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Another Disney animated classic goes Blu, but is Pooh's high-def debut up to snuff....?
Buena Vista / 74 Minutes / 1977 / Rated G / Street Date: August 27. 2013
It’s easy to underestimate just how thrilling it can be to succumb to Pooh’s quiet antics. Rewatching The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh on the film’s Blu-ray debut, I found myself completely transfixed at times, with flashes of The Disney Channel in the mid-1980s almost constantly surrounding me. This is one of those movies that, for one reason or another, I watched a million times when I was a kid, and returning to it decades later, it’s clear why this is the case.
Really, it all comes down to the fact that The Hundred Acre Wood is a fun place to visit. We all know the stories with Piglet, Roo, Eeyore, and all those guys from top to bottom, but somehow the Disney catnip doesn’t deter us from returning again and again to this short, episodic animated picture. The narrative prowess in a movie like Winnie the Pooh pales when compared to other classics in the Disney animated pantheon, but it nevertheless has repeat appeal.
So, yes, the Mouse House has programmed me to respond favorably whenever I watch The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, but as a happy little rat in a cage, I can’t deny the appeal. High-def releases for pictures like The Little Mermaid will probably stand taller as far as significant 2013 Blu-rays are concerned, but this unassuming little picture still owns a tiny little sliver of my heart. And I can’t be the only one…