“Winnie the Pooh” movie review
I have always had a sweet spot in my heart for Winnie The Pooh. I have been a fan of all the theatrical movies as well as the DTV movies in the series and this film is no different. I have to first comment on the wonderful hand drawn animation. I was in awe by the color lines and old school style. It is almost refreshing since all we have been getting recently is the perfectly polished 3D CGI animation. It is a nice treat and it is almost mesmerizing to watch. The film is a great return for “Winnie The Pooh” to the big screen but unfortunately it is going about the final “Harry Potter”. Luckily though most of that film’s fan base wouldn’t be seeing this anyway since “Harry Potter” is not considered a child’s film since the around the third film. There are a few great laugh out loud moments and if you are a fan of hand drawn animation and the classic characters from Winnie The Pooh, then this film is definitely for you.
The film is based on three stories found in the A.A Milne books and it is very simple and sweet. We follow Pooh on a quest for honey (shocked right?) but he gets sidetracked when he meets up with Eeyore who cannot find his tail. The whole gang from the 100 acre woods start a quest to find Eeyore a new tail or ‘tael’, as they say spell it in the film. While on that quest they go to visit Christopher Robin’s house and find a note at his door. They gang discovers that he has been kidnapped by a monster called the “Backson”. From there we follow the gang on their quest to rescue Christopher Robin…and eeyore’s tail…and find honey for Pooh…Oh bother!
Listening to Jim Cummings voice both Pooh and Tigger is just unbelievable, he is truly a master of his art. There is something different about Pooh in this film, he is a little softer spoken and even has some ruffled fur, definitely enjoyed watching him. John Cleese’s voice is always welcomed for narrated and provides a nice mood for the film. The music in the film is great with some songs by Zooey Deschanel (“Elf”) and the score by Henry Jackman is so subtle and sweet. There is a very cute short film attached to the beginning titled “The Ballad of Nessie”, very cute and enjoyed very much. so this was a grand return for Winnie the Pooh and the gang, as well as the hand drawn animation but it is hard for me to get over the run time especially since it was less than 60 minutes without the short film that accompanied it. If you have kids see it in theaters to keep them entertained otherwise catch it on home release
Directed by: Stephen Anderson, Don Hall
Narrated by John Cleese
Starring: Jim Cummings, Tom Kenny, Craig Ferguson, Travis Oates, Bud Luckey
Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures
Running time: 63 minutes
MOVIE MIKES SCORE: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars