Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Film Review #17: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

If there ever was a film beloved by the entire world, it would be this one.  Winnie the Pooh is such a simple story that reaches everyone on some sort of level, even as adults.  These short fables are beloved by all and are some of the most well known stories ever told.

Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree: A hungry Pooh bear goes off in search of honey to fill the rumbly in his tumbly.  After a few failed attempts to get honey from his favorite honey tree, Pooh decides to pay his friend Rabbit a visit.  After eating the poor Rabbit out of house and home (non-maliciously of course), the poor bear stuffed with fluff is stuck in Rabbits hole.  Can Christopher Robin and his friends free Pooh, or will Rabbit never be allowed to use his front door again?

The Blustery Day: The wind picks up in the Hundred Acre Wood and makes things difficult for the animals, especially Owl, who has his tree fall down and shatter his house.  That night, Pooh meets Tigger for the first time and is told of Heffalumps and Woozles, who like to steal honey.  As the wind turns to rain, Piglet and Pooh need help escaping from the now overflowing river.  Can Owl and the others save them in time?

And Tigger Too: Sick and tired of Tigger's constant bouncing, Rabbit and the others try to lure Tigger into a misty part of the woods and lose him (at least Rabbit does, Pooh and Piglet are coerced into it).  But the plan backfires when they themselves get lost and later find out that Tiggers never get lost.  As fall turned to winter, Tigger and his bouncing buddy Roo go off and bounce into a tree and get stuck there, too scared to fall down.  Can they be saved in time?

What's Bad?: -_-

What's Good?: The whole movie is a charm and delight to watch.  Every character is likable in their own special way.  Pooh especially, because unlike someone like Mickey Mouse, he does get into trouble because of his curiosity.  He is pure innocence perfected in cartoon character form.

The songs are almost as well known as the movie.

The film is one of those REALLY RARE films that doesn't require a villain to fight or a major conflict to overcome.  It's just the life of this group of toy animals and the lives they live.

Overall: Easily the best Disney film of the 1970's, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a delight for all ages and all genders.  The film is easily one of Disney's finest.

Report Card

Hero:                                A
Heroine:                          N/A
Side Characters:            A
Villain:                            N/A
Songs:                             B+
Musical Score:               B
Animation:                     A
Special Effects:              B
Themes:                         A+
Stories:                           A

Final Grade:   A-

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