Did you know Pooh Bear is back? I missed the new movie in the theater but our family had a chance to preview the new DVD last week. All of my children were caught up in Pooh’s magic. We used to have Disney’s original Winnie the Pooh movie on VHS and I know that we watched it with my oldest daughter when she was young. She says that she remembers some of it but for my other children this was the most they’ve seen of the Hundred Acre Wood. The film has the same look and feel as the original with new twists. Pooh Bear is hungry, Eeyore has lost his tale and Christopher Robin has gone away but will be “Back Son” leading to all sorts of confusion.
John Cleese narrates the film and Jim Cummings is here to voice Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Other voices we recognized were Craig Ferguson (kids knew him from How to Train Your Dragon) and Bud Luckey. Mom, the kids kept saying. Eeyore is the clown from Toy Story and the agent from Incredibles. They’re always amazed when they catch on to the same voice in a different film. Zooey Deschanel sings the songs for the film and I thought she did a great job. This is a soundtrack I’d buy.
We watched the movie on Blu-Ray and it came with some fun bonus features. There’s a short “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon” and another “The Ballad of Nessie” about the Loch Ness monster. “Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too” is hosted by John Cleese and gives a behind the scenes look at the making of the film. I found it interesting seeing how the filmmakers worked to keep the look of the original 1966 film. What are bonus features without deleted scenes? They are here along with sing-along versions for the movie songs. If you purchase the DVD or Movie Download you’ll get the animated shorts and the deleted scenes as bonus features.
The only complaint I’ve heard about the movie from my kids is that it was too short (60 minutes), they were enjoying it and wanted more. I was happy to see that the original spirit and charm of Winnie the Pooh is still alive and well. We all enjoyed the movie and the music was terrific!
A link to a coupon for savings on the video here – Disney Movie Rewards
Links to the movie on Amazon & iTunes below –
Disclosure: I received a promotional copy of Winnie the Pooh for review purposes.