By: Josh Shultz, Dad and contributing writer
On Saturday, Lizzie got to take a trip to the theater and watch Winnie the Pooh. She had such a fun time! She got a huge bag of popcorn, large drink and sat in some very comfy chairs. But even more fun for her was laughing with all the other young kids in the theater at the antics of the silly old bear and his friends.
The Winnie the Pooh movie hits theaters nationwide on July 15 and I declare it to be a must-see for children that normally can’t sit through a movie. Older children will find it enjoyable too and adults – you will laugh at jokes meant just for you that are not vulgar. That is where this movie totally scores bonus points – the script has intelligent humor that adults will catch and find funny without having to stoop to double entendres. For that I say a heartfelt thank you!
The music was slightly different than the Winnie the Pooh I remember as a child. This is because they used the talents of Zooey Deschanel in the soundtrack. This was another brilliant move. She has such a free spirit and unique sound that carries with it the innocence of Winnie the Pooh. They could have tried to go with a more pop feel but they chose to stay true to the original feeling, the innocence of a child playing with his toys. I loved it!
One thing I have to admit – I miss the original voice talents. I realize that the original was made over 30 years ago, so new talents had to be found. Rabbit, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin I could overlook, but Craig Ferguson as Owl? In my opinion he sounded way too different from the original. In the original 1977 movie, I remember him being more like a grandfather figure, but in this new release he was far too obnoxious – like a know-it-all. I soon got over my dislike for Craig’s rendition and enjoyed the movie overall.
No Disney movie would be complete without products! One of my favorites that I suggest you give for kid’s birthdays or other gifts is the book “The Hundred Acre Wood Treasury.” You can buy it on Amazon.com for only $11.19! It is a gorgeously illustrated, very large book. Lizzie loves it when I read this to her for bedtime. The book follows the exact plot of the movie, so kids will enjoy hearing the same story read to them that they saw on screen.
Seriously, there are a ton of Winnie the Pooh products on the shelves now! From baby wash to strawberry flavored honey! But the toy that David loves is the simple and soft plush Tigger (pictured above) This set is available exclusively at Disney Stores for SRP $16.50. What is better than simple? Nothing! Just like Christopher Robin did, Lizzie and David play with their stuffed animals and create endless scenes with their active imaginations.
This movie brings back such wonderful memories, I am so glad they stayed true to the simple artwork, music and storyline. I bet your child will love it and so will you!
I watched an early preview of the movie and received the products mentioned in this post to review. All opinions remain mine and Lizzie’s. I’d love to hear your thoughts too!