Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Junius Matthews, Barbara Luddy
Director: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman
Running Time: 74 mins
The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh is an American film about the enchanted ‘Hundred-Acre Wood’, where Winnie The Pooh and his friends live and have fun with each other.
It’s interesting that, even in 1977, Disney were still this traditionalistic. Still using title cards, old Hollywood scores and all that, this could easily be mistaken for a 1950s film, but that’s not such a bad thing. It’s got the warmth and huge joy that modern Disney films just don’t capture, and is probably the jolliest of them all.
Of course, this is also one of the simpler Disney stories, based on A.A. Milne’s book of short stories about the Hundred-Acre Wood, but that makes it an absolutely perfect watch for young kids, and although anyone over the age of 8 might find it a little too easy to watch, it’s still good for cheering you up a sick day or something.
One of the best parts about this film is its unorthodox format. The narrator of the story often engages with the characters, who all know that they’re in a storybook. It’s not particularly important to the plot, but whenever you get those scenes, it’s quite a cool, different thing that adds to the fun of it all.
There is no real story in itself here, anyway. It’s just a collection of shorts put together into one film, but they all do go together very well, and it makes for a good, simple watch, even if it’s not the most captivating.
Like many other Disney films, this is a musical, however the songs aren’t that great. Again, they’re warming and happy and all, but none of them are particularly catchy or amazingly, apart from the various theme tunes for Winnie The Pooh, Tigger and the Hundred-Acre Wood, but they’re still not that impressive.
Anyway, for all its extreme simplicity and traditionalism, this is still a wonderful film. Winnie The Pooh is the most lovable dunderhead you’ll ever know, and all of the characters he spends time with are delightful too, meaning you’ll have a huge grin on your face within seconds of