Old friends back on screen

2011-05-16 00:00

FAMILIAR storylines with messages of friendship, love and laughter have propelled the cuddly characters in the Winnie the Pooh stable into the ranks of the most successful brands worldwide — a position they have built on since the yellow bear with a penchant for honey was first introduced to the world in the mid-1920s.

And now the movie of the same name is proving that the original recipe of A.A. Milne has a certain timelessness coupled with universal appeal. The latest instalment returns to the simple friendships between the characters of the Hundred Acre Wood and Christopher Robin, with Pooh, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo each bringing to the big screen their own unique take on overcoming obstacles.

With the movie playing out on the pages of a book, Pooh’s grumbly tummy — in a constant search for an elusive pot of honey — sets the scene for some side-shaking antics as the group hunt for Eeyore’s lost tail, with the promise of a prize should one of them find it, or at the very least come up with a suitable substitute.

All thoughts of the missing tail, however, evaporate when Christopher Robin is kidnapped by the frightening “Backson”. The group comes up with a cunning plan to capture the beast, resulting in more than a few mishaps and misunderstandings.

The Winnie the Pooh movie is a story about facing your fears and realising the importance of friendship. It’s also the perfect length to keep even the youngest of audience members riveted until the final credits, but equally entertaining to keep their adult escorts enthralled.

The animation, reminiscent of early productions, will take you back to the bedtime stories of your childhood and will introduce your children to the magic of the Hundred Acre Wood. Recommended for younger children (and their parents) this movie proves that Winnie the Pooh will never lose his popularity.

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