For my part, I think the Disney animators did as good a job here of maintaining the general atmosphere of the original Milne stories as was ever done--the modern efforts don't even come close, and actually reduce the Pooh characters to a status on a par with just about anything else. I also have a sentimental attachment to the original Disney shorts, since I basically grew up watching them occasionally on TV. These are gentle stories that will appeal to a wide range of ages, from extremely young (my daughter has been watching them since before she could speak) to late adolescence. The plot consists of a number of rather underwhelming and pointless events in the lives of a number of stuffed animals inhabiting the "Hundred Acre Wood," which is rather refreshing from Disney, actually: no pandering, no didacticism, just (as Homer Simpson might say) "a bunch of stuff that happens.Read more ›
The only thing I'd give thumbs-down to on this DVD is the film transfer quality. The film is rather old now, and the dyes and the paints they used back then are wearing unevenly. This gives a sort of mottled look to some of the larger patches of color, and makes me wonder why they didn't "digitally remaster" the print to get the highest clarity. Wouldn't have been that hard to do.
But the bonus material is exellent, and the film itself is the classic that I remember it to be.
Interesting fact: there were three different people who did the voice for Christopher Robin, but that's only because this version of the film is actually three short films put together with a special scene at the end with Christopher Robin saying good-bye to Pooh. It's all very well explained in the "making of" video included.
Great film, good DVD. Your kids will love it and so will you.
The film offers simplistic animation, becuase of budget or artistic integrity - - I do not know. I assume it's the latter becuase the art works perfectly. The art looks just like drawings would look in an old English children's book.
This is indeed probably one of the few Disney classics that children 2 years and under could watch all the way through without having to skip over an evil witch, or a pirate, which are too intense for toddlers. For parents, this film is far from the worst thing you could sit through. It's actually not bad at all. It's full of charm.
The DVD also has a great making of documentary, with interviews and highlights with the film's artists that better expressed what Walt's vision for Pooh was before he turned into a multi-million dollar machine.