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Is Tigger Adopted?
on October 31, 2012
Tigger has often sung that "the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is I'm the only one." In this movie, he starts to question that. Why is he the only Tigger? Where are all the other Tiggers? Roo asks a pretty powerful question: "I've got a momma. Don't you have a family somewhere, too?" Tigger seems inspired by the question, and starts trying to connect with his family. Tigger experiences doubts, questions, fantasies, anger, rejection, and questions. Why has no one told him about other Tiggers? Why have his friends lied to him?
Tigger leaves the neighborhood in search of the Tiggers he imagines to be his real family. He doesn't find the other Tiggers, but does realize that his friends love him, and that because of that love, his friends are his family. Tigger declares Roo to be his brother by the end of the movie.
This is a good movie for adoptive families. This song-filled, animated movie features familiar Disney characters: Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Eeyore, Rabbit, and Christopher Robin. It will most likely appeal to younger children, perhaps up to age ten. However, the theme of longing for a relationship with birth family members is relevant to older children as well. Older children might be convinced to watch The Tigger Movie as part of a family night, and would likely benefit from it.
Parents and friends of adoptees watching the movie can consider how Tigger is feeling, and can place themselves in the roles of the other characters in the film: can they see themselves being loving like Kanga, supportive like Roo, well-meaning but misguided like Owl and Pooh, or cranky about the search, like Rabbit?