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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Youngest viewers can learn lessons about overcoming fears, social courtesy, and friendship.
Friends always help each other in these cartoons; they are loyal, helpful, and generally kind to each other. The absence of female main characters seems dated.
Positive Role Models
Christopher Robin is a kind boy who teaches his friends gentle lessons. Rabbit, however, can be a cantankerous pack leader, saying things like, "It's all your fault!" when his calendar is missing pages.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the age of innocence is alive and well in the Hundred Acres Forest. There are some mildly perilous moments -- falling from heights, mostly -- that end safely. The notion that everyone celebrates Christmas is a given, so parents who do not celebrate it might point out that Christmas is not actually a national holiday. Little girls might also feel a little left out, since the only females are Roo and Christopher Robin's moms, who play peripheral parts, and a little bird named Kessie (who is featured in one segment.) The main action belongs to the boy characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Classic, in every sense of the word. The characters of these stories literally leap from the pages of A.A. Milne's books, successfully creating a bridge between two media. The lovely thing about the movie medium is that we can hear Pooh's thoughtful voice, and Piglet saying, "Oh, d-d-d-ear." Tigger (voiced by Paul Winchell) is bouncy and lovingly animated, while Gopher's distinct whistle makes us smile.
This collection will get viewers in the holiday mood -- and in the mood for bed -- since it does maintain the story-time feeling. What a good opportunity for parents to bring books to children's attention, while perhaps peppering the tale-telling with voices that the characters inspire.
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