Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Jim Cummings, John Cleese, Craig Ferguson, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Jack Boulter, Wyatt Dean Hall, Tom Kenny, Bud Luckey, Travis Oates

This wonderful trip down memory lane brings Christopher Robin and his friends back to the big screen in a hand drawn animated feature. Poor Eeyore has lost his tail, and Pooh has run out of honey. Offering a reward of a honey pot for anyone finding a suitable tail for Eeyore (Pooh’s idea) sends everyone off to find something. But Christopher Robin is missing, perhaps stolen back the evil monster “Backson”, everyone is distracted trying to find Christopher.

Oh my goodness!!! What a wonderful, wonderful film. This must be the “fivest” of all the films I’ve seen this year. It’s short, barely over an hour, but comes with a fabulous short film about Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster which is a lot of fun. Then Winnie the Pooh starts, with Zooey Deschanel singing the classic Winnie the Pooh theme. She does a lot of the original songs in the movie, and they are wonderful. Immediately we’re in the world of Winnie the Pooh which looks and feels just like it did decades ago. The story feels the same, and the children love it. My grandson who is 2 years old has seen it 3 times already. He insisted on going again with “Grandpa” and I’m glad he did! But way above the level of the little kids who enjoy the story, the jokes are hysterical. I found myself laughing out loud a number of times, and I found this little film funnier than many of the comedies I’ve seen this year. The clever word play between the characters is amazing. There is one scene about whether Piglet can or cannot knot the ropes that is worthy of Abbott and Costello’s Who’s on First routine! Additionally the personalities of the characters are spot on. Tigger trying to make a reluctant Eeyore into Tigger-2 has Eeyore protesting, but “the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is you’re the only one”.

This is an AWESOME adventure like the classic Disney movies, and is well worth the 5 stars I HAVE to give it. Anyone should love this movie unless you have no inner child left. When my grandson said “Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo” very Tiggerish after the Tigger song, a lot of the people in the theater laughed. He was into it for the third time! It is an awesome job, and thanks for the hand drawn animation, it proves that you don’t need 3D CGI animation to tell a wonderful story and make a great movie. I can’t wait for this to come out on DVD as I have to own this one! I loved it.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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