Winnie the Pooh

  • Review Date: July 15, 2011
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 69 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Adorable big-screen Pooh adaptation is short and sweet.
  • Review Date: July 15, 2011
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 69 minutes





What parents need to know

Educational value

Much more about entertainment than education, but kids do learn the value of friendship.

Positive messages

Pooh and his friends offer a wonderful example of teamwork and collaboration. Their adventures teach kids about the importance of standing by your friends, being selfless, and being kind to others.

Positive role models

Pooh realizes that helping others is even more important than eating honey. The friends band together to help both Eeyore and Christopher Robin. Kanga is kind and motherly, Rabbit is industrious and sensible, Piglet overcomes his considerable fears to go through the Wood alone, Owl always has a plan, and Tigger is bouncing and full of enthusiasm. On the other hand, Eeyore is pessimistic and gloomy.

Violence & scariness

The description of the "Backson" is humorous but may upset the most sensitive of young viewers. Pooh and his friends fall in the pit they dug to capture the Backson. Several pratfalls from all of the characters.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

Disney has put plenty of Winnie the Pooh merchandise out there for kids.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this big-screen take on Winnie the Pooh is as sweet and gentle as the original Disney cartoons, making it accessible for even the youngest movie-goers (and a fine pick for little ones' first movie). Preschoolers and early elementary-aged children may not understand the way the narrator speaks to the characters (who also interact with the letters and words on the screen), but it won't get in the way of their enjoyment. The sequence in which the mysterious "Backson" monster is described could mildly frighten some tots, but otherwise this is a faithful adaptation of A.A. Milne's classic tales.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) loves his honey, but he can't seem to find any in the Hundred Acre Wood. On his search for the sugary treat, he encounters his mopey donkey friend Eeyore (Bud Luckey), who has somehow lost his tail. Pooh and his pals -- Piglet (Travis Oates), Owl (Craig Ferguson), Kanga (Kristen Anderson-Lopez) and Roo (Wyatt Dean Hall), and Rabbit (Tom Kenny) -- hold a contest to find Eeyore another tail, but there doesn't seem to be a suitable replacement. One morning, Christopher Robin leaves a note saying "Gon out. Bizy. Back Son," which know-it-all Owl presumes means that some creature called a "Backson" has somehow kidnapped Christopher Robin. That leads the animal friends to another collaborative effort to search for and save their human buddy -- but of course they're the ones who end up needing rescuing.

Is it any good?


With its old-fashioned animation and easy-to-follow storylines, WINNNIE THE POOH is one of those rare children's movies that's both simple and sweet. Like the beloved books on which the animated characters are based, there's no artifice or trendy references, just funny jokes (behold the comeback of the "Who's on First" routine), cheery musical numbers, and the occasional wink-wink to parents in the audience (who will laugh more than they ever thought possible in a Pooh flick).


Although the movie is really two intertwined vignettes (the pals search for Eeyore's tail and then try to trap the enigmatic Backson), at barely over an hour, there's no time for the plot to lag or bore even kids who can't read. That said, literate children will get an extra bonus of seeing how the characters form objects and words with the letters on screen, and adults will enjoy John Cleese's narrator, who talks directly to the enchanted animals. The Pooh is back, and thanks to sticking closely to A. A. Milne's roots, Disney has a winning little film for kids who love the fluff-stuffed bear.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way the characters interact with the narrator and the words on the screen. How is this similar to the way the original books worked? Is it ever confusing?

  • Talk about personalities. All the animals have different personalities -- can you describe them? Do you know any people with similar characteristics?

  • Kids: Which character do you identify with the most? When you feel sad like Eeyore, what do you do?

  • How does this movie compare to other Pooh films and TV shows? Which do you like best, and why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 15, 2011
DVD release date:October 25, 2011
Cast:Craig Ferguson, Jim Cummings, John Cleese, Tom Kenny
Director:Stephen J. Anderson
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Friendship, Wild animals
Run time:69 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Written byAnonymous August 24, 2011


A wonderful movie for the whole family. Classic Winnie the Pooh and friends, this movie has a great message.
Parent of a 3 year old Written byLife of Leisure July 15, 2011

Great Family Movie

Thank you "Winnie the Pooh" for being a kid's movie that was actually made for kids! Our whole family enjoyed it, there were funny parts for the youngest ones (slapstick style) and funny parts for older kids and adults (characters interacting with pages in a book). Love it! This will certainly go in our collection when it comes out on video. Hope to see more movies like this in the future.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byHa.J July 18, 2011


Disney has done some really bad movies(Hannah Montana, etc) but FINALLY they are coming to their senses and doing good old-fashion movies. I just can't wait, I grew up with Winnie the Pooh and now as a teen, I think I'm more looking forward to seeing this then I'm looking forward to seeing Harry Potter 7 :D
Teen, 16 years old Written bygbsfan July 16, 2011

Still like it as a teen!

I may been in my teens, but that doesn't mean I still don't like Winnie the Pooh. Winnie the Pooh was a major interest of mine when I was a little kid, and I still like it. This movie was really enjoyable.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism


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