Recently I had the chance to review the rerelease of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD digital on August 27th! We don't ever watch regular tv around here and we do stream movies occasionally or get them from the library, but it's been a long time since we watched Winnie the Pooh. I wondered how my kids would react since some are a bit older now.
I don't normally sit down and watch movies with them. That's their special time, and it's my special time to do anything without an interruption, unless it's a request for popcorn, of course. But I snuggled on the bed with them (most of them, at least, as Pearl and Olive were off at camp and Gammy's, so there was extra room on the bed.).
Drummer was feeling like a little black raincloud when we started the movie, just like Winnie the Pooh, so I snuck out to put him down for a nap. I wondered if Divine would even be interested since she's getting older, but she was glued to it the whole time.
As much fun as the action-packed, perfectly computerized animated movies are these days, I absolutely adored the scratchy, yet timeless animation of each of the Hundred Acre Woods characters. I told Ryan later that evening, I forgot how much I love Winnie the Pooh. He laughed and said that's what I said the last time we saw Winnie the Pooh (which I don't remember when it was, but it must be true if I said it twice, right?). I still felt sorry for poor little Eeyore, annoyed with Rabbit and how egocentric he is, in love with the friendship between all of them, and enchanted with the romance of it all.Divine had an ah-ha moment in the middle of the movie when she realized for the first time that Piglet was a Pig. Wha? We both laughed about that one, and then brainstormed about what else she thought he might be. I also informed them that Piglet was a boy, another revelation to them. I love that I can tease her about things like that. This time I was especially drawn to the bee scene (remember when the bees are madly chasing Winnie the Pooh?) because I added two more supers (boxes of frames for the bees to build honeycomb) to my beehive this week, one for the queen to lay more eggs (=more bees!) and one just for honey (=to eat with warm bread!) and I didn't blame those bees one bit, guarding their honey ;).
I know it might seem a bit silly, but I'm glad this review came along and that I got to fall in love with Winnie the Pooh all over again. I'm still hanging onto the innocence of childhood for my kids, even though I know they are growing up. Watch this with your kids :).
To learn more about The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the adventure, friendships, and imagination of the Hundred Acre Woods, you can visit the Disney website or Facebook page.
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