The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Movie review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Remains faithful to A. A. Milne's beloved classic stories.
  • G
  • 1977
  • 74 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 10 reviews

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Educational Value

Unlike more recent Pooh spin-offs, this has a strong connection to the A. A. Milne classic.

Positive Messages

This movie is about friendship and the things friends do for one another, like when Piglet offers his house to Owl and Pooh then offers to share his house with Piglet. The movie also shows a range of emotions that kids can relate to, like anxiety, fear, frustration, and pride. Additional themes include compassion, empathy, and integrity. On the down side, the movie does not encourage direct communication.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pooh is the central character and his joyfulness and simplicity is a rather realistic depiction of a young child, including the faults of overestimating oneself and going along with others on a not-so-good idea. The other characters are more complex -- grumpy, depressed, nervous, gregarious -- and provide good foils for Pooh.

Violence & Scariness

Tigger bounces on his friends and they don't usually like it. Pooh gets chased by bees. Several scenes show the animals in minor peril -- lost in the woods, stuck in a tree, etc. -- though the problem is always resolved. In one scene Pooh carries a pop-gun, and in another an elephant in Pooh's dream shoots him with a toy gun.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Pooh merchandise is everywhere.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written bycelinac January 25, 2010
Perhaps the most faithful of Disney's literary adaptations. Cute, charming collection of episodes. Captures the spirit of A.A. Milne’s classic stories.
Parent of a 3 year old Written byMamaD407 August 8, 2010
This has got to be the best classic movie for children of any age! I watched it over and over again as a child and now my 3 year old son is also entranced by it... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysuper movie reviewer January 3, 2010

a great beloveded story

this story is great and beloveded. It is simply kid friendly exsept for quit a few scenes with mild peril that might slightly scar a 2 year old.
Written byAnonymous January 12, 2014

A true G rated movie yet at the same time a true family movie!

What can I say about Winnie the Pooh? This movie is great for preschoolers but it does not alienate adults like most preschooler's movies out there. It de... Continue reading

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

  • How do the characters in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh demonstrate compassion, empathy, and integrity? Why are these important character strengths?

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