Winnie The Pooh Review

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The continuing adventures of Pooh Bear (Cummings), Eeyore (Luckey), Tigger (Cummings again) and the rest of the gang in the Hundred Acre Wood.


Admittedly, this is not a film that bows to the middle ground or caters to every demographic. With its familiar characters and gentle plot, it’s firmly pitched at small children rather than their tween or teen siblings. The brief running time — just 70-odd minutes — and appealingly silly story give it no lower age-limit, and there’s nothing here to threaten or upset even the most sensitive of children. At the other end of the intellectual spectrum, there’s much metatextual joy to be had in the way that the characters interact with the books from which they originated, walking from one of E. H. Shepard’s drawings to the next as scenes develop, or using letters displaced from the text as tools or toys. So while there’s little here that’s edgy, hip or envelope-pushing, under-tens and animation-fan parents will adore it.

As jolly as Tigger, as sweet as honey and as undemanding as a balloon ride, this will delight the wee'uns and put a smile on the face of animation fans of all ages.