May 2000 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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The Tigger Movie

Original Score
PROMO [30:21]
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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.


Jeffrey Wheeler


Jeffrey Wheeler

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