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Pooh's Grand Adventure is Grand
on September 19, 2012
I've seen this years ago and used to own it on VHS. It's been years and I've not been able to get it on DVD until now. This movie picks up where the old Winnie the Pooh shorts left off. In fact the beginning of the movie is pretty much the "last chapter" of the original shorts.
In this movie, Christopher Robin goes to school for the first time, and this means he cannot be in the Hundred Acre Wood with his animal friends. However, when he tries to tell them not to worry, via a note, it is misread and the animals of the Hundred Acre Wood begin to panic, as they believe Christopher Robin is in danger from the evil Skull-a-Saurus at the horrid Skull [School].
I think the story was very cute and plays well with the original. It's obviously got a slightly more updated feel, but the general innocence of the stories is still there. Singing? Yeah, there's that in there. It seems to be an annoying formula that anything for kids must have an annoying soundtrack. However, I will say the songs in this movie are not too annoying. In fact, at least two are very sweet (Forever & Ever and Wherever You Are) with the other songs, performed by Rabbit and Owl, are a little more corny, yet still interesting enough to keep the story moving and offer the chance of a giggle.
I love the character development in this movie. Granted, we got that in the shorts to a small extent, but we get to see a little more into the strengths and weaknesses of each of the main characters (Rabbit, Tigger, Piglet, and Pooh) with a less gloomy yet still miserable and strangely wise and uplifting Eeyore. Each of the four main characters have to face a fear or weakness without the aid of Christopher Robin, allowing them, like Christopher Robin, to grow up a little more from the experience and learn new things.
It's a fun movie for kids and nostalgic adults. I was so excited to finally get a copy on VHS in the day and I'm excited to get the DVD now. I hope to spend the next several years enjoying this and my other Pooh cartoons.