Sunday, 17 July 2011

Winnie the Pooh (2011)

In this age of fast paced, danger laden CGI fests Winnie the Pooh is a delightful and fun hour of wholesome goodness. The plot is laughably simple, essentially the troupe (if you don’t know Winnie and pals already have a serious talk with your parents) frolic about the Hundred Acre Wood looking for the terrifying “Backsoon”, after a “hilarious misunderstanding”. OK, so the plot isn’t amazing. The execution however is superb. Allegedly every frame was hand drawn and it shows, this is a perfect example of why 3D shouldn’t have a monopoly.
The narration by John Cleese is wonderful, every now and then he joins in with the story and text (the story is told as a childrens book) is interacted with by the characters.
But this film isn’t just cute and pretty, it’s genuinely funny. I got two belch laughs out of this and I’m a man with dead baby jokes in his favourite.
The film is short, but is propped up by a pair of short stories. The first is some crap about Peter Pan or something, it was hard to care, but the other is a short about the Loch Ness Monster, or “Nessie” as she prefers, that’s heartwarming, entertaining and voiced by Billy Connoly.
The £7 per ticket may be a bit steep for a fluffy hour but if you’ve got little kids then I highly recommend this over whatever dreamworks has put out.

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