My opinion right after watching movie
My opinion right after the film is…………… holy shit Winnie the Pooh ripped off this film, and The Animation Commendation is correct. I personally think this film did that plot a bit better though. It was a bit boring and it was too dark for a Winnie the Pooh film, but I could not care less about this film either way.
There is literally no information on the production on this film.
So the story stars on the last day of summer, where Christopher Robin (Brady Bluhm) approaches Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings) about some sad news, but Pooh does not want them to speak about anything sad. They sing the song Forever and Ever, which is a sweet song about their good times that should last forever, and Winnie never wanting Christopher to tell him anything negative. So the bad news is that Christopher is starting his first day of school tomorrow, but he does not know how to tell Pooh that.
It is the next morning, Winnie leaves his home, and sees a honey pot with a note on it (which he can’t read from all of the honey residue). He sees Piglet (John Fiedler) on a tree, who eventually falls thanks to Tigger (Jim Cummings) trying to save him. Pooh asks them about Christopher Robin, but neither knew where he is. Pooh than goes to Rabbit (Ken Sansom) to ask the same thing, but he does not know where he is, though he does show Pooh the note on his honey pot.
They then go to Owl (Andre Skotja)’s home, since he is the bookaholic, but not even he can interpret the note properly, telling them that Christopher was taken to a place called Skulls, and was taken by a monster called Skullasaurus.
Owl is singing a sing about them capturing the Skullasauros, and ho they will take part in a huge adventure, where they can save Christopher Robin, and he hands them the map, so they can go to the Great Unknown of The Hundred Acre Woods (though Owl is no way in hell joining them). I notice that there is absolutely no Kanga and Roo in this film.
The crew go on their adventure, and when they hear a sound, they think that it was the Skullasaurus. Rabbit tries to be the leader of the group, and as they follow the map, the crew becomes more and more panic. There is a lot of creepy and scary (at least for children) imagery, and I do not know if they would like it. They are in the depths of the creepy woods, and ends up running out of the forest, and we get some filer with them enjoying a bunch of butterflies.
The crew continues to follow the map, and the narrator explains that Rabbit does not know that the map does not know where it is going. Rabbit ends up singing about how they should follow the maps, and how they are good……….zzzzzzzzzzzz……….
After Tigger tries (and fails) to get the map, Tigger falls off a gorge, and holds onto a tree that is about to fall. Everyone else is about to save him, but they all end up falling, though Eeyore (Peter Cullen) is holding them all by a small branch which he lets go, causing all of them to fall into the river. Rabbit finds the second half of the map, which he cheers about, and when another sound is heard, they run, thinking it is the Skullasaurus.
After they are dried up and left the river, Rabbit is still guiding them with the map, and Pooh asks him if he knows what he is doing, and where he is going, but Rabbit is in denial about not knowing what he is doing, before he outright admits it, and cries in defeat. Pooh tries to cheer him up with Christopher’s advice, but does not know the proper words.
They sleep in a cave for the night, but Winnie the Pooh is still up, and climbs on a tree to sing to the moon, hoping that Christopher Robin comes to find him, since he is lost without the little boy. Piglet wakes up, and screams frantically at something, which wakes them all up, causing him to tell them that Christopher Robin is deep in the cave…..wait; weren’t they sleeping in that same cave a few hours beforehand?
Pooh finally remembers what Christopher said, which is that he (referring to Christopher Robin) will always be with him (Pooh), which is the typical metaphorical saying, causing Pooh to think that this entire adventure was a entire misunderstanding, and it is nice that he finally realized the message.
They think a monster is approaching them, based off of the shadow, only for it to be revealed that Christopher Robin found them all, since he was looking for them, and they tell Chris what they supposedly learned (which is what happens to me the only characteristics that these characters have). Christopher Robin reveals that the message says that he went off to school, and that he will be back in the afternoon, but to enjoy the honey. Pooh joins them, and they all reunite happily, only to realize that the cave seemed bigger than it was, since they were all scared.
Honestly, I am too lazy to even add pictures for this section. None of the characters have changed whatsoever, and there is barely anything to say about any of the characters. Pooh is the same, Christopher is always absent for most of the story that is somehow revolved around him, Tigger is Tigger, Rabbit is Rabbit, Piglett is Piglett (except that he was a bit braver), Eeyore is Eeyore, Owl is too scared to join them on the adventure and never leaves his home, as usual, and Kanga and Roo are completely absent.
I have to say that the animation is almost exactly the same as the animation in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, though there is a bit more dullness (but I mean barely). There is a lot more dark imagery, and it is not as colorful, because they are constantly trying to scare the audience.
The score is pretty good, and if there are songs, I honestly no not really remember them. The music is probably the last thing I am thinking about when it comes to the movie.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on August 5th, 1997, it garnered negative reviews, with most people criticism it for being too dark for children, and feeling as it is meaningless.
People today seem to either not remember it, or think it is boring and a bad film. No one really talks about this film much.
25.5/40 = 64%
6 thoughts on “DisneyToons Review: Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin”
Glad someone agrees with me about ‘Winnie the Pooh’ copying this!
But, I personally LOVE this film, could watch it over and over, and I remember and sing every song all the time!
You were the first thing that popped in my mind after I finished watching this.
I think my thing was that I am not much of a fan of the Winnie the Pooh franchise in general.
It’s common for studios to take a story and repackage it for a different demographic. Winnie the Pooh is for toddlers. It is sweet and innocent. This is scarier and for slightly older kids. I don’t see anything wrong with that.
Plus the animation and music is way better in Winnie.
It is not a huge deal to me, but I wish that they put a bit more effort in trying to not rehash the story of this film in Winnie the Pooh. I know it bothers Animation Commendation a lot though. Neither of the films are really awful though, so it is not a big deal.
Yeah I’d prefer they’d use stories from the books myself. I know it makes Mark crazy but I think that is silly. Like I said it is a common practice for the all the studios to use stories and apply them to different audiences/formats. I guess I’d have more problems with it if I didn’t feel like they improved upon it in Winnie the Pooh. This is blah. Winnie the Pooh is designed for toddlers and if you think about Barney and Sesame Street it is gentle and sweet on that level.
Anyway, both aren’t my favs.