We enjoy streaming movies through our XBox 360 and occasionally we will look at upcoming movie trailers when we want to check out what movies will be coming soon to theaters! One of our very favorites over the summer was for the movie, Winnie the Pooh. Partly because of a wonderful song and partly because Pooh is just so lovable, our 3 and 5 year old boys fell in love with the trailer.
Can you blame them?
Somehow we managed to miss the timing of when this movie came into the theater and we were anxiously waiting for this one to come out on DVD. When we were offered a copy of the movie on DVD and Blu-Ray we couldn’t turn it down.
Disney returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo – and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Disney’s all-new “Winnie the Pooh” movie is inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art.
Our very favorite part was when Pooh and Eeyore would suggest that Owl was catching a cold, despite his protests that he was only saying the word “issue” not “achoo”. Giggles would always erupt. So far we’ve watched it three times and the heartwarming story never fails to entertain our boys. They get excited to watch it each time and I’ve caught them saying lines from the movie around the house.
As a parent I really appreciate a movie that doesn’t include crude humor. One that doesn’t try to confuse kids with humor made for adults and doesn’t teach my boys something I wish they had never learned. So often these are present in children’s films today but in this case, I can let my boys enjoy this movie without having to explain a thing!
This movie also includes some wonderful bonus features! Our very favorite was the Ballad of Nessie which is a beautiful and heartwarming tale that asks the question, “Where do you go when there is no more hope?” We learn that it is ok to cry because sometimes that it is through our tears we find a new way. It is narrated brilliantly by Billy Connolly.
Blu-ray ™Bonus Features:
- Exclusive bonus short “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon” – In this charming short, Pooh comes up with a daring plan to get a hold of some honey by fooling a group of bees.
- “The Ballad of Nessie” – The animated short film included in the theatrical release is the heartwarming tale of how Nessie found her new home in the Loch Ness.
- “Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too” – A fun and informative behind-the-scenes look at the film, designed for the whole family. Hosted by John Cleese (narrator of the film), and with occasional help fromPooh himself, this featurette explores Winnie the Pooh’s history from his beginnings as a character in a book, to his continued life in the movies. The filmmakers reveal how they worked to keep the look of the characters and settings in this movie consistent with their first appearances on-screen in1966. Pooh, being a bear of very little mind, finds much of this confusing, but the Narrator and the filmmakers make it all clear to Pooh – and you
- Deleted Scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 5 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “”Rabbit’s Friends and Relations,” “Original Eeyore Intro,” “Original Tigger Intro” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”
- Sing-Along with the Movie – Follow the red balloon and changing word colors to seven song lyrics featured in the film.
- Disney Song Selection – “Winnie the Pooh Theme Song,” “The Tummy Song, “A Very Important Thing To Do,” “The Backson Song,” “It’s Gonna Be Great,” “Everything is Honey” and “The Winner Song Finale”
DVD Bonus Features:
- “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon”
- “The Ballad of Nessie”
- Deleted scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 3 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “”Rabbit’s Friends and Relations” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”
Winnie the Pooh is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray and can be found at retailers nationwide and at Amazon! Like Winnie the Pooh on Facebook, follow Disney Animation on twitter and check out these exciting Winnie the Pooh trailers, video clips and more!