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4 out of 5

by Tim

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was a Disney classic!  Children of all ages have grown up on the wonders of Winnie the Pooh and his Hundred Acre Wood friends – and now it’s time to introduce an all new generation to this cute and cuddly bear named Pooh!       

On a journey to find a pot of honey, Pooh and the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood crew embark on a journey full of mystery, suspense and adventure!  It would have been easy for the creators of this movie to write their own material, but instead the movie is actually inspired by three stories that were featured in A.A. Milne’s books.      

I have been anticipating this movie ever since I saw the theatrical trailer featuring a song by Keane, the trailer was beautifully put together and thought out.  I was finally able to catch the movie when the Blu-ray combo pack hit the shelves, and I’m glad I did!  I don’t use the word “cute” much in my reviews, but that’s exactly what this movie is.  It gives us a nostalgic look into the world of Winnie the Pooh – something that Disney has never been able to accomplish in any other movie sequel they have ever done.       

The animation is perfect.  In fact, some of my favorite animators worked on this title: Andreas Deja (known for giving life to Jafar and Scar) worked on Tigger, Mark Henn (Jasmine from Aladdin) gave life to Pooh and Christopher Robin, and Eric Goldberg (Genie from Aladdin) put a hop in Rabbit’s step.  This is a perfect example of an all-star team giving everything they have to make perfect animation.      

Unfortunately the voice acting wasn’t as beautiful as the animation.  I love the fact that some Winnie the Pooh veterans are still involved, but for the most part – it seemed liked a fresh new cast.  They did remarkably well, but it’s odd to hear the voice change from the previous releases.  Jim Cummings once again gives voice to Pooh and Tigger, and he sounds great, but other characters such as Owl, Eeyore and Kanga just didn’t sound right voiced by other voice actors.  And it wouldn’t be a Winnie the Pooh movie without the narrator – John Cleese lends his talent to be the narrating voice behind the movie… and it’s another stellar performance by Cleese.     

The special features are a little lacking.  There are two worth watching: An animated short called “The Ballad of Nessie” and the documentary talking about the history behind the book series and movies.  The documentary is a classy tribute to a Disney classic – you will learn how the characters were created and hear the story behind the original classic movie.       

My main concern was the length of the movie, the entire movie is just shy of one hour.  When was the last time you went to a theater and paid your hard earned money on a movie that only lasted one hour?  I can’t think of any other movie (in theaters) that was that short.  I wish they would have included more stories like the original did.  But I guess it’s better to leave you wanting more than overstaying their welcome.       

The Bottom Line: This is a great movie!  And over time it will definitely be remembered as another classic Winnie the Pooh movie.