Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy, Howard Morris, John Fiedler, Ralph Wright, Hal Smith
Directed by: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman
Written by: Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Vance Gerry, Xavier Atencio, Ken Anderson, Julius Svendsen, Ted Berman, Eric Cleworth
Rating: G (US) Running Time: 1 hr 14 min
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is exactly that, a collection of stories starring the honey loving bear and his many animal friends. Each story not lasting more that a few minutes, fully exploring the varied characters found in the Hundred-Acre Wood, where they all live with their human friend Christopher Robin.
Set literally within the animated pages of an A. A. Milne’s book, Winnie the Pooh is incredibly charming, and whether you’re re-watching this for nostalgic reasons, or maybe showing your kids for the first time, I guarantee everyone will be smiling right from the opening credits. The animation is smooth and colorful, and the characters are varied and fun. Though it was a little disappointing to see the cost cutting measures taken by Disney as some animated moments are repeatedly reused.
Re-watching this movie after so many years, I was surprised by the number of similarities it had with the Toy Story series.
Both feature a young boy and his collection of toys, and both touch on a child’s changing life as playtime is forced to make room for school. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh touches on this subject briefly, but nicely, and the end of this film is very moving. So much so you might start digging through your old toys to find your own teddy bear, and enjoy a brief break from adulthood.
This is a cartoon that all ages can enjoy, and it would be a nice film for the entire family to watch together. It’s well animated, and the songs are catchy and fun. The characters have incredibly varied personalities, and everyone will likely have a favorite by the end of the film. It liked Tigger best! T. I. Double Gu’errrrr!
This doesn’t need a huge screen or elaborate sound system. Gathered around the TV with a regular DVD or streaming show with the whole family is your best option.
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The loved the exchange Christopher Robin has with Pooh at the end of the film as they discuss Christopher’s leaving for school. It’s such a touching scene, but here, I’ll let the dialog speak for itself.
Christopher Robin: Pooh, promise you won’t forget me, ever?
Winnie the Pooh: Oh, I won’t, Christopher, I promise.
Christopher Robin: Not even when I’m a hundred?
Winnie the Pooh: How old shall I be then?
Christopher Robin: Ninety-nine.
Christopher Robin: [chuckles] Silly old bear.
Narrator: Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in their enchanted place on top of the forest, a little bear will always be waiting.