Pooh en­chants new gen­er­a­tion

WIN­NIE THE POOH (U)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Fea­tur­ing the voices of John Cleese, Jim Cum­mings, Travis Oates, Craig Fer­gu­son, Bud Luckey, Tom Kenny.

AA MILNE’S ro­tund bear, im­mor­talised in the il­lus­tra­tions of EH Shep­ard, cel­e­brates his 85th an­niver­sary this year. Our af­fec­tion for Win­nie The Pooh hasn’t di­min­ished with time and Stephen An­der­son and Don Hall’s de­light­ful an­i­mated fea­ture ensures the res­i­dents of Hun­dred Acre Wood will en­chant a new gen­er­a­tion. Cru­cially, the film will also have par­ents laugh­ing out loud as the epony­mous bear gets into var­i­ous scrapes. The story un­folds on the pages of AA Milne’s book, which pro­vides the an­i­ma­tors with cute op­por­tu­ni­ties for gags. The nar­ra­tor (Cleese) shakes the page to wake up Pooh (Cum­mings) and even­tu­ally turns the book up­side down to fling him from his bed. The first half of the film con­cerns the search for Eey­ore’s miss­ing tail. Then Owl mis­in­ter­prets a note from Christo­pher Robin (Boul­ter) – “Gone out. Bizy, Back soon” – and the whole gang tries to track down a wild beast called the Back­son. Dis­ney has also bol­stered the run­ning time with two amus­ing and very dif­fer­ent an­i­mated shorts. FAM­ILY WATCH: No Swearing, No Sex, No Vi­o­lence.

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