"Piglet's Big Movie" follows 2001's "The Tigger Movie" as Disney's second original full-length feature derived from A.A. Milne's "Winnie the Pooh" children's books. Parents may find their attention wandering, but the simple tale contains valuable life lessons for their youngest offspring, who will likely be enchanted. As a work of animation in the durable Disney tradition of clarity and charm, it also boasts several songs from Carly Simon and reprises of Sherman Brothers favorites.
If the film's theme, "Even if you're really little, you can do big things," is pretty self-evident to adults, it is nonetheless the film's strength that Brian Hohlfeld's script pulls no punches in delineating the foibles of human nature even as it does so with good humor and affection.
The pals of the diminutive Piglet (John Fiedler) in Milne's Hundred Acre Wood gang -- Winnie (Jim Cummings), Tigger (also voiced by Cummings), Rabbit (Ken Sansom), the donkey Eeyore (Peter Cullen) and Owl (Andre Stojka) -- show that an array of anthropomorphized animals can behave like dumb bunnies. They can be obtuse and selfish and act before they think, but they can also be essentially loving and able to have their consciousness raised and change accordingly.
In the framing sequence, Piglet's friends insist he's too little to help them raid a beehive of its honey, and so intent are they on this task that at first they don't notice that the rejected Piglet has disappeared. Winnie the Pooh hits upon the idea that by pouring over Piglet's hand-drawn storybook they will discover how to find him. Thus, "Piglet's Big Movie," smoothly directed by Francis Glebas, is composed essentially of three Milne stories. Unfolding from Piglet's book, the first involves Kanga the kangaroo (Kath Soucie) and her toddler, Roo (Nikita Hopkins). The Hundred Acre Wood gang greets the mother and son suspiciously, and diverts Kanga's attention long enough to swap Roo with Piglet so that he can find out what Kanga's really like. What follows is the film's most charming interlude, when Piglet discovers what mother love can really be.