A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Piglet's' Big Movie includes three of A.A. Milne's original stories ("In Which A House is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore" "In Which Kanga and Roo Come to the Forest," and "In Which Christopher Robin Leads An Expedition To The North Pole") framed by the tale of Piglet's struggle to realize his purpose in life. The film has some brief sad moments which are quickly resolved, and some mild cartoon peril (stumbles, tumbles, a raging waterfall, angry bees) after which everything turns out well. The most sensitive younger children might momentarily believe that characters have been hurt or lost.
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What's the story?
Little Piglet, the smallest of the creatures who live together in the Hundred Acre Wood, wishes that he could help his friends Pooh, Rabbit, and Tigger. But there is no place for him in their big plan to capture some honey by redirecting the bees to a new hive, so he wanders off by himself. When his friends realize that Piglet is missing, they understand for the first time how important he is to them. They search for him, using his book of memories to help them think of places he might be. The pictures in Piglet's book remind them of happy times together and all that Piglet did to help them along the way.
Is it any good?
PIGLET'S BIG ADVENTURE is not very interesting, imaginative, engaging, or exciting, but at least it avoids being too sugary. And it is truer to the stories and spirit of the original books by A.A. Milne than some of Disney's Pooh videos. It is suitable for children as young as 4, which is a relief in an era where even PG movies contain material that might be unsuitable for middle schoolers.
Kids will laugh at the slapstick. And there are a couple of brief moments of animation that rise above the straight-to-video level.
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