A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- In theaters: August 5, 1997
- On DVD or streaming: 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
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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