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Winnie The Pooh
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11.21.2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Stephen J. Anderson

Actors:
Jim Cummings
Craig Ferguson
Don Hall

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
All is not well in the Hundred Acre Wood. Eeyore has lost his tail and it's up to Pooh and the gang to find him a suitable replacement. And if that weren't enough, a mysterious monster has been spotted lurking about so Tiger and Piglet decide to find him.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
At this point it's safe to assume that everyone knows who Disney's honey obsessed bear is, and if you're from my generation you no doubt remember watching Winnie the Pooh (as well as the rest of the Disney gang) every Sunday night on The Wonderful World of Disney. Not much has changed for Pooh and the gang since then (and clearly, simple recognition is one of the things Disney's going for as the title itself is simply WINNIE THE POOH), and this adventure does its job of rekindling the love we have for our friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.

The story goes down in a fun two plot process. The main conundrum comes from Eeyore, as the glum donkey's misplaced his tail. Naturally the gang are all anxious to help, but to make things even more interesting, Christopher Robin offers up a prize for the winner, a big pot of honey (hmm, I wonder who's set up to win that). I enjoyed this for what it is, but the better arc comes from Tiger and Piglet when they set out to find the Baksun, a creepy monster whose been wandering the woods. This felt similar to Tiger's lone adventure, THE TIGER MOVIE. Most people, myself included, find Tiger to be the best part of these adventures and in that sense, he is the glue that holds everyone together and the heart of the group when it comes to entertainment.

WINNIE THE POOH is a warm hearted visit with old friends from our childhood, new friends for our kids or simply another page in a long run of Disney favourites. If you're looking for that epic swagger or edge found in films like THE LION KING, ALADDIN, HERCULES or the like, then look elsewhere because this is a return to Disney of old, when they went all kids or bust. There's nothing wrong with that if it's what you're into, but personally I'm all for the new age Disney stuff which balances the children and adult much like Pixar does. This is definitely a good choice for kids though as there's nothing but good morals and values packed into this happy tale. And for the kids at heart we have good 'ol John Cleese as the narrator.
THE EXTRAS
Winnie the Pooh and his Story Too: For those who don't know (or missed the commercial they used to show about it), the character of Pooh was written by A.A. Milne about his son (Christopher Robin) who was obsessed with a bear he nicked named Pooh. It's very touching.

Deleted Scenes: There isn't much here, but the Tiger intro and Pooh searching for the tail are funny enough to merit a watch and should've been left in for that very reason.

Winnie The Pooh Sing Along: A simple feature that lets you sing along with the gang for the entire film if you so choose. Definitely let the kids watch this one on the TV downstairs.

The Ballad of Nessie: Here we get a story about the Loch Ness Monster and I personally will never get tired of hearing about Nessie. Have you seen her?

Making a Winnie the Pooh Nursery: Not sure why anyone needs to turn their kid's nursery into the Hundred Acre Wood, but if that sounds like your bag of skittles, this one's for you.

Previews: As always this baby's packed with Disney trailers and commercials. This two disc package also comes with a DVD Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Disney does come in two doses these days, the hardcore kids stuff and the well balanced adult themed stuff. Both are fun, both are watchable, but we all have our favourite side of the coin. This one's strictly for the kids, honey lovers and people obsessed with that cute old bear and his friends.
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