My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Hundred Acre Wood Haunt (2008)
Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Series: My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Starring: Kimberlea Berg, Jim Cummings, Ken Sansom, Travis Oates, Peter Cullen
Director: David Hartman, Don MacKinnon
Release Date: 2 September 2008
Length: 72 minutes
Movie Rating: G
View Format: DVD
Related Reviews: My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Bedtime with Pooh; My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths
Join Pooh, Tigger, Darby and the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood on six fun-filled adventures! Use your own super sleuthing skills to answer the questions and pick up on the clues to help the gang and solve the mystery.
“Super-Sized Darby” – When Darby (voice by Kimberlea Berg ) accidentally gets sprayed with Rabbit’s (voice by Ken Sansom) new Insta-Go Grow Potion, she grows so big that she is taller than the trees! At first, Darby’s height and super speed help the sleuths solve cases, but she soon learns that she can’t play with her friends, eat enough food to not be hungry or lots of other normal activities because she is too big! This cartoon should help children appreciate their small size, even though they may not always like being the shortest in the room! It will also be fun for them to imagine what it would be like to be huge like Darby!
“Piglet’s Lightning Frightening” – Piglet (voice by Travis Oates) makes a picnic lunch for the Super Sleuths to say thank you for all of the nice things they do, but a sudden rainstorm drives them inside. When it starts thundering and the lightning slashes across the sky, Piglet is so scared that he hides under the bed! Can the Super Sleuths help Piglet have fun during the storm? This is the perfect cartoon to show to little ones who get a bit nervous during loud storms. There is a clever little song about the cool percussion sounds that thunder makes and a fun game with silly faces to play during the lightning flashes. Ultimately, we learn that friends can help you through your biggest fears.
“Eeyore’s Trip to the Moon” – Eeyore (voice by Peter Cullen) has always wanted to try rolling around in moon clover, but he doesn’t know how to get up to the moon! When Darby finds a moon-shaped rock on the ground and the rest of the Super Sleuths decide that they must find a way to return the rock to the moon so that it is whole again. Now Eeyore can tag along inside the moon rocket and fulfill his dream while Darby and Tigger (voice by Jim Cummings) repair the moon! This cartoon was one of my favorites on the DVD and it was just so cute! Eeyore doesn’t often get a good story in the Winnie the Pooh series so it was really fun to see him so happy and excited to roll around in moon clover. Children will get a giggle out of the antics of Pooh (voice by Jim Cummings)trying to act as mission control on the ground and Tigger trying to justify that the Hundred Acre Wood is now the moon. This cartoon is very clever and a joy to watch – just keep an eye out for the sneaky moon woosels!
“The Incredible Shrinking Roo” – Roo (voice by Max Burkholder) is so excited to be measured after summer is over! Roo is positive that he is taller now, but when they measure him against the same sunflower, it shows that Roo is actually shorter than the beginning of summer – he’s not growing, he’s shrinking! Roo drinks a whole honey pot full of milk, stretches, wears one of Tigger’s shirts so he has plenty of room to grow, and lays out in the sun and has water sprinkled over him like a plant, but nothing works. When Darby starts thinking about it, she realizes that it isn’t Roo that is getting smaller – the sunflower is getting taller! This is a cute cartoon about getting taller and all of the things that everyone encourages you to do to make it happen: Eat your fruits and vegetables, drink your milk, exercise, stretch, buy clothes a little big so you can grow into them, etc. Children will definitely be familiar with all of these recommendations as all of the adults in their lives are constantly reminding them what to do to grow bigger! The ending was a cute surprise and should help children realize that there is really not much you can do to grow taller – just be healthy and happy with the size you are!
“Eeyore’s Home Sweet Home” – When Eeyore’s house is accidentally squashed during a game of Pooh Kicks, the Super Sleuths make helping Eeyore their task for the day. They decide that, instead of repairing Eeyore’s old house, they will find something brand new – and better! Children will definitely find something to laugh at as they see Eeyore try to fit into all of the homes that the Super Sleuths find for him! This cartoon teaches children the valuable lesson that different types of homes work for different types of people. Not everyone likes the same things or has the same skills so we have to accept people as they are and help them find where they belong.
“Rabbit’s Prized Pumpkin” – Rabbit is concerned that something will damage his perfect pumpkin so he asks the Super Sleuths to take care of his valuable vegetable. But what is the best way to protect a pumpkin? They can’t stand around in Rabbit’s pumpkin patch all day and all night so they have to come up with a way to keep the pumpkin safe, yet still let it grow! This cartoon helps children develop critical thinking skills to solve problems. There are many ways that you could protect Rabbit’s pumpkin and the Sleuths go through most of the obvious solutions, but these solutions will only be obvious to adults, not necessarily to children. This one is not quite as cute or funny, but it does have some great lessons in it!
“Handy Manny: Halloween” – Victor needs help fixing his sewing machine at the costume shop so Manny and his tools put their Halloween preparation plans on hold to go and help out! When Manny can’t get the part that he needs to fix the sewing machine, the tools help Mr. Lopard make a costume with the extras around the shop. The best part about this episode is that Manny takes the time to teach the tools a little bit about why we dress up in costumes (to scare the ghosts who come out on that night) and about the Hispanic equivalent to Halloween or El Dia de los Muertos (Spanish holiday around Halloween where you celebrate your dead relatives). I also loved how they put together a creative, fun costume out of odds and ends that you can find around the house. A costume doesn’t need to be expensive or store-bought to be great!
“Handy Manny: Squeeze’s Magic Show” – Magic Marty needs Manny’s help to fix his magic box. Squeeze is a huge fan of magic and thinks that she can do magic just like Marty does! She talks Rusty into handcuffing himself to a handle and then can’t get him out! Even though this episode is about magic, Manny turns it into a lesson on asking for help when you don’t know how to do something. This is a lesson that adults need to learn, too – I hate asking for help when I don’t know how to do something!
I was hoping for a bit more from this DVD collection than I got. I found the title to be very misleading. It is called “Hundred Acre Wood Haunt” and the cover is pretty spooky looking so I thought that there were going to be some Halloween-themed episodes on the disc, but there aren’t! The only episode that has a Halloween theme is the Handy Manny bonus episode at the end of the DVD! All of the My Friends Tigger & Pooh episodes take place in the spring, two of them take place when it is dark (“Piglet’s Lightning Frightening,” which starts out sunny and then turns dark & stormy and “Eeyore’s Trip to the Moon,” which takes place at nighttime, but is still pretty light due to the light of the moon), but the rest are bright and sunny, not at all Octobery or autumnal. I think that there are going to be a lot of disappointed viewers when they discover that there are no Halloween treats on this DVD – just tricks!
Aside from the misleading packaging and title, this is a cute collection of Winnie the Pooh cartoons for little children. Toddlers can learn and grow with Pooh and friends as they journey along new adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods. I prefer the hand-drawn animation style, but the computer-generated format of these cartoons grows on you after a while. I love that they kept the personality of Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Roo and more intact for this series! They are still just as fun and just as loveable! My Friends Tigger & Pooh is a great choice for those of us who enjoyed watching Pooh growing up (like me) so that you can pass on the fun and create new memories. Unfortunately, there is not much in this series for older children or adults. Sure, they are still cute and fun, but they are definitely geared towards a very young group of children. If you have children that are ages 1 – 3 and are looking for something short, fun, and educational, then you should give this series a try!
This DVD is appropriate for viewers of all ages. Very young children who are not quite sure what thunder and lightning are might need a buddy to watch “Piglet’s Lightning Frightening.” Recommended for ages 1 and up.