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Winnie the Pooh
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 14:15

Winnie the PoohWho doesn’t have fond childhood memories of Winnie the Pooh? The “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff” who thinks of nothing but honey all day and goes on gentle adventures with his fellow stuffed animal friends. Whether through the books by A.A. Milne or the instantly recognizable Disney characters, I think everyone has a memory about Pooh. Ummm… I mean the bear.

I was relieved and happy to see that this continuation of the Disney classic was created using traditional animation. There is something about the natural shapes and lines – an organic beauty that only hand-drawn animation can provide. This is truly art; not based on coding and pixels, but lovingly created through trial and error by talented hands.

The notorious noteThe story finds our old friends Pooh (the bear with the unfortunate name), Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the others all searching for their dear Christopher Robin. He has disappeared, leaving only a note saying “Be back soon”. Pretty self-explanatory, except that Owl misreads the words to mean that their friend has been stolen by a horrible beast called the “Backson”. Terror ensues – but the funny kind that young children can laugh at. All the while Pooh’s rumbly in his tumbly for honey and is desperate to satisfy his craving!

Pooh and friendsWinnie the Pooh is charmingly crafted and a lovely addition to the Pooh series. There is a great musical score with new songs performed by musical duo She and Him, fronted by actresss/singer Zooey Deschanel. My only complaint is that the run time is just over an hour, perfect for the attention spans of small children, but not so perfect for parents who will resent paying full admission price for such a short film.

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Directed by Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall

Disney’s first Pooh film, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, was first released in 1977.