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131 of 133 people found the following review helpful
Before his death, Walt Disney had started his staff on a series of shorts starring A. A. Milne's creation Winnie the Pooh. Because he knew American audiences weren't that familiar with the character yet, he decides that a series of short features would be best, followed by a movie combining them together. This is that movie. Originally released in 1977, it combines the three shorts that had been previously released, "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree," "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day," and "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too" with a couple new transitions to make the stories flow together.
The story is set in the Hundred Acre Wood where Winnie the Pooh, a bear with very little brain, lives along with his friends. There's Christopher Robin, a young boy, wise Owl, gloomy Eeyore, Rabbit, small and easily frightened Piglet, Kanga and her son Roo, and bouncy Tigger. No matter what they face, they face it together, at least in the end.
The first set of stories revolves around Pooh's love of honey. When he runs out, he tries to get some from bees and then visits Rabbit where he gets stuck after eating too much.
A natural disaster visits the Hundred Acre woods when a blustery day is followed by a flood. While facing danger, Pooh also learns about Heffalumps and Woozles who may be after his honey.
Finally, Tigger's bouncing gets the best of Rabbit and he tries to debounce Tigger. Undeterred, Tigger gets himself and Roo stuck in a tree.
These cartoons are sweet and innocent. They easily bring back memories of childhood and simpler times. There is gentle humor and the simple lessons aren't done in a heavy-handed manner.
The style of the animation is fairly unique in the Disney canon. It's pencil line heavy. Even though the artists have made it their own, it still reminds the view of Ernest Shepherds charming "decorations" from the books.
These stories are very true to their source material. The new character Gopher is introduced, but as he's not in the book, he's not even in the second half. Probably the most curious choice was the use of a book. The pages turn as the story progresses and we move in on page illustrations to see what happens next. I'll admit it took me quite some time to get used to the idea, but I do see the charm in it now.
The main audience for this movie has always been kids, and the 25th anniversary release reflects that. Most of the features are kid friendly, with games, a sing along song, and a story time segment. Adults will enjoy the behind the scenes featurette. You can choose to watch the movie with pop up facts running. Most of them are ordinary, but there are a few fun trivia items included. Also included is the short "A Day for Eeyore." It was originally released in 1981 and features a few new voices because of cast deaths. It's a fun feature with a couple of my favorite stories from the books, but is a little disconcerting to watch right after seeing the film. As to the film itself, the picture is sharp and the sound is great. It's presented in full frame. I have no proof, but I suspect that was the original aspect ration.
This is a nice film for young kids. Adults may not enjoy it as much as some kid's films, but if they watch with an open mind, it will release their inner child.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2004
Winnie the Pooh and his friends have had many movies made about them but this remains the best of the bunch.
Adults and children will simply love this enchanting tale of a bear named Pooh.
Personally, I watched this with my one-year old son (who now knows all the characters by name - this film alone has brought his speaking skills on by leaps and bounds, purely because it kept his interest.)
I am looking forward to when he watches it again in a few years and actually understands the story behind it.
I am also looking forward to the day when he watches it as an adult and becomes as "choked" as I was at seeing the ending of the film... I truly didn't remember how this film ended from when I watched it as a child... the ending may well take you by surprise.
If you feel the cartoons and films made for children today lack something of the "innocence" of the cartoons and films made in yesteryear, get this and have a thoroughly pleasureable time.
Beautiful.
But that beaver isn't in the book (as he keeps reminding us) ... and he shouldn't be in the film... GGGGrrrrr!!!! Disney being Disney I suppose...
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2006
BLISS
Still reticent about letting my small sone watch too much TV, I was *so* relieved when I put this movie on. The bliss of being whicked immediately back to my own childhood, the beaming pleasure of my small son as he watched the familiar, lovable, gorgeous little characters.
The hilarity when Pooh falls out of the honey tree!
This is the best of the Pooh movies. The animation is done in the style of the original EH Sheppard drawings, and the stories follow those in the book (apart from a very brief appearance of annoying new beaver character, who falls down a hole anyway).
The film is shown on a book, and the pages turn between scenes with the charaters sometimes walking/hopping over to the next page. It's gorgeous. It's adorable.
IT'S ALL ADORABLE. It's childhood in a plastic box. It's superb. Well done Disney. Well done A A Milne. Well done E H Sheppard. Well done everyone. And well done me for buying it!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2004
one thing with a disney dvd you know it will last you for ever.
this is the original feature length film of A.A. Milnes classic, you dont have to be a kid to enjoy this its pure disney fun from beginning to end,with great extras and great picture and sound the main films 71 minutes long but theirs extras in their that last like a day for eoyore a short animated film,the main film constists of 3 shorts; the honey tree,the blustery day, winnie the pooh and tigger too, this makes great entertainment if you only have 20 minutes or so, pop one of the stories in,all in all disneys 22nd animated classic... that you can keep for ever..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2001
The film is narrated throughout as though it were still on the pages of the book, which is a humourous and novel way to portray the characters. My 2yr old was truly transfixed by this video, when he saw all his nursery characters come to life. It is an all time favourite with children and adults alike. A chance to forget your problems and remember what it was like not to have any, when life was a mystery waiting to happen...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is really 3 stories in one, which is really nice. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974).

Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) is about Pooh running out of honey & first trying to disguise himself as a little black raincloud to steal some honey from the bees. When that doesn't work he ends up at Rabbit's place & ends up eating too much & gets stuck in the door with some very funny consequences.

Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), it's a very windy day & Pooh who misunderstands Gopher's warning goes across the Hundred Acre Wood to wish everyone a happy Winds-day. While a lot more happens in this story wishing someone a happy Winds-day is just so amusing I don't feel the need to explain this story anymore haha.

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974) – Rabbit, Pooh and Piglet formulates a plan to abandon Tigger in the woods, and find him the next day so hopefully Tigger will stop bouncing on his friends unexpectedly. Later on in the story Tigger gets stuck up a tree & promises never to bounce again if he can get down. At that moment, the narrator chimes in for help. Tigger begs him to "narrate" him down from the tree, and he tilts the book sideways, allowing Tigger to step onto the text of the page.

Happy, Tigger attempts to bounce but Rabbit stops him reminding Tigger of the promise he made. Devastated, Tigger realizes he cannot bounce anymore and slowly walks away and Rabbit feels better that there will be peace, but everyone else does not and felt sad to see Tigger depressed and remind Rabbit of the joy Tigger brought when he was bouncing. Then Rabbit shows sympathy for Tigger and takes back the promise they had agreed on; he is then given a friendly tackle by an overly-excited Tigger. Tigger invites everyone to bounce with him and even teaches Rabbit how to do it. For the first time, Rabbit is happy to be bouncing, as is everyone else as Tigger sings his signature song.

As for the extras, you do get a good few on this DVD including:

A Day For Eeyore
The Winnie the Pooh Art Gallery
The Story Behind The Masterpiece
The Winnie the Pooh Theme Song
Pooh's Shadow
The 100 Acre Wood Challenge
Pooh's Pop-up Fun Facts
Heffalumps and Woozles
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2010
These are the episodes I enjoyed as a child: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, and Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore.

These are episodes which are timeless classics and can be enjoyed again and again. They are light-hearted and won't frighten many children, even the bits which are scary, aren't all that scary.

I recommend them to all, even those who had them on video as a child and want to upgrade to DVD. Buy these classic episodes of Winnie the Pooh now, you won't regret it!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2001
In 1966 Walt Disney decided to make a movie based on A.A. Milne's classic stories because his daughters had loved the stories so much.Walt soon found out the Americans were not so familiar with the Winnie The Pooh characters so Walt decided to break the film up into 3 short movies so Pooh could be more popular if he could build up an American following.Later the 3 films were combined to make this film masterpiece.Walt did perfect casting.Sterling Holloway IS Winnie The Pooh.Paul Winchell IS Tigger.John Fiedler IS Piglet.Junius Matthews IS Rabbit.All these actors did their characters perfectly.Sterling Holloway (Kaa in The Jungle Book) used his timeless amusing talent on Pooh.Paul Winchell (Dick Dastardly in Wacky Races) does brilliantly as Tigger.Character actor John Fiedler did Piglet wondrously and ageing voice actor Junius Matthews retired with a bang as Rabbit.You should check out the film even if you haven't got any children because it is a masterpiece.The film is also filled with charm and delight.Not a laugh-your-head-off-type film but smiling,charming comedy in places.Buy it,stick it in your VCR and you will see one of Disney's best movies.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2005
My daughters mid 2 years and although toys and posters of Pooh & Co have held general appeal (no mean feat as she's not easily patient) - I've never been inclined to go for all the modern Pooh-ness thats around, it's just not us. So I saw this on Amazon and pondered, and thought I'd give it a go.
Now Florrie imble has been relegated to the bottom of the toy bin and Pooh bear has to sleep in the madams bed at night and this dvd has to go on daily at some point.
It's suitable for bedtimes if times too difficult for a storey, it's quiet and peaceful and in short chunks although described as a movie-theres 3 stories to choose from plus a 4th if you include the bonus eyore one. lots of old style sing along songs, rescues, friendship and love without being sickly. Raucus laughter when the gopher is it? (so I'm told) falls down the hole, height of sophistication in commedy for a 2.3 yr old.
If you really dont get along with it(cant think why not!) then you can pass it on to another small persons househld as Pooh Bear is a classic and as such, both a rest from modern overload - soft and familiar and loved naturally by little people everywhere.
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on 4 November 2013
I grew up on Winnie the Pooh, as I'm sure many people have, and I bought this as a gift for my Dad (he asked for it, lol). I watched it with him recently and was taken aback when I realised I was enjoying it every bit as much as I did as a child. If anything I was getting more out of it now than I did then. The animation is superb, the characters are all amazing in their own way and the script and voice acting is phenomenal, which is something I didn't pick up on in my younger days. A good example of this is the character Gopher ("He's not in the book") when he tells Winnie the Pooh, "You should do something about that speech impediment, Sonny!" while whistling through his teeth on the S's and T's.

Aside from the unrivalled work done by some of the Disney animation greats (Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas etc), Winnie the Pooh has something for kids that's rarely seen nowadays and I think it's the respect given to the them by ensuring they are getting the best possible end product. It is what has set Disney above all the others for nearly 100 years and I can honestly say 'The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' is up there with the best animations they have ever created.
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