Winnie the Pooh is a 2011 American animated musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 51st Disney animated feature film. Inspired by A. A. Milne’s stories of the same name, the film is part of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh franchise, the fifth theatrical Winnie the Pooh film released, and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ second adaptation of Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Jim Cummings reprises his vocal roles as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, while series newcomers Travis Oates, Tom Kenny, Craig Ferguson, Bud Luckey, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez provide the voices of Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, and Kanga, respectively. In the film, the aforementioned residents of the Hundred Acre Wood embark on a quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit while Pooh deals with a hunger for honey. The film is directed by Stephen Anderson and Don Hall, written by A. A. Milne and Burny Mattinson, produced by Peter Del Vecho, Clark Spencer, John Lasseter, and Craig Sost, and narrated by John Cleese.
The film was released on April 15, 2011 in the United Kingdom, and on July 15, 2011 in the United States. Production for the film began in September 2009 with John Lasseter announcing that they wanted to create a film that would “transcend generations.” The film also features six songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, as well as a rendition of the Sherman Brothers’ “Winnie the Pooh” theme song by actress and musician Zooey Deschanel.
The film is dedicated to Dan Read, who had worked on Disney films including The Emperor’s New Groove and Chicken Little, and died on May 25, 2010. That was also Huell Howser’s (who voices the Backson in the epilogue) first and only film role.
In the film, Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings), Tigger (also voiced by Cummings), Rabbit (Tom Kenny), Piglet (Travis Oates), Owl (Craig Ferguson), Eeyore (Bud Luckey), Kanga (Kristen Anderson-Lopez), and Roo (Wyatt Dean Hall) embark on a quest to save Christopher Robin (Jack Boulter) from an imaginary culprit. The film is based on three stories from A.A. Milne’s original stories. Winnie The Pooh is one of the most enjoyable experiences of a very good summer for movies.
It’s a really great film. The animation is top-notch, the voice cast does a nice job especially Jim Cummings, who is one of the greatest voice actors we have living today, and Craig Ferguson, and the music is nicely scored and the songs by Zooey Deschanel are very well done, Deschanel is somebody who’s really underappreciated in terms of acting and as a singer and she does a great rendition of the Winnie The Pooh theme song too.
There were two things that bothered me about the film. First off, was the short that played in front of the film ‘The Ballad Of Nessie’, I thought it was very boring. I mean, the animation is nice and Billy Connoly is okay, but besides that, the story and the way it ends is not any good. It felt like a waste of time in my opinion. The biggest thing that bothered me about the film was that it was too short. I read that the film was originally suppose to feature five different stories and I don’t know why they decided to cut it down to three stories. Because of that, the movie is only 63 minutes long, not including ‘The Ballad Of Nessie’ which was 6 minutes. So what we end up with is an only 69 minute movie. I really think that the film should have been longer but who knows, maybe the other two stories they were going to add weren’t as strong as the rest of the film but they could have done something to make the film a longer movie.
One of the things that I liked about the Winnie The Pooh series and movies is that they have never been updated or modified for the children of today, they’ve stayed the same way from the very beginning. There was only one point in the series that I felt was kind of going overboard was the Family Tree song from The Tigger Movie where they had satires of the Jerry Springer show and just random pop culture references.
Besides that, Winnie The Pooh has stayed the same way and I give credit to Disney for not trying to change the characters for a new generation like what Fox did with Alvin & The Chipmunks, even though I don’t hate those movies, those aren’t the same Alvin & The Chipmunks I grew up with as a kid. Winnie The Pooh is one of the best movies of the year. It’s a sweet and overall enjoyable movie and despite the short running time, the movie is a lot of fun and it’s just great to see the same old Winnie The Pooh we’ve come to love back on the big screen.
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