Winnie the Pooh

Rated 4.0

In a summer of brain-dead blockbusters—I’m talking to you, Michael Bay!—comes this wonderful, old-school animation treat from Disney that brings Winnie the Pooh to the big screen once again. Disney animators have gone to great lengths to capture the look and sound of the old Winnie shorts, and they have accomplished greatness. The beloved stuffed bear finds himself doing familiar activities—honey hunting and looking for Eeyore’s tail—and that familiarity is just fine. Nice new touches, including John Cleese as the narrator, and the voice of Zooey Deschanel singing plenty of music, including the iconic theme song, help bring Winnie into the new age. Jim Cummings, who has been voicing Pooh since the late ’80s, is the perfect replacement for Sterling Holloway. While kids will like it just fine, parents and young adults are the real audience for this one. If you had Winnie the Pooh footy pajamas in the ’70s and dug watching the old shorts on The Wonderful World of Disney, this one is for you.