CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • U
  • Animation, Family
  • 2011

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

Synopsis

Eeyore has lost his tail, Pooh Bear is hungry and everyone is afraid of the Backson. Animated family adventure in the Hundred Acre Wood

About

Even if you have your reservations about the Disneyfication of Winnie The Pooh, you should consider giving this charming film a whirl. At just 60 minutes, it barely has a chance to outstay its welcome, and in John Cleese's narration and the visual integration of the physical text of the book into the animation, it feels very true to A. A. Milne's beloved original stories.

With a resolutely unflashy voice cast devoid of celebrities (excepting Cleese's narrator), it's the characters themselves who matter: Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, Kanga, Rabbit, Owl and of course Pooh. Some stick closely to the characterisations you'll remember from the books - Eeyore is mordant, Kanga motherly, Owl pompous - while some have been spruced up slightly for the cinema - Tigger is as bombastic as his previous Disney outings, Rabbit is more martial and Pooh himself is almost obsessively gluttonous. A fantasy where he imagines himself gorging on a world made of honey is part Roald Dahl, part Busby Berkeley.

The decision to keep the runtime down is wise, as none of the plotlines really need feature length development, but this is worth seeing in the cinema if you can, not least for a rather sweet short animation being screened before in about Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, and her quest for a home.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: John Cleese, Tom Kenny, Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson
  • Director: Stephen J Anderson
  • Producer: Clark Spencer
  • Photographer: Julio Macat
  • Composer: Henry Jackman

In a nutshell

Everyone's favourite bear of very little brain doesn't demand much in the way of grey matter from cinemagoers themselves, but is completely adorable and beautifully drawn.

by Catherine Bray

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4

    The Day He Arrives

    Comedy-drama from South Korean director Hong Sang-soo. A film director visits a friend in Seoul, but his trip begins to resemble a romantic version of Groundhog Day

    On Film4: 6 Nov 1:30AM

  • Film4

    In Another Country

    South Korean director Hong Sang-soo's drama stars Isabelle Huppert in three separate stories about French women who travel to a Korean seaside town.

    On Film4: 3 Nov 12:00AM

  • Film4

    Tower Heist on Film4

    Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy & Casey Affleck lead an all-star cast in Brett Ratner's heist comedy

  • Film4

    The Debt on Film4

    Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington & Jessica Chastain star in John Madden's Nazi-hunting thriller

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Joe Cunningham's 11 recommendations for LFF 14

    Unfortunately I haven¿t been jet setting around the world this year to the various exciting international film festivals, but that¿s what makes the London Film Festival¿s compilation approach to progr

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Michael Leader's 11 recommendations for LFF 2014

    One of the best things about the London Film Festival¿s smorgasbord approach to programming is that, amongst the world premieres and gala screenings, there¿s an eclectic collection of exciting films o

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share