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Movie Review: Winnie The Pooh

Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with "Winnie the Pooh," the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney's feature animation studios in more than 35 years. With the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical "bear of very little brain" and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo-and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail.(Source: Disney.com)

I was concerned before I went to go see this film. Concerned that despite my love for cartoons it would be too infantile for me or my daughter. But once the movie began I realized there was pure beauty in the simplicity of this tale of a child's imagination run wild. This, of course, was balanced by Eeyore's extreme realism, which provided the bulk of the adult humor in the film. This reincarnation of Winnie The Pooh took me back to my own childhood where I romped around through the playthings of my daydreams. My daughter's face was aglow with happiness as she sat captivated by the mix of animation, words and imagination. It helped me understand her sudden attachment to her new friend, a bunny she named Beyonce (don't get me started).

Winnie the Pooh opens nationwide in theaters this week on July 15. It will definitely be time well spent with the kids.

Disclosure: I saw the advanced screening of Winnie the Pooh courtesy of Klout Perks.

E.Payne is the author of DAD: As Easy As A, B, C!: 26 Dos & Don'ts For Fathers and 2 other books. For the past 3 years he has posted 700+ articles about fatherhood, marriage and everything in between here at Makes Me Wanna Holler.com. To learn more, click here.

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