The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)


I really don’t know how to introduce this…errrr…..Here’s Winnie the Pooh…Enjoy…

The film is basically just a year in Hundred Acre Wood, as narrated by the reader of a book, and looks at the characters Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, Roo, Kanga, Eeyore and Christopher Robin. There are three main stories. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery day and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too.

Is it possible to not like the character of Winnie the Pooh? Or any of these characters?  They’re just so innocent and naive, in their own little world and I love that. These characters are all different and yet seem so plausible, I think we all know people like Rabbit or Tigger, and that makes the film more relatable and enjoyable. I love the layout, the fact that there is a narrator with whom Pooh and the other characters occasionally interact,  they often leap over pages and make references to them, there are a lot of fourth wall jokes in this film. The three stories are fun and I do like the fact that the stories are paced in a way that makes them seem like 5 or 6. All these stories are a lot of fun, I find it difficult to choose a favourite but believe me when I tell you that every one of them is brilliant and well worth watching. The animation is standard Disney animation for this time but, unlike many of the other films, Winne the Pooh have three points that stick out. The first is how they animate honey, it looks golden, thick and gloopy and I really like it. The second is the way that they keep the film looking very storybook-ish and the third is that one dream sequence. Pooh goes to sleep and dreams of Heffalumps and Woozles. Now, I’m just gonna come out and say it, this scene is directly trying to rip-off the elephants om parade scene from Dumbo. Is it just as good a scene? No, Is it still a good scene? Yes. It still comes across as really freaky and surreal and yeah, I do like it although I would’ve liked it if it were shorter. The music is nice, there aren’t any main songs but the small ones are good, if not memorable (apart from the Heffalump and Woozle song which I have a feeling won’t leave my head for a good few month’s…) The ending, dear God the ending. It comes across as very sweet but when you think about it…Christopher Robin is going to school and he talks about how he can no longer just sit around and do nothing so he won’t be able to visit Pooh as much. He asks that when he does come he just see Pooh and then he just crushes me by asking Pooh to promise that he won’t forget him, even when he’s 100. Dear. Freaking. Jesus. It boils down to a young boy saying goodbye to his imaginary friend and the audience all knows that he’ll forget and move on with his life. What a tragic way to end a film. So yeah, I love all of the characters (even if Piglett and Pooh are both gun owners), the music is nice, the animation is good, the story is great and the ending is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. A very enjoyable film.

A great film, the stories are great and interesting with a good deal of humour and the characters are so likable that it is more than enough to keep anybody satisfied.

9/10

Benny4700

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