Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1977. Walt Disney Productions. Story by Larry Clemmons, Ralph Wright, Vance Gerry, Xavier Atencio, Ken Anderson, Julius Svendsen, Ted Berman, Eric Cleworth, based on the books by A.A. Milne. Produced by Wolfgang Reitherman. Music by Buddy Baker. Film Editing by Tom Acosta, James Melton.
This Walt Disney classic is three Winnie The Pooh shorts collected together to make one of the most enjoyable offerings the studio ever created. In the first one, Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree, our adorable teddy bear hero does his very best to convince a swarm of bees that he’s a little black rain cloud who has NO intention of getting at their honey. The second, the Academy Award-winning Winnie The Pooh and the Blustery Day is the best of the three and a classic example of animation genius. Pooh and Piglet travel the 100 Acre Wood making sure their friends are alright during one of the most ‘blustery’ days they’ve had in a long time, with Pooh becoming particularly frightened at the thought of being attacked by Heffalumps and Woozels. In the third segment, Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too, the anally retentive Rabbit decides to get the bounce out of the pogo tiger’s tail by taking him, along with Pooh and Piglet, into the woods to lose him there. Rabbit and the others underestimate Tigger’s pluck, of course, and he ends up fine while the others get totally lost in the forest. The tales all encompass heartwarming themes of genuine friendship, self-sacrifice and the strength of chosen family, and the film’s little finale, which has Christopher Robin go off to school and leave his boyhood behind, is a three-hankie climax. It’s about as perfect as any films from the Disney studio ever were or will be again (even the newer Pooh films don’t measure up, although some of them are not too bad).