Winnie the Pooh

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Delightfully innocent, predominantly animated adaptation in which the immortal bear (voice of Jim Cummings) finds his characteristic quest for honey interrupted by his friend Eeyore's (voice of Bud Luckey) latest crisis - the downcast donkey has lost his tail - and by a misunderstanding that leads all the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood (voiced, among others, by Craig Ferguson, Travis Oates and Tom Kenny) to fear that Christopher Robin (voice of Jack Boulter) has fallen into the clutches of a monster. With its messages about friendship and putting the interests of others first, directors Stephen Anderson and Don Hall's visually and spiritually faithful screen version of incidents drawn from A.A. Milne's classic books for children is family fare of the highest quality and widest appeal. The proceedings - though brief at an hour-and-a-quarter - are further enhanced by narration from John Cleese and songs by the husband-and-wife team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Rated: A-I; MPAA: G

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