Winnie the Pooh

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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age 3+

Adorable big-screen Pooh adaptation is short and sweet.

G 2011 69 minutes

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age 3+

Based on 50 reviews

Kids say

age 3+

Based on 39 reviews

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age 5+

TOO SCARY. Half cute (Eeyore's tail), half terrible (Backson).

My 2 and 4-year-old love the original 1977 Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, so I thought they would like this one too. I read reviews here first, and I should have listened to those who said the Backson monster was too scary. My 4-year-old asked me to skip the Backson part about 5 minutes into it, and he still had trouble falling asleep tonight because he was scared of the monster! To provide more details to those considering watching it: the movie starts out with one of the classic stories from the book about Eeyore losing his tail, and all the friends trying to help him find it. Then, about 15 minutes in, Christopher Robin goes to school and leaves a note saying he'll be "back soon". Owl misreads the notes and tells everyone he's been kidnapped by a terrible monster called "Backson". This launches into a dream/imagination sequence that explains in vivid detail all the things he does that make him so scary. Owl then asks everyone else to think of more mean things the monster could do, to really get those imaginations running wild. Granted, it's things like eating their alarm clock to make them wake up late and poking holes in their socks, but he aggressively pokes the holes with giant, menacing horns, and it's all very mean-spirited - this monster is doing these things to be mean and laughing about it. Compare this to the Heffalumps and Woozles in the 1977 movie. Yes, they're a little bit scary in Pooh's dream, but they're only scary because he thinks they're coming for his honey, which manifests in them being vaguely unsettling. They never actually threaten Pooh himself, unlike the Backson, who at one point in the "dream" stomps on Piglet, crushing him. I don't remember why, but it was one of the scenes my preschooler brought up when he was too scared to fall asleep tonight. After the imagination sequence, the plot moves to the characters running to set defences, military-style, while talking about how scared they are of this big bad monster. This was when we decided to skip the rest, so we jumped ahead to Christopher Robin coming home from school. He explained the whole silly mix-up, but the seed of a big scary monster who could do things to you had already been planted. Finally, the plot goes back to Eeyore's tail, as Pooh visits Owl, sees the tail hanging as his door knocker, and returns it to him. That part is all so cute and straight from the book, like ALL of the stories in the 1977 movie were. I don't know who decided to spice it up with their own new snazzy idea in the middle, or WHY, but it seems so out of character with the rest of everything Winnie the Pooh! It's also just weirdly spliced together - why begin and end with Eeyore's tail? Why not just do each little story on its own, the way they did in the original? It would flow better, and have the advantage of not needing to skip the parts that suck. I know a lot of other people on here said their kids weren't scared by the Backson at all, and that's great for them, but I wish I'd known exactly what we were in for. I'd say it's definitely scary, so if your kid is good with that, go for it, but if they're sensitive to scary stuff at all and you thought Winnie the Pooh was a good, safe choice, you might want to pre-watch it first (because what else do parents want to do once their kids are in bed than watch kids' movies, right??). Anyway, if you do choose to watch it, best of luck to you! I hope you like it better than we did!

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age 3+

Short, entertaining movie for very little ones

I see other reviews on here report problems with the Backson being a bit scary. My usually quite sensitive 2-and-a-half year old was perfectly comfortable with the Backson, even sings the song. I suppose he responds more to scary music (of which there isn't any in this movie) rather than verbal descriptions. I suppose this type of thing is very much dependent on the child and what cues they strongly respond to.

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