My Friends Tigger & Pooh DVD Review

March 12, 2008
New Disney's Pooh

We all love Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, don’t we! You would have tune down your anticipations prior to viewing My Friends Tigger and Pooh – Friendly Tails. This offering from Disney Channel CGI series is somewhat kinder and gentler where Christopher Robin isn’t the chief human character. Instead, a six year old girl named Darby along with her dog Buster have come into the scheme of things and share the space along side other well known and pre-eminent characters that children love to see.

The first taste that audiences had of My Friends Tigger and Pooh DVD was in the form of Pooh’s Super Sleuth Christmas Movie, a straight to video movie. Friendly Tails is a collection of 3 twenty five minute installments (One episode just with this DVD), each episode entails 2 twelve minute stories. The basis of the story evolves when Tigger & Pooh are playing with Darby (their new friend), in their Hundred Acre Wood when an unsolved mystery entangles them. They then embark on an adventure to solve the mystery as ‘the finder flag’ directs them to locate their 1st clue. Slowly additional information is collected and the viewer is asked to organize the clues in a way that it leads to a coherent trail. Once the mystery is solved, Darby announces – “Another Mystery is History”. The clues are recalled so that the kids can once again see what process they went through.

The 1st chapter is the new episode, “Darby, Solo Sleuth/ Doggone Buster”. The 1st part depicts Tigger & Pooh as having cold and Kanga is preparing soup for them in her kitchen, but she has forgotten to add a vital ingredient and as 2/3 of the Super Sleuths inactive, Darby sets out alone. In the second part, Darby’s dog Buster playing with Heffalump and Roo.

In the 2nd episode Darby is pining for a tail similar to her other friends. Darby borrows Eeyore’s but isn’t too happy so the Super Sleuth set about solving this issue. The 2nd part “Tigger’s Delivery Service” is flooded with business, he cannot handle it all himself and also refuses help.

The 3rd episode begins with “Pooh-Rates of the Hundred Acre Wood” where Roo chances upon a treasure map owned by “pooh-rates” and he gets together with the Super Sleuths in cracking its riddles. In the last part Tigger cooking goes for a summersault leaving all with a bouncy case of hiccups. Thus everyone is left scampering to find a solution.

This is a charming tale but for those who are fond of the original work by A. A Milne shall definitely be disheartened.