PIGLET’S BIG MOVIE is absolutely adorable. If you’ve become slightly cynical about animation, especially children’s cartoons from well-known sources, PIGLET’S BIG MOVIE is the cure. Not only was it well crafted, but they tested it before the right audience – the filmmaker’s child’s first grade class. Based on this discerning group, they cured the movie of any and all problems.
The movie starts out with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Rabbit trying to trick a bunch of bees into leaving their hive so that they can get Pooh’s favorite food, honey. When Piglet comes along, they tell him he’s too small to help. However, when the bees get angry, unbeknownst to his friends, Piglet is the one who saves the day. Needless to say, they don’t notice, and Piglet goes off into the 100-acre wood feeling rejected – too little to help anyone.
In the woods, Piglet helps a little bird find its nest and helps several other animals as well, failing to realize that he actually is a constant help to everyone around him. Soon Pooh and others realize that Piglet is gone. They go to his house and find his “Book of Remembrances,” a book with drawings of some of their most famous adventures. They decide to find Piglet by following the book to each of the adventurous spots in the hundred acres wood. As they recall each adventure, they realize it was really Piglet’s adventure; such as, getting to know Kanga and her little son, Roo, finding the North Pole in the hundred acre wood, and building a house at Pooh Corner for Eeyore. When they lose the book in a stream, they go back to Piglet’s and create drawings of all the wonderful things Piglet has done, even portraying this compassionate, loving Piglet in full armor – suggesting the armor of God.
Piglet, as a matter of fact, seems to reflect the great definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13:3-13, since he never thinks of himself, he’s always humble, always caring for others, and always patient. Eventually, of course, good triumphs, and the ending is enough to make even the most hardhearted reviewer cry.
This wonderful animated movie is deeply enhanced by Carly Simon’s songs. The animation is traditional and winsome, a delight to all the children at the 10:00 Saturday morning screening. The voices are well conceived. Tagged by Walt Disney himself to play Piglet, legendary character actor John Fiedler still makes a fantastic Piglet. Each character has tremendous personality, and each character reflects the foibles of real human beings. Owl pontificates, Rabbit starts out being negative but always comes around, and Pooh is pure love with a hungry stomach. Each one has distinct personalities, yet the distinctions are positive and not demeaning. The whole creative team behind PIGLET’S BIG MOVIE needs to be congratulated.
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Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO
Buena Vista Distribution Co.
(Walt Disney Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood, Miramax, & Touchstone Pictures)
Dick Cook, Chairman
Walt Disney Pictures
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Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
(BBB, CCC, V) Moral Christian worldview featuring self sacrifice, love, compassion, and all the cardinal virtues; no foul language; some action moments such as Piglet and Pooh caught on the end of a log, hanging over a waterfall, bees chase Pooh and his friends, but nothing terribly frightening; no sex; no human nudity; and, nothing else objectionable.