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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - The Friendship Edition

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
8 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: G

Starring:
Sebastian Cabot as Narrator (voice)
Junius Matthews as Rabbit (voice)
Barbara Luddy as Kanga (voice)
Howard Morris as Gopher (voice)
John Fiedler as Piglet (voice)
Ralph Wright as Eeyore (voice)
Hal Smith as Owl (voice)
Clint Howard as Roo (Honey Tree and Blustery Day) (voice)
Bruce Reitherman as Christopher Robin (Honey Tree) (voice)
Jon Walmsley as Christopher Robin (Blustery Day) (voice)
Timothy Turner as Christopher Robin (Tigger Too) (voice)
Dori Whitaker as Roo (Tigger Too) (voice)
Sterling Holloway as Winnie the Pooh (voice)
Paul Winchell as Tigger (voice)

Special Features:
The Very First Episode Of The New Series "My Friends Tigger & Pooh"
"The Story Behind The Masterpiece" Making Of Featurette
Winnie The Pooh Art Gallery
"The 100 Acre Wood Challenge" Game
Disney Storytime: "Pooh's Shadow"
"The Winnie The Pooh Theme Song" Performance By Carly Simon
Sing Along Song: "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers"
Pooh's Pop-Up Fun Facts
"A Day For Eeyore" Classic Short

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Language
Running Time: 74 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Celebrate the never-ending friendship that has delighted generations, 'The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.' Pooh's first and most beloved feature film is now available in The Friendship Edition. Experience the magical tales that started the Pooh tradition, an extraordinary masterpiece of classic Disney artistry. Digitally restored and remastered, and packed with bonus features, this collectible edition is the perfect classic for the entire family to enjoy. Full of fun and heartwarming stories, this Academy Award®-winning animated classic (Best Cartoon Short Subject, 1968, 'Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day') tells the tale of the first unforgettable meeting between Tigger and Pooh. Your family will laugh along when Pooh gets stuck in Rabbit's house from eating too much honey, and enjoy the lovable characters' flurry of hilarious activity on a windy day. These timeless adventures are brought to life through extraordinary Disney animation and engaging songs."

"The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh: The Friendship Edition" is rated G.

Mini-Review:
I remember seeing "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" when I was a kid, so it was fun to revisit it with my own children so many years later. They were as enthralled with it as I was. (And who knew Clint Howard played Roo??) And with a remastered picture, it holds up as well as ever. It’s kind of interesting to see how much of the look and feel was locked in so long ago and still remains the same, no matter which incarnation Pooh appears in.

This DVD should really please animation and Pooh fans alike. Not only does the picture look great, but there are some great bonus features included as well. First up is "The Story Behind The Masterpiece" Making Of Featurette. This featurette runs 25 minutes. It covers the creation of Winnie the Pooh from original books to the animated films. Even though I was familiar with a lot of Pooh lore, they managed to find a few bits of trivia that I had never heard. They also discuss the character designs, looks, voices, and more. Overall, this is the highlight of the bonus features. You'll also find the first episode of the new CGI series "My Friends Tigger & Pooh" from the Disney Channel. My kids really loved this, too. Also included are some art galleries, games, a story, a sing along, and a Carly Simon video. Rounding things out are some pop up Pooh facts during the film and the "A Day For Eeyore" Classic Short. This cartoon looks like a vintage cartoon upon first glance, but the music and voices seem more recent than the film itself.

This DVD is great for kids and offers up a lot for adults as well. It's a required addition to any Disney DVD collection.

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