Winnie The Pooh Parent Guide
"Winnie The Pooh" is a perfect outing for young moviegoers and a delightful treat for those of us who've come to appreciate the chubby little cubby's oversized heart.
Parent Movie Review
Every parent likely has a handful of books their children want to have read again and again—even if the bookshelves are lined with options. (Two of our favorites were Red is Best and The Monster at the End of this Book.) Kids seem to crave the familiarity of a story they know and love. And that’s what audiences will find in this gentle tale adapted from the writings of A.A. Milne.
Nothing remarkably original happens. The gloomy Eeyore’s (voice of Bud Luckey) tail goes missing. Owl (voice of Craig Ferguson) pontificates. Rabbit (voice of Tom Kenny) loses his composure—more than once. Tigger (voice of Jim Cummings) bounces his way into trouble and Winnie the Pooh (also voiced by Jim Cummings) searches for honey to fill his rumbly tummy. Yet those recurring storylines are exactly what makes Winnie the Pooh so comfortably charming.
While looking for some of the sweet, golden liquid to curb his hunger, Pooh stumbles upon a penned paper at Christopher Robin’s house. Being a bear of very little brains, he can’t read the words so he takes it to Owl. Given an opportunity to display his scholarly superiority, Owl launches into a lengthy misinterpretation of the note. By the time he is finished reading, the critters of the Hundred Acre Woods are convinced Christopher Robin (voice of Jack Boulter) has been kidnapped by a horned, hairy, red-headed creature called a Backson (voice of Huell Howser).
Despite their understandable apprehensions, these plucky pals push their fears aside and resolve to rescue their friend. Under Rabbit’s persistent leadership, they mount an elaborate military-like operation to lure the scary beast in a pit they have dug. But before long, they are the ones who are trapped.
Tensions and tempers rise in the confined space. Fortunately, the dialogue is sprinkled with plenty of humor that keeps the suspense from getting too intense. The script also offers fun asides to entertain the adults and a score of new musical numbers (including the song "So Long," written and performed by actress/musician Zooey Deschanel) that will keep the attention of all but the youngest audience members. Finally, thanks to Pooh’s unpretentious efforts, they escape (much to the relief of the little viewers sitting next to me).
Clocking in at just over an hour, Winnie The Pooh is a perfect outing for young moviegoers and a delightful treat for those of us who’ve come to appreciate the chubby little cubby’s oversized heart.
Note: Disney is releasing The Ballad of Nessie, a short film (6 minutes) that will run with this movie. It is also rated G by the MPAA.Directed by Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall. Starring Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, Peter Cullen, Jack Boulter. Running time: 63 minutes. Theatrical release July 15, 2011. Updated July 17, 2017
Winnie The Pooh
Rating & Content Info
Why is Winnie The Pooh rated G? Winnie The Pooh is rated G by the MPAA
Violence: Angry bees chase characters. A number of characters tumble, run into trees and fall down. One is struck by lightening and another is hit on the head with a pot. Characters experience some brief moments of mild peril. Two characters engage in a boxing match.
Sexual Content: None noted.
Language: None noted.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None noted.violence.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
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The most recent home video release of Winnie The Pooh movie is October 25, 2011. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: Winnie the Pooh
Release Date: 25 October 2011
Winnie the Pooh releases to home video as a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack. Bonus extras include:
- Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon
- The Ballad of Nessie (Short film)
- Deleted scenes with introductions by directors Stephen Anderson (Meet the Robinsons) and Don Hall (The Princess and the Frog)
- Two more deleted scenes (in HD) with introductions by directors Stephen Anderson and Don Hall
- Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too (Behind-the-scenes featurette - hosted by John Cleese)
- Sing-Along with the Movie (for seven song lyrics featured in the film)
- Disney Song Selection