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Piglet's Big Movie

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Not very interesting, imaginative, or exciting.
  • Review Date: July 27, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 70 minutes

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Educational value

Brings to the screen three original A.A. Milne stories for the first time. It also introduces a scrapbook as a way of holding on to memories that are important.

Positive messages

Piglet's Big Movie stresses the value of being useful, helpful, and then appreciated for your efforts. Size doesn’t matter -- even the smallest of us has a purpose.

 

Positive role models

No villains here, except for some angry bees whose hive has been disturbed. All the Pooh characters are good-natured, loyal, and honest. Kanga, a motherly kangaroo, is the only female character in all of the early Pooh stories.

Violence & scariness

Some modestly suspenseful incidents in which beloved Pooh characters are in jeopardy. Piglet encounters the most danger: bumps and falls, hanging from a tree limb, getting stuck in a boot. Everyone is chased by angry bees, gets in trouble in a river, and experiences tumbles and falls throughout. There are further anxious moments when Piglet thinks his friends are in trouble, when Piglet wrongfully assumes that Kanga intends to eat him, and when Piglet's memory book appears to be destroyed.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The DVD contains 10 trailers for other Disney films.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how we can let those we care about know they are appreciated, about the importance of making plans, and about making memory books to help us keep our happiest moments close at hand.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 21, 2003
DVD release date:July 29, 2003
Cast:Jim Cummings, John Fiedler, Peter Cullen
Director:Francis Glebas
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Friendship
Run time:70 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:General Audiences

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Adult Written bynduns May 19, 2010

Once again, the Pooh fanboy in me tells me I can't dislike this

And this time it was difficult. I liked the idea and the message behind the whole thing, but first of all, a lot of the old wit wasn't quite there and there were moments where the characters came across as jerks, most notably in the first scene where Piglet is the whole reason the honey-snatching plan works and he gets NO credit whatsoever.
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Educator and Parent Written byMelmum July 28, 2015

Normalizes Kidnapping!

In the story about Kanga and Roo moving into the neighborhood, all the characters are afraid of them because they are new. Rabbit concocts a plan to get them to leave by kidnapping Roo and holding him for the "ransom" of Kanga agreeing to leave the forest. They carry out the plan, and while they learn not to be afraid of the newcomers, they do succeed in the kidnapping. I found it shocking, but it was a good opportunity to talk to my kids about "tricky people" and how it's never ok for an anyone to take you away from your parents/guardians. The movie is otherwise boring and disappointing.
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Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow April 23, 2012

Very nice, some adventurous themes

This was a great Pooh film, and putting Piglet as the main character was a great idea. But, like The Tigger Movie, it has explored some elements from Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, in terms of it's "adventurous" theme near the end, so I suppose parents should keep an eye on that. But I find this to be an improvement over The Tigger Movie in terms of it's sweetness and fun. I enjoyed it's adventure themes, and the characters provide great role models for their kindness and bravery. Very good!
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