Winnie the Pooh [2011] (3/6/12)

Winnie The PoohMovie Forty Seven

I’m not entirely sure what made me watch Winnie the Pooh. As a child I was always fond of Pooh’s adventures, but as a 29 year old I probably shouldn’t be interested in seeing what the gang is up to. Regardless of my age, I found the movie to be incredibly endearing.

Clocking in at just over an hour, Winnie the Pooh is about half song, something I was not expecting. I don’t ever remember a song every few minutes growing up with Pooh Bear, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there weren’t songs. After awhile the songs were more of a chore, my wife was constantly rolling her eyes and grumbling things like, ‘another song?!’. I found the songs to be enjoyable, but they do make the hour run time feel even longer. Fans of Zooey Deschanel will be pleased that she did the main theme song and a few other tracks for the soundtrack.

The story is classic Winnie the Pooh; Pooh wants honey (or hunny) and Eeyore has lost his tail. The gang tries to find Eeyore’s tail while Pooh is in it mostly for the honey. The adventure they get into is charming, but fairly unmemorable. I could see young children wanting something like this on repeat until the disc melts, though.

One thing I feel is worth mentioning is the animation. I’m not entirely sure if it’s hand-drawn, but it looks very much like it is. In this age where everything seems to be computer generated it is a nice touch, even if it is actually computer generated to look this way. While it doesn’t break the mold or get too crazy, I quite enjoyed my time with Winnie the Pooh despite being completely outside the target audience.

I give it 3 confused Poohs out of 5.

Continue reading