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Winnie The Pooh

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Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
5.00 /10
Voices: Narrator - John Cleese, Winnie the Pooh/Tigger - Jim Cummings
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Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall
Written by: Stephen J. Anderson, Clio Chiang, Don Dougherty, Don Hall, Kendelle Hoyer, Brian Kesinger, Nicole Mitchell, Jeremy Spears, based on the Winnie the Pooh books by A.A. Milne, illustrated by E.H. Shepard.

Released: 2011
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 69

A visual delight, returning for inspiration to the E.H.Shepard hand-drawn illustrations.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Very young children should warm to the charm and innocence of the familiar characters.

The eight writers have done a competent if uninspired job of combining several A.A.Milne short stories into a serviceable 69-minute yarn.

The pity is that Disney hasnít returned to basics in the voice-overs. When such care has been taken in the art direction to evoke the very English, 1920s milieu in which Milne wrote the stories, it seems perverse not to have gone the whole distance.

Too much of the film is an inchoate mish-mash of English and American, old-fashioned and new. The unmemorable, middle-of-the-road pop songs, sung by Zooey Deschanel, donít help. Nor does a Christopher Robin who sounds as though he has wandered into the Hundred Acre Wood off a very modern council estate.

I found myself hankering for the Alan Bennett-narrated radio version, which remains the classiest adaptation yet of Milneís masterpieces. Sensible parents will do best to point their children in the direction of the original books. Theyíre still delightful, and not at all in need of either Americanisation or modernising.

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