Title: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Release Date: March 11, 1977
Director: John Lounsbery & Wolfgang Reitherman
Production Company: Walt Disney Productions
I’m surprised that I’ve never reviewed this movie before because I put it on a lot for the kids when they were little. Granted, I did often use that time to take a nap on the couch, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the adventures of Pooh and his friends. I’m a fan of A.A. Milne’s classic books and the movie is not exactly a great adaptation. And yet it ends up being great in it’s own way, even with the parts that are “not in the book.’
I love the voice work of Sterling Holloway and Paul Winchell. I love the songs by the Sherman Brothers. I love the way the characters interact with the pages of the book. I love the way that Owl’s house sways in the wind. I love the drug trip of “Heffalumps and Woozles.” I love the bee that laughs at Pooh.
It’s amazing that one of Disney’s most consistent films is actually an anthology consisting of three shorts made over the course of a decade.