Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Videovangaurd reviews Winnie The Pooh (2011).

Winnie The Pooh.

Cast: Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson

Writers: Stephen J Anderson,Clio Chiang, Don Dougherty,
Don Hall,Brian Kessinger,Nicole Mitchell,Jeremy Spears

Directors: Stephen J Anderson,Don Hall

**** out of four stars.

                                  (Theatrical Teaser Poster)

"Winnie The Pooh" is not just a great return back to the style of 2D animated movies. It also marks a wonderful turn back to good basic story telling as well.  I really had to think hard about any faults with this and if I had to think of one is that it was too short.  This is the perfect example of a family picture.  One that everyone will enjoy for the same reason instead of having jokes that only adults will get but it goes over the kids' heads.   If you feel like you are too old to enjoy a movie like this in theaters don't because this is easily the best animated movie so far this year.

If you don't all ready know this story by now Christopher Robin(Jack Boulter)is a young boy who lives in the hundred acre woods with his friends such as,Owl(Craig Ferguson),Pigglet(Travis Oates),Eeyore(Bud Luckey),Tigger and of course Winnie the Pooh(both voiced by Jim Cummings).  Old Pooh is somewhat obsessed by Honey and when the story begins to when it ends he is mainly concerned about finding that sweet gold stuff.  It's like an addiction to him.  Even when Eeyore has lost his tail and the rest of the gang is off searching for it.  That silly old bear is off searching for just a taste to fill that need.  One of these days I'll have to show Winnie "Requiem for a Dream" so he can see the dangers of addiction.  But only when he is much much older.  Now that's not to say he is completely selfish.  Pooh does care about his friends and shows his respect to one of his friends in a big way near the end. 

(Clip Curtosey of Walt Disney Studios UK)

What makes this film so enjoyable is not the story.  It's how the story is told.  The whole movie breaks the fourth wall so much that it has crumbled. Characters will leap from one page of the book to the next.  The Narrator(John Cleese) will interact with the characters and the characters will interact with the audience.  You almost feel like your a part of the story and that's where it holds a lot of appeal for me.  It has a lot of good lessons for children about doing the right thing and staying close to your friends. But it doesn't bash those messages over their heads either.  In fact this is probably the first "Winnie the Pooh" movie I have enjoyed all the way through and did not find one dull thing about it. 

I feel bad for reviewing this late but I didn't get a chance to see it because it left theaters within the first week.  The movie has not been doing so well at the box office and I believe it's due to the fact that most people have become a bit too jaded and cynical to enjoy this.   Most animated movies want to give you a huge spectacle and show you a very pretty light show.  The problem is that you are left with a cool looking movie with a very weak storyline and characters. This movie may not have the whiz bang boom that a lot of 3D animated movies have but it has what a lot of those movies wished it had.  Heart.

(Clip curtosey of Disney Fan Review)

Note**** The Songs from Indie darling Zooey Deschanel on the soundtrack are quite good.  I was never a big fan of her singing but her style works perfectly for this type of movie.   It has this childish whimsical nature and therefore it remains timeless.


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