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Winnie the Pooh


Stars: Voices: Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, John Cleese, Tom Kenny, Bud Luckey, Jack Boulter, Travis Oates, Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Director: Stephan J. Anderson, Don Hall

Given that Winnie is quintessentially British, Disney has thoroughly Hollywoodised the amiable Bear over the years in a (variable) series of animated movies. Happily, (perhaps due to the influence of executive producer John Lasseter?) this latest addition to the studio’s A A Milne treasure trove returns in style to the original, intermingling Milne’s text with attractive evocations of E H Shepard’s original illustrations. (Also, for accompanying adults, who would be well advised to take a break in the lobby during the two sugar-soaked short cartoons that precede the main feature, Winnie the Pooh is not too long).

The plot has ‘hunny’-addicted Pooh spending an eventful day with his pals in Hundred Acre Wood hunting for Eeyore’s missing tail and misreading a note which makes them believe Christopher Robin may have been the victim of a terrifying creature.

It’s all quite gentle and likely to entertain youngsters who haven’t been brainwashed by the more athletic Scooby Doo, Ben 10 and their ilk. American actor Cummings speaks for Pooh and Tigger again, with Ferguson as the voice of Owl, and Cleese, plummy and just right as the narrator, flying the flag for Britain.

Alan Frank

USA 2011. UK Distributor: Walt Disney. Technicolor.
74 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: U.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 14 Apr 2011