Director: Jun Falkenstein
Starring: Jim Cummings, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Sansom, John Fiedler, Peter Cullen, Andre Stojka
Narrator: John Hurt
MPAA Rating: G
Distributed by: Walt Disney Video
Release Date: August 21, 2012
Running Time: 77 minutes
Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars
When it comes to anything to do with Winnie the Pooh and his friends at the 100 acre woods immediately count me in. I remember seeing this film in the theaters 12 years ago. This film took Tigger as his sets out looking through the hundred-acre-wood to find his family. I thought it was cute then but I absolutely loved it now. Maybe it was the fact that I was watching it with my 3 month old daughter who was having a blast, especially whenever Eeyore came on the screen. Maybe it was the stunning Blu-ray presentation from Disney. Also if anyone is watching with kids, I would recommend pausing the film since it comes with a wonderful intermission presentation. Pausing a movie has never been more fun with cute interactive activities for kids to enjoy during bathroom or sneak break. I think every kids film should have something like this… brilliant!
This isn’t the only film released out of the vault though. Besides this film, August 21st saw the release seven animated films over five different Blu-ray, including “The Aristocats”, “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure”, “The Rescuers & The Rescuers Down Under” and “Pocahontas & Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World”. Disney if you are reading this, this would have also been a great time to bring other similar titles like “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”, “Piglet’s Big Movie” and “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” to Blu-ray as well (hint-hint)…just sayin’. Overall all Disney fans should definitely not miss this release. Can I stress definitely not to miss?
This Blu-ray is being released as a two-disc set including the Blu-ray and also a DVD copy of the film. Like I mentioned, “The Tigger Movie” looks absolutely stunning on Blu-ray and completely trumps its past DVD releases. It’s 1080p video transfer is very bright and colorful, I have never seen the hundred acre woods look some fantastic and its inhabitants. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio surround track works really well, especially with the film’s songs. Overall it is just “fun, fun, fun, fun, fun” in the words of Tigger.
The special features though are a good but just a bit of a let down, even though they were at least presented in HD. “A Tigger Tale” is a short roundtable with the filmmakers chatting about Winnie the Pooh, his friends and the development of the this feature. “Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” include ten Winnie the Pooh mini-movies narrated by John Cleese. But for those that don’t realize they are actually just re-used scenes from “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” and “The Tigger Movie”. Lastly there is a Sing-Along Song for “Round My Family Tree,” as sung by Tigger and a Music Video for “Your Heart Will Lead You Home,” by Kenny Loggins.