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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Winnie The Pooh Movie' (Two-Disc Combo)
(Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, Peter Cullen, John Cleese, Bud Luckey, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray+DVD / PG-13 / 2011 / Disney)

Overview: Author A.A. Milne's beloved bear, Winnie the Pooh, joins forces with his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood to help two of their own in Disney's hand-drawn charmer. Though he describes himself as a "bear of very little brain," Pooh (Jim Cummings) proves he's all heart when sad-sack Eeyore's tail goes missing and a terrible creature called the "Backson" abducts Christopher Robin (Jack Boulter), their human protector (although, in truth, the schoolboy actually leaves a note saying he will be "back soon")!

Blu ray+DVD Verdict: Winnie the Pooh is absolutely charming. The puns and jokes in the movie are smart, and Zooey Deschannel's singing adds a bit of a contemporary feel to the film, but fits perfectly well with the music in the films we all watched growing up.

I think that this film proves that you don't have to have 3D and computer animation to make a film great. The story in the film is simple, but at the same time it has a depth to it that makes it much more complicated. This movie stays true to the original cartoons, and is enjoyable for all ages. I think that phrase is overused nowadays, but I really mean it. Everyone grew up watching Winnie the Pooh, and I think everyone will just walk out of the theater with a smile on their face.

In truth, not that it truly matters, the movie was short and the credits were long! Upon watching the film the third time (yes, the THIRD time!) I decided to wait out the credits whilst chatting with a friend on the sofa - and was rewarded with the previously missed ending. The star of the obnoxious song "The Backson" makes an appearance at the film's end in a somewhat funny manner. Don't miss it!

OK, sure there wasn't much of a plot to the movie, but there was enough action and interaction between characters to entertain my 5 year old and her friends! Containing just the right amount of heart, music, and jokes the 69 minutes that the film runs doesn't drag one bit. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Blu Ray Bonus Features:
Exclusive Bonus Short: “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon"
Animated Short Film: "The Ballad of Nessie”
Behind-The-Scenes Featurette: “Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too"
5 Deleted Scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall
Sing-Along with the Movie Feature
Disney Song Selection – “Winnie the Pooh Theme Song,” “The Tummy Song, “A Very Important Thing To Do,” “The Backson Song,” “It’s Gonna Be Great,” “Everything is Honey” and “The Winner Song Finale”

DVD Bonus Features:
"Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon”
Animated Short Film: "The Ballad of Nessie”
3 Deleted scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall