Winnie the Pooh Perfect for Audiences Young and Old

Winnie the Pooh, Disney’s latest excursion in the Hundred Acre Wood opens in North American theatres tomorrow, after a modest run overseas earlier this year.

Based on the characters created by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard, Pooh is a straight up animated film for children that refreshingly doesn’t pretend to have some deeper subtext.

This is a story about a silly old bear’s quest to find a new tail for his neighbor Eeyore and rescue his friend Christopher Robin from a horrible creature known as a “Backson”. And the silly old bear absolutely LOVES honey.

While perfect for the youngest of audiences, there are more than enough quick-witted gags to keep older offspring and especially grown-ups genuinely entertained.

(Hint: Be sure to stay until the very end of the end credits. It’ll be worth it. Besides, the gorgeous live-photography element is something to talk about in and of itself.)

With a running time of only 69 minutes, timing is just about perfect throughout. My only moment of impatience came during an extended scene where Tigger tussles with a balloon. I am not a Tigger fan.

The artistry of the film’s animation is suitably matched by the wonderful voice acting.

Jim Cummings as Winnie and Bud Luckey as Eeyore (who has never sounded more mopey) stand out, but it’s The Late Late Show’s Craig Ferguson that’s most surprising in his role as Owl. He deserves an Annie Award for his transformational performance.

I’ve always said that Walt Disney Animation should focus on telling great stories through traditional animation and leave CG to Pixar. Pooh has only reinforced this belief.

By the way, does anybody have some honey I could borrow? Just a taste?

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About Mike Bastoli

Mike Bastoli has been blogging at The Disney Blog since 2009. Until 2011, he covered Pixar Animation Studios on his own website, The Pixar Blog, which became one of the most popular on the Web dedicated to Pixar news, the New York Times calling it the “definitive unofficial chronicler of the animation powerhouse". In 2011, Mike expanded his coverage to the entire world of feature animation, renaming his site Big Screen Animation. He retired Big Screen Animation in 2014 and is considering future writing opportunities. Besides Disney, Mike is an avid fan of Apple and The Beatles. He resides near Toronto.
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13 Responses to Winnie the Pooh Perfect for Audiences Young and Old

  1. I could have sworn that Jim Cummings was still doing Winnie’s voice. Who is Mark Henn?

    Anyways, I saw a pre-release screening of the film back at USC, and I loved it as well. Looking forward to seeing it again, this time with my family.

  2. Paul Carhart says:

    Jim Cummings is still doing Pooh. Mark Henn is an animator, I believe.

  3. Mike Bastoli says:

    My mistake. Jim Cummings indeed voices Pooh. Mark Henn was the supervising animator on the character. Corrected.

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  10. Jeff says:

    Not a Tigger fan?
    OK….that’s fine.
    But why did you feel the need to mention that?

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  12. Slinky Dog says:

    Winnie the Pooh was phenomenal. The best film of the year!

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