Volume 93, Issue 76
Tuesday, February 15, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Tigger loses his bounce for adult audiences
Disney Enterprises, Inc.
By Anthea Rowe
Once again, Disney has succeeded at cranking out another blandly happy G-rated flick.
The Tigger Movie follows the same basic pattern as its Pooh predecessors a narrator reads a storybook tale containing both a moral lesson and a happy ending, both of which are completely obvious from the beginning. Yes, it's a predictable day in the Hundred-Acre Wood.
The film features the usual cast of characters: the spastic Tigger, the pontificating Owl, the reliably neurotic Rabbit, the mother-and-son team of Kanga and Roo and of course, the beloved Winnie the Pooh.
The plot of the film revolves around Tigger's bumbling desire to find his long-lost family. The intended simplicity of the story is overridden by the rushed and sometimes unintelligible words of the main character, Tigger. Imagine the impact the phrase, "I'm invitatin' my whole fadamily to a cel-e-ber-a-shee-un!" might have on a five year-old's vocabulary. Couple this with the "Wupedy-duper, lupedy-luper, alley-ooper Tigger Bounce" and one can almost hear English teachers and professors the world over sending up a collective series of groans.
As expected of any Disney movie, four out of the five musical pieces here are nothing more than filler. With the help of its vivid allusions to other movies, texts and art forms, only one number stands out dramatically from the rest of the film. While Tigger is singing earnestly about his family, an array of images flash quickly across the screen, visuals aimed at a much older audience than five year-olds.
Artists such as Salvatore Dali, Van Gogh and the painting of "Whistler's Mother" are featured, while more modern figures like Marilyn Monroe, The Rockettes and Austin Powers also make appearances. The list goes on, but because the images are so fleeting, it is impossible to identify and process them all. This unexpected interlude is a welcome change from the childish, predictable norm and is definitely the high point of the movie.
Ever dependable, Disney has made no adaptations to the characters' appearances or voices. They are drawn exactly the same as they were 10 years ago and it's nice to know that some things don't change. Judging by Pooh's popularity as a kind of cult classic among teens and 20 year-olds, Disney has probably realized they shouldn't mess with a good thing.
Unfortunately, this also means their voices are as annoying as ever. Pooh sounds like a lobotomy patient who didn't fully recover, Owl's voice is reminiscent of that terribly dry professor we've all had at least once in our lives and Eeyore's ponderous sighs make him sound like he's two seconds away from throwing himself on something sharp and ending it all.
The audience's reaction to the film was less than dramatic. Little kids laughed at the slapstick comedy and one strange man just laughed whenever Eeyore talked, but all in all, the movie didn't inspire much of a reaction in anyone positive or negative.
If you have a five year-old niece or nephew you really want to spend some time with, head to The Tigger Movie. But if you're a 20 year-old Pooh fan, save yourself the mind-numbing hour and a half and buy yourself a Pooh bath mat or coffee mug instead.
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