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    Winnie the Pooh Reviews

    First off, I figured that discussing what we thought of the movie should get its own thread, not be part of the thread for the clip that's a little further down the front page of this section. If I'm out of line here, I'm sorry!

    Second, now that this finally opened in the States, I got a chance to see this. I'm going to discuss it on the next episode of my podcast, but I really liked this a lot. I've loved the Winnie the Pooh characters since I was a kid (the first stuffed animal I ever got was of Eeyore), so when I first saw the ads, I was a bit skeptical. But the reviews, which appear to be mostly positive, are right. This is charming, sweet, funny (actually, a lot funnier than I expected), and fun. It's extremely short (including six previews, the Nessie short, and the movie, the running time is about 80 minutes), but a nice throwback to when hand-drawn animation and Winnie the Pooh were extremely popular. Did anyone else see this yet?
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    Re: Winnie the Pooh Reviews

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    I saw both 'Winnie The Pooh' and 'The Ballad of Nessie' at a screening last night with a nearly packed family-filled audience, the perfect match for this fabulous new pair. The 'Nessie' short is darling and a wonderful throwback to the studio's first animation golden age. Narrated by Billy Connolly with his fullest Scottish accent we're whisked into a very unique environment with funny and terrifically- designed characters and even an in-house shout out . Such a treat to finally see this long-gestating short up on the big screen.

    'Winnie The Pooh' is a wonder as well. A surprising combination of real warmth, humor and childhood nostalgia. The hand-drawn animation is a glorious thing to behold and a true tribute to the "Nine Old Men" who animated and directed the first Disney Pooh film. A terrific nod as well to the co-directors Stephen Anderson and Don Hall for giving us a modern Pooh taht doesn't stray to far from our memories of the earlier films. Andrea Deja's Tigger is a hoot and a half, especially coming from the big cat master that gave life to Scar in 'The Lion King'. I'm sure it's not lost on him that his hero Disney Legend Milt Kahl animated both Tigger and 'The Jungle Book's Shere Kahn. Art Director Paul Felix bathes us in a gorgeous, lush 100 Acre Woods unlike any seen on screen before. In some scenes it almost threatens to overtake the characters with the sheer lovliness surrounding them. The songs are fun and bouncy not unlike the characters. My favorite was the Busby Berkeley-esque 'Everything is Honey' song sequence directed by Eric Goldberg. As he did with 'Almost There' in 'The Princess and the Frog' Goldberg manages to create a separate film-within-a-film showstopper that still fits nicely with the overall experience.

    Can't wait to see it again when it opens this weekend.
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    Re: Winnie the Pooh Reviews

    I really want to see this movie. Considering it's a Disney film I'm shocked there's not much hype here

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    Re: Winnie the Pooh Reviews

    Pros - Good animation, very cute and VERY VERY funny

    Cons - WAY too short espically if you a nerd like me that knows they threw out two storys that were planned to be put in this movie.......for 10 bucks it does kinda suck that its only an hour, I mean thats really like 3 episodes of a kids TV show but it was funny and i loved that but Its going to have to be on sale or in a combo pack with the orgnal to have me buying this film on day one.....like i did for tangled and princess and the frog

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    Re: Winnie the Pooh Reviews

    the movie was great, i just didn't like piglets voice i think from the series cartoons piglet sounded way better.

    yeah the movie was short.

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    Re: Winnie the Pooh Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Dopey24 View Post
    the movie was great, i just didn't like piglets voice i think from the series cartoons piglet sounded way better.

    yeah the movie was short.

    The original voice who did the original film and cartoon series passed away unfortunately. But yah, it's become like the Muppets where you have several actors playing the characters over the years. The most off-putting for me was Kanga.


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    Re: Winnie the Pooh Reviews

    I'm the film critic for a small local paper, and I intended to review this. Unfortunately, when I showed up at the Fair Oaks Theater in Arroyo Grande to see last showing of the day, I found that they had changed the showtime to one hour earlier. I got the showtime from a weekly paper which came out the day before, and I pass the theater on my way to work every day, with a marquee that said 7PM. The manager said attendance for Pooh was so bad, they got Bridesmaids to play at night (Thus the schedule change). She was also completely unapologetic, repeatedly saying "it's not our fault" and "The paper came out on Thursday, and now it's Friday."

    Also, we found out that the local multiplex, which had plastered their lobby in ads for it, would not be getting it at all due to the Fair Oaks getting it.

    A week later, I went to a theater in San Luis Obispo to see the movie.

    It's as cute at charming as you would expect, but I would have liked it better with about 20 minutes of stuffing cut out, playing as a featurette *before* a movie (as the original Pooh films did). It's just too small of a smackerel to be the main attraction.

    Also, I thought the "moral" was as tacked on as Eeyore's tail.
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    When Pooh finally gets ahold of the honey, why can't he eat it first and then bring Eeyore his tail? I mean, the honey was RIGHT THERE. I guess maybe Pooh is self aware enough to know that he would probably forget all about the tail by the time he was done?
    And why does everything have to have a moral nowadays?

    And why were the writers so hard on Owl?
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    Basically everything that happens is his fault.


    With the callbacks to the old films (The original theme song and "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers", the similarities between the "Backson" and "Heffalumps and Woozles") maybe they should have just re-released those to theaters. There were some good bits in the new film though
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    Our favorite being part where all the dialog and words in the book were replaced with "honey."


    "Ballad of Nessie" - I loved the adorable character design and the Mary Blair/small world style plaid backdrops, but the tale was a tad maudlin.

    I hope the phenomenally talented animators get to work on an original hand-drawn animated feature very soon.
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