Rated: G

Distributed By:

Walt Disney

Directed by:

Stephan J. Anderson and Don Hall

Starring:

Voices of Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger; Tom Kenny as Rabbit; Craig Ferguson as Owl; Travis Oates as Piglet; Bud Luckey as Eeyore; Jack Boulter as Christopher Robin; Kristen Anderson-Lopez as Kanga; Wyatt Dean Hall as Roo; John Cleese as The Narrator

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Winnie the Pooh

Oh, bother. Pooh is out of honey. What's a bear to do? His growling tummy leads him outside to look for more of the sweet stuff, and he bumps into Eeyore, who's gloomier than usual because he's lost his tail Soon the whole gang—nervous Piglet, fussy Rabbit, chatty Owl, bouncy Tigger, kind Kanga and playful Roo—come to the rescue and help search for Eeyore's tail.

Later, Owl misreads a note from Christopher Robin, mistaking the words "back soon" for "Backson." A Backson, the feathery know-it-all says, is a fearsome beast that he believes has captured Christopher. Panic erupts, and it's up to the Hundred Acre Wood community to rescue the boy. Based on three stories found in A.A. Milne's books, Winnie the Pooh doesn't stray from the classic stories about everyone's favorite silly old bear and his friends.

As with most Pooh cartoons, friendship is key. All of the animals help each other in times of need. Pooh, for example, ignores his grouchy tummy to help his friends. Timid Piglet braves the dark and scary woods to help his friends who have fallen into a pit.

All "violence" in Winnie the Pooh is quite gentle and would trouble only the most sensitive of children. For example, Tigger bounces, pounces and knocks everyone over. Piglet gets stuck inside a beehive that Pooh whacks with a stick. Eeyore is struck by lightning.

In this age of G-rated movies with foul language and scary characters, it's important for us to appreciate the joyful and carefree characters found in Winnie the Pooh. Pooh and his friends have charmed millions throughout the years with their honesty, courage and willingness to sacrifice themselves for others. This new film is as charming as they come. And that's pretty sweet . . . even though it could use more honey.

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