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Piglet's Big Movie is a 2003 American animated musical film released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 21, 2003. The film features the characters from the Winnie-the-Pooh books written by A. A. Milne and is the third theatrically released Winnie the Pooh feature. In this film, Piglet is ashamed of being small and clumsy and wanders off into the Hundred Acre Wood, leading all of his friends to form a search party to find him. Piglet's Big Movie was produced by the Japanese office of DisneyToon Studios and the animation production was by Walt Disney Animation Japan, Inc. and Toon City Animation, Inc., Manila, Philippines, with additional animation provided by Gullwing Co., Ltd., additional background by Studio Fuga and digital ink and paint by T2 Studio.

Piglet's Big Movie
Piglets big movie teaser.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrancis Glebas
Produced byMichelle Pappalardo-Robinson
Screenplay by
Based onWinnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner created
by A.A. Milne (Books)
Starring
Music by
Edited byIvan Bilancio
Production
company
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • March 16, 2003 (2003-03-16) (premiere)
  • March 21, 2003 (2003-03-21) (United States)
  • July 2, 2003 (2003-07-02) (Manila, Philippines)
Running time
75 minutes
Country
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Philippines
LanguageEnglish
Budget$46 million[1]
Box office$62.9 million[2]

Contents

PlotEdit

Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, and Pooh are working on a plan to get honey from a beehive. Piglet wants to help, too, but his friends tell him that he is too small. When the plan goes awry, Piglet saves the day by trapping the bees in a decoy hive, but nobody notices what Piglet has done. Feeling ignored and unappreciated, Piglet sadly wanders away, and helps some smaller animals who appreciated his help, just as the bees escape from the decoy hive.

After escaping from the bees, Piglet's friends realize that he is missing, so they decide to go on a search for him by using a special scrapbook that Piglet had made of their past adventures as a guide. When Piglet decided to go back to the others, he then saw what happened at the site and got worried about his friends when he saw the damaged decoy hive. With the encouragement from the animals he helped, Piglet decides to go and find his friends, thinking that they need him. On the way to Kanga's house, they reminisce about when Kanga and her son Roo arrived in the Hundred Acre Wood. Everyone is afraid of the newcomers and Rabbit concocts a plan to use Piglet as a decoy so they could kidnap Roo. Kanga pretends to believe that Piglet is Roo and gives him a dose of fish oil and a bath. She gives him a cookie afterwards and Piglet realizes that she is actually very nice. Roo and Rabbit have become best friends and everyone agrees Kanga and Roo should stay.

Back in the present, Roo joins the search party and they head to their next destination in the scrapbook: the North Pole. They remember the story of their expedition to find the pole. Partway through the expedition, Roo falls into the river. Tigger, Rabbit, and Eeyore try to save him, but to no avail. Piglet uses a very long stick to catapult Roo out of the river and hands it off to Pooh as he runs to try to catch Roo. Christopher Robin arrives on the scene, sees Pooh holding the stick, and declares Pooh has discovered the North Pole; Piglet's role in both Roo's rescue and the pole's discovery went unacknowledged.

Back in the present, Piglet's friends express their regrets for not celebrating Piglet's heroism. They become increasingly worried as a storm rolls in; to reassure Roo, Eeyore and Pooh tell him about the time Piglet built a house for Eeyore. Piglet has pointed out to Pooh that Eeyore did not have a house to keep him warm. Pooh decides they should build Eeyore a house on that very spot, which he names "Pooh Corner". Pooh briefly considers calling it "Pooh and Piglet Corner" before deciding that "Pooh Corner" sounds nicer. Tigger joins Pooh in trying to build the house, while Piglet struggles to keep up; eventually, Pooh and Tigger give up. Then they learn Eeyore has already built himself a house out of sticks, though it has gone missing. Pooh and Tigger realize they were using the pieces of Eeyore's old house to build his new house. As they struggle to explain, Piglet arrives and leads them back to Eeyore's newly completed house. Once again, Piglet's contributions are overlooked as the wind gets the credit for moving Eeyore's house, but did get some credit by placing a sign that had "Pooh Corner" on it so that Eeyore can remember where his home is.

As the rain begins to fall, Tigger wants to skip to the end of the book to find out where Piglet really is, but Rabbit insists they should read it in order; they begin fighting over the book, which falls in the river. The friends sadly return to Piglet's house to keep Roo from catching a cold. Before Pooh left the bridge, he then came across one of the pages that showed Pooh Corner, and he sadly said that he wished he called it "Pooh and Piglet Corner." While at Piglet's house, they start drawing new pictures of Piglet, and feeling happy of how much Piglet actually did, they then set out to look for him once again. They find the scrapbook bindings suspended on a hollow log, overhanging a raging waterfall; Pooh goes to retrieve it, but falls into a hole in the log.

Pooh's friends form themselves into a rescue rope, but it is not quite long enough and Pooh is stuck hanging precariously over the waterfall. Piglet appears and pulls Pooh to safety, but the log begins to break, which knocks Piglet's scrapbook into the river below. Rabbit, Eeyore, Tigger, and Roo all make it to solid ground, just in time to see half of the log plummet to the water below. Tigger, Rabbit, Roo, and Eeyore begin to mourn for their apparent loss and almost fail to notice Pooh and Piglet emerging from inside of the other half of the log. Piglet's friends take him home and show him the drawings they have made of him, demonstrating their appreciation for everything that Piglet has done. The film ends as the characters are throwing a party and Pooh shows Piglet the new sign for the renamed "Pooh and Piglet Corner," while the scene zooms out to show Piglet's shadow has become big.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Piglet's Big Movie was produced by DisneyToon Studios, Walt Disney Animation (Japan), Toon City Animation, Inc., Manila, Philippines, Gullwing Co., Ltd, Studio Fuga, and T2 Studio.

SongsEdit

Piglet's Big Movie (Soundtrack)
 
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMarch 18, 2003
Recorded2002-2003
Length43:02
LabelWalt Disney Records
ProducerMatt Walker, Carly Simon, Rob Mathes, Michael Kosarin
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [3]

American singer-songwriter Carly Simon wrote seven new songs for the film, and performed six of them, as well as recording her own version of the Sherman brothers' "Winnie the Pooh" theme song.[4]

"The More It Snows (Tiddely-Pom)" features Jim Cummings and John Fiedler, as Pooh and Piglet. Simon was accompanied by her children Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor on many of the songs. Renée Fleming accompanied Simon on the song "Comforting to Know". On "Sing Ho, for the Life of a Bear (Exposition March)" Simon was accompanied by Kath Soucie and Jim Cummings.[5]

The soundtrack also features five tracks of the film's score by Carl Johnson, as well as five of Simon's original demonstration recordings.

Track listing
  1. "Winnie the Pooh" - Carly Simon featuring Ben Taylor
  2. "If I Wasn't So Small (The Piglet Song)" - Carly Simon
  3. "Mother's Intuition" - Carly Simon
  4. "Sing Ho for the Life of a Bear (Exposition March)" - Carly Simon featuring Kath Soucie and Jim Cummings
  5. "The More It Snows (Tiddely-Pom)" - Jim Cummings and John Fiedler
  6. "With a Few Good Friends " - Carly Simon featuring Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor
  7. "The More I Look Inside" - Carly Simon
  8. "Comforting to Know" - Carly Simon featuring Renee Fleming
  9. "Scrapbook Pages" - Carl Johnson
  10. "River Roo" - Carl Johnson
  11. "Roo Joins the Quest" - Carl Johnson
  12. "Losing the Scrapbook" - Carl Johnson
  13. "Pooh and Piglet Corner" - Carl Johnson
  14. "Winnie the Pooh" (Demo) - Carly Simon
  15. "If I Wasn't So Small" (Demo) - Carly Simon
  16. "Mother's Intuition" (Demo) - Carly Simon
  17. "The More It Snows" (Demo) - Carly Simon
  18. "The More I Look Inside" (Demo) - Carly Simon

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

Piglet's Big Movie was number seven on the box-office charts on its opening weekend, earning $6 million. The film domestically grossed $23 million[2]—half the amount of what The Tigger Movie earned.[6]—and $63 million worldwide.[2]

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a "Certified Fresh" rating of 71% based on 76 reviews. The site's critical consensus is "Wholesome and charming entertainment for young children."[7] On Metacritic the film has a score of 62/100 based on reviews from 23 critics.[8] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade A, on a scale of A to F.[9]

Film critic Stephen Holden of New York Times called the film an "oasis of gentleness and wit."[10] Nancy Churnin of The Dallas Morning News stated that Piglet's Big Movie was "one of the nifty pleasures in the process", despite her belief that "Disney may be milking its classics."[11]

AccoladesEdit

Award Category Recipient Result
Annie Awards[12] Outstanding Effects Animation Madoka Yasue Nominated

GamesEdit

In 2003, Disney released Piglet's Big Game for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Game Boy Advance, as well as a CD-ROM game, which was also entitled Piglet's Big Game. The latter is developed by Doki Denki Studio and involves helping Piglet assist in the preparation for a "Very Large Soup Party." [13] In their review, Edutaining Kids praised various features including the adventure/exploration aspect (the game is linear instead of using a main screen) and many of the activities (such as the color mixing, which they said offers an incredible variety of hues), but noted that it is much too brief and that Kanga and Roo are absent.[14]

SourcesEdit

The film's plot is based primarily on five A. A. Milne stories: "In which Piglet meets a Heffalump," "In which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest, and Piglet Has a Bath," and "In which Christopher Robin Leads an Expedition to the North Pole" (chapters 5, 7, and 8 of Winnie-the-Pooh; and "In which a house is built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore" and "In which a search is organized and Piglet nearly meets the Heffalump again" (chapters 1 and 3 of The House at Pooh Corner).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Piglet's Big Movie (2003)". The Wrap. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Piglet's Big Movie 2003". boxofficemojo.com. May 29, 2003. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  3. ^ "AllMusic review". Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Piglet's Big Movie". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on January 14, 2012. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  5. ^ "Piglet's Big Movie". AllMusic. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Tigger Movie 2000". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  7. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/piglets_big_movie/
  8. ^ https://www.metacritic.com/movie/piglets-big-movie
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20180206073531/https://cinemascore.com/publicsearch/index/title/
  10. ^ Holden, Stephen (March 21, 2003). "Film in Review; 'Piglet's Big Movie'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  11. ^ Churnin, Nancy (March 18, 2003). "Piglet's Big Movie". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  12. ^ "31st Annie Awards (2004)". Annie Awards. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "Disney Piglet's Big Game (CD-ROM)". Children's Software Online. Archived from the original on 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  14. ^ "Children's Software Review: Disney: Piglet's Big Game". Edutaining Kids.com. April 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-05.

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