During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Pooh convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named “Backson” and they set out to save him.
In a film world that is technologically advancing at the speed of light, with 3D effects being cast upon every movie, and new innovations making things look more explosive than ever, the makers of film seem to spend all of their time on the visuals and sounds of a movie, and we are left wanting more in our stories and our characters. This movie gives us the exact opposite of most everything we’ve seen in this post-Avatar state of movies.
In this trip to the Hundred Acre Woods, we are treated to the same of silly bear that we as children learned to love. Voiced by the legendary Jim Cummings, and narrated by the equally legendary John Cleese, Pooh takes us on a delightful adventure, although it is in the exact same fashion that we have seen from most every other Pooh movie, but that is alright with me. I was not looking for some new and innovative take on this childhood fiction story that I know so well. It’s being true to the days of old are exactly what I loved so much in this movie.
The feel of this movie was delightful, with its nearly never-now-seen hand drawn animation, it just feels genuine and rich. There are original songs in the same simple-yet-fun fashion, and the whimsical vocal style of Zooey Deschanel was a cherry on top of the very well done musical presentation. The story was nothing new, but in did incorporate elements of other Pooh stories, which I thought was great, and it was entertaining on a level that people of all ages can understand.
– 3.5/4.0 In this post-Avatar world, it’s truly refreshing to be given a classic work of fiction that is true to the story and features lovely hand drawn animation. With a funny, warm story, Winnie the Pooh is a movie that your entire family will enjoy, and with its 69 minute run-time, you won’t need to dedicate a lot of time or effort to truly be entertained.