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Piglet's Big Movie is a 2003 Disneytoon Studios film in the Winnie-the-Pooh franchise, obviously revolving around Piglet.
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Piglet is dismayed when he feels that his friends are disregarding and excluding him from their activities thanks to his small size and supposed uselessness. However, when Piglet goes missing after the gang ignores his latest contributions, the group realizes that Piglet is a vital part of their family. They find Piglet's scrapbook of hand-drawn memories of various stories (which are new adaptations of A.A. Milne's stories) in which they realize Piglet played an unsung, but important part in. Realizing Piglet's importance to them, the group races through the Hundred Acre Wood to try to find their small friend.


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Piglet's Big Movie includes examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Many of the novel adaptations are tweaked so Piglet has a more important part.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Kanga is more welcoming and sweet instead of apathetic to the others during their first meeting. She also shows mercy on Piglet after her prank and develops a close bond with him, while in the novels he escaped traumatised and still kept his distance even after Pooh and Rabbit made friends with her and Roo.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The result of Piglet becoming playing Adaptational Badass means a few other characters' roles get downplayed to comic relief, especially Pooh.
  • Adapted In: Tigger appears in the flashback segments that are directly based on A. A. Milne's stories taking place before Tigger's debut, which results in a bit of Series Continuity Error.
  • An Aesop:
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    • Even though you may be small, you’re big on the inside and can do a lot of special things.
    • In the case of Kanga and Roo's arrival, don't judge someone until you get to know them a little more.
  • Arc Words: "Big" for the film overall, and "Aha!" for the segment in which Kanga and Roo move into the Hundred Acre Wood.
  • Art Shift: We see the gang drawing new imaginary stories where Piglet is the star, and the animation shifts to look like it was drawn with crayons.
  • Ascended Extra: Roo shows off more of his Breakout Character status by joining the rescue team about halfway through the film.
  • Award-Bait Song: "With a Few Good Friends" by Carly Simon.
  • Banana Peel: This is what sends Roo into the river during one of the flashbacks.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Piglet swoops in to save Pooh from falling off a tall waterfall in the film's climax.
  • Butt-Monkey: Eeyore (who is abandoned by the others during the Expotition) and Rabbit (whose plans to evict Kanga from the Hundred Acre Wood continuously backfire on him).
  • Continuity Nod: Piglet's book of memories features an illustration of the gang in their Tigger costumes.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The first part of the end credits are interspersed throughout Carly Simon's music video for "With a Few Good Friends". The credit crawl is also pink, and feature several of Piglet's scrapbook pictures.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Piglet, of course.
  • Demoted to Extra: Most of Christopher Robin's roles in the stories from the novels are cut down greatly or Adapted Out.
  • Diegetic Switch: "Sing-Ho (For the Life of a Bear)" starts with Carly Simon singing in the background before switching to Pooh and his friends singing it.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: A non-trippy and heartwarming one where the imaginary scenarios where Piglet saves the day for the gang play out in their crayon drawings.
  • Disneyfication: The film's adaptation of "In Which Kanga and Roo Come to the Forest" ends with Kanga taking pity on Piglet and befriending him after her revenge prank (in the novel, Piglet ran out of the house terrified after Christopher Robin entered). Played with since Rabbit also becomes a Badly Battered Babysitter, downplaying his Karma Houdini status, though he still becomes attached to Roo in the end.
  • Don't Explain the Joke:
    Tigger: Y'know, I tried to stop, but it's snow use. Get it? Snow use! Hoohoohoohoo!
  • Dreadful Musician: Rabbit and his violin. It's so bad that the bees break his violin into pieces.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Poor Piglet's contributions are always ignored or unseen.
    • Zigzagged for the main plot itself, as the fact the others failed to notice Piglet leave beforehand leads them all to believe he got lost in their mishap with the bees. Cue the frantic search party.
  • Eaten Alive: What the gang fears happened to Roo when they see him jump in his mother's pouch. Piglet also fears he's going to be eaten when he's trapped in Kanga's house.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: The first flashback.
  • Fantastic Racism: Rabbit convinces the others that they must force the strange, unfamiliar Kanga and Roo to leave the Hundred Acre Wood. He gets over it when he has a fun time playing with Roo.
  • Hates Baths: Piglet would rather have Kanga cook and eat him than give him a bath.
  • Heroic BSoD: Piglet goes off on his own into the woods, saddened when his friends once again are oblivious to his contributions that actually were the entire reason their Honey Harvest even worked.
    • The cast gets this when they accidentally drop Piglet's book of memories into the river.
  • I'm Thinking It Over!: When the bees escape from the trap, Rabbit, Eeyore, and Tigger make a break for it, while Pooh hesitates.
    Pooh: But what about our honey?
    Rabbit: It's either your honey or your life!(Pooh gets into his "think think think" pose) Come on! (Yanks Pooh along
  • Innocently Insensitive: None of the characters mean to be so abusive to Piglet, and they realize just how badly they've taken him for granted as the film goes on.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: When Rabbit looks through Piglet's scrapbook, he comes across a photo of himself looking rather displeased. He then says, "That doesn't look a thing like me!" while striking the same expression and pose as the picture.
  • MacGuffin: Piglet's scrapbook.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The segments are adaptations of some of the iconic A.A. Milne Pooh stories (specifically, "In Which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest and Piglet has a Bath", "In Which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition to the North Pole" and "In Which A House Is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore") that were not adapted often if at all until this point.
    • Pooh recalls that Tigger hates honey, but it turns out he loves to use it as an itching cream of sorts.
  • Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You: When the group thinks Pooh and Piglet fell down the waterfall, they start crying, failing to realise Pooh walking up next to them. What pushes it beyond most examples of this trope is that Pooh joins in on the crying without knowing what it is they were crying about.
  • Ocular Gushers: Tigger starts shedding sprinkles of tears when he sees the memory from The Tigger Movie in Piglet's scrapbook.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe. Rabbit's suspicion of Kanga and Roo, and his plan to run them out of the Hundred Acre Wood, became this when he realised how friendly they were, so much so he denies remembering it when the others bring it up.
  • Out of Focus: Owl has a minor role in the film, appearing briefly about 10 minutes in and then making a few scant appearances during the Expotition.
  • Personal Raincloud: Eeyore has one of these before joining in the march to the North Pole.
  • "Setting Off" Song: "Sing ho, for the life of a bear! Sing ho, for the expedition!"
  • Series Continuity Error: The flashback to Kanga and Roo first moving to the Hundred Acre Wood features Tigger. This contradicts The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh where Kanga and Roo were already residents before Tigger first appeared. An episode from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh where Roo is switched with Piglet (willingly in said episode for avoiding the bath instead of the movie's attempt to drive the new arrivals off) also counts as one.
  • Something We Forgot: The "North Pole" segment ends with Christopher Robin realizing Eeyore never came back, and he's shown on the side of the river still waiting for Roo.
  • The Cavalry: Piglet usually ends up fulfilling this role when the others are going through some sort of plan. They always end up attributing the actual credit to somebody or something else, however. They get better at recognising his contributions before the end.
  • The Team: The group that goes searching for Piglet.
  • This Is No Time to Panic: Rabbit suffers this when Pooh attempts to rescue the scrapbook.
  • True Companions: Reconstructed. It is the others' recurring lack of attention towards Piglet that leads them all to think something terrible has happened to him and begin frantically searching the entire wood for him.
  • Unwanted Rescue: One flashback has Roo slip into the river. The other frantically try to save him from drowning, while he is swimming around quite ably and enjoying himself.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: This between Tigger and Rabbit is what leads to Piglet's diary being lost.
  • Your Size May Vary: To punctuate Piglet's Height Angst, some scenes exaggerate his small stature against the other characters. While usually Piglet is about Kanga's waist height for example, in the flashback in her house, he can practically fit in her hand.
 
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One of Piglet's scrapbook memories brings up the family reunion from The Tigger Movie.

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