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Break out role 

Piglet has always had difficulty escaping the Hundred Acre Woods and the purple scarf and stripedy jammies that have for so long defined his work. Like Jack Nicholson's devilish lady killers, Piglet's talent was often evident, but it never moved beneath the surface to reveal an emotional core. Without the steady, dignified career of a Velveteen Rabbit or the gimmick of that kid with the purple crayon, Piglet seemed perpetually stuck in a creative limbo and dead-end roles.

Though many were familiar with his work in the series of A.A. Milne books about a community of strangely ageless animals, just as many remarked that his performances often seemed static. And Piglet himself often seemed an afterthought -- a mere appendage to Winnie (the Pooh)'s Rube Goldberg efforts to feed his unquenchable appetite for honey. Piglet remained perpetually in the background as if biding his time until people tired of Pooh's "little black rain cloud" schtick and other Enron-esque efforts to steal the fruits of others' labor via deception and graft.

In Piglet's Big Movie, the thimble-sized swine finally takes center stage and has for the first time been able to employ his arsenal of effects: the blinkety-blinkety pin dot eyes sparkling like two lumps of coal, the gumdrop snout wrinkled in hurt, a cascade of warm tears flowing down a face the color of Pepto-Bismal.

Nearly all of us have faced the emotional crisis at the core of Piglet's Big Movie as Piglet (playing himself) finds his friends caught up in one of Winnie's devious honey-getting pyramid schemes and the sensitive, wise Piglet thoroughly neglected. Dejected and hopeless, Piglet wanders deep into the woods and into a kind of spiritual exile amidst the birdies, fluffy squirrels and the cutest ladybug.

In the meantime, Winnie (practically sleepwalking through this one), Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore, realize how important the missing Piglet really is and how Winnie had turned their heads with his endless, gluttonous, self-important honey quests. Piglet's Big Movie is a triumph for the little guy, an affirmation that might does not make right, but that sometimes steady, respectable work, and occasionally the right role can do wonders.

Opens March 21.

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