Winnie the Pooh Reviews
Genre: Animation, Family
Question: Do you ever get those days, weeks maybe, when nothing seems to cheer you up much? Life as adult isn't easy sometimes with thoughts of responsibilities and more that can overwhelm you. Do you dream of a simpler time when such worries were like the following: hoping twilight would last longer so you can catch more fireflies; figuring out how to hide most of the lima beans in your napkin or under the mashed potatoes; or begging on bent knee to stay up to see Tatoo yell "Da plane! Da Plane!" Yep, me too.
Well, I am here to tell you I magically transported back to my youth today when I took my kids to see the latest Winnie the Pooh movie.... Okay, I admit I really wanted to see it and I dragged my kids so I didn't seem like a crazy middle-aged lady seeing a kid's movie by herself. I needed a movie like this. No superheros, no people falling in or out of love, and no mystery/thriller would have made me happy. (The fact that my son didn't beg me on bent knee to see Captain America still shocks me though.)
We walked into the theater and my kids were the oldest children, by far, and I may have even been the oldest Winnie the Pooh fan there but I didn't care. I was ready to forget about the outside world for the next hour or so.
Previews came and went and then in traditional Walt Disney fashion there was a short: The Ballad of Nessie. A sweet Scottish tale of how Nessie came to live in the Loch. Billy Connolly narrated the poem and the screen had tartan patterns popping up everywhere. A little cliche but I loved it. Its animation was just like the cartoons I grew up watching. I was content for the first time in weeks.
The short ended and the main attraction started. Again, the animation was a throw back to my youth and I couldn't have been happier. John Cleese started the film with his narration with waking or trying to wake up Pooh and soon the adventure started. All the cast of characters were there: Pooh, Tigger, Roo, Kanga, Owl, Christopher Robin, Rabbit and my favorite, Piglet. Oh, and Eeyore, how can I forget him? Sorry, Eeyore.
Now there was nothing spectacular with the story or the art but it was a pure Winnie the Pooh tale. It was perfect. The lovable bear just wanted to find some honey while he and his friends got into some misunderstanding/adventure in the 100 acre wood. I was grinning ear-to-ear from beginning to end.
The band of friends showed that no one had to do something wrong to another to tell an interesting story. They worked together to help a friend and in the most sincere way. All anyone wanted to do was be a friend. So simple but so powerful. This is a tale I want my children to witness time and time again.
This was a musical - of sorts with some quirky but toe-tapping tunes only Disney can compose. But what got me grinning was that I felt like a kid again. You could see the hand-drawn animation with no one trying to convince me to wear 3D glasses or sit in the larger IMAX screen just so the studios could make a few extra.
To me, this may have been someone's idea that simple is good and nostalgia is what sells because nothing beats harking back to the days when you skinned your knee and a mother's kiss fixes it all. There is nothing wrong with that. Not one thing.
Grab your kids, grand-kids or even a date. This is a sweet movie that delivers and will shake those blues that hover over you.
My favorite thing: Piglet. Oh, and Tigger, too.
My least favorite thing: That is wasn't longer but I am not sure my cheeks could have handled smiling for more.
Length: 69 minutes
Review: 9 out of 10
Good movie! Overall, delightful, charming and a lovely nostalgic trip down memory lane, if only it wasn't so short. Recommended for all kids!
During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Owl convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet,Pooh, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named "Backsoon" and they set out to save him.
Director: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall
Summary: Winnie the Pooh and his loyal friends return to the big screen with an updated, hand-drawn adventure in the Hundred Acre Wood: helping an incomplete Eeyore find a new tail that won't be too much of a bother.
My Thoughts: "The film is simply sweet, cute, funny, and charming. My niece's and nephew's loved the movie. I loved it as well. I have been such a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh ever since I was very young. I had many Winnie the Pooh toys growing up. I love all the films and the cartoon. It's a classic that never grows old. It's a film for all who love the Hundred Acre Woods."
It's a charmingly animated and amusing new Winnie the Pooh tale with a soundtrack by Zooey Deschanel. That's literally all the information you need. If you loved Pooh as a little kid (or a not so little kid) or you have kids of your own, you simply can't go wrong with this warm story of friendship, honey, missing tails, a villainous "Backson", and a very hungry stuffed bear named Pooh.
Some of the new voices take some time to get used to, but this is such a beautifully drawn feast for the eyes and I found it far funnier than someone my age probably should have. It was a genuinely clever movie, with a surprising amount of jokes (if you love puns, you'll be in stitches) that will fly directly over the heads of young ones but score direct hits for those who are older. Winnie the Pooh is truly something that people of all ages can enjoy. It's short, too, so even the little ones of the family with their frequently tiny attention spans can probably make it all the way through.
And where else are you going to find a song that existentially proves that everything is made of honey?
Using classic hand-drawn animation is one of the biggest pluses this film has to offer. Can you imagine a computer-animated Pooh movie? Neither could I, and I wouldn't want to either. Seeing Pooh on the big screen brought me back to when I was a kid, and I'd watch the 1990's cartoon series. The animation here is definitely much better than the past few Pooh flicks, "The Tigger Movie", "Piglits Big Movie", and "Pooh's Heffalump Movie", which looked like much more modern animation for its time. The animation here is absolutely beautiful and you can't help but walk out happy. Your not just walking out of something that hasn't been done for animated films in so long, but your walking out of a theater that literally just brought you in a swarm of different memories of you as a child, watching Pooh, the classic Pooh.
Winnie the Pooh just wouldn't be Winnie the Pooh without the great Jim C*mmings. Though Pooh has been around for decades, once Jim C*mmings came into the character he was really brought to life in my opinion. C*mmings brought Pooh and even Tigger to a new level in 1988 with a 4-season running series that broke off into many different shorts, films, and even modernized series over the past twenty-some odd years. Lets just put it this way, Winnie the Pooh has never actually been gone these past six years. This is the movie that'll just help us find the character once again. John Cleese taking a whack at being the Narrator in the film was perfect in my opinion. I loved the Narrator in this film, he was simple, funny, and very helpful in different ways. Going along for the adventure with Pooh and his friends the entire film, without the Narrator a character would be missing. This is technically a storybook, ya know? Ken Sansom doesn't return as Rabbit, but is replaced here by Tom Kerry (voice of Spongebob Squarepants), who does a pretty good job voicing the character. Whether it's a new actor voicing the character, or a returning one, every character sounds as they should.
Everyone from Hundred Acre Wood is back, folks! All of your favorite characters are here to play, and beyond all, entertain. There's Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and of course, Christopher Robin. Growing up my favorite character was always Tigger. He was fun, energetic, and always putting a huge smile on my face. Seeing Tigger once again was great and I had a huge smile on my face whenever he'd hop on scene. There is a scene he has with Eeyore that I loved in particular, and I think that all audiences will get a kick out of. Seeing all of these characters back together once again was a perfect theater experience. If you're an adult with a younger child, this movie is mostly aimed at you, because now you can bring your kid out and introduce him to a forest full of characters hard not to love. It's always a fun time with Winnie the Pooh and his friends, lets just hope we can visit Hundred Acre Wood much more often now.
Here comes the negativity. While I did have fun throughout the whole sixty-three minute runtime, the movie lacks in a storyline that keeps your interest high. To be completely honest, I'd have to say that The Tigger Movie was a lot better than this because it had an actual storyline that meant something. There are no morals or lessons to be learned when watching Winnie the Pooh, and throughout the entire movie you feel like the storyline is almost as simple as a twenty-minute episode would be from the original series. For an on-screen movie, the story could've been crafted much more perfectly. The trailers make this film look absolutely beautiful and filled with emotion, but the movie doesn't have any of it at all. The closet thing to emotion you'll get out of Pooh is feeling like a kid again, but the inner-story needed a whole lot more than that.
In the end, Winnie the Pooh will make you smile and be a fun time at the movies, especially thanks to the musical numbers filled with catchy lyrics and simple rhythms. The storybook concept was always favored by me, mostly because of how unique the style of film-telling it is, presenting it as a storybook and all. Due yourself a favor and visit your friends at Hundred Acre Wood because you never know when they'll be on the big-screen again. The movie may lack deeply in plot, but thanks to the cute scenes and hilarious interactions between the characters, Winnie the Pooh is a good, fun watch for anyone.