My opinion right after watching movie
My opinion right after watching the film is that they actually put effort for once in a Winnie the Pooh film. I like how they changed the focus to another character, and actually made it dramatic for once. It is nice to see some conflict in the film.
This film was made in Japan, which was pretty rare with the canon. Apparently the original voice actor Paul Winchell (who was in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh) was supposed to be in the film, but his voice was too old, so he was replaced by Jim Cummings.
The film starts with the narrator explaining about Christopher Robin (Tom Attenborough) and his best friend Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings), only for Tigger (Jim Cummings) to cut him off, sick of every story being about Pooh, and not himself.
So entering the story, Tigger is hopping around the Hundred Acre Woods, going through all of their houses, only to wreck some of their stuff. He somehow eventually accidentally causes a huge rock to fall on Eeyore (Peter Cullen) ‘s house, and he continues to ruin things all around the town. Rabbit (Ken Sansom) snaps on him, and they all are sadly tired of Tingger’s tigger antics, and he realizes that he is different from them.
The two of them decide to pay a visit to Owl (Andre Stojka) to ask about family trees, and after knocking some pictures, he puts them back as Owl rants about his own family tree. Tigger decides to look profusely for his family of Tiggers (with Roo)’s help, but to no avail.
Tigger continues to sing, and we soon learn that he is…. actually…. building….. a….. tree; a….. literal…. family… tree. They find a heart shaped locket, expecting it for it to be a family heirloom, but when they eventually open it up, there is no picture, which saddens Tigger. Roo suggests that Tigger writes a letter to contact them. The others are looking for Tigger and his family, but confuses a bunch of animals with stripes for him, like bees and frogs.
The next morning, Tigger gets a letter (which Owl, Kanga and Roo forged) from his family, saying that they are coming to visit tomorrow (which he read between the lines), causing him to sing a musical number about all of his Tigger family in the world. Now they all have to plan a party, and Roo wants to tell Tigger the truth about the letter, as he is planning a place for his family to stay, and is doing the most for preparations for their visit. The entire crew decides to dress up like Tiggers, so he will believe in the schtick.
Everyone of course goes out to look for him, while Tigger goes after his locket through the snow, and accidentally finds his “family tree”, which he of course soon realizes is false, and starts to cry. The others find him sitting sadly on the tree, and Rabbit tells him to forget about finding his family, which annoys Tigger. An avalanche soon appears, an he saves them all, only to be caught in it himself.
Roo somehow ends up saving Tigger, and Christopher Robin conveniently shows up, and they all recite the letter that Tigger lost, causing the latter to find out that they are his family and everything was false. They go to Tigger’s home (I believe), and he gives his BFF Roo the locket, and they all take a family picture.
I have not put any pictures for the Winnie the Pooh franchise in this section of any review, and I am not going to do it now. Kanga and Roo are given more focus, and keep on re-establishing what family is to the audience, and Tigger is given a lot more dimension, and we saw some insecurity of him in this film. All of the others are the exact same, but that is not a bad thing.
The animation in the film is a lot better than it was in the other films, partially because it was because this film is a theatrical release. Everything is very clear, and the color is bold without being over the top. It looks like Winnie the Pooh animation, but better.
When it comes to the music, it is the exact same music as all of the other films. I know I am repeating what I have been saying between all of these Winnie the Pooh films, but do you blame me? You can only say so much about a franchise where little to no change in any aspect takes place.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on February 11th, 2000, it made $45,554,533 domestically, and $50,605,267 overseas, making a total amount of $96,159,800 .
With the awards, it was nominated for a bunch of awards, but it did not win any. The film did get mixed reviews though.
From what I have been noticing, people see this film as one of the better films in the canon, but it is not one of the best. It is one of the more memorable films in the franchise.
29.5/40 = 74%