Winnie The Pooh (2011)

Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson/Don Hall

Written by: Burny Mattinson/Stephen J. Anderson/Clio Chiang/Don Dougherty/Don Hall/Kendelle Hoyer/Brian Kesinger/Nicole Mitchell/Jeremy Spears

Based on book by: AA Milne

Like The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh in 1977, this movie is FAR better than I thought it would be. Winnie The Pooh and his friends are just so sweet and innocent that it’s hard not to be charmed by them.

But…are they sweet and innocent? There’s a real asshole nature to a lot of these guys. And so much neuroses. Pooh really only cares about his honey. Tigger is all id. Eeyore is nice, but you wouldn’t want to be around him too long. Rabbit is a narcissist. Owl just makes shit up all the time so no one thinks he’s stupid…but he is. Piglet is anxious about everything. The only ones that aren’t hard to be around are Kanga and Roo. And they might be co-dependent.

But, whatever. This is the story of Eeyore and his tail, Pooh and his honey, Tigger’s introduction to the crew, and Christopher Robin and his Backson. It’s a lot of fun and deceptively funny. It’s sad that it didn’t do so well.

This is the last traditionally animated film that Disney has done to date. They just really think that no one wants to see this kind of animation anymore. That’s a true tragedy because it’s beautiful.

Take some time out of your day to hang out with Pooh and the gang. Maybe it’s made for little, little kids, but it’ll make you smile, too.