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Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (2010)

Jennie the terrier has everything a dog could ever wish for, but still feels that something is missing. She leaves home to discover what that is.


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Cast overview:
Jennie (voice)
Plant (voice)
Pig (voice)
Al Tuck ...
Cat (voice)
Audrée Juteau ...
Mother Goose (voice)
Lion (voice)
Sébastien René ...
Nathalie Claude ...


Jennie, a terrier, has it all -- but leaves home after deciding there must be more to life. In a distant town, she learns that the Mother Goose Theatre needs a leading lady. She applies; the manager tells her she lacks experience. She's not sure what that is, but sets out to get it. A cat who drives a milk truck provides Jennie with breakfast and a ride to a white house that's in need of a nanny; the catch is that if the nanny can't get the baby to eat, it's down to the basement where a lion resides. Can Jennie gain the experience she needs without becoming the lion's lunch? And, indeed, is there more to life, or in a land of lions and squalling babies, is there no place like home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

2 March 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kutya egy élet  »

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Unimpressive despite a good voice cast
16 January 2017 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life" is a Canadian 23-minute short film from 2010. The directors were Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, but the more known contributor here is of course writer Maurice Sendak. This one came out in 2010, so a year after "Where the Wild Things Are" and very fittingly (now Oscar-winning) filmmaker Spike Jonze voices one of the major characters. And there are more Oscar winners in here. Meryl Streep voices the main character and Forest Whitaker is on board as well. The main character is a little dog here and while he was kinda nice in terms of looks and animation, I am not too sure if Streep was the right casting choice for this character. And while the animation there is not a letdown, it is on many other occasions. One would be this weirdly animated baby. And the other animal characters did not work very well for me either. This also had a negative impact on the story overall and it may at least have a bit contributed to me being relatively unimpressed by the movie. I was also not too big a Sendak fan before, especially when it comes to the movie I mentioned earlier, but I like Streep, Jonze and Whitaker, but they also could not really make up for it and elevate the material (sufficiently). The story has a good moments and the ending may leave an impact, but it's just not enough quality here, not even for a film slightly over 20 minutes. Watch something else instead.

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