Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Beloved characters celebrate holidays, differences.
  • G
  • 2002
  • 65 minutes

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Educational Value

Exposure to traditional Christmas and holiday rituals, such as gift-giving, decorating the tree, and making (and trying to keep) New Year's resolutions.

Positive Messages

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year offers positive messages promoting friendship, patience, interpersonal dynamics, acceptance, problem-solving, and community.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are simple but memorable and lovingly rendered with realistic strengths and weaknesses. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year combines a TV show that originally ran in 1991, Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too, with the 2002 film Happy Pooh Year. The result is a sweet, family-friendly holiday hybrid of Pooh that covers Christmas and the New Year together, with all the familiar comforts of the classic tale of friendship and sharing. 

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Kid, 8 years old November 15, 2013

Wow...That Is Sweet!!

Winnie The Pooh Is Gr8 I Used To Watch It All The Time!!

What's the story?

In WINNIE THE POOH: A VERY MERRY POOH YEAR, Winnie the Pooh and the gang are about to celebrate Christmas Eve when they begin to reminisce about Christmases past. In one recollection, the friends' wish list to Santa gets lost in the blizzardy breeze, and it's up to Pooh to recreate the holiday tradition for friends as Santa. Will his friends be able to enjoy Christmas without him? In another tale, Rabbit's New Year's resolutions don't quite pan out, and, as his frustrations grow, his friends do everything they can to get out of his way, even if it means giving up their favorite things.

Is it any good?

Preschoolers will enjoy these sweet, holiday-themed tales, and parents will appreciate the gentle lessons. Winnie the Pooh stories, A Very Merry Pooh Year included, deliver on multiple fronts. They're sweet childhood tales about friendship, caring, loving others (quirks and all), and the importance of friendship over, well, just about anything else -- presents, winning an argument, honey. They also celebrate a respect for experience and wisdom and the importance of taking feelings and personalities into account.

Kids have a natural affection for these characters, whether it's Rabbit's worrying, the quiet, relatable concerns of Pooh, or the oversize personality of Tigger. And parents can (again) enjoy the understated, uplifting messages they offer about the quieter rewards of life, in a place where everything has a knack for turning out wonderfully.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about holiday rituals. What does your family do to celebrate the holidays? How do the characters in Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year celebrate?

  • In the film, some of the characters try to stop doing things they love to be a better friend to Rabbit. Have you ever had to give up something you really loved for a friend? What happened?

  • Discuss some of the ways your friends are different from you. What are the things that make them different, and how does this add to the fun you have together?

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