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  • Summary: Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh, the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years. With the charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical "bear of very little brain" and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. "Well a tail is either there or it isn't there," said Pooh. "And yours isn't... there." Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some hunny. Inspired by five stories from A.A. Milne's books in Disney's classic, hand-drawn art style, Winnie the Pooh hits theaters July 15, 2011. (Walt Disney Pictures)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 14, 2011
    Winnie The Pooh is a storybook brought to life with intelligence, wit, and palpable affection; where so many kids' films try desperately to come off as hip and timely that they often feel tacky and instantly dated, Winnie The Pooh is bravely quiet, old-fashioned, and wry.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 14, 2011
    Sweet, gentle and defiantly retro (the 2-D hand-drawn animation is superb), the movie is irresistibly charming.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 15, 2011
    There's no bells and whistles here, no 3-D or useless grey fluff, just Pooh as he's always been, silly and true.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 14, 2011
    The whole program could make a nice introduction to moviegoing for a small child.
  5. Reviewed by: Sandie Angulo Chen
    Jul 14, 2011
    A memorable return to the Hundred Acre Wood and a lively, interactive adventure that should delight everyone from wide-eyed preschoolers to nostalgic grandparents.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jul 2, 2011
    Little kids will enjoy it all, while parents, when not checking their cell phones, will be thankful for the thoughtfully brief running time.
  7. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jul 14, 2011
    The narrative, cobbled together from various Pooh stories by an army of writers, is held together reasonably well by John Cleese's soothing narration.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jul 15, 2011
    Everything that you loved about your childhood is finally back on the silver screen. From beginning to end (and hey, even before the film with The Ballad of Loch Ness), a smile was on my face and I found myself bouncing in my chair from the sheer fun of seeing my beloved favorite childhood characters again after so long.

    The animation is stupendous. For the first time in too long, a film with a theatrical release has been animated on cells, and boy is it refreshing. Colors are crisp and animation is smooth and everything looks just as I remember it from The Blustery Day.

    The voice acting is terrific. Featuring all new voice talents and some big names such as Craig Ferguson as Owl and Tom Kenny as Rabbit, all the actors fit their roles perfectly and not once did any voice feel out of place.

    The music was just as good as it's always been; songs are one after another and will likely remain in your head for days to come. Zooey Deschanel did a terrific job covering the opening theme, and the musical sequences provide non-stop grins.

    In short, it's just great, and anyone who has ever loved Winnie the Pooh at any point in their life will feel right at home. This is the kind of movie that I'd really love to see more of, and after seeing it, I'm certain you'll agree too.
  2. Jul 24, 2011
    It was a very cute movie. My sister, brother-in-law and I took our kids to see this. It was a very cute movie and i loved the plot. I loved Winnie the Pooh as a child and this movie brought back all that wonderful Nostalgia. Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2011
    Charming, heartwarming, just gorgeous and an animated film most wish they had the talent to make it is just beautiful and s good break from 3D. I give this movie 97%. Expand
  4. Apr 22, 2012
    It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Winnie The Pooh. And if it was, it's not any more. So believe me when I say that the latest adaption is one of the very best. The newest installment in the beloved series of Winnie The Pooh films is about, both a search for Eeyore's tale, and a plot to trap a creature that has supposedly captured Christopher Robin. All the charm and fun of the rest of the Winnie The Pooh films are present here. Short songs and nostalgia help as well. The voice cast performs well, though some of the new voices may bother you at first. Jim Cummings plays Pooh and Tigger, and Bud Luckey (who you'll recognize as Chuckles from Toy Story 3, among other Pixar films) has been cast as the ever depressed Eeyore. The other cast members shine as well, once you get used to them that is. The animation is simple and beautiful, but during one musical number, where everything appears to be turning to honey, the animation grows much more detailed. CGI and motion capture are great, but nothing beats the traditional stuff. The music is wonderful as well, and the Winnie The Pooh theme song at the beginning revived many glorious memories. The characters may not be quite as you remembered them, though. Piglet is a bit more chipper. Owl shows a lot of emotion in his eyes. And Rabbit, while still acting superior to the rest, seems to have lost some of his crankiness. Also, Christopher Robin has changed his wardrobe and his eyes are no longer little specks. This, to me, was the change I liked the least, but I didn't mind. Too much. The film is also surprisingly funny. This is easily the most humorous of all the Winnie The Pooh adaptions, and it made me laugh much more than other so called "comedies" out there. My only real complaint about Winnie The Pooh is it's run time: An all too short 63 minutes. I know that kids don't have the longest attention span, but this trip down memory lane felt a little short. Winnie The Pooh is just as wonderful as ever, and I do hope this film is only the beginning of another league of movies from our friends at the Hundred Acre Wood. Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2013
    Short, sweet, yet heartwarming. While it doesn't have much depth, it's a delight to any child, and maybe any adult who appreciates old school animation. Expand
  6. Sep 11, 2011
    I'll be honest. I was a bit disappointed. It played out more like an episode from the show rather than an actual movie. And it was only about an hour long. The show hasn't been on in more than a decade so I would have liked to have seen the characters fleshed out more. That being said, the movie does a wonderful job of keeping the spirit of the show. It's absolutely cheery and light-hearted. I'm sure kids would love it. I'm not sure if they got the original cast or not (aside from Rabbit who is clearly impersonated) but the voice actors do a great job with the characters. And I loved the animation. 2D hand-drawn beauty. It looks just like you remember. If you're a fan of the old show (or have kids to entertain) this movie is a great time. Expand
  7. TTT
    Aug 20, 2011
    This film is not suitable for all ages, mainly for small children. Here in Cinema is not suitable for this type of movie.

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