Winnie The Pooh - DVD Review
Review by Jack Foley
FOR life-long Winnie The Pooh fans and younger newcomers alike, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ return to The Hundred Acre Wood is a charming trip down memory lane.
Staying loyal to the classic hand-drawn creations of A.A. Milne but giving them an all-new adventure, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall’s short but sweet film harks back to a simpler time.
The story takes place over the course of a single day in the aforementioned wood, during which Eeyore loses his donkey tail and searches for a replacement, Owl mistakenly thinks Christopher Robin has been abducted by a concocted monster and Pooh bear himself seeks those ever-elusive honey pots.
It also includes several songs, including – most notably – Zooey Deschanel’s cover version of the Sherman Brothers’ classic title song, six original songs (most of which, it has to be admitted, are merely OK), and The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers.
The main strength of this Pooh revival is revisiting the favourite characters, all of whom are brilliantly realised in the simple but effective animation, and voiced by relatively unknown actors (Bud Luckey, Jim Cummings, anyone?).
It means that we continue to hold these characters with the same kind of affection that we did when we first became acquainted with them, even if the plot itself feels lightweight.
Disney, though, deserves credit for not being tempted to go down the route adopted by the likes of Alvin & The Chipmunks or Yogi Bear in attmepting to make these characters more ‘modern’ and ‘hip’ for young kids.
It means that while certainly impeding the film’s box office, it lends the film a timeless quality and a classic feel that should, arguably, reap bigger rewards in DVD format, as well as on TV whenever it’s shown (most probably at Christmas or Easter).
And for young viewers who’ve yet to discover the old-school delights of AA Milne’s source books (and drawings), this also capably pays such neat homage to those that you’ll want to hang out more with Christopher Robin and co.
Running time: 73mins
UK DVD Release: August 22, 2011