My opinion right after watching film
My opinion of the film is that while it is very charming and while it definitely has the integrity of the first Winnie the Pooh, it drags, though it is only really 50 minutes long. It was not a good idea for this to be a project to revamp traditional animation, and I honestly feel like the entire purpose of this film is for sabotage and an excuse as to why 2d is dead in WDAS. It is still a good enough film, and a very likable film, though it is clearly for small children.
I cannot really find much information on the production, other than the fact that the same people worked on this film that also worked on Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Home on the Range, Brother Bear, Meet the Robinsons, and The Princess and the Frog. They used the same program for this film that they did for The Princess and the Frog; Toon Boom Animation’s Harmony Software. There were going to be 5 short stories form the original books, but they cut it down to 3.
So just like in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the movie starts with us in Christopher Robin (Jack Boulter)’s room, and the narrator John Cleese tells us that he has a huge imagination, which is where we are taken into the land of The Hundred Acre Woods, where Zoey Deeshanel sings a good version of the song Winnie the Pooh.
So we are taken to the first chapter, titled “Winnie the Pooh has an important thing to do”, and Winnie (Jim Cummings) wakes up to be extremely hungry. The narrator tells him to get his lazy ass up to start the plot, and Pooh goes on and sings about how his tummy is rumbling for some good honey.
After Pooh is done singing his honey song, he goes to see Eeyore (Bud Luckey), who tells him that he is not having a good day because his tail is missing. They soon go to Owl (Craig Ferguson), who was in the middle of writing his memoirs. They tell Owl to tell them what to do to get everyone to find Eeyore’s tail, and he tells them to issue a reward, and because he says “issue”, they think he is sneezing. Apparently this is a reference to the joke in the initial books.
They post signs all around, telling the rest of the cast that there is a very important thing to do, and we get a song titled that, and it reminds me of the women that would sing in the choir songs on the movies from the Golden, Package, Silver, and Dark era films. Everyone that is of importance in the movie meets up, and Christopher Robin ring-leads the search to find a tail for Eeyore.
Kanga (Kristen Anderson-Lopez) wins the reward, as she manages to knit a scarf to use for his tail, and just as everybody is about to sing, she nicely tells them to stfu with all of that singing.
The next day, Pooh goes to Christopher Robin’s house, with a sign that says “be back soon”, which causes another meeting with everyone, and they panic, and think that Christopher Robin was kidnapped, by the monster Backson, which of course results into another song.
Tigger (Jim Cummings) soon abandons that idea, and he has Eeyore work with him, and he wants Eeyore to be a Tigger 2 for some reason, and when Tigger rants on in his song, he notices a bunch of tracks, which he sees are a bunch of Backson tracks.
The writers finally remember that Pooh is suffering from some serious starvation, they have him imagine that honey is everywhere, and we get another honey song, where he is singing about how honey is everywhere. I have to say that this is a nice song, and the honey looks BEAUTIFUL in this sequence. I think there are some CGI elements in it. Pooh gets stuck in the trap they dug out, and everyone but Tigger decides to help him out (Eeyore joined them after he let Tigger, who is still running around). But they all end up stuck in the trap with Pooh.
After this long chase, Tigger and Piglet end up stuck in the pit they dug, but after the letters from the book fall in the pit, they climb it up, and they bump into Christopher Robin, who is in a school outfit, and asks them wtf is going on. They tell him of his note, and he laughs ad they misunderstood what it said, and he said that he would be back soon, cause he had to go to school.
He goes to Owl’s house, and recognizes that the bell-ringer looks a lot like Eeyore’s tail. Owl is shocked that it is Eeyore’s tail (he should have known that), but he was too focused on finishing his memoir. He returns Eeyore’s tail, and is rewarded with a HUGE pot of honey for his selflesness; putting off his starvation to help out a friend, and he eats the jar happily. Him and Christopher later goes on a walk, and he tells Pooh that he is proud of him. I have to say that they did wrap up all of the plots they inserted in the film decently.
Since this is apparently supposed to be a package film, I will write this as it is that formula. Plus, there is not much to say about anyone in the cast. Literally, everyone is the exact same as they were in the first film, no one developed, and nothing new is learned about them. You can excuse this because this is all in Christopher Robin’s imagination, and he is a little boy who cannot create such complex things like ways to develop characters. Eh.
The animation is pretty good. The thing that really stood out to me was the honey. They added so much texture and volume to the honey, that my eyes were literally glued to it, wanting to see more. The Acre Woods still has the original touch, but the colors are a little bit brighter. Christopher Robin was gained some normal eyes, but I did not mind it much.
I have to say that the music is pretty good. It is by the same people who did the soundtrack for Frozen. Though I do not know many of the titles of the songs, I definitely remember a lot of them. The Backson and the Honey songs are the ones that stand out the most, and the score was very laidback, just like the actual film and the mood in the film is.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on April 15, 2011 in Europe, and July 15th, 2011 in North America, it did not do well in the box office. It opened at #6 on opening weekend behind the final Harry Potters film. Its end on theaters was September 22, 2011, and it made a small amount of $26,692,846 domestically, and $18,000,000 overseas, with a total amount of $44,692,846. Whatever hope there was for traditional animation after the mediocre box office results of PatF, this film shattered completely with the embarrassing box office results.
It received critical praise, for being a classic, keeping in touch with the original film, and having charm, good animation, and all of that typical jazz, but many criticized the overly short time span.
It won an Annie for Storyboarding, but that is it. It was nominated for a few more nominations, but that is it.
This movie is remembered today as being the probable final traditionally animated film this studio will ever release, and is the Revival’s equivalent of The Rescuers Down Under. Otherwise, it is not spoken about, and is forgettable.
= 28.5/40 = 71%