For the second feature-length movie based on AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh characters (The Tigger Movie came first in 2000), Piglet takes centre stage. He’s unhappy because Pooh, Rabbit and pals don’t include him in their hunt for honey as he is too small, so he runs away, leaving the others to use his scrapbook filled with memories (cue flashbacks of Piglet’s adventures) to track the little pig down.
Clearly meant to make the littlest members of the audience feel they are important, even when they are very small, this is well-meaning but pretty dull stuff – Piglet isn’t really lost, and while the troupe try and figure out where he may be, the audience already knows everything is really okay, for starters. And perhaps the movie’s biggest flaw is simply that Piglet is the least interesting (and most needy!) resident of Hundred Acre Wood – so couldn’t the Disney animators have done The Tigger Movie Part II instead?
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