The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

 
Remains faithful to A. A. Milne's beloved classic stories.
  • Review Date: December 2, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1977
  • Running Time: 74 minutes

What parents need to know

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. On the down side, the movie does not encourage direct communication.

Positive role models

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Pooh merchandise is everywhere.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this delightful classic film contains 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.

What's the story?

This delightful animated tale 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?

QUALITY
 

With simple stories about child-like mishaps, this classic animated movie 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 this film is a bit slower than some more modern fare and might lose the interest of busier kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Tigger's behavior. 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 11, 1977
DVD release date: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
Run time:74 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent of a 3 year old Written byMamaD407 August 8, 2010
age 2+
 
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. This is his favorite movie to watch when he's sick or can't sleep. It has almost a soothing feel to it and it's just oh-so-sweet! My family will always have this movie in our DVD library!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bysuper movie reviewer January 3, 2010
age 2+
 

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.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Educator and Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written bycelinac January 25, 2010
age 3+
 
Perhaps the most faithful of Disney's literary adaptations. Cute, charming collection of episodes. Captures the spirit of A.A. Milne’s classic stories.

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