Friday, July 15, 2011

Winnie The Pooh, Guardian of Childhood Innocence

The ingeniously cute poster art first attracted my attention... the gang floating in a frame-filled sea of honey.  Then Disney floated  Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" through the trailer (below) to further pull heartstrings.  I didn't get to preview it, but according to Roger Ebert's review,  the new Winnie The Pooh movie delivers on the beauty - and nostalgia - promised in the ad campaign. I'll go see it with my wife; if only we could borrow a small child to share the film with. 

Winnie The Pooh draws from three original Milne short stories, and features all of the characters we began loving so long ago — altogether in the gentle, hand-animated style of the classic films.  The introduction of Craig Ferguson as Owl and John Cleese as the narrator certainly has potential.  I'll miss Sterling Holloway's and Sebastian Cabot's famously reassuring voices, but time marches on.

Thankfully, Pooh is still in his 100-acre wood, a tubby bear with a shirt a few sizes too small for his appetite... and a de facto caretaker of our childhood innocence.

- Steve Stav

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