If you have a little one, take the time to return to the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh hitting DVD/Blu-ray stores tomorrow (Tuesday, October 25, 2011).
We’ve been watching the preview DVD/Blu-ray copy of Pooh that Disney sent us to check out. (We’d also seen it this summer in theatres and could not wait for it to be in our home too!)
This Pooh adventure is a classic one, filled with laughter and friendship. It’s the perfect length to entertain a two year’s old’s attention span at about an hour long without a bathroom break needed for preschool and kindergartners (I have a 2, 4 and 5 year old – and it was perfect length for all of them).
Our whole family laughed as Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore went about their quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. This film has the same timeless charm as the Pooh you may remember from your childhood. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books, the movie is beautifully hand drawn in classic Disney style.
All in all, this new Pooh is a must see sweet innocent tale for watching together as a family.
Bonus Features for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that we’ve been watching:
- 3 deleted scenes with directors intro
- 1 exclusive mini adventure of Winnie the Pooh
- Theatrical short: The Ballad Of Nessie
- Your perfect Winnie the Pooh nursery
- 2 Blu-ray exclusive deleted scenes with director intro
- Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too – Behind the scenes
- Sing along with the movie
- Disney song selection
Some interesting factoids about this movie:
- Veteran Disney animator/storyman/director Burny Mattinson (a key animator on the 1974 short film “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!”) serves as senior story artist, with a dynamic young directing duo—Stephen Anderson and Don Hall—at the helm.
- Director Stephen Anderson helmed animated films “Meet the Robinsons” and “Journey Beneath the Sea,” among others; he worked as a story supervisor on “Brother Bear” and “The Emperor’s New Groove,” and as an additional story artist on 2008’s award-winning “Bolt.” Director Don Hall is a veteran story artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios with credits including “The Princess and the Frog,” “Meet the Robinsons,” “Brother Bear,” “Home on the Range,” “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Tarzan.”
- “Winnie the Pooh” welcomes a few new voices to the Hundred Acre Wood: Craig Ferguson (“The Late Show with Craig Ferguson”), Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) and Bud Luckey (director of the Pixar short “Boundin’”).
- Actress/musician/singer/songwriter Zooey Deschanel (acclaimed band “She & Him”) provides the vocals for a special rendition of the beloved “Winnie the Pooh” theme song.
- London-born A.A. Milne (1882-1956), a noted writer and playwright, penned two books and several poems about the beloved Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin (named after Milne’s son). His books are actually collections of stories, three of which inspired the film.
- A.A. Milne’s son’s teddy bear inspired the beloved character. The child named his bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bearfrom London Zoo. Pooh was the name of a swan they encountered together.
- Filmmakers visited Ashdown Forest where Milne wrote the books and the real Christopher Robin spent his summer vacations.
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