Pooh enchants new generation
WINNIE THE POOH (U)
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.