Saturday, July 30, 2011

Winnie the Pooh

I will admit, I am a completely unabashed Winnie the Pooh fan. Love love love!! As you probably know by now, we usually screen every single movie that Luke sees before he sees it, even in the theater. (Yes, DH and I have seen Kung Fu Panda 2 twice this summer! We would have also seen Cars 2 twice, but instead we let him go with my parents (after we had seen and approved it) while we went to Transformers.) But we decided that Winnie the Pooh was probably a safe bet and went today, sight unseen. Special thanks to my brother for the gift certificate for my birthday!

[Side Note: One of my favorite things about our movie theater are these excellent "home made" (not a studio provided promo kit) window displays. I wish I'd been taking photos of all of them over the years!]

What a delightful movie! I laughed more in those 70 minutes than I have in the last few weeks (months?) combined. It was beyond adorable, quite clever with language in some places, and even a couple of references just for the adults (but not "adult" in any way). Just a great fun sweet classic film. If you are a Pooh fan, you simply must see it.

I haven't watched much of the new Pooh stuff, so this was my first prolonged exposure to the new voices. Pooh and Piglet are spot on! I haven't seen the original in a few months, but I'm not sure I could have told you that these were not voiced by the original guys (except that I know that both men are no longer living). Amazing! Eeyore is close, but the person they got is a perfect replacement in tone and spirit, if not in actual timbre (I know him from other things). Tigger is pretty good, and he's been doing it long enough that I am accustomed to the differences. (Note: the same man does both Pooh and Tigger!) Rabbit and Owl aren't close to the original, but they are in keeping with the spirit of the characters, and the narrator was *much* closer than I ever would have imagined he could be, given who it is. I love trying to place voices in animated films, so I had a great time admiring the work and picking out the differences. (I know, I'm weird! LOL) Truly a fun film, and we all had a great time.

Except when the power went out! Less than 10 minutes from the end, the entire complex lost power for 10-15 seconds. The emergency lights came on and everything! It wasn't storming or anything, and the manager said he had no idea what caused it. It took about 5 minutes for the movie to restart; operators had to go to each theater booth and restart the films by hand. But it picked up exactly where it left off, and all was well. Do stay for the credits if the kids will let you. They're cute on their own, and there is a small coda/stinger at the end.

Currently feeling: loving my Pooh bear


  1. Thank you for the glowing recommendation. I, too, am a Pooh fan and was feeling very sad that my two are too old for him (they have zero interest in accompanying me to the theater to see it). I will be taking my 5 year old niece in the next week or so and we are BOTH so excited.

  2. Thanks for the review, we were considering taking Josh to see this in a few weeks since he likes the original Pooh.


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