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The best movie of the week isn't about wizards and wands. Capone views the delightful WINNIE THE POOH!!!

Published at: July 15, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST by Capone

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

I hate to begin a positive review so negatively, but screw all CG animation. If a one-hour feature (plus a five-minute short) can make me laugh and feel as much as this classically rendered WINNIE THE POOH did, then I'm in favor of banning it forever. What I wasn't prepared for was how instantaneously my childhood came rushing back to me.

I'm not sure if it was just seeing these wonderful characters back on the big screen (for the first time in 35 years) or hearing their voices again or seeing this collection of talking stuffed animals under the guidance of Christopher Robin, but my God, this one had me captivated. And as much as this film is clearly aimed at young children, there are going to be more than a few weepy and/or giddy adults by their side.

There is something undeniably moving about the innocence of Winnie the Pooh stories by A.A. Milne. And I'd forgotten how much I adore the supporting players as well. My favorite is still Eeyore, the depressive donkey, who clearly needs therapy and a steady dose anti-depressants. He's also the funniest of the Hundred Acre Woods gang. A contest is devised among the animals to replace Eeyore's missing tail. The prize is an overflowing jar of honey (or should I say hunny?), so the always hungry Pooh is hellbent on winning. These are the stakes of a typical Pooh story, and that's why my heart leapt out of my chest watching this glorious little movie.

Jim Cummings (who has been voicing Pooh and Tigger since the 1980s) gives Pooh the voice of an old soul, who is never confrontational and can rarely control his impulse to seek out and eat honey. A sequence involving Piglet and Pooh going after a bees nest is downright hysterical, partly due to Piglet being so agreeable as Pooh wantonly puts his life in danger to dislodge the nest. Rounding out the cast of characters are Rabbit (voiced by Tom Kenny), Owl (Craig Ferguson), and the mother-son team of Kanga and Roo (I'll let you figure out what animal they both are). To add the icing on the cake, John Cleese acts as narrator of WINNIE THE POOH.

A second story has the gang building an elaborate trap to capture the legendary (according to owl) woodland monster known as the Backson, who the group believes has kidnapped Christopher Robin. Naturally, the animals immediately get caught in their own trap. Directors Stephen J. Anderson (MEET THE ROBINSONS) and Don Hall (a great Disney story artist) hit all the right notes by keeping things simple and traditional. I especially liked the way the characters sometime bump into the letters of the book that features their story, or the letters tumble into the story if jostled. It's a gimmick that is used quite effectively.

WINNIE THE POOH avoids all the trappings of today's animated features. There's no 3D, no elaborately rendered backdrops, no zany voice actors. There's a grace and dignity to these creatures and to this simply told stories. I'm not sure how else to put it, but revisiting Pooh and his friends put me in a place where being a kid was fun and treasuring the small things was a fine art. This is a beautiful, elegant work that no child should miss.

-- Capone
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  • July 15, 2011, 3:28 a.m. CST

    If only...

    by Glasswalker64

    it had more Tigger!

  • July 15, 2011, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Saw this back when it was released here

    by TheBigDogg

    And loved it. Whimsical, playful and perfect for children (and some of us adults). Shows that you don't need constant danger or bad guys to carry a kids movie and really all you need is fun and charm. My little one totally adored it.

  • July 15, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    97% vs 89% says "hi", Capone.

    by Mel

    Seriously, don't try to compare two movies when one is obviously superior to the other. Don't you guys take enough shit on here as it is? It's reasons like this. Now I think you're an idiot, and I always liked your reviews. It's fine that you didn't like DH2, but to claim a fucking Winnie the Pooh movie is better? LOL

  • July 15, 2011, 3:59 a.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword

    by loafroaster

    In 50 years time, no-one will remember Harry Potter. They will remember Winnie the Pooh though.

  • July 15, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST

    I am seeing this Saturday.

    by bubcus

    I loved seeing the brief "making of" trailer with the senior animators drawing on paper and scanning their work. It brought tears to my eyes. (I graduated from traditional animation a few years ago and there's been virtually no hand-drawn animation jobs at all. Any that still exist seem outsourced overseas. Seeing Brian and the rest of the gang doing what they love under the Disney flag is a joy. Thank you Pixar and Disney for bringing the magic back).

  • July 15, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Not exactly 35 years...

    by Teko

    There have been several big-screen Pooh movies since then. "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" came out just a few years ago, and did quite well.

  • July 15, 2011, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Whats the five minute short like?

    by melonman

  • July 15, 2011, 5:17 a.m. CST

    I'm in favour of banning CG animation forever

    by Monkey Butler

    What a stupid, small-minded statement. There's no reason at all CG animation can't exist alongside hand-drawn animation.

  • July 15, 2011, 5:30 a.m. CST

    One scene will stick with me forever...

    by Kate Ward

    ...and that's the bit in the pit. Genius, 'though Rabbit needs some serious psych help.

  • July 15, 2011, 5:31 a.m. CST

    melonman

    by Kate Ward

    the short is a lovely little story about Nessy the Loch Ness Monster. Also hand drawn I think. Narrated by Billy Connolly.

  • July 15, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    by Dazzler69

    Tv show was not that long ago....worth watching for kids and adults I am sure.

  • July 15, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Traditional vs CG

    by blackwood

    It be fair to Capone's intentionally spurious statement, the paying public, broadly, has declared traditional animation dead by not going to see THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG. I still think there is ample room in the market for both, but you know how studios are. I love the original WINNIE THE POOH cartoon. The rest... eh. Nothing was ever able to be as good. TIGGER movie, PIGLET movie, HEFFALUMP movie; all feel a bit shallow and soulless compared to the first. Hopefully this is return to form.

  • July 15, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I have the originals on beta tape.

    by musically_endowed

    Can't wait to get the soundtrack, Zooey Deschanel is amazing.

  • July 15, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    I'm a fan of hand drawn animation..

    by OldDickLemon

    That said, if there had to be a world without Pixar just so all movies could be hand drawn, no thanks. You can jam a colored pencil up your pee hole, I'll keep Pixar.

  • July 15, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Why no Peter Cullen as Eeyore?

    by Fico

    FUCK YOU MICHAEL BAY.

  • July 15, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Many thanks Capone...

    by zinc_chameleon

    for reminding us that the most creative medium is a 2b pencil, 100 pound linen paper, and a drybrush watercolor technique. A reminder that most of the fanciest CGI starts with these three simple tools.

  • July 15, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    35 years?

    by Grenadier

    Maybe Capone means *he* hasn't seen them on a big screen in 35 years. There certainly have been multiple Pooh movies in theaters in that time, including Pooh's Heffalump Movie, The Tigger Movie, and Piglet's Big Movie.

  • July 15, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Rotten Tomatoes

    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    I love the simple minded people who always point to shit like RT to "prove" one movie is better than another. Because clearly in this day and age opinions count for nothing. Capone felt this hit more of the right notes than DH2 did, nothing wrong with that.

  • July 15, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    ok, Capone is officially an elitist hipster faggot

    by sith_rising

    yeah Winnie the Pooh is awesome and Harry Potter and CG suck!

  • July 15, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    This *IS* the first Winnie the Pooh movie in 35 years

    by LoopyDAVE76

    Pooh's Heffalump Movie, The Tigger Movie, etc, don't count because they were produced by DisneyToons, a division that mostly handles the studio's direct-to-video output. This movie is the first time since the '70s that the actual Walt Disney Studio has produced a Winnie the Pooh flick.

  • July 15, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I never understood why kids films had to be aware of pop culture

    by sunwukong86

    The kids arent gonna get the references. Is it for the parents?

  • Unfortunately, if this is a success, the lesson won't be grace and dignity. The lesson will be "hmmm...what other nursery book characters can we dig up and update?".

  • July 15, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    genderbender

    by AssyMuffJizz

    You rock, girlfriend.

  • July 15, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Re: 35 years

    by Teko

    So, to split hairs: yes, this is the first Pooh movie animated by Walt Disney Animation proper, as opposed to their DisneyToon division. Capone's comment was that the Pooh characters had not "appeared on the big screen" in 35 years. That is untrue by any measure.

  • July 15, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Dreamworks Winnie the Poh with Will Smith as Pooh

    by Sequitur

    Dayum...I want that Hunny!!! Hell, no!!

  • The boy has good taste.

  • July 15, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    genderbender

    by loafroaster

    You're forgetting Lottie, Darby, Holly and Kessie. Sigh, go on, what makes THEM negative female stereotypes?

  • July 15, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    actually, Paul Winchell was Tigger through 2000

    by mrgray

    RIP the one and only true Tigger.

  • It was quite ominous looking. That’s awesome that John Cleese is the narrator.

  • July 15, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Balin and Dwalin pic is up on theonering.net

    by frank

    looks like they got it from TIME.

  • July 15, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Genderbender

    by coosawatchie

    I have an idea... why don't you write a paper on your theory. Take your time and do tons of research.

  • July 15, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Oh Shut The Fuck Up, Potter Fans

    by Rebeck2

    He has his own fucking opinion, and he liked this movie better than HP! It's a free country! Eat a bag of dicks and shut up you lameass cunts. How's that for a kid-friendly TB response?

  • It makes me teary every time I read it.

  • Capone didn't say it was an awful movie. He didn't pan it. He didn't say it was terrible. He says it ended with a whimper. Learn to read and learn how to deal with other people's opinions that differ from yours. Or forever look immature.

  • July 15, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    d.vader, I'm starting to understand why

    by sweeneydave

    you're so well liked 'round these parts.

  • July 15, 2011, noon CST

    Does anyone remember the Saturday morning cartoon

    by sweeneydave

    in the early 90s? The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. These days, kids cartoons are all goofy. I miss the days of Pooh, The Real Ghostbusters, Pirates of Dark Water, and Muppet Babies.

  • July 15, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    SweeneyDave

    by D.Vader

    Can't tell if that's sincere or not. But if it is, I thank you sir =D.

  • July 15, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I remember the Pooh cartoon

    by D.Vader

    That was a great way to expand on the characters and have them go on further "imaginary" adventures. Saturday morning cartoons used to rock. Now, if any channel has them (most here are all advertisements and infomercials or news programs on saturday mornings now), its Yugi-Oh, Sonic the Hedgehog, or little kid/girl themed cartoons. Nothing really "cool" anymore, sadly. Remember when all the cartoons would show up in the same "Dont Do Drugs" 30 minute show? The Ninja Turtles side by side with Bugs Bunny and Garfield and others?

  • July 15, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Plus it has ZOOEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by wackybantha

    Sing ZOOEY, sing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ZOOEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 15, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this movie

    by thepoohguy

    After HP7.2 of course... Also for those of you who think there are no cool cartoons, you've never seen Phineas and Ferb. Best cartoon I've seen in a LONG time.

  • July 15, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    I meant it as sincere, vader.

    by sweeneydave

  • July 15, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    One of my favourite movies of the year

    by MrJJonz

    Up there with some good 'uns I've this year like True Grit, Black Swan, Blue Valentine and Senna. And my nephew loved it too.

  • July 15, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Don't get me wrong. I enjoy cartoons these days too.

    by sweeneydave

    My DVR is set to tape Adventure Time and Yo Gabba Gabba and I'll watch Spongebob when it's on and my kids are around. But they don't compare to the awesome-ness that we used to get as kids. Every once in a while we'll get a great animation milestone like Animaniacs or Batman TAS. But even those were mid 90s. Avatar: The Last Airbender was the last AMAZING kids cartoon that we've had, but that ended 3 years ago. I miss CBS Storybreak and ProStars and The Littles. I remember jotting down notes in the TV Guide to try to figure out if I could watch Garfield and Friends on one channel while taping Captain N: The Game Master on another channel. And we still had Beetlejuice, The Tick, Duck Tales, TMNT, and X-Men. We hajust had SO MANY great cartoons back then. And they still repeated all the old classics too; Smurfs, Looney Toons, Scooby Doo. AUGH! I just realized how much my kids are missing out!!!

  • July 15, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    Note that there is a genderblender and a genderbender.

    by frank

    I believe that genderblender was the original, and genderbender is *someone* doing a parody and posting trollish comments like the one about Kanga.

  • July 15, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    This is NOT Winnie The Pooh!

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    This is Disneyfied, merchandise led cunt fodder not fit to lick the arse crack of AA Milne. Understand, then go away.

  • July 15, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    LONG LIVE EEYORE BITCHES!!!

    by HoboCode

    AND, YES, FUCK CGI AND 3D. FUCK IT UP THEIR STUPID ASSES.

  • July 15, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    genderbender

    by HoboCode

    Are you serious? If so you need to relax. Get some meds and stop being so fucking angry. Not get your little ass back in the kitchen and make me some supper before you make me hit you again.

  • July 15, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Hobocode, please reference my above post re: genderbender

    by frank

  • July 15, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Balin and Dwalin. Check ‘em out.

    by frank

    http://tinyurl.com/6ygzmnj

  • July 15, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Genderblender, what's sad is not people missing the "l"

    by D.Vader

    What's sad is that you're so easy to parody; that your posts are so alike no one notices the difference or seems to care.

  • July 15, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else feel like we are watching an argument

    by sweeneydave

    involving one person with a sock puppet on each hand?

  • July 15, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Hand drawn VS CG? Really...

    by Jay

    Are people that idiotic that they think the particular style is what makes the film good? Anyone ever hear of a good story? Whether it's CG or Hand Drawn, it won't work without a good story. I'm reminded of the story Brad Bird tells about when he tried to get the studio to back The Incredibles. The suits all said "I don't know why were having this conversion. This is a live action movie..." Thankfully Lasseter stepped in and gave the go ahead. My point is it doesn't matter if it's a book, live action, hand drawn, or CG. The story/characters will sell everything else.

  • July 15, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave

    by Rebeck2

    Yeah, I'm thinking Anthony Hopkins in MAGIC...

  • July 15, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Why are mommy and daddy fighting?

    by loafroaster

  • $267 million worldwide, on a budget of $105 million, is a "massive" flop? Did Disney shell out more than $162 million on "additional costs"? Tell us, what was the "break even" number for this film? And, seeing as how its box office take was 2.5 times it's budget, how much more would it have needed to take in to cross from "massive bellyflop" to simply "unprofitable"?

  • July 15, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Brava, ladies. Bra-fucking-va.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    That bender/blender skirmish was one of the more entertaining, mind-fucking things I've read around here in weeks. (Although that's soon to change after I read all of Harold Throckmorton Knowles IV's sobby mess of a HARRY POTTER review.) For the record, CHOPPAH believes both are the real deal in their own way, but I'm giving bender the victory here. genderbLender, consider yourself BENT.

  • July 15, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    That’s exactly what I was thinking of, hercshowerradio

    by frank

  • July 15, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Shoot both, it's the only way to be sure.

    by loafroaster

  • July 15, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Hell... Shoot ALL OF 'EM!!!

    by Travis_Crabtree

  • July 15, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    so i went to see this today...

    by Noddy93

    and as I feared more than one mother sheltered her child from the fat 40-something with the foot-long beard who was by himself. look here you 20-something whore... this movie belongs to me far more than your shit factory adhd-stricken kid. and as far as the movie goes.... it's the only film this weekend worth a damn... although they're all filled with Poo/Pooh!!! Ha! I said it! it's jim carrey in whatever, you'll pay to go see it, fuck you. july 12th.

  • July 15, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    I CAN NOT WAIT BECAUSE...

    by gregg benac

    He's Winnie the Pooh,Winnie the Pooh. Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff. He's Winnie the Pooh,Winnie the Pooh, willy-nilly silly old bear. I am taking my 4-year old nephew to see this Monday. And i literally can not wait until then.

  • July 15, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    saw this today with my toddler...

    by HarveyManfrenjenson

    ...think it will be regarded in time as a minor classic. It's a Disney production, but I'm happy to say that the tone and sensibility of the movie owes a lot more to A. A. Milne than it does to Walt. I think a lot of what I like about the movie has to do with its essential British-ness. Absurd things happen, people are momentarily flustered, but decorum is always restored quickly and the whole thing is wrapped up in time for tea. Next to this the "classic" Disney films, impressive as they are, come off as a little bit histrionic and vulgar. Capone mentioned that he liked the sight gags involving bits of text interacting with the characters. There's a lot of them, so many in fact that they constitute a kind of unspoken theme or leitmotif-- I feel as if the writers were trying to convey some deep message about the equal potency of words and things, or something like that. Quite a few scenes begin by displaying a page from a storybook. We've seen this done in a hundred movies, but rarely are the storybooks so well-designed, and rarely have the directors been so casual and unhurried in the way that they transition from storybook page to full cinematic action. They credit you with enough patience to assume that you actually want to LOOK AT the book before it goes away. This is one of those very rare movies that celebrates the pleasures of reading. One more thing I liked-- 1 hour is about the perfect length for a movie shown to toddlers. 1 hour is about the point at which certain two-year-olds will decide that it is time to stop watching the movie and have a dance party on the theater floor. Now if someone would explain this to the auteurs behind "Mr. Popper's Penguins", who (I suspect) are themselves childless, and who (quite possibly) have never *been* children themselves...

  • July 16, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    genderbender vs. genderblender

    by fustfick

    Amazing stuff if those are two different people. Borderline brilliant. It sends a chill up my spine to think this is the work of one person. On another note, I'd like to take my boys to see this movie, but they seem to think it's too childish for them. Today I came home to my 4 year-old lining up all his toy big rigs and explaining he watched CONVOY on Netflix today. He was even doing CB voices talking to Rubber Duck. Crazy, I've actually never seen the movie. But I do know this...my son has discovered his first Peckinpah film.

  • July 16, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    genderblender

    by HarveyManfrenjenson

    That is the single most peculiar insult I've ever come across: "You are definitely NOT from Wisconsin". I just had to log on to say that. Perhaps it makes sense in the context of the ongoing conversation, which I haven't read. Oh and noddy93, yeah, got the same folks giving me the awkward eye when I showed up late (kid + her mom already in theater) and demanded "One ticket for Pooh". Fuckers.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:44 a.m. CST

    As fas as im concerned....

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    Genderbender and Genderblender can both go eat a bucket of "Special Needs Child Ass" for hijacking this talkback..thanks for ruining a perfectly good conversation douchebags.

  • July 16, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Is Tigger still an Ass?

    by WerePlatypus

    Breaking and entering, assault, reckless endangerment of a child. . . just a few of the crimes Tigger commits in the original movie.

  • July 16, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Looks charming...

    by WeylandYutani

    Somehow this does not seem like a summer release to me, but would be more at home as something you'd see on Christmas day. I guess this is a little counter-programming from the Disney folks.

  • July 16, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    THIS better than Hallows 2?? Don't think so!!

    by Jerry Piper

    Let's see, 100% Top Critics tomatometer and 97% overall for Potter, which actually makes it the highest rated movie on earth in 2011...about 5% higher than the excellent Midnight in Paris and about 15% higher than the disappointing Tree of Life.

  • July 16, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    LOL "classically rendered"

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    "Classically rendered" animation is hand drawn onto cells. It doesn't exist any more. This was still hand drawn, but into a computer, and it was colored digitally. Also, there's a lot of CG honey in the trailer. If you watched the film and thought that was hand drawn, then you've no place classifying animation. Sure, you can't expect people to go back to older, more time consuming methods that require more skill, just for the sake of using them; fair enough. But the way this film was made is about as "traditional" as anything that has come out of Pixar.

  • July 16, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    genderbender

    by Come_ON

    What is it like being a joyless sack of shit?

  • July 16, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    I have a friend who was an animator on this.

    by v3d

    She's brilliant artist and animator who is as skilled at stop motion as hand drawn cel work. I'm looking forward to taking my daughter to see this.

  • July 16, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    perfect

    by Mark

    Oh well, I can't find a fault with this movie. I've watched all the summer movies and a couple of small films so far and this one was so charming and smart I couldn't help but be taken in by it. Even writing this I can picture parts of the movie and it makes me smile and chuckle. Can't ask for more than that. Mark

  • July 16, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    friend

    by Mark

    You have good friends :-)

  • July 16, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Saw them both

    by thepoohguy

    And I completely agree. WTP better than HP 7.2. In the end I just don't think Harry could live up to the hype...

  • July 16, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Winnie The Pooh is a bigger Disney icon than anybody but Mickey.

    by Subtitles_Off

    It's just the way it is. Harry Potter's got nothing on Winnie The Pooh. Want proof? Ask anybody to name Winnie The Pooh characters. I think they'll get 'em all or most of 'em. Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Christopher Robin, Eeyore. Ask that same anybody to name Harry Potter characters. If they get past Harry and Dumblebee to "Hegemony or something like that," I'll give you a buck. Now, just for s#!ts and giggles ask that same anybody to name a Transformer. if that person doesn't look at you and ask, "A what?" you're talking to a fucking idiot, and the results of our little social experiment don't count.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    genderblender: if you want cock, all you have to do is ask

    by melonman

  • July 16, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Back from WINNIE THE POOH.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I can't say enough about the look of it. The backgrounds were lush, simple, rich, tactile...perfect. And I love that they recreated the scratchy, jittery line of the old movie. Unfortunately, I can say enough about the story. Only in a few places did it approach the simple and elemental predicaments that make the old THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH appealing to even the youngest child. The old POOH plays almost like a silent movie...you could watch it with the sound off and still know basically what's going on. There were some clever gags in NüPOOH, but (like so many recent animated movies) sooo much talking. Characters standing and talking, sitting and talking, talking, talking... Before the movie started I asked the child in my care to pay close attention so she could tell Mommy all about the movie later. Granted, my attention wandered some, but I would have had a hard time telling you why characters were doing what they were doing at any given time. Another small complaint is that except for Eeyore, the supporting characters were less distinct and individual...Rabbit wasn't particularly grumpy, and Owl (Craig Ferguson?!) was nearly as manic as Tigger. I've always admired the way the different personalities are simply and clearly sketched in OLD POOH. The child in my care sat through it, but wasn't particularly engaged, and hasn't mentioned it since. I'm giving it three chops out of five for the visual style alone.

  • July 16, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    c'mon where's the_chloppah and d.l.vader???!!!

    by Simpsonian

    and fuck you slimpsonian!

  • July 16, 2011, 8:57 p.m. CST

    My Friends Tigger And Pooh

    by Rob

    Thank god they chose to go this route, and not a feature length version of the awful Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior series, My Friends Tigger And Pooh. Look no further to see how to ruin great handdrawn characters, by rendering them into a tacky CG animated world.

  • July 17, 2011, 4:19 a.m. CST

    v3d

    by Kelly Grimes

    To say it takes more skill to be 'classical' is insulting. Any artist with a degree or with a job has been trained classically, even when they go into the 3D field. Certainly doing art in photoshop or maya/max is EASIER, only in that you have an undo button, but I can say from vast experience that to say one takes more talent is simply speaking from the voice of inexperience. The classical concepts are always at play when you're doing art, whether it's movies or videogames or screenprinting or painting. The only reason most arts have gone digital is b/c it's a time saver. Videogames take about 4 yrs from design to ship. If everything was hand drawn and hand animated it'd be 15 yrs. It's the way of the world and I don't think the quality within the parameters has necessarily suffered because of ineptitude.

  • July 17, 2011, 4:19 a.m. CST

    whoops.

    by Kelly Grimes

    I meant andosonundslikeamong not v3d. My mistake.

  • July 17, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    anything vs anything in media is a dumb arguement

    by Rebel Scumb

    We don't have to choose one over the other. We can have numerous favorite things at once. Just because Game of Thrones comes along doesn't mean I have to stop loving Lord of the Rings. There's an all you can eat buffet of great movies, shows, books, videogames, etc out there, and people are arguing about what to order on the menu at though it's their last meal before the gas chamber. Way too many stupid people on here. Why on earth anyone would apply a sports team loyalty to movies/shows/books is beyond me.

  • Regardless of whether you like the series or not. I like it, but I'm perfectly fine with other people hating it. But to deny it's cultural impact is silly. Harry Potter IS the equivelant of starwars for this generation. More so in some respects because it was an impossibly popular book series first, and now also a ridiculously popular film series. 8 movies, featuring some of the very best of Britian's actors. Most importantly, it got kids reading again! How can anyone see that as a negative thing? It was nearly impossible to get kids to read in the early-mid 1990s before these hit it big. Now kids actually camp out overnight in droves for book launches.

  • July 17, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    What was Disney thinking?

    by no1ofimportance

    Regardless of the quality of the to movies (which I'm not commenting upon), why would they open this against the last harry Potter? Everybody knows that's going to be a powerhouse. I hope the (relatively) small opening number they'll get aren't going to be interpreted as Pooh or traditional cel animation as being a thing of the past. If they delayed a couple weeks, they'd have had an easy win as the #1 movie. Are they purposely trying to kill the animation department again?

  • July 17, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    kgrimes. Thanks for the "whoops" clarification.

    by v3d

    I was about to scroll on down and angrily respond, "what the F are you talking about." That would have been a big mistake on my part. Thanks again. Not everyone posting here is as polite.

  • July 17, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    noiofimportance

    by v3d

    I heard a pretty good reason for releasing Pooh on the same day as the juggernaut that is Harry Potter. Families with small children will be making a decision on which film to see. Potter is probably aimed at 13+ where Pooh is all ages. It's a risky gamble and the weekend box office totals will tell if it pays off. But, Disney still does a large percentage of their film business via video. DVD, Blu-Ray, pay-per-view, iTunes, and so on. So they'll do well regardless of the box office. You should see the stack of Disney movies I have for my daughter.

  • July 17, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Traditional Animation v CG....

    by conspiracy

    with a few exceptions, and ones personal point of views, it comes down to Art v. Product. Pooh...most probably Art. Shrek...most definitely Product. Not to say that there isn't a business argument for this kind of film, it wouldn't get made otherwise; but I'm pretty sure everyone involved in this project knows it isn't gonna set the cash registers on fire.

  • July 17, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Waste of money. It's only an hour and some change

    by alienindisguise

    that and the fact that these characters have always been hella queer.

  • July 17, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    The songs/animation elevate the movie...

    by workshed

    ...above any other animation I've seen this year. It's old school Disney and I loved it. Who cares if it's an hour long..? It's an hour of quality. I wish the guys that made this were in charge of the whole damn company.

  • July 17, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Wrong sounding Piglet

    by bluesharpo

  • July 17, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    I'm truly shocked

    by david starling

    A fantasy film (for that is what it is), based-upon a fantasy concept, for the young, and based-upon a book, and lordoflight isn't on here, daming it to all eternity, and launching a hate campaign at it!! Bloody heck!! I guess Winnie the Pooh just doesn't cut it these days!! Still - me and my daughter will go see it, when it opens in the UK in the next few weeks!!

  • Really? (recent animated film budgets, in millions) Tangled - $260 Cars 2 - $200 Toy Story 3 - $200 Kung Fu Panda 2 - $150 The Princess & the Frog - $105 Rio - $90 Winnie the Pooh - $30

  • July 18, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Genderblender, the jig is up

    by jim

    You wrote: "Thank goodness. The sooner we can get rid of Pixar's brand of 'magic' the sooner we can get to a world where the only films that exist are guaranteed-revenue $5 million budgeted no-name romantic comedies and found-footage horror." Which made me think that you will only be happy once everyone is as miserable as you. Then I had an epiphany. It's a bit; you are doing a parody of fanboys. Now, when I say "fanboy" it's generally used disparagingly. The kind of person who comes on here and loves what they love, and hates everything else. They hate what others like because it's not what they like, and will denigrate others for their preferences. Unreasonable is too tame a term for the likes of them. That's you. Or, at least, the persona you have created here. Like Genderbender, who is simply a parody of you (or possibly IS you), or Jettl93, who is a parody of know-it-all, name-dropping posters, you too are a parody. You are a parody of the stereotypical hate-filled trolls that populate message boards. However, you have done it with a heaping handful of feminism and a touch of self-loathing. Nice twist; unique enough to really make you stand out among all the other TB "characters". You got me. Well done.