A heartfelt movie that tells a moving tale about growing up and friendship.
  • OVERALL
    4.0
    GREAT
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THE GOOD
A heartfelt movie that tells a moving tale about growing up and friendship.
THE BAD
I would have liked a "making of" so I could see how this movie was animated.
THE FEATURE
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin is a delightful tale about two best friends. Pooh and Christopher Robin play together all the time. Only now, summer is ending and Christopher is starting school. They had so much fun over the summer that Christopher forgot to tell Pooh that this was happening. When Christopher doesn't show up for their usual playtime, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Rabbit set off a quest to find him.

I honestly knew nothing about this movie before I watched it. I found it to be truly fantastic. It contains such richness and vitality that I had tears in my eyes almost the entire time it was on.
THE EXTRAS
Bonus Short: Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day

This is a short that follows Winnie and some of his friends on another adventure. Since this supplemental feature is a short it is obviously not as detailed as Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, but at the same time it still packs the solid Winnie the Pooh feel.

Set Top Game

Titled "Adventures in 100 Acre Wood," this multilevel game is played with your DVD player and your remote. I know that you're supposed to find stuff (at least I think that's what you're supposed to do), but I, for some reason, had a very hard time figuring this out. No matter, I am sure kids much younger than I will be able to grasp the game just fine.

Pooh's Symphony

A featurette examining the music of Winnie the Pooh is on display here. This was the only portion of the DVD that I wasn't that excited about. I am not someone who really likes musicals, so when they focus on the songs I tend to become disinterested. That said, the story of Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin is so good, I can almost get past my dislike of musical numbers.
THE VIDEO
1.66:1 Aspect Ratio - Formatted for 16x9 TVs. This cartoon looked really good. As I am a fan of older animated films, I had a deep appreciation for this movie. In fact, when I saw on the box that it had been "fully restored" I was a bit worried that things might have been too slicked up. That thankfully wasn't the case and this movie, while looking really crisp, retained a lot of it's older, soulful look.
THE AUDIO
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - English, Spanish and French audio tracks. The audio on this disc sounds fine. As it has been remastered, I am not surprised but I did notice that everything sounded fuller. I am not sure how this movie was originally recorded, but it seems like every effort has been made to bring this film up to 2006 audio standards.
THE PACKAGE
Pooh and the gang are featured on this front cover as they navigate a search for Christopher Robin. The colors on this cover alone will probably be enough to make kid's parents get it for them. The back of this cover has some shots from the movie, a description of what Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin is about, a "Bonus Features" listing and some technical specs. All in all, I feel this packaging perfectly captures this movie.
THE FINAL WORD
I think the reason why these kind of animated movies really get to me is because I remember my first day of school. I remember what it was like to be in a new place and I couldn't wait for it to end so I could run halfway home and meet my mother in the park. I remember walking home on sunny days and I remember walking when it was overcast, and that feeling of being a kid, running through the school's field to meet my mother, I guess is still with me today.

Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin is one of those films that's made to give you the warm fuzzies.

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