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Pooh’s Grand Adventure – The Search For Christopher Robin


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Feature: C+



I always liked Winnie The Pooh and the characters, books and animated cartoons, but Pooh’s Grand Adventure – The Search For Christopher Robin (1997) marks the beginning of a sort of decline for the character in animation.  Many of the voices that made the animated classics so great were gone, except for Paul Winchell and John Fiedler.  The heirs who owned the character (amid much controversy) eventually sold their share of Pooh to Disney and it has just not been the same since.


In this story, Christopher has to go to school, which means he will not be able to spend the time he used to with Pooh and the gang.  That leaves Pooh a lost and wondering soul for much of the story and we do not see the whole gang as much as we could or should, rendering this a very flat, dull outing.  This is for young children, but maybe Christopher Robin saw the writing on the wall and decided to duck out of this one.  It is passable at best, but this will only have so much rewatchability.  Good thing the supplements help this disc out.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is clean, semi-colorful and offers some depth, but oddly, the 1.33 X 1 on the nearly half-hour Winnie The Pooh & The Blustery Day from 1968 has better color and some detail missing from the new production.   The new feature is obviously rendered with less detail and even a more simplified approach, while the older 1950s piece (originally in three-strip dye-transfer Technicolor, showing us how good that must have looked in 35mm at points) is just more colorful overall and the hand-drawn animation is still superior.  The new film is in Dolby Digital 5.1 with good surrounds, but is not going to be bombastic considering this is for young children.  The short is in Dolby 2.0 Mono and the rest is in 2.0 Stereo with some surround information here and there.  Besides the short, a game, previews for other Disney DVDs and a piece about orchestral music for the film is included.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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