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 "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim MIlton

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Synopsis

Disney's 1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh may be the last word on (animated) Pooh because it so faithfully honors the first word on Pooh, penned in the 1920s by British storyteller A.A. Milne. Gently paced, subtly humorous, and blessedly understated, this adaptation reflects Walt Disney's original vision to develop the beloved British bear for a wider audience. The film is essentially a collection of the original Pooh shorts that span from 1966-1974, "The Honey Tree," "The Blustery Day," and "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too." These storybooks are presented in seamless "chapters," narrated by the timeless Sebastian Cabot.

Specifications

  • Disney Home Entertainment
  • 2013, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hrs 14 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.33:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring the voices of Sebastian Cabot, Bruce Reitherman, Jon Walmsley, and Timothy Turner
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This all time classic has been cleaned up and given a loving treatment by Disney. I like the fact that they combined several shorter stories and placed them in this single “book with several chapters” approach. It makes the movie long enough to enjoy, without becoming too long to hold the young ones attention. Perhaps it is just me, but the only character that feels out of place is Tigger. He seems a bit too boisterous when compared to the others. But then again, what little kids wouldn’t want to bounce around as if their tails were made of rubber?

Technical

The picture is quite clean, with only a few scenes looking like they received a digital scrubbing. The very opening, with the live objects in the playroom looked a bit fuzzy with a lot of film grain. That said, the actual cartoon looks great. The sound is a bit front loaded, but the blustery day winds swirl around with the surrounds. A nice feature is whenever you pause the film, it automatically kicks off the “intermission” with interactive features. A honey of a film for the 3-6 year old crowd.

Extras

  • Disney Intermission: With Hundred Acre Wood activities, Pooh Play-Along: Play along with Pooh and his friends, Classic Animated Short: "A Day for Eeyore", Making Of Featurette: "The Story Behind the Masterpiece" , Winnie the Pooh Theme Song: Performed by Carly Simon , Five "Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" Shorts.