Yesterday, it was ALL about The Hundred Acre Wood here in my house. My 4-yr-old begged me to read him the A Hundred-Acre Wood Treasury book before we headed out to the theater for a special screening of the NEW Winnie the Pooh Movie. On the way there, we listened to the Winnie the Pooh Soundtrack to get the kids excited. To say I am a fan of the NEW Winnie the Pooh Movie is an understatement.
I must admit, I DID see it in LA at the Disney Dreamworks Event. While this NEVER sways my opinion on a product or movie, it HAS helped me love it even more. I got to see the creativity behind the animation, the passion behind the producers, and, most importantly, the talent behind the voices of each and every character we’ve come to love in The Hundred Acre Wood. Yesterday, however, it wasn’t about me and what I thought. Yesterday, it was about what my children thought of this classic A.A Milne tale made, exclusively, for a new generation of children. My children.
Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original short films, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. 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 honey. Inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style, “Winnie the Pooh” hits theaters in the U.S. on July 15, 2011.
Throughout this post, I’m going to give you two very important hints when watching the NEW Winnie the Pooh Movie. I’ll highlight them in red bold, Mmmmm…. k?
Okay, so it’s July 15th and you’re off to the movies. We ALL know that Winnie the Pooh has won out your decision to see Harry Potter, right? Right. So, head to the theater early. Make sure you’re there in time for the previews (they have a great slate of new movies coming soon), but, most importantly, there’s a CUTE animated short called The Ballad of Nessie you won’t want to miss. Chin up. Pip. Pip.
Okay, you’ve got your seats. You’ve got your popcorn, now it’s time to settle in for some good ole’ fashion fun. Winnie the Pooh is rated G, meaning it’s great for Grandmas, Goats, Geese. No. Wait. That’s not right. It’s rated good for everyone and when I say everyone, I mean everyone. The new movie has all sorts of witty charm that the adults will like as well and parents will appreciate Disney’s play on words throughout the movie, bringing the book to life on screen.
It starts off with America’s favorite character, Winnie the Pooh. This boy needs some honey and fast.
On his search for honey, he comes across his good friend Eeyore and realizes he’s lost something important. On a mission to help his friend, he seeks out advice from wise ole’ Owl, who tells him they have a “very important thing to do”. This is my 4-yr-old’s favorite part, in which, Pooh and Eeyore mistakenly take Owl’s words for sneezes. The word is ISSUE not ACHOO! Seriously. Funniest part EVER.
With their mission clear, Pooh Bear and friends go off to find a new tail for Eeyore, but all their ideas somehow don’t work as well as they thought.
In the chaos of it all, Winnie the Pooh still can’t shake the fact that HE.NEEDS.HONEY. Hoping Christopher Robin will share some of his, he heads to his friend’s house and finds a note. As a “bear of little brain” he heads to Owl’s house to have him decipher it. Watching this scene, reminds us all that the lovable characters we’re watching are, indeed, stuffed animals and the movie doesn’t let us forget it. Check it out:
After Owl deciphers the note, Pooh and friends set off on a rescue mission to save Christoper Robin. They seem to think something called the Backson has taken him and they’ll do everything they can to save their dear friend. By working together, the friends unite on a mission and, in the process, become a little more patient, a little braver, and a little less selfish as they realize friendship is worth the risk and, surely, worth more than a pot of honey.
Having seen the Winnie the Pooh Movie twice now, I find my heart a little attached to Pooh Bear and his Hundred Acre Wood friends. Having been to the Disney Dreamworks Event, where the movie was featured for us, my children see my eyes light up when I talk about it. They’ve seen how a movie, such as this classic, can bring a us together for family-friendly fun and it’s a memory I will, forever, cherish…… if not for the fact that my 4-yr-old thinks I’m famous as the voice of Piglet. Heartwarming, witty, and lovable, this movie brings out the child in all of us with a new kind of humor for this generation of children, who are SURELY going to fall in love with A.A. Milne as we did as kids. Oh and make sure to stay late, like after-the-credits-late. You’ll find a really AWESOME surprise waiting for you. Take my word for it. You’ll wanna see this.
The NEW Winnie the Pooh Movie hits theaters everywhere July 15th 2011. Don’t miss my Winnie the Pooh Giveaway tomorrow… all the elements you need for Winnie the Pooh fun at home.
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