Winnie the Pooh is one of those stories I adored growing up. It’s just a good, wholesome tale. Even when I was a college exchange student overseas, my father sent me a “thinking of you” package with a stuffed Eeyore (which I have to this day). Being asked to attend an advanced screening of this film was something I jumped on immediately!
This was the first Winnie the Pooh movie in over 35 years and the Hundred Acre Wood was not dusty at all. All week I had been talking up the movie to my 3 year old whenever we saw a commercial as I was nervous he would confuse this bear, rabbit, owl movie with a TV show he watches regularly. He was definitely pumped to see the movie – to the extent that he didn’t even mind that we took an additional 35 minute detour on our way to the theater to drop his little brother off with the grandparents.
When we arrived, we were pleased to see a little mini-story as a trailer for the movie which was cute and helped settle my son in his seat for the beginning of the real show. My husband and I locked eyes and smiled a few times just watching him in his seat staring intently at the screen. I swear there were several times that I found myself wondering how long he could go without blinking!
The story premise was certainly cute, with some little grown up quips here and there that I chuckled along with. Pooh is in search for ‘huny’ and Eeyore has lost his tail, so the familiar story lines are present. I can’t share much with you since the film hasn’t been released, but the Disney website and director Don Hall describe it as taking
“place in the course of a day. It’s business as usual in the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh wakes up absolutely famished and he happens to have no honey. So that sets him out on his journey, which is ultimately derailed-first by a contest to find Eeyore a new tail. Pooh later finds a note from Christopher Robin that reads: “Gone out. Busy. Back soon.” But then Owl misinterprets the note, proclaiming that the boy has been captured by a creature called a “Backson.” Soon, the whole gang is on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from the imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply hoped to find some honey.”
If you’ve been hesitant to take your child to a movie, this one would be a perfect venture as the film is about 60 minutes long. My son has only seen one other film in the theaters and that was closer to 90 minutes long which was really too much for him. This was a great movie going experience for someone his age.
Oh… and MY little bear? He’s taken my stuffed Eeyore to bed with him to help make him (Eeyore) happier. LOVE IT!
*Disclosure: I was provided free, advanced screening access to this movie. Movie description taken directly from the Disney website. All opinions expressed are my own, your opinion may differ.