A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Disney's late-'80s incarnation of the well-known yellow bear was a big hit with kids and families. All of the original characters appear -- Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Eeyore, and Owl -- allowing the show to stick to the same themes as the original cartoons, but with new adventures and songs. Lessons are kid-friendly and relevant to the age group.
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Is it any good?
Although these are supposed to be the "new" adventures, the lessons are just as classic and time-tested as the characters. Kids will be drawn to these characters because their personalities are so distinct: Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) is still simple and loves "hunny"; Eeyore (Peter Cullen) is still charming in a self-effacing sort of way; Rabbit (Ken Sansom) is still a little stand-offish and impatient.
The only hints at newness occasionally appear in the dialogue. For example, in one episode Tigger (Paul Winchell) remarked to viewers that he thought another animal was "one taco short of a combination plate." These touches probably make the show a little more relatable to today's generation, but the messages -- such as the importance of friendship, sharing, and believing in yourself -- will always hold up.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the series and the lasting impact Winnie has had on several generations. What is it about these characters and their situations that continue to draw kids and families? Who do kids identify with most? When they feel sad like Eeyore, what do they do?
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