Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (1977)

Pooh, a bear of very little brain, and all his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood sing their way through adventures that encompass honey, bees, bouncing, balloons, Eeyore's birthday, floods, and Pooh sticks. [imdb]
The Winnie the Pooh films have always been some of my favourites. Of all the many films and serieseses based off those films, these have always seemed to stay true to the original feel, style, and charm of the original here.

This movie is pretty much three(3) short films based on some of the Winnie the Pooh stories, and the whole thing is really simple, low-key and just plain happy. Everything stays pretty well true to the story...

Except the gopher. I love the tongue-in-cheek addition of the gopher character. He even makes several not-so-subtle references to the fact that he's "not in the book" which was done to help keep purists happy.

The music has always been a highlight of the Winnie the Pooh series, especially the original songs written by the Sherman Brothers (of whom, by now, you should know I am a fan).  One of my two all-time favourite Disney songs (the other being from Bambi) is on this film... "The Rain Rain Rain Came Down Down Down" just makes me happy!

Okay anyways, this is a nice set with some fun special features... Nothing spectacular, but still enjoyable.

I am looking forward to the new Winnie the Pooh movie this summer even more now.