Sunday, December 18, 2011

Winnie the Pooh (2011) (Rating: B)

Winnie the Pooh (2011) is short, funny, cute, sweet, innocent, and somewhat insubstantial like the stuffed bear the movie is based on.   I liked everyhting that I saw but felt like there should have been a little bit more.  I wanted to see a little more plot, especially with the minor characters.  Christopher Robin barely makes an appearance.  Much of the movie feels recycled from possibly better Pooh films.  The show kept breaking into musical numbers, and there are too many scenes showing pages of a book, all of which contributed to the feeling that the show, like the protagonist,  is stuffed with fluff.

Disney's strategy seems to have been to make only enough of a movie that people will watch it.  The shortness of the movie made me yearn for a sequel.

On a more positive note, the animation looks pretty good.

I would have felt a little ripped off had I seen this in the theater, but the movie is just right for a budget rental.   It is not very deep, but  I didn't expect rocket science.

There is an easter egg at the end of the credits that is worth waiting for.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011