A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Much more about entertainment than education, but kids do learn the value of friendship.
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.
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Products & Purchases
Disney has put plenty of Winnie the Pooh merchandise out there for kids.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With its old-fashioned animation and easy-to-follow story lines, WINNIE 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.
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