Piglet's Big Movie
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The movie begins with Piglet (John Fiedler (I)) drawing in his memory book as the rest of the gang walks past on an adventure. Piglet sees them and follows only to find out that he is too 'small' (this is the point of the emphasis on 'BIG' in the title) to be of any help in Pooh's (Jim Cummings) plan to get more honey with the help of Tigger (also Jim Cummings), Eeyore (Peter Cullen), and Rabbit (Ken Sansom). Suddenly the plan goes haywire and Piglet is the one to save the day but no one notices.
Feeling left out, Piglet leaves the successful adventurers feeling under appreciated only to be able to help several small animals in the hundred-acre wood. Realizing he can be of help, he heads back to the adventurers but doesn't find them so he embarks on a journey to look for them.
When the honey adventurers' success turns into a disaster they end up fleeing back to Piglet's house for safety. When they realize he isn't there they decide to go find him. Striking upon a rather 'brilliant' means of tracking Piglet, they decide to use his memory book to locate him ("It's a memory book, it will remember where he is"). As they go along they encounter the rest of the characters as they recount the different adventures they have had and Piglet's vital role in all of them.
Eventually they find Piglet, or rather he finds them, and it is in the nick of time as they desperately need someone to help them save Pooh. Piglet does and they are all happy to tell him how much they care about him, turning the movie into a tribute to Piglet.
The meaning of friendship isn't very deeply hidden beneath any surfaces in this movie. As a matter of fact it's downright obvious. Which is probably a good idea seeing as how this movie is aimed at kids.Read more ›
The storyline is very gentle, and the feelings evoked by the themes are very familiar to small children (being too small, not being noticed, being lost and frightened). Each short story within the film was carefully chosen and fit perfectly with the overall theme. The search for Piglet and his magical scrapbook tie them all together seamlessly. The folksy Carly Simon music may not be some people's first choice, but it just works somehow in this movie. Just right.
This movie has just the right amount of humor and excitement to hold a young child's interest without overkill. There were a couple of initial moments of nervousness for our 2 and 4 year old, when the bees were chasing Pooh and his friends, and again when Kanga gives Piglet a bath and Piglet is clearly terrified. My children have since relaxed, as they now understand these scenes a little better, but it may help to explain what's happening to little ones.
Big Movie is predictable but that's precisely what little ones really want. There are some nice extras tacked on to the DVD. While Big Movie doesn't measure up to the best in the Pooh series, it has a number of charming and memorable moments that little ones will enjoy. No one dies, is murdered, chases someone else in a car, is abused or put in jail. That along with the Carly Simon contribution makes Piglet's Big Movie a nice, quiet family film that little ones can enjoy and parents don't have to fret about. While it's inoffensive quality may make it bland to some, bland is ok to some extend (at least its not The Care Bears)and the characters are always quirky and fun. It's a rarity in the kids market.
Piglet gets the big focus here (with longtime Piglet voice John Fiedler shining like the Northern Lights), with all of his friends who are usually so wrapped up in their own plans and misadventures to really notice the influence and help The Small One actually gives them.
Pitch-perfect from start to finish, the movie gives all characters a time to shine. Pay no attention to the Amazon review which accuses it of being saccharine and plundering from A.A. Milne's books... All of the stories spring forth from Milne's actual literature, including the so-call "offensive" skit in which Rabbit freaks out over the arrival of Kanga and Roo. (and look for the golden moment in which they come across Rabbit's picture in Piglet's memory book.)
"Piglet's Big Movie" is a wonderful reminder that a world harsh and unfeeling can also give birth to Pooh Bear and his friends. It's hard to remain dry-eyed when Piglet finally comes home, and sees how important he actually is.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Anyone who doesn't think so is made of stone.
Most recent customer reviews
Great "Pooh" movie. Ok for me as I have a region free dvd player but for those that dont this is a region 2 dvd and wont play on North American players.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This movie will not play in any of our DVD players. It says format not compatible. (I gave a few stars for prompt delivery)Published 19 months ago by Jamaicawild
Item was in good condition for a used item. It plays. Seller kept me in the loop of when item would be shipped, but still fell a few days short of delivery date.Published on Nov. 5 2011 by Stellar13
My 23 month old loves to watch this movie and will sit still through most of the story. We enjoy the songs and she will ask to see this many times. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Stephanie
My daughter loves this movie! We bought it when she was four months old. It was one of the few things that would soothe her when she was upset. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by badpuddytat
I beleive this movie is excellent. Animation is impecable and very close to original, voices are very close to original (except for Eyore) and a very good storyline. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by C. Chung
I love this movie and our 3 and 9 year old really like it too. In this age of bad influences, this movie teaches good values of helpfulness and friendship and caring. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Bear watcher
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