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Parents need to know that The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is delightful classic film with very little objectionable content. A few scenes involving mild peril -- like when a swarm of bees chase Pooh or when Rabbit is lost in the woods alone -- might frighten very sensitive children. A dream sequence involves Pooh getting pushed around a little bit and shot in the rear with a toy pop gun. Eeyore is famously depressed and self-critical. The movie provides opportunities to discuss different personality types and some iffy decisions that people (or imaginary animals) make.
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What's the story?
THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH brings to life several chapters of A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner that were turned into Disney shorts in the 1960s and '70s. The film opens with a scene from Christopher Robin's non-animated bedroom where we see the stuffed animals that come alive in the animated tales. As the narrator introduces a book, viewers slip into the story as the characters come alive on the page. The first chapter details Pooh's attempt to steal honey from a tree and his subsequent escape from a swarm of bees. Later he eats all Rabbit's honey and gets stuck in the doorway where he must stay until he slims down and can be pushed out of the narrow hole. In later chapters, Rabbit tries to teach Tigger a lesson to get him to stop pouncing on everyone but ends up getting lost in the Hundred Acre Wood. Tigger and Roo end up atop a tree and unable to get down until their friends help rescue them.
Is it any good?
With simple stories about child-like mishaps, this delightful animated tale is both visually and narratively appealing. The characters have varied personalities than demonstrate the rich variety one finds in real life. Some kids might enjoy comparing a few of the characters to real people in their lives (like the long-winded Owl or the energetic Tigger). While full of goofy shenanigans, like Pooh getting stuck in a doorway and Tigger bouncing on everyone, the pace of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a bit slower than some more modern fare and might lose the interest of busier kids.
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Families can talk about Tigger's behavior in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Why does he keep jumping on everyone? What do the other animals think about his jumping? What do they do to try to get him to stop bouncing on them? What are some other ways they could try to get him to stop?
Talk about personalities. All the animals have different personalities -- can you describe them? Do you know any people with similar characteristics?
What is a narrator? How is he made more important in these stories? Could Tigger and Roo have gotten out of the tree without him?
- In theaters: March 11, 1977
- On DVD or streaming: June 19, 2007
- Cast: Paul Winchell, Sebastian Cabot, Sterling Holloway
- Directors: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Book Characters, Friendship, Wild Animals
- Character strengths: Compassion, Empathy, Integrity
- Run time: 74 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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