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.
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?
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
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.