Disney
Owen Gleiberman
July 13, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Winnie the Pooh

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
68 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/15/11
performer
John Cleese, Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson
director
Stephen J. Anderson
author
Stephen J. Anderson
genre
Animation

We gave it an B-

It sounded like a charming idea: a return not merely to drawn animation but to the playful simplicity of Disney’s 1960s Winnie the Pooh cartoons. In execution, it is charming…and also a little monotonous. The animators tap our nostalgia for Pooh — the Charlie Brown of honey drippers — and for the gently homogenized whimsical flavor that was A.A. Milne gone Magic Kingdom. But these cutely interlocked daydream tales (of Eeyore losing his tail, of Pooh’s endless quest for that golden syrupy nectar) end up floating a bit too weightlessly through the air. B?

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