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Winnie the Pooh

Reviewed by: Mike Coad
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Primary Audience:
Kids Family
Genre:
Animation Family Kids
Length:
1 hr. 9 min.
Year of Release:
2011
USA Release:
July 15, 2011 (wide—2,300+ theaters)
DVD: October 25, 2011
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Featuring: Jim Cummings … Pooh/Tigger (voice)
Craig Ferguson … Owl (voice)
John CleeseNarrator (voice)
Tom Kenny … Rabbit (voice)
Bud Luckey … Eeyore (voice)
Travis Oates … Piglet (voice)
Jack Boulter … Christopher Robin (voice)
Kristen Anderson-Lopez … Kanga (voice)
Director: Stephen J. Anderson
Producer: Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Peter Del Vecho … producer
John Lasseter … executive producer
Craig Sost … associate producer
Clark Spencer … producer
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

“An all-new story brought to life on the big screen”

I took my 5 youngest children (daughters) to see the “new” release, “Winnie The Pooh.” As we settled in at the theater, I thought back to when I (I’m 48) was the age of some of my girls and watching “Wonderful World Of Disney” on Sunday evenings and seeing Pooh stories for the first time. It was that introduction to him (Pooh) that I am sure led to a more formal introduction later on through the writings of A.A. Milne. It is there that we see in full view the life of the bear, and his friends, that we have all come to know and love.

As with most of the Disney versions of the Milne stories it, mixes original with new, and with this story we get the intertwining of some very familiar stories with some new ones. This does not always work well. Some of the Disney “cartoons” and costumed versions of Pooh are dreadful and have no resemblance to the original stories, other than the characters. The movies they have produced have been far better, and, for the most part, stick closely to the original stories.

With that said, there is much that is familiar here. The opening song “Winnie the Pooh” is left intact and is sung very nicely by Zooey Deschanel. The narrator, John Cleese, although not quite Sebastien Cabot, does a great job reading the story to us and interacting with the characters. The voice of Pooh (Jim Cummings) sounds amazingly like the original voiced by Sterling Holloway, and the rest of the voices are pretty close to the originals, as well.

The open book with letters being used as part of the story is a good reminder of where Pooh originated from. Hopefully, if they haven’t already, it will inspire young audiences to go back to the original stories.

Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Tigger, Kanga and Roo, all stay in character and seem like old friends as we watch them try to find Eeyore’s missing tail. This leads them to a hunt for the dreaded creature Backsoon, which it turns out is just Owl’s mis-reading of the words “Back soon.” There are a couple of new songs here that are quite nice and mix well with the story. One of the songs has a very cute chalkboard animation scene along with it, that is worth the price of admission. There are quite a few funny scenes here, as well, and my girls (and me) chuckled out loud on a few occasions.

As you would imagine, there is really nothing at all objectionable here. There are positive themes that run throughout the story, such as friendship, putting others first (above honey), and working together. This is truly a kid friendly movie, and if you want to introduce your young children to the theater going experience without worry, this is the one to take them to.

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In summary, I found “Winnie The Pooh” to be delightful, and I highly recommend it. I wish we parents had more choices like this, instead of the likes of “Toy Story 3,” which is not necessarily bad, but much too dark for the audience it is intended for. There is nothing dark about “Winnie the Pooh,” it and is a charming return visit to the “Hundred Acre Wood”. I hope Disney takes us back there again real soon.

Violence: None / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: None

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Comments below:
Positive
Positive—“Winnie the Pooh” lived up to the original pooh series. Sticking to the old introduction that Pooh in the honey tree and the Blisterous day did. It was a good movie, funny, and had good lessons to share—like helping others and putting others in front of yourself. There was one thing that was different from the original that I remember. I notice that Pooh did not offer to help piglet on one point in the movie, but rather supervised. The old pooh would have helped. Other then that, the film crew did a good job in making this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Sarah Rose, age 20 (USA)
Positive—Classic Winnie the Pooh! It’s so nice to go to a real pure G rated movie!!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Louise, age 50 (USA)
Positive—This movie was good. It stayed true to the traditional characters. I have 3 kids (12, 10, 8); all enjoyed it. Was funny and enjoyable, even for adults, and well made. I would recommend it for 4+. Nothing of questionable substance to worry about, other than some frightening aspects for less than 5 year olds, maybe. Very refreshing to finally see a movie with nothing to question.

The only reason I didn’t give this more stars was for the cost of going to a movie you should get a “movie” experience. Besides being short for a “movie” it really wasn’t much different than watching one of the shorter straight to DVD’s. Although my kids enjoyed it, they too were expecting more of an adventure at the theatre, and even said… “Dad, you paid $$ for that, kind of a rip off.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3
—William, age 41 (USA)
Positive—We watched this movie as a family and really enjoyed spending time with Pooh bear.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Corey, age 22 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—This is a perfect movie for little kids; sweet, clean fun. As for me: I got a laugh or two out of it, but overall it was a little more juvenile than I was hoping for. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It is Winnie the Pooh, after all. I thought the creators succeeded at keeping the fun and innocence of the older shows.

Most of the voice casting was excellent… except for the voice of Sponge Bob as Rabbit. Who made that decision?! It didn’t fit his character at all. Plus, I don’t know if I was imagining it, but it seemed as if whoever drew Rabbit’s facial expressions was giving tribute to the Sponge Bob animation. That show does not deserve any tribute!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Kadie Jo, age 19 (USA)
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Comments from young people
Positive—I went to see this movie with my younger siblings and a friend, and, I admit, I was just as eager to see it as they were! This movie took me back to when I was younger (which wasn’t long ago), watching the original “Winnie the Pooh”. The animation is beautiful, and the style is that of the originals—a little different, but very faithful to the spirit of the old Disney movies. There is nothing objectionable at all; this movie is not as dark as “Toy Story 3” or some of the other Disney movies out there. Overall, it is very enjoyable, cute and funny. And wait to watch all the credits; there’s a funny bit at the end. Bravo Disney!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Hannah, age 17 (USA)