“Winnie the Pooh” Silly Old Bear Does It Again

Genres: Kids/Family and Animation
Release Date: July 15th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: G
Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Distribution

Director: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall

JJ Rating: A

Eeyore (voiced by Bud Luckey) loses his tail. Pooh (voiced by James Cummings) decides to help find the tail. Christopher Robin (voiced by Jack Boulter) sets up a contest to help find Eeyore a tail. Simplicity at its very best. Winnie the Pooh.

11 Good Things about the Film

1. Eeyore plopping his face into the ground when he’s disturbed by events that go on around him, made me laugh…hard.
2. Without meaning too, Winnie the Pooh might be one of the funniest films this year. Not the funniest, but one of them. Its wit plays off well thought out events and lines. Some films this year are gross funny, haha for a moment. They’re forgetting that films are created for entertainment for years to come, more than just that moment.
3. I love all the characters (despite what I say about Rabbit in the Bad Things).
4. A simple idea of finding a tail for Eeyore as well as misreading a handwritten note are ideas that are overlooked. They’re easy. It’s a matter of creating an entertaining story around the simplicity, and that’s what happened here. Good job Disney.
5. The trailer puts a smile on my face.
6. I like hand drawn animated films, but I’m not overly in love with them like some whacky people. It’s good because it matches Winnie the Pooh’s personality.
7. I enjoy the interaction between the Narrator (John Cleese) and the characters.
8. I like the use of letters from the story as part of the story.
9. Disney is ingenious and deserves a lot of credit for doing this film, having the fluff to do it and release it against Harry Potter.
10. Everything one can remember about Winnie the Pooh is touched upon and it even brings back things one might have forgotten.
11. Great ending with an important lesson Pooh learns. Even a simple teddy bear knows how important friends are.

2 Bad Things about the Film

1. Some of the songs were too silly for me, but what do I know? I’m not the target demographic. I enjoyed most of the songs, however.
2. For some reason Rabbit’s voice really didn’t fit for me at times.

Watching Winnie the Pooh made me laugh good laughs and I actually felt better afterwards. Something I cannot say for films like Harry Potter or Horrible Bosses. If I were one of those people that got sick and wanted to watch a film, I’d pick Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Tigger, Christopher Robin and of course, Eeyore to fix my mood.

I leave you with the Winnie the Pooh theme in hopes that it echoes in your brain.

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