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|Category||Animation/Family||Game - Tigger Movie Trivia Game
Game - Thingamajigger Matching Game
Game - Your Family Tree Game
Tigger Movie DVD Story Book
(not 77 minutes as stated on packaging)
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384
Greek (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
Hebrew (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.66:1|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.66:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, during credits|
The story to be honest is a little on the weak side, and is basically the search by Tigger (Jim Cummings) for his family. Far from wishing to celebrate the great thing about being a Tigger is the fact that he is the only one around, Tigger enlists the help of his friends Winnie The Pooh (also Jim Cummings), Rabbit (Ken Samson), Roo (Nikita Hopkins), Piglet (John Fielder), Eeyore (Peter Cullen), Owl (Andre Stojka) and Kanga (Kate Soucie) to find his family. And since this is the Hundred Acre Wood we are taking about, naturally things don't go quite as expected in the search. Indeed, the search is actually quite fruitless for there are clearly no other tiggers in the wood. But that only means that we have to search for the deep meaning in that fact, and just to make certain that we get it - well, lets just say you will have to watch the film to find out. Suffice it to say that the usual Disney patented saccharine gets a fairly large run here.
This is a far more traditional style of animation than most of the Disney animation through my player recently, and is very much in the same vein as the previous Winnie The Pooh videos - regrettably only one of which is available on DVD thus far. However, the style of presentation is very much part of the charm of the Winnie The Pooh videos and very much in keeping with the concept that these are just children's stories. Whilst I find John Hurt less compelling as say Sebastian Cabot as a narrator, in general the vocal cast here are maintaining the traditions of the earlier videos too.
Very much aimed at the younger audience, this really does have to be seen in that context. Despite the target audience, there is still a lot of Pooh that finds a home in many an adult heart and this really is a nice little effort with which to keep the young ones and the young at heart amused with over the long hot summer holidays.
Another good transfer has been produced by Disney here, being quite sharp and quite detailed. Perhaps the only minor complaint here is the fact that some of the edges are perhaps not quite as sharp and as solid as they should be, but the target audience I suspect will not be complaining too much about that. The transfer is nice and clear and does not suffer from grain or low level noise at all.
The colours come up well here, although not perhaps quite as bright and vibrant as they could have been. This however is partially mitigated by the need to keep some form of consistent presentation with the earlier videos. One point I always find mildly amusing with the Winnie The Pooh videos is the fact that Tigger never seems to be as orange as he should be, and this is the case here. There also seems to be some slight variation in the paler orange colour that he has been given here. To my mind Tigger should be a very bright orange. There is a nice consistency to the matt colours here and there is no hint of oversaturation or colour bleed at all.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer. The only noticeable issue with film-to-video artefacts in the transfer is a mild aliasing that causes character lines to be slightly broken rather than solid black. No big deal for the target audience again, but I found it just a little annoying at times. There were a few flecks here and there but that was about the extent of the film artefacts in the transfer.
This is an RSDL
formatted DVD, rather noteworthy for such a short feature, with the layer
change coming at 47:56. This is decently
placed and reasonably well handled, but I would have thought that it was
possible to master the film on one layer and the extras on the other layer
with equal success, given the film's length.
The dialogue and vocals come up very well in the transfer and are easy to understand. There is of course the inherent problem of animation sync.
The music comes from Harry Gregson-Williams and the songs from Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The fact that the latter are not amongst the best that the Shermans have ever done, yet are the best things here, indicates how relatively unnoteworthy the former is. This has the distinct feeling of Disney animated feature by-the-numbers stuff.
This is another Disney animated feature aimed at
a younger audience that gets a decent bass channel effort, which of course
begs the question as to why some get the .1 channel and others do not?
Nothing at all wrong with the soundtrack here, with some nice surround
channel use - both front and rear - without embarking upon an audio demonstration,
and a decent involvement from the bass channel in the few scenes where
it was required, most notably the avalanche scene. The whole soundtrack
has a decently open feel to it with nothing approaching congestion at all.
Hardly an exemplary demonstration of the art of Dolby Digital technology,
but a more than acceptable outing to please all but the most fastidious.
|Surround Channel Use|
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
9th December 2000
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 80cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in|
|Amplification||Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|