Winnie the Pooh: Review

A scene from Winnie the Pooh. Courtesy Walt Disney Studios.

It’s been years since an animated film made me long for my childhood as much as this Winnie the Pooh movie. From the opening theme, to the beauty of the classical animation style, I was glued to it in awe and felt like a kid again from beginning to end.

Not much has changed for Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, and Christopher Robin since their last official big screen film 34 years ago. Pooh still has a “rumbly in his tumbly” for honey, Eeyore is still sad and depressed, Tigger is still a bouncing maniac, Piglet is still scared of everything, Owl still thinks he knows it all, same with Rabbit, Kanga and Roo are still the quiet observers, and Christopher Robin is still hardly in the picture.

The story follows Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) on a mission for honey when he discovers that Eeyore (voiced by Bud Luckey) has lost his tail. They go to Owl (voiced by Craig Ferguson) for help, who suggests a contest would help them find a new tail. The prize, of course, is a pot of honey. The whole gang gets involved with the search for a new tail with items like a balloon and an umbrella being unsuccessfully tested as replacements.

During their hunt they pay a visit to Christopher Robin and find a note saying he’ll be “back soon”. They interpret this as him being taken by a “Backson” — a creature so horrible he’ll wake you up early and put holes in your socks. It’s all very cute, good fun that brings out an innocence no other film has achieved since the original Pooh.

I’m a fan of Disney’s older animation style more than their newer work and it makes me very happy they went back to that style here. No 3-D, no fancy CGI, just a nice wholesome story told with beautiful, clean animation and a few catchy songs.

Speaking of the songs, Disney nailed the soundtrack with this Pooh. Actress-singer Zooey Deschanel has a lovely, soft voice that fits the film perfectly. Her rendition of the main theme song just melted my heart and turned me into a pile of goo. My 4-year-old son even requested I get the soundtrack after the movie ended he was so into it as well.

Although the film is only 69 minutes long it could just be the most fun you and your family will have at the movies all summer. Like a big pot of honey, it’s awesome! Go, enjoy, and become a kid again.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Rated G
Voices of: Jim Cummings, Bud Luckey, Craig Ferguson, John Cleese
Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall

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