Movie #23 in the Disney Animated Marathon brings to life a character I was never exposed to much as a kid!
Story By: Ken Anderson, Xavier Atencio, Ted Berman, Larry Clemmons, Eric Cleworth, Vance Gerry, Julius Svendsen & Ralph Wright
Directed By: John Lounsbery & Wolfgang Reitherman
I don’t know where to begin with my take on The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh. I know I’ve said this many a time in countless reviews, but sometimes it’s all I have to say. The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh is cute and a nice little film, but that’s where my thoughts begin and end. There are some smaller tidbits I’ll get into, but as far as the big picture goes I don’t have much more to say other than the aforementioned cute and nice. That’s not a failing of the film mind you, I don’t think The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh strives to be any more than those two identifiers. While that means The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh is a film that meets its goals, it also means it is a film that doesn’t strive for that little bit more and thus leaves me with very little to say.
Maybe, just maybe, the one place where The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh does strive to be just a little bit more is in its interactive storytelling style. The film isn’t just a film and the book within the film isn’t just a book within the film. The story is conveyed in storybook form, and it’s a storybook that comes alive, full of characters recognizing they are in a book, jumping from page to page and so forth. I found that aspect of The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh fascinating, yet it may also be a drawback of the film because it shows how much more could have been done with the material instead of merely cute and nice.
The animation in The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh takes a few steps back from what was seen in Robin Hood. It’s more patchy and along the lines of what I expect from a Wolfgang Reitherman animated film, that’s not to say it’s bad. It is serviceable, but it lacks any grand moments of craftsmanship that really cause the animation to stand out. Perhaps the biggest failing of The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh is its lack of imagination, I almost said how episodic the film is but in retrospect that’s really not a problem at all. Instead, going back to the interactive storytelling, there were so many moments when I felt The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh settled for what was easy instead of taking a more imaginative route.
Still, my original point remains, there is a cuteness and likable factor to The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh that is impossible to deny. Sure, it’s a flawed movie that could have been so much more, but for what it wants to be The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh hits its mark. Be prepared for a nice little film full of many cute characters and moments, and I won’t deny that fans of Winnie the Pooh the character will probably find a lot more to love about The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh than I did.