Piglet’s Big Movie (2003) – movie review

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Movie Review by Vivienne Messenger

Starring (voices of): Jim Cummings, John Fiedler, Ken Sansom, Nikita Hopkins, Kath Soucie

Director: Francis Glebas

Just in case there’s any doubt in your minds – Piglet is the fearful one and in PIGLET’S BIG MOVIE Piglet’s timidity is highlighted by his friends Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit and Eeyore when they exclude him from their plan for a honey heist because they think he will be too scared and get in the way. On the contrary though as the plan unfolds had it not been for Piglet’s quick thinking and fast reflexes Pooh wouldn’t have got his honey. Unfortunately this irony is lost on his friends. Thus feeling dejected and left out Piglet disappears during the skirmish that follows when Pooh and co are chased by the angry bees, who see only too clearly that Piglet is one of the key targets for their revenge.

Seeking refuge in Piglet’s house, Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit and Eeyore only then discover that Piglet is missing. But don’t worry they find Piglet’s scrapbook of ‘memories’ and use the pictures Piglet has collected inside as a ‘map’ to locate their lost friend. And so their quest begins…

Walt Disney’s latest offering is certainly entertaining and Christopher Robin as well as Kanga and Roo all feature in the movie. Interspersed with some very comical scenes children will definitely find Pooh and co’s escapades amusing. Backed up with the excellent voice talents of regulars Jim Cummings (Winnie The Pooh, Tigger), John Fiedler (Piglet), Ken Sansom (Rabbit), Peter Cullen (Eeyore), Andre Stojka (Owl), Kath Soucie (Kanga), and Nikita Hopkins (Roo), newcomer Tom Wheatley voices Christopher Robin. Artist Carly Simon has written and performs several new songs on the soundtrack. Don’t forget to watch the credits at the end which are innovatively done and will keep you in your seats for a little longer.

Wonderfully animated to Disney’s usual high standard, PIGLET’S BIG MOVIE is a definite treat and only the mums and dads in tow may find it a little slow in places because umm… Pooh, though an extremely thoughtful bear can be a very slow thinker, much to Rabbit’s despair and Tigger’s bouncing ‘enfusiasm’.

4 out of 6 stars