Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin

 
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Cute Winnie the Pooh adventure for little ones.
  • Review Date: May 17, 2006
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 70 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good message about friendship.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are some mildly scary moments in this film. For example, a big shadow looks like a monster but turns out to be Christopher Robin. There is sadness and confusion when the animals think Christopher Robin is missing.

What's the story?

Christopher Robin is old enough to start school but he can't bring himself to break the news to his friend, Winnie-the-Pooh. Instead, he leaves a note attached to a jar of honey. Pooh eats the honey (of course) and Owl helps him interpret Christopher Robin's note, incorrectly reading "school" as "skull." Believing their friend is in trouble and possibly held captive by a "skullasaurus," Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, and Rabbit set off to find him through the "great unknown" parts of the Hundred Acre Woods. So begins POOH'S GRAND ADVENTURE: THE SEARCH FOR CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. The animals are startled by unexpected noises and downright scared by the possibility that "heffalumps" and "woozles" might be lurking around any corner. But as their journey progresses, they find they are each uniquely stronger and braver than they had imagined, and their strengths help them reach their destination: a rock that looks somewhat like a skull.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The songs in this movie are tedious and uninspired, as is much of the dialogue and interaction among the characters. Disney is simply following a formula that's been used for these characters many times. On the positive side, the story is simple and tries to evoke the charm of the original adventures of the animals of the Hundred Acre Woods.

Truth be told, kids, especially preschoolers, will enjoy this movie. And parents will be happy with its good, clean fun and positive messages. A short called "Pooh's Symphony" plays automatically following the end credits, and this in turn is followed by Winnie The Pooh and the Blustery Day, a classic Disney cartoon.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about themes from the movie, such as friendship and finding your own strength. What do you like to do with your friends? What do you do that makes you feel good about yourself? What do you admire about your friends?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 11, 2006
DVD release date:April 11, 2006
Cast:Jim Cummings, John Fiedler, Ken Sansom
Director:Karl Geurs
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Book characters, Friendship
Run time:70 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:General Audiences

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Kid, 12 years old January 5, 2012
 

VERY SCARY AND SAD

The songs are tedious and unnecessary (especially the last one) and the plot is way too obvious, but I still liked this movie a lot. Even as a little kid, I loved the rush of fear I got while watching a scary movie, so I loved this and still do. But your average little kid does not enjoy fear, so parents need to take major heed with this movie. It's theme is very sad (I still cry when I hear the song "Wherever You Are") and some of the images are very scary (they still scare me, and I am 14). When I read the article for this, I literally cried at how much information Maria Llull, the writer of the CSM review, left out. "Good, clean fun and positive messages"? Are you high? You gotta try the psychotics, honey! The funny thing is that almost all other Pooh film articles have at least one tip on violence and scariness, but for minor things. This is the ONLY Pooh film I think is scary, but, ironically enough, it is one of the only ones that has zero info on scariness. Someone smart like Nell Minow should have written this article, and then it would be more accurate. If it were my choice, I would make this film PG for scary images and thematic elements. To join my petition for recognizing this movie's scariness and Maria Lull's stunningly and painfully wrong review, click the "helped me decide", "had useful details" and "read my mind" buttons. At least then I'll know a FEW people in this world make sense.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Parent of an infant and 2 year old Written byluckyl8dybug February 11, 2011
 

BEWARE this is SCARY

My son is 2.5 years old. Before viewing I checked this site's review and info. The only warning given was that there is one scene that is a big shadow and it becomes Christopher Robin. This is an under statement. There are MANY scenes with skulls and shadows/trees/mountains that have scary faces. I am disappointed that there was not more in the review about it. So just be warned. It is far scarier for the little ones than this site claims.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byDivine_Munchie_99 August 18, 2009
 

Darker than expected

I saw this a while back, and it's much darker than I expected. The peril is quite intense, so I'm surprised this got a G rating. However, it's very heartwarming. A must for kids who like the adrenaline rush of fear.
What other families should know
Too much violence
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