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Disney’s Winnie the Pooh is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and combo packs.

I recently had the opportunity to screen the movie, which I missed out on in theaters, and have to say that this is one that everyone should have in their home video collection!

Film Synopsis
Disney returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.”  Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo – and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail.  “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh.  Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit.  It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Disney’s all-new “Winnie the Pooh” movie is inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney?s classic, hand-drawn art.

My Review
Disney’s long overdue return to the Hundred Acre Wood was inspired by three stories from the classic A.A. Milne children’s books.  Hard to believe, but there hasn’t been a full-length Pooh theatrical release (based on the original stories) since 1977’s “The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh”.  Over three decades later, it’s nice to see that aside from a few voice casting changes, the characters and their world hasn’t changed a bit.

The animation is classic Disney.  Hand-drawn with what appears to be watercolor background plates, you could go from 1977’s “The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh” straight to this movie and not really see much of a difference in the visual style at all!  Which also makes me think (hint, hint) that Disney should come up with a remastered Blu-ray release of “The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh”.

John Cleese narrates the film and I think he was an excellent choice to fill the shoes of the late Sebastian Cabot.  He just has “the voice” for it!  Jim Cummings pulls double duty voicing the roles of both Pooh and Tigger.  Respectively, these characters were voiced in 1977 by Sterling Holloway and Paul Winchell.  I think it’s amazing that not only can he voice two characters previously done by different voice actors, but also that I simply cannot hear any difference in the voices of these characters now!

The story is very entertaining, and amongst the two grown-ups and two boys (8 and 11) in the room when I watched it, we were all laughing hysterically during several parts of the film.

Zooey Deschanel performs the title song (“Winnie the Pooh”) and also sings the song (“So Long”) over the movie’s closing credits.  I know Zooey as an actress but I had no idea she could sing too!

Overall, this is a great film and suitable for all ages.

Blu-ray Bonus Features:

  • Exclusive bonus short “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon” – In this charming short, Pooh comes up with a daring plan to get a hold of some honey by fooling a group of bees.
  • The Ballad of Nessie” – The animated short film included in the theatrical release is the heartwarming tale of how Nessie found her new home in the Loch Ness.
  • Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too” – A fun and informative behind-the-scenes look at the film, designed for the whole family.  Hosted by John Cleese (narrator of the film), and with occasional help from Pooh himself, this featurette explores Winnie the Pooh’s history from his beginnings as a character in a book, to his continued life in the movies.  The filmmakers reveal how they worked to keep the look of the characters and settings in this movie consistent with their first appearances on-screen in 1966.  Pooh, being a bear of very little mind, finds much of this confusing, but the Narrator and the filmmakers make it all clear to Pooh – and you!
  • Deleted Scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 5 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “Rabbit?s Friends and Relations,” “Original Eeyore Intro,” “Original Tigger Intro” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”
  • Sing-Along with the Movie – Follow the red balloon and changing word colors to seven song lyrics featured in the film.
  • Disney Song Selection – “Winnie the Pooh Theme Song,” “The Tummy Song, “A Very Important Thing To Do,” “The Backson Song,” “It?s Gonna Be Great,” “Everything is Honey” and “The Winner Song Finale”

DVD Bonus Features:

  • “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon”
  • “The Ballad of Nessie”
  • Deleted scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 3 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” ”Rabbit?s Friends and Relations” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”