As a child, I grew up watching Winnie the Pooh and my favorite character was Eeyore. I’ve owned a few plush likenesses of the depressed donkey and till this day one remains in storage. He’s keeping Alf company.
But back to Pooh bear .. The catchy theme song will forever be etched in my mind and I can sing it verbatim. Suffice to say, there’s definitely a soft spot in my heart for the Hundred Acre Wood. Sure, its size has diminished with time but as I watched the trailer for the new “Winnie the Pooh” film, that spot was rekindled.
First off, the artwork is beautiful. Done in 2D animation, the overall look and feel of the film mirrors that of the classic storybook written by Alan Alexander Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shephard. It also exudes the same warmth as Walt Disney’s1977 version, “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.” It should be noted that since John Lasseter took over Disney animation, “Winnie the Pooh” is the second-hand drawn film produced from Walt Disney Studios in nearly a decade. (“Princess and the Frog” was the first).
Hopefully, Disney will continue to produce 2D animated movies with the success of “Winnie the Pooh” — which opens in theaters July 15. After all, the Disney Company has been known for its ground-breaking animated films for decades. It’s certainly refreshing to see Disney go back to their roots.
So, give the trailer a gander. At first, I was taken aback by the use of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know,” but after watching the trailer for a second time, I think it fits perfectly.
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