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The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh Blu-ray Review

The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh Blu-ray

“The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” is quintessential Pooh.

With all due respect to the more recent incarnations of “Winnie the Pooh,” they simply don’t hold a candle to the 1977 film “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.” Perhaps I’m biased because I grew up with this film, but I find it to be infinitely more heartwarming and joyous than anything that followed it. How can you not smile during the “Rumbly in my tumbly” or “Heffalumps and Woozles” sequences appear on screen? Sure, you can argue that the storylines involving a windy day, Pooh searching for honey, and Tigger’s bouncing are all simplistic, but so what? Pooh’s adventures are never about the stories, they’re about the characters. The reason A.A. Milne’s books (and the animated films for that matter) resonated with audiences of all ages is because the characters (and character dynamics) were so memorable. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t know Christopher Robin, Pooh, Roo, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga, Rabbit, Tigger, and Piglet because they are simply iconic creations.

Another reason this is (and probably always will be) the greatest Pooh film is because of voice actor Sterling Holloway (who is the original voice of Winnie the Pooh). Many have tried to imitate him since, but no one can duplicate his vocal stylings. From the way he sings “I’m just a little black rain cloud” to his hilarious line deliveries, Holloway makes Pooh come to life on screen. The same goes for Paul Winchell (Tigger), John Fiedler (Piglet), Junius Matthews (Rabbit), Howard Morris (Gopher), Ralph Wright (Eeyore), and yes, even the narrator (Sebastian Cabot). None of these voice talents could ever be replaced as far as I’m concerned.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.66:1. How does it look? The hi-def print is pristine.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The songs and voice acting have never sounded better.

Extras:
* DVD copy and digital copy.
* A real kite that comes inside the Blu-ray case.
* A Carly Simon music video for the “Winnie The Pooh” theme song.
* Disney trailers.
* “Pooh Play-Along”- A slightly interactive bit in which a narrator encourages kids to mimic character dance routines and or actions.
* “The Story Behind The Masterpiece”- A thorough featurette containing film clips, interviews, background info about the Pooh books, animation and song discussions, etc.
* “A Day For Eeyore”- An animated short about Eeyore’s birthday.
* 5 “Mini Adventures of Winnie The Pooh” titled “If I Wasn’t So Small,” “The Honey Song,” “Piglet’s Drawings,” “The Expedition,” and “Geniuses.” These are newer Pooh cartoons and they simply lack the magic that the classic ones do.

Overall Thoughts: If you’ve never seen “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,” what are you waiting for?

October 8, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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