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Winnie the Pooh

  • Director: Stephen J. Anderson , Don Hall
  • Release Date: July 2011
  • Run Time: 73
  • Genre: Animation, Kids & Family
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I grew up with Winnie the Pooh. AA Milne’s books were part and parcel of my childhood, at home and at school. The books were so boring compared to my comic books and the lure of AM radio sounds of the San Francisco Bay area--- I mean, Jimi Hendrix’ “Purple Haze” and “Foxy Lady” were top 10 hits back in those days, along with original Beatles tunes.

There was Pooh: about virtually nothing, boring, and nothing standing out as a reason to read the books over and over again. But we did. The film accomplished the same thing with me. I have taken three sets of neighborhood kids to see this film. Why? Because they don’t like to read and I thought that maybe they would fall in love with Owl, and Eeyore, and Piglet and Winnie enough to want to read the books--- which can still be found at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

The film is amazingly short at 69 minutes. I went twice in one day! The hand drawn animation reflects the integrity of the illustrations in the books. Everything I loved about Milne’s books, for no reason in particular mind you, I loved about this film. It is one of Disney’s triumphs this year. The throwback to old school animation versus the Pixar inundations of Schreck and Woody the Toy Story was quite welcome. Smooth human like cartoon characters is slightly creepy anyway. The harmless Pooh and the hapless Eeyore made me feel as though I was really venturing into a child’s world as it should be--- where there is not an overabundance of “evil” and “magic” and other things that grownups need in order to be entertained enough to take children to the movies.

“Pooh” is a selfless film for children. I highly recommend it, especially to people who have never read the Milne book series. At some point, when Web 2.0 becomes over saturated with wandering viewers looking to escape their lives, stories like Milne’s Pooh will have a lot of appeal. For kids, I think this film is a sleeper that will echo and reverberate as an attractive choice to reach for over and over again.

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