Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Jim Cummings, Chloe Moretz, Ken Sansom, Travis Oates, Peter Cullen
Series: a My Friends Tigger & Pooh movie
Release Date: 6 April 2010
Length: 70 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: TV
My Rating: 3/5 stars
“This engaging animated feature based on the popular “My Friends Tigger & Pooh” television series chronicles the adventures of the Hundred Acre Wood gang as they follow a shooting star that lands in the middle of Rabbit’s garden. Soon Rabbit’s vegetables grow to enormous proportions, and when Pooh, Tigger, Darby and her trusty pooch, Buster, sample the produce, they develop some super-duper powers.” — Netflix.com
All right, embarrassing confession time: I enjoy watching My Friends Tigger & Pooh on The Disney Channel. Alone. By myself. With no children. I can’t help it! Winnie the Pooh has been one of my favorite Disney characters ever since I saw The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh when I was a little girl. He has gone through several incarnations over the years and My Friends Tigger & Pooh is just the latest version Disney has come up with. In it, Darby is a little girl who goes to the Hundred Acre Woods and plays with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Roo, and all of the others. Darby, Tigger & Pooh are the Super Sleuths. They are on call to investigate any mystery in the area and do their best to help everyone out.
This is the first feature-length Super Sleuths cartoon that I have seen. Most of them are about 10 minutes long and this one is about an hour so it was fun to see something that was a little bit longer. In this episode, Rabbit uses a super-growing potion on his vegetables to make them huge. When Buster, Darby’s dog, eats some of the vegetables, he becomes a super digger. Tigger tries it and gets super strength. Pooh gets super long-distance vision. Darby doesn’t think that she gets any super power, but then discovers she can fly! With their super powers, they are now the best Super Sleuths ever! But how long will their powers last? And will they still be the best Super Sleuths when they lose their super powers?
I thought this was a cute little adventure for younger children. This episode teaches children viewers about using their skills to work together to solve mysteries and that you don’t need to be anyone extraordinary or have super powers to be able to help those around you. Most of the mysteries that the Super Sleuths solve are not complicated or hard to figure out for adults, but they are legitimate mysteries for children who are curious about the world around them. The animation is done in a CGI style, which took me a while to get used to, but now I like it. Everything is animated in a cute, bright, fun way for children and is very inviting. If you have younger children at home, or just like to watch Winnie the Pooh, this is a good series to watch in the mornings on The Disney Channel. A few of the episodes, including this one, are available to rent or buy on DVD as well.
This movie is recommended for viewers of all ages.