Winnie the Pooh
As I think back to my childhood, I realize
that Winnie the Pooh was the biggest Disney character in my eyes. I know
a lot of people love Mickey Mouse, and I am not trying to knock him or
any of his fans. I just always liked Winnie the Pooh more. I loved
reading as a child, and there is such a connection to books in Winnie
the Pooh. I am much older, and wiser now. I still enjoy reading. In fact
I can barely believe that I am a published author as well. What about
Winnie the Pooh?
He still rates pretty high for me, and one of the reasons is the lessons he teaches. Take for example the main lesson in Winnie the Pooh on Blu-ray and DVD. Disney did a little reboot of sorts. They brought us back to the Hundred Acre Woods. All of our favorite friends are there. Eeyore lost his tail. The whole gang go on a quest to find it. Along the way they try to catch the Backson. Pooh works amazingly hard to get some honey for his rumbly tummy.
The animation in Winnie the Pooh is fantastic. I love the new animations, especially Pooh's tummy. All of the characters in Winnie the Pooh look like I remember them. Tigger tries to make Eeyore into a Tigger too at one point. Poor Eeyore experiences pain. Characters fall into a hole on top of one another. This is the extent of the violent content in Winnie the Pooh. I feel these Blu-ray and DVD discs are very safe for all ages of the family.
The voice acting in Winnie the Pooh threw me at first. Some of the voices sound different to me. I quickly adapted, but it did feel odd at first. I love the narrator's voice, and Winnie the Pooh's voice. Owl did not always fit in my opinion. Tigger, Rabbit, Eeyore, Christopher Robbin, and Kanga all sounded great. The music in Winnie the Pooh is catchy. Expect children to run around singing the songs in Winnie the Pooh. I enjoyed them so it is not an issue with me.
Extras, extras, extras. There are some wonderful extras in Winnie the Pooh. The discs allow us to sing along with the songs in Winnie the Pooh. There is a Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too which gives quite a bit of behind the scenes information. Deleted scenes with director introductions, and a couple of animated shorts. Family Friendly Gaming was provided the Blu-ray + DVD combo for this review. It is my opinion this package is worth the price of admission.
Some of the best humor in Winnie the Pooh comes from different characters who lack a real understanding. All of the characters except for Piglet are trapped in a deep pit. Owl flies up to give Piglet an encouraging speech. Owl flies down and all the other characters are in awe of Owl's wonderful speech. Not one seems to consider the fact that Owl could fly out and assist them in getting out. The interactivity with the book in the animation is wonderful. I loved those parts of this movie.
Winnie the Pooh can best be summed up in one word - selflessness. Winnie the Pooh puts the needs of another above his own. This is a wonderful lesson for all ages of the family to embrace. I truly believe the world would be better if more people thought of others first. I am very pleased to see resources be put back into Winnie the Pooh. I hope there are additional stories in the future. It was a real honor and a pleasure for me to review Winnie the Pooh on Blu-ray and DVD.
Family Friendly Factor: 98%
Rating: 'G' - General Audiences
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