Winnie the Pooh DVD Review
By Kam Williams
Pooh and Pals' Adventure Arrives on DVDWritten by A.A. Milne (1882-1956) back in the 1920s, Winnie the Pooh is a beloved children's classic which has captured the imagination of young and old alike for generations on end. Since acquiring the rights to the collection of the collection of timeless tales in the early Sixties, Walt Disney has adapted them to both the big and small screens, even extending the popular franchise in recent years by creating sequels for such peripheral characters as Tigger (2000), Piglet (2003) and Heffalump (2005).
With the latest episode, Pooh (Jim Cummings) returns to the limelight for an animated adventure ostensibly-based on three of the original, illustrated bedtime stories. The action unfolds in fabled Hundred Acre Wood, where we find him rousing from hibernation, hungry and out of honey. This state of affairs inspires the anthropomorphic bear to sing "The Tummy Song," the first of numerous excuses the production seizes upon to launch into a bouncy show tune.
But when neither a balloon, a cuckoo clock, an umbrella, a weather vane, an accordion, a moose head, a yo-yo nor a dartboard looks right on Eeyore's rump, they decide to approach Christopher Robin (Jack Boulter) for help. The plot thickens when Owl misinterprets the note left on his door ("Back Soon") to mean the boy has been kidnapped by a mysterious creature called a "Backson."
Will the gang "rescue" Christopher Robin, secure a substitute tail for Eeyore, and fill Pooh's belly so serenity might again abide inside this musical menagerie's peaceable kingdom? That's a lot of loose ends to resolve betwixt and between all the singing and dancing. But despite the picture's scant running time of about an hour, only a fool would bet against Pooh and company.
A benign, tot-oriented fable sharing a heartwarming message about the true meaning of friendship.
Excellent (4 stars)
Running time: 63 Minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
2-Disc Combo Pack Extras: Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film, deleted scenes, "The Ballad of Nessie" and "Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon" animated shorts, "Pin the Tail on Eeyore" game, and "Sing-Along with the Movie" and "Disney Song Selection" featurettes.
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Kam Williams is a syndicated film and book critic who writes for 100+ publications. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the African-American Film Critics Association, and the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee. Contact him through NewsBlaze.
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