Where were you when you were first introduced to Pooh? Okay - maybe you don't remember the specifics, but most people remember their first encounter with the bear of very little brain. Whether you're 5 or 50, Pooh has a special place in everyone's heart.
Pooh first came into our lives (on the big screen) in the 1960's when Disney turned the beloved books by A.A. Milne into four short films, but in reality Pooh doesn't have any official start date at all. He begins again with every new child to whom he's introduced.
Now, it's time for a new generation to be introduced to the magic of a silly old bear named Winnie. The first brand new full length movie featuring classic Pooh has hit theaters and it represents everything you know and love about that silly old bear.
Sure, part of it have been modernized a little bit, but just enough to stay contemporary. There is no messing with Pooh! Pooh is just as silly and funny as you remember.
All the characters are back for a brand new adventure in the Hundred Acre Wood. This time, Pooh and his friends are on a mission to find Eeyore's tail - yes the poor donkey is still looking for that tail!
Things get a little more complicated when Pooh finds a note from Christopher Robin saying he'll be "back soon." His concerned friend brings the letter to Owl to decipher, since words are hard for Pooh.
Owl concludes that Christopher Robin has been captured by the "Backson" - a mythical creature that has taken their friend and mentor away for good. It's up to Pooh and the rest of the gang to find the Backson and rescue their beloved Christopher Robin.
Although the story is brand new and there are many modern twists throw into the film, Winnie the Pooh is really an homage to the classic tale and the genius of Walt Disney.
The things you remember as a kid are still essential parts of the reboot.
Look out for some of the things you'll certainly remember: Winnie the Pooh still plays with the letters; the film starts off with a live-action opening in a kid's bedroom and then slowly zooms into the classic book; the classic Winnie the Pooh song (you'll remember every word!) is still there, although nicely updated by Zooey Deschanel; and the narrator still talks to the characters throughout the story.
The message is also the same. Just like classic Pooh, the new Winnie the Pooh is all about the value of friendship. It touches on the notion of making sacrifices for friends. Pooh is giving up honey literally from the beginning of the movie to help out his friends and IT'S TORTURE FOR HIM! There's also a great scene where Tigger makes a sacrifice for a friend - he's willing to set aside the thrill of being the "only one" to let someone else in.
The messages are not overt, but you'll still be learning something and they are messages you'll want to teach your kids too!
For 69 minutes prepare to be enraptured in Pooh's world of friendship and slow-paced fun. With so many action-packed, high voltage 3D animated-adventure flicks, Pooh is a nice reprieve from all the craziness of life.
So...take a walk through the Hundred Acre Wood and let yourself be enchanted by Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Owl, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, and little Roo. It's about time we let that silly old bear back into our lives.