Finally! Some good, old-fashioned 2D animation that ISN’T in 3D. I know it’s the gimmick of the moment and all, but I’m really sick of things flying at my face just so they can BE IN 3D!

Anyway, Winnie the Pooh is back in the Hundred-Acre Wood for the first time since 2005 in a story cobbled together from three stories found in the books by A.A. Milne. The gist of the story is that Pooh wakes up to find he has no honey and goes to find some. Instead he finds Eeyore who is missing his tail, so they go to Christopher Robin who holds a contest to find Eeyore’s tail. Somewhere along they way Pooh finds a note from Christopher Robin that says he’s out, but he can’t read it so he thinks CR has been kidnapped by a monster and they go off to find him and trap the monster. Typical Pooh-ventures ensue.

No matter what, if you think this movie doesn’t look as sweet as the honey Pooh is eternally after, then you might be dead. It warms my heart to see traditional animation with a sweet story set with characters from my childhood. Plus, they use ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Keane in the trailer and for once it isn’t a misuse of a song in an advertisement.

I’ve heard that it was dumb of Disney to release it on Harry Potter opening weekend. To that I say, Nej! See, Potter isn’t appropriate for small children, in my opinion and releasing this film that is everyone friendly on the same day is a good move. Some parents don’t want to take their kids to that kind of film, so, voilà! Winnie the Pooh!

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