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Review by Susan Granger
3 stars out of 4
Poor Piglet! Until now, being the most diminutive of Winnie the Pooh's
circle of friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, he's never received the attention he
deserved. Which is why his very own story is so important - with emotional
relevance for the tiny tots who comprise its audience.
The playfully gentle story begins as the Pooh crew - Tigger, Eeyore,
Owl, Kanga, Rabbit, and Roo - start off on a 'honey harvest.' Piglet's deeply
hurt when he's told he's too small to help. But when the meek little pink fellow
in his red-and-black striped jersey and trademark scarf disappears, Pooh and the
gang turn to his scrapbook for clues to try and find him. In the process, they
discover that this "Very Small Animal" - shy, quiet and insecure - has had a
huge impact on their lives. In many ways, he's a hero. It's particularly
enchanting when the characters' own crayon still-life drawings come to life as
they reminisce about their porcine pal in Pooh Corner.
Inspired by A.A. Milne's stories, this is the second original Pooh
feature created for the big-screen, following "The Tigger Movie." Directed by
Francis Glebas, it features 78 year-old John Fiedler, who's been voicing
Piglet's little-boy squeak since the 1960s, while Carly Simon provides a big
bonus with her beguilingly contemporary songs: "If I Wasn't So Small," "Mother's
Intuition," "The More I Look Inside," "With a Few Good Friends" and "Sing Ho for
the Life of a Bear," which the singer/songwriter adapted from Milne's own words.
The old-fashioned, mostly hand-drawn animation was done by Walt Disney Animation
Japan (WDAJ). On the Granger 'Tiny Tots' Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Piglet's Big
Movie" is a warm, whimsical 7, teaching important lessons about loyalty and that
it doesn't take somebody big to do big things.
Copyright © 2003 Susan Granger