Dan’s Review: Winnie the Pooh

Updated: 7/21 1:38 pm | Published: 7/14 4:09 pm

Winnie the Pooh (Disney)
Winnie the Pooh (Disney)

Winnie the Pooh (Disney)

Rated G.

Starring (voices of) John Cleese, Jim Cummings, Bud Luckey, Craig Ferguson, Jack Boulter, Travis Oates, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Wyatt Dean Hall, Tom Kenny, Huell Howser.

Written by Stephen J. Anderson, Clio Chiang, Don Dougherty, Don Hall, Brian Kesinger, Nicole Mitchell, Jeremy Spears, Paul Briggs, and Ernest Shepard, based on the children’s stories by A..A. Milne.

Directed by Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall.

GRADE: B

REVIEW:

It’s not always a good idea to mess with a good thing. The cute stories of Christopher Robin and his stuffed bear friend Winnie the Pooh have charmed kids and parents since A.A. Milne penned the Winnie the Pooh stories back in the 1920′s, and were even more popularized in the 1960′s when Disney put the stories into animated featurettes. Perhaps in a counter move Disney decided to release the latest Winnie the Pooh on the same day as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 so that little kids who might be a little to delicate for all that death and destruction have options.

Winnie the Pooh‘s story isn’t that complicated. As Eeyore (Bud Luckey) loses his tail, Winnie, Tigger (both voiced by Jim Cummings) Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Owl (Craig Ferguson), and Piglet all compete to come up with a suitable replacement, the prize being a jar of honey (or "hunny," if you will). Pooh’s hunger for honey leads him into all kinds of adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood, including a misunderstanding over a note left by Christopher Robin.

The story ends and has a sweet little moral about choosing friendship over your own appetites. It’s a message little kids and parents will enjoy, without feeling brow-beaten.

The songs in Winnie the Pooh (including the original 1960′s title song, sung by Zooey Deschanel) are sweet and simple, but not entirely memorable.

So, if you have a toddler or a child who is too little for all that Harry Potter hysteria, go ahead and take an hour to see Winnie the Pooh. It’s sweet like honey.

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