So I saw Winnie the Pooh at the cinema, try saying over the age of twelve and unless you were with a younger relative, prepare for some odd looks. If you want to know why I walked into the local cinema by myself, walked up to the ticket and said “One for Winnie the Pooh please” and went into a screen room surrounded by kids is because I wanted to see the movie. I, like many other people my age, grew up with good old Winnie the Pooh before they got Disney Toon Studios to make a series of movies with no relations to the books, so seeing a trailer for a back to basic, traditionally animated Winnie the Pooh film, I was interested.
So after finding a seat and waiting through the trailers that consisted of a sequel that shouldn’t be made (Kung Fu Panda 2), a spinoff from a series that should be dead (Puss in Boots), a film about a kid that clearly isn’t whimpy (Diary of a Whimpy Kid: Roderick Rules) and a film about a rabbit so stupid and pointless I believe the trailer should’ve counted as the movie itself (Hop), I was about to get ready to see Walt Disney Studio’s latest and finest.
But little did I know that there were not one but two animated shorts. The first one, which I guess is part of a series, is a Disney Junior short involving a group of kids who are apparently pirates as they try and stop Captain Hook from succeeding in his…mildley cruel plans. How bad are these plans? Well in the short I saw, Captain Hook stole a goldfish to put into his fishing tank! Despite how cool it is to see both Captain Hook and Smee in the same designs as the Disney’s Peter Pan movie, the whole short was incredibly stupid. It was so simplified and rediculous that noone in the audience was laughing, not even the kids.
The second one however, was much nicer. It was a story about the Loch Ness Monster, and how its original pond was taken over by a golf obsessed scottsman, so Nessie is told not to get upset and find a new home, however it was Nessie’s tears that created Loch Ness, showing that the moral of the story is that it’s ok to express your true feelings. It’s nicely animated, has some slight humor and it’s easy to sympaphise with Nessise while you watch.
Finally it was on to the actual movie, and it is brilliant! The animation is well crafted, with some really creative moments (I love the chalkboard artstyle and animation in the Backson song!). The musical numbers are just as good and well transitioned as any Disney movie. The cast is really fun to listen to, with Jim Cummings reprising his roles as Pooh and Tigger, comedic actors Tom Kenny and Craig Ferguson as Rabbit and Owl and John Cleese as the narrator among others, all entertaining to listen to and create very likeable characters. The best thing is that the movie is very funny and self-aware of it’s flaws, especially since there’s no fourth wall in the entire movie and small parts of the humour is purely the film making fun of the plotholes through the characters.
I could go into detail in a film review, but all I can say now is no matter what age you are, you need to see this movie! Just make sure you find a way to skip over the Disney Junior crap…