MOVIE REVIEW: Piglet's
Big Movie not full of Pooh
Piglet's Big Movie (animated)
Featuring the voices of: John Fiedler, Peter Cullen, James Cummings
Directed by: Francis Glebas
Songs by: Carly Simon
By Jessica Burgess
Yes, this is a student newspaper, and, yes, this is a review of Piglet's
Big Movie it's likely that at least a few Gazette readers
will be going to see it. Why? Because anything Winnie the Pooh-related
has two major audiences: four-year-olds, and university girls with a Piglet,
Pooh or Tigger fetish. Whether this kind of behaviour is a mild case of
arrested development or a sign of deeper issues, is hard to say
but Disney is laughing all the way to the bank.
Piglet's Big Movie doesn't have much of a plot, or any state-of-the-art
real-life animation. There is no villain, no struggle between good and
evil and most certainly no romance. That said, this is still a good movie
which has a lot to say about the importance of friendship and loyalty.
The film has lots of similarities with the original Disney adaptation
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The voice of Piglet is
still John Fiedler, the flat animation looks the same and the colours
are still dull. The pace is slow and simple, and it was a refreshing change
from the typical overwhelmingly sappy Disney fare. Unfortunately, the
deep narrator's voice has been replaced with Carly Simon's cheesy friendship
songs. The songs have a jazzy, modern tempo which don't seem to fit with
the simple visuals.
The movie starts out with Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit and Eeyore trying to trick some bees into leaving their hive, in order to get the "hunny." Piglet is excluded from the plan because he is too small and would just get in the way. Piglet then wanders around the Hundred Acre Wood by himself, feeling left out and useless. Some time later, Pooh and friends realize Piglet is missing and try to find him at his house. Piglet is nowhere to be found, but they find his scrapbook of memories. The rest of the movie is a montage of memories that are based on the actual writings of A.A. Milne.
The strength of the film lies in its characters. Kids are likely to "get" this movie because it mimics playground politics someone gets left out, someone's feelings get hurt, etc.. Piglet and his friends paint a fairly accurate portrait of postmodern life: single mom Kanga, depressed Eeyore, obsessive over-eater Pooh, manic Tigger, over-compensative brainiac Rabbit and neurotic Piglet.
The movie is short (75 minutes), but probably the perfect length for impatient
kids. Compared to the very "real" animation by Dreamworks and
Pixar, the retro style of this movie really can't compete. But for those
who long for the days when animation was simpler, and when it was merely
a few drawings magically brought to life through basic animation techniques
instead of computer-generated special effects Piglet's
Big Movie is a brief reminder of those days.