Sherry Whitfield
Dominick Certo
Music Mixers
Michael Farrow
Frank Wolf
Cary Butler
Bill Jackson
Ross Pallone
"The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers", "Someone Like Me""; "The Whoop-de-Dooper-Bounce", "Pooh's Lullabee", "Round My Family Tree"; "How to Be a Tigger" by Jim Cummings (Tigger/Winnie the Pooh), Kath Soucie (Kanga), Nikita Hopkins (Roo), Andre Stojka (Owl), Peter Cullen (Eeyore), John Fiedler (Piglet), chorus: Bobbi Page, Randy Crenshaw, Michael Geiger, Geoff Koch, Rick Logan, Lauren Wood; "Your Heart Will Lead You Home" by Kenny Loggins, chorus: Rosemary Butler, Gary Falcone, Wendy Fraser, Jonnie Hall, Mollie Hall, Dorian Holley, Cord Jackman, Luana Jackman, Raven Kane, Brian Lassiter, Stephen Lively, Richard Lucchese, Arnold McCuller, Bobbi Page, Brandon Pollard, Andrea Robinson, Laura Schillinger, Sophie Schwartz, Stephanie Spruill, Tiffany Takara Greer, Carmen Twillie, Terry Wood, Ayana Williams
Steve Kohler
Re-recording Mixers
Elliot Tyson
Tom Dahl
Andy D'Addario
Mel Metcalfe
Supervising Sound Editor
Louis L. Edemann
Sound Editors
Ron Eng
Rick Franklin
Leonard Geschke
Chuck Neely
Howard Neiman
Ken Dufva
Joan Rowe
Lee Tinkham
Live Action
SimEx Digital Studios
Nick Bates
Director of Photography:
Allen Daviau
Michelle Gannes
Bob McGinness
Allen Yamashita
Animation Director:
Jean Perramon
Animation Producer:
Christina Cox
CGI Artist:
Christian Hatfield
Voice Cast
Jim Cummings
Tigger/Winnie the Pooh
Nikita Hopkins
Ken Sansom
John Fiedler
Peter Cullen
Andre Stojka
Kath Soucie
Tom Attenborough
Christopher Robin
Frank Welker
additional voices
John Hurt
Buena Vista International (UK)
6,942 feet
77 minutes 8 seconds
Dolby Digital/DTS/SDDS
In Colour
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Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011