Disney's latest direct-to-DVD release, Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too is a moderately enjoyable trip back to the 100 Acre Wood, even if the title and box art is a tad misleading. The hour-long film is based on the CG-animated Playhouse Disney series My Friends Tigger & Pooh, which means that playing the role of human counselor to the animals in the Wood s a young American girl named Darby, and not the traditional Christopher Robin. If that's the sort of thing an adult can learn to accept they might be able to have fun with the film; for children, I don't imagine that it makes much of a difference.
Despite what the box art implies – it shows Darby, Lumpy (a young Heffalump), and Pooh performing on a stage – and title corroborates, no musical is put on any sort of stage in the 100 Acre Wood. Instead, it is the film itself which is a musical and features seven new songs.
The story finds Rabbit being made mayor of the 100 Acre Wood for his brilliance in organizing a picnic. Rabbit is, by nature, an officious and efficient organizer, and while he may have done an excellent job with the picnic, the power of being mayor goes straight to his head. Rules are created for everything and begin to govern even the smallest part of all the animals' lives. Hardest hit by the rules is Tigger, whose bouncing is strictly limited.
When things between Rabbit and Tigger erupt, the 100 Acre Wood is split in two (oddly, no mention is made that there are now two 50 Acre Woods, a point I surely would have highlighted). Rabbit rules one half and the animals who live there, while Tigger takes on the other half. Things become bad in both parts and – this really isn't giving away any sort of surprise – by the end of the film the halves are reunited and everyone has learned a valuable lesson.
Pooh aficionados will instantly recognize that Rabbit has long had issues with Tigger's bouncing and has before now attempted to curtail it. In the original Pooh movie, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (still the high water mark for the series), Rabbit attempts to make Tigger get lost in a misguided attempt to curb Tigger's bouncing. In this film Rabbit seems to have forgotten the lesson he learned there – you just can't take the bounce away from Tigger.