“We will be releasing a SpongeBob movie at the end of 2014, which will serve to start off or be one of our films that starts off our new animation effort.” –Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman [via THR]
I may not agree with some of my peers when it comes to heavily licensed properties like The Lorax, but this is the kind of kids’ entertainment that I do have a problem with: manic, frantic empty animated calories. I can’t watch more than a few seconds without feeling like I need to scratch off a layer of my skin.
Am I being unreasonable here? Is my SpongeBob hatred just a generational thing, a knee-jerk reaction? Or is crap like this the real enemy?
The Tigger Movie: Two-Disc 10th Anniversary Edition (2009, Disney) purchase from Amazon
Nobody raids the vaults like Disney. Even now, in the era of the DVD’s death spiral, most studios refrain from pathologically reissuing catalog titles — particularly those that were never terribly popular in the first place — but Uncle Walt’s house has always treated everything it’s ever done (or almost everything, anyway) like a timeless classic. Which is why you shouldn’t raise your eyebrows (but probably will anyway, if you’re anything like me) at the double-disc 10th anniversary edition of The Tigger Movie, an enjoyable trifle that Disney sort of half-heartedly shooed into theaters roughly a decade ago. Part of a sort of low-profile renaissance for A.A. Milne’s beloved characters at the studio, The Tigger Movie is a kissing cousin to Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, a more fleshed-out (and less Tigger-centric) adorable lesson in things like acceptance, friendship, and personal identity. Where Tigger Too mainly revolved around Rabbit’s perennial annoyance with Tigger’s brain-damaged antics, The Tigger Movie puts the bouncy-tailed wonder in pursuit of the family he’s certain is out there — despite his famous (and, it must be said, joyous) earlier insistence that he was the only one of his kind. Continue reading →