Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

3.3 11
Director: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall

Cast: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall, Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson

     
 

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A.A. Milne's lovable bear returns to the big screen for the first time in 35 years in this animated adventure inspired by five of the author's most cherished stories. Christopher Robin is in danger, and it's up to Pooh, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore to help their old friend out of harm's way. But when the whole gang comes running at Owl's behest, they realize… See more details below

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Overview

A.A. Milne's lovable bear returns to the big screen for the first time in 35 years in this animated adventure inspired by five of the author's most cherished stories. Christopher Robin is in danger, and it's up to Pooh, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore to help their old friend out of harm's way. But when the whole gang comes running at Owl's behest, they realize that someone's imagination has gotten the best of them.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
Arriving as it does in an era of CG-animated 3D excess, Winnie the Pooh feels like quite a throwback. With its hand-drawn scenes, this movie would have felt perfectly at home in the late '60s, when Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day appeared. That isn't intended as a criticism but an observation; it's refreshing and invigorating to watch a new animated picture where we can still see the penciled-in sketches of the characters' eyebrows and wind-ruffled clothing, for example. Thanks to the detail in the environments, not a moment passes where one forgets the painstaking care and love that must have gone into every scene. Neither the original Pooh director (Wolfgang Reitherman) nor the original actor who voiced Winnie (Sterling Holloway) are still with us, but the creators have done everything they can to make us forget this, including using a lead voice actor (Jim Cummings) who sounds identical to Holloway. Many of the onscreen events are lifted verbatim from earlier Winnie outings, and that's both an asset and a liability. It's a positive in the sense that fans will respond favorably to the charm of familiar character tropes, such as Eeyore searching for his tail and Winnie looking obsessively for honey. It's a drawback because the central story -- in which the gang believes that an imaginary creature called a Backson is out to get them -- has already been done before (most recently in Pooh's Heffalump Movie from 2005). One senses that the creators were afraid to take a risk by actually using their imagination to construct a new tale for the Hundred Acre Wood animals, and that conservative attitude does not pay off; narratively, they're merely treading water with this, and older A.A. Milne fans will find it uninspired. Of course, on a commercial level that may not matter, because kids between the ages of about three and seven aren't bothered by overfamiliarities, and it seems designed largely for this age bracket anyway. It's difficult to imagine small fries responding unenthusiastically to the periodic gags and the Backson pursuit. The material is also completely appropriate for young viewers. Only one sequence that finds the characters aping soldiers (which turns familiar woodland objects such as a pinecone into weapons) feels seriously out of synch with the tone of the franchise; mercifully, it only lasts about 30 seconds. In one of the picture's few concessions to contemporary sensibilities, the creators did up the slapstick quotient. The earlier Pooh outings were gentler, mellower entertainments; this one is a bit crazier and less restrained, as in a frenetic bout involving Tigger (Cummings) and Eeyore (Bud Luckey). But much of it is still funny, lively, and (with the exception of that one military sequence) endearing. The film grows even more amiable thanks to the soundtrack presence of Zooey Deschanel, who performs the Sherman Brothers' "Winnie the Pooh" at the outset, a jaunty pop song over the end credits, and some melodic vocal accompaniments to the action in mid-film -- all of which help offset bland additional tunes by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Whatever the picture's lapses, it was a brilliant move to bring Deschanel in as a musical performer; her warm, nurturing, and maternal voice reinforces the sweetness that has made the entire Pooh franchise so lovely, and contributes to the overwhelming coziness that the movie generates.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2011
UPC:
0786936814576
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:03:00
Sales rank:
36,936

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Cummings Winnie the Pooh,Tigger
Craig Ferguson Owl
Tom Kenny Rabbit
Travis Oates Piglet
Bud Luckey Eeyore
Kristen Anderson-Lopez Kanga
Wyatt Hall Roo
Huell Howser The Backson
Jack Boulter Christopher Robin
John Cleese Narrator
Lisa Linder Silver Additional Voices
Robert Lopez Additional Voices

Technical Credits
Stephen J. Anderson Director
Don Hall Director
Kristen Anderson-Lopez Songwriter
Odin Benitez Sound Editor
Zooey Deschanel Songwriter
Paul Felix Art Director
Albert Gasser Sound Editor
Tim Gospodnetich Special Effects
Henry Jackman Score Composer
John Lasseter Executive Producer
Bobby Lopez Songwriter
Robert Lopez Songwriter
Julio Macat Cinematographer
Donald J. Malouf Sound Editor
Michelle Mazzano Production Manager
Paul Sanchez Camera Operator
Charles W. Ritter Sound Editor
Jamie Sparer Roberts Casting
Lisa Linder Silver Editor
Craig Sost Associate Producer
George C. Stevens Special Effects
Patrick M. Sullivan Art Director
Todd Toon Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Del Vecho Producer

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