Watching this film for the adults in the audience will be like getting into a time machine. You’ll be instantly transported to a more innocent time. It is just like the Winnie the Pooh of our childhoods. Hand drawn, two dimensional, filled with easy on the eyes colours, and featuring that family oriented charming style of old, Winnie and his pals from the Thousand Acre Forest are on a mission to save Christopher Robin from an imagined monster. It is a nice change of pace from all the metal machines, superheroes, flying teenage wizards, and loud movies in the multiplexes this summer.
Narrated by John Cleese (A Fish Called Wanda, Pink Panther 2), Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings – Gnomeo and Juliet, The Princess and the Frog) is out of honey and his stomach is grumbling something fierce. He goes off to find his friend Eeyore (Bud Luckey – Toy Story 3) to see if he has any extra honey. Once there he finds out that Eeyore has bigger fish to fry in that he is missing his tail.
Once Christopher Robin (Jock Boulter – first film) arrives he organizes a contest in which the person who finds the best tail for Eeyore will win a jar of honey. Music to Pooh’s ears and stomach! Winnie the Pooh, Tigger (Jim Cummings), Kanga (Kristen Anderson-Lopez), Piglet (Travis Oates), Rabbit (World’s Greatest Dad, Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Owl (Craig Ferguson – How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass), and Roo (Wyatt Hall) each try to find something that will replace the tail that Eeyore lost. None of the options they come up with really work. That is until Pooh goes to Owl’s house looking for honey and lo and behold…
Then after Christopher Robin leaves, Owl misinterprets the note he leaves everyone. He tells the gang that a horrible monster called The Backson (Huell Howser) has Christopher. Now they come up with a plan to get Christopher Robin back.
Pure Disney! That is what you get with Winnie the Pooh. Some may complain that this not anything that they haven’t seen before from Disney. And yes, that is true. But it is also what is so great about it. You know what you are getting and you still love it.
Totally kid friendly the running time of the film is just over one hour. No chance of any youngins’ getting antsy. You can feel confident bringing kids to the film and having them loving it. Subtle. Lovely. Faithful. Uncomplicated. Traditional.
-Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too
-Sing Along With the Movie
-“The Ballad of Nessie” Theatrical Short
-Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh “Pooh’s Balloon” Short