The Tigger Movie
It is said that to become a man one must put away childish things, including
the fear of being child-like and the wish to be very adult. The manliest
critique of Harry Gregson-Williams' score for "The Tigger Movie" you will
ever read is probably this: "The Tigger Movie" is fun, fun, fun, fun, fun.
The composer appropriately uses a pure symphonic tone for all but the most
assertive moments (and excluding a big band arrangement). He gives a few
touching nods to the Tigger-ific Sherman Bros. songs from the "Winnie the
Pooh" shorts. The interpolation of 'Winnie the Pooh' for the 'Main Title'
got me grinning, and the adaptation within 'The Seasons Change' sparked the
fire of my earliest memories. That the score is episodic as it accompanies
our stuffed-with-fluff friends on another adventure creates small friction.
It is otherwise charming and playful, at times heartfelt and dramatic. There
is a dearth of 'mature' aesthetic baggage in the orchestrations that allows
the direct (but by no means simplistic) structuring to work in its own way.
The music sounds smart, youthful -- vigorously and entertainingly so. It
is as animated as its catalyst.
Disney shortchanged the underscore with its 'songs & story' release.
That this appears on a limited demonstration CD-R rather than appearing on
store shelves says more of politics than art... or entertainment.