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"Winnie The Pooh" - {Blu-Ray}
Reviewer:
Edward McNulty
Studio: Disney
Genre:
Family
Release Date:
10/25/11
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

What a tonic this past summer to see directors Stephen Anderson and Don Hall’s gentle little adaptation of three stories by A.A. Milne right after enduring so many disappointingly bland summer comedies!***

The film features Winnie the Pooh and all of his Hundred Acre Wood friends, along with the imaginative boy Christopher Robin. Pooh wakes up for what he thinks will be an ordinary day, his empty stomach churning for a pot of honey. However, all of the pots in his house are empty, so he sets out to obtain some. That’s when he encounters the gloomy donkey Eeyore who is missing his tail. Soon the other friends are joining in, each tacking onto the donkey’s rear an object they think will serve as a substitute. Not all are appropriate, of course, such as a cuckoo clock. Later the friends worry that Christopher Robin has been kidnapped, so they again band together in search of him.***

Here is one example: Piglet, when he sees that Pooh, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo are trapped in a deep cistern goes to get a rope. Thinking that each will need his own rope, he cut it into six pieces. Piglet says, “And six! There! Now we can ALL get out!” Pooh tells him, “How very thoughtful you are, Piglet.” Rabbit yells, upset because all the pieces are now too short, “Good grief! Tie them together, Piglet! Can you tie a knot?” Piglet replies, “I cannot.” Rabbit, “Ah, so you *can* knot.” Piglet, “No. I cannot knot.” Rabbit, surprised, “Not knot?” Pooh, joins in, “Who's there?” Rabbit answers, “Pooh.” Pooh, “Pooh who?”***

Special Features:

"Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon" bonus short film where Pooh comes up with a daring plan to get a hold of some honey by fooling a group of bees

"The Ballad of Nessie" bonus short film detailing how Nessie found her new home in the Loch Ness

Blu-ray Exclusive - Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too behind-the-scenes featurette - hosted by John Cleese - which explores Pooh's history from the A.A. Milne books through the Disney movies

Deleted scenes with introductions by directors Stephen Anderson (Meet the Robinsons) and Don Hall (The Princess and the Frog): "The Tummy Song," ""Rabbit's Friends and Relations," Blu-ray Exclusive - "Original Eeyore Intro," Blu-ray Exclusive - "Original Tigger Intro," and "Pooh Searches for a Tail"

Blu-ray Exclusive - Sing-Along with the Movie feature for seven song lyrics featured in the film Blu-ray Exclusive - Disney Song Selection feature: "Winnie the Pooh Theme Song," "The Tummy Song, "A Very Important Thing To Do," "The Backson Song," "It's Gonna Be Great," "Everything is Honey," and "The Winner Song Finale"

Final Words:

Both adults and children will laugh at the antics of the characters and, of course, the word play. The songs written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are not showstoppers, but they add nice details to the story. The animation, based on those of the books’ illustrations is an extra treat in that the characters are seen climbing, walking, and falling off the printed lines of a page. As with the earlier Pooh films, this is an affirmation and celebration of friendship among diverse characters.***

 

 
 
 
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