470. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too – John Lounsberry

Ed Catmull Computer Animated Hand

SUMMARY: Sick of Tigger’s boundless energy, Rabbit hatches a plan to take the bounce out of him and enlists Piglet and Pooh to help him.

WHY IT’S HERE: Disney’s third Winnie the Pooh featurette (later bundled together with the first two to create the 1977 feature ‘The Many Adventures of Winne the Pooh) ‘Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too’ is an enjoyable continuation of the Pooh series which keeps up the high quality and charm of the first two shorts. In terms of impact however, ‘Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too’ falls somewhat short due to its lack of innovation. Disney had found a formula that worked and were sticking with it but it feels like the series is treading water. Its other crime is its overuse of the hugely popular Tigger, a fine creation who is better used sparingly but who is spotlighted here to the extent that Pooh is pushed into the background. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to be charmed by Disney’s version of the Hundred Acre Wood and its inhabitants and it is a setting I’m always happy to spend 25 minutes of my life in.

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