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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this sweet holiday special is appealing to all ages, thanks to A.A. Milne's timeless characters and a delightful story that celebrates friendship, generosity, and the spirit of giving. There is one instance of a character being crushed by a tree (though he's no worse for the wear), and a few of the cast get a short-lived case of the "gimmes" when they're making their list for Santa, but the lessons they learn about thinking of others and valuing their friends are what will stick with viewers.
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What's the story?
It's Christmas Eve, and Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) and his friends are compiling their wish list to send to Santa by way of the wind. In the confusion of everyone upgrading their gift requests, Pooh neglects to include his own, so he and Piglet (John Fiedler) set off to retrieve the letter they've cast to the wind before it gets to Santa. But when they send the letter on its way again, the wind shifts and blows it back to Pooh's house. With time running short before Santa's arrival, Pooh decides to take matters into his own hands to ensure that his friends receive the gifts they want, but his absence reminds them that the holidays are about more than the presents under the tree.
Is it any good?
You don't get much more classic -- or any classier -- than Winnie the Pooh, and this familiar Christmas staple is just as soothing and uplifting as it was when it was first seen in the early '90s. These timeless characters trigger nostalgia in adults who grew up with them, which makes it fun to settle in with your family and watch. Kids will identify with how the characters' imaginations get the better of them as they make their list for Santa, but they'll also be hard-pressed to miss the gentle reminders of the heartier spirit of the holidays.
If you only take in one holiday movie with your kids this season, WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO should top your consideration list.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the holidays. What are your favorite memories from holidays past? What traditions are most important to you? What do you think is the spirit of Christmas? Could Christmas still be merry without gifts?
Kids: What do Pooh's friends learn about their real wishes for the holiday? Do you think your desires might change if someone close to you was absent at Christmas? What lessons can we learn from this story?
Why do you think Winnie the Pooh and his friends are such popular characters? What do you like most about them? Who's your favorite? Do all of their adventures having teaching moments? Does watching this movie make you more likely to buy Winnie the Pooh merchandise?
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