Editor's note: This review was originally published as a Los Angeles Film Festival review on June 27, 2011.
Writers: Stephen J. Anderson (story), Clio Chiang (story), Don Dougherty (story), Don Hall (story), Brian Kesinger (story), Nicole Mitchell (story), Jeremy Spears (story), A.A. Milne ("Winnie the Pooh" works), Ernest Shepard ("Winnie the Pooh" works), Paul Briggs (additional story material), Chris Ure (additional story material)
Directors: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall
Cast: Jim Cummings, John Cleese, Jack Boulter, Bud Luckey, Travis Oates, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny, Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Everyone has a toy, cartoon, or comic book from their childhood that still brings a smile to their face, even years later. WINNIE THE POOH is a story many of us grew up with and one that still holds a special place in our hearts. With a theater full of adults looking to revisit their old friends, along with children watching a movie in the theater for the first time, the air was full of anticipation as we waited to visit the Hundred Acre Wood.
The film opens with the camera panning over Christopher Robin’s (Jack Boulter) real-life bedroom, pausing on the toys and objects that have been noted throughout the “Winnie the Pooh,” series from the red balloon to his collection of books. These layered details worked to not only inspire nostalgia in those familiar with the world of WINNIE THE POOH, but to also create that magical world for those experiencing it for the first time. (more...)