The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh: Disney+ Talk
Growing up, I loved Winnie the Pooh; my favourite toy was a Winnie the Pooh bear (which I still own, making it the oldest possession I own at 25 years old!), as well as having pyjamas, posters and books belonging to the brand.
One item that I also owned was a VHS tape of ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’, which I watched numerous times to the point where I probably wore the tape out! However, this is a film I haven’t watched in a very long time and, re-watching this has brought back a lot of childhood memories.
‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’ is an hour-long film based on the books by A.A. Milne, and tells the tale of Winnie the Pooh and his friends Christopher Robin, Rabbit, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl and Kanga and Roo as they have various adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood.
The film is narrated by Sebastian Cabot (who also voiced Bagheera in the original ‘The Jungle Book’), who occasionally interacts with the characters in the storybook featured in the film. The charming narration is a wonderful addition to the animation.
The hand drawn animation is a wonderful glimpse into the past, and a reminder of how delightful this style is; the original sketch lines can still be seen in some places. The film includes a few songs, one of which was even included in the 2018 live-action film ‘Christopher Robin’. Even if you’ve never seen the 1977 film before, chances are you would’ve heard of at least one of the songs. They’re charming, innocent and bring a child-like wonder to the scenario that the song is about.
The film also breaks the 4th wall occasionally. Like previously mentioned, the narrator sometimes interacts with the characters. But there are other breaks too; the film is set in a storybook, which the characters are aware of, and refer to. An example of this is the character Gopher, who never tires of mentioning that he doesn’t actually exist in the book.
Later in the film, Tigger even tells us that the narrator is there, and mentions him by name, and Pooh Bear talks to the narrator too. This film was the first time I had encountered 4th wall breaks and, being a 4-year-old at the time, it blew my mind! It adds a special element to the film.
Overall, ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’ is not only a childhood memory of mine, but it’s a glimpse into an animation style long replaced. The film is a good length for young children (at an hour) and brings an innocent and child-like wonder, thanks to the delightful characters and fantastic narration.
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