When Walt Disney releases the latest Winnie the Pooh it will be the first Pooh to appear in theaters since 2005. The classic series for children made its debut in 1926 as an A.A. Milne novel and grew to a franchise that included movies, television shows and loads of merchandise.
For those who may not be aware of the story Pooh Bear, the irresistible Christopher Robin, named after the author’s son, has a very active imagination. In his mind he creates the Hundred Acre Wood and in it he puts lots of stuffed animals, led by Winnie the Pooh the honey loving bear of very little brain. With Pooh are Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and her son Roo, Owl and who could forget Eeyore the depressed donkey.
Three storylines are woven in the film that include Pooh’s eternal search for honey, Christopher Robin being kidnapped and the gang looking for a replacement for Eeyore’s Tale. Many have grown up with these characters and how can one be critical of something that brings back so much nostalgia. Thankfully there is not a lot to criticise.
The characters are like they were six years ago especially Pooh, who is still be voiced by Jim Cummings. He has voiced Pooh as well as Tigger since sometime in the 1980s. Even though there are three separate storylines that are all quite random, at the end they all tie nicely together.
And it actually is a great way to keep the younger crowds attention then just being bored with one storyline. It is refreshing to see that Disney has stuck with what works. There are no computerised characters either, they are drawn by artists and voiced for the most part by actors that have been with them for years.