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Winnie the Pooh (2011)

Pooh gets the feature treatment once again.

Pooh gets the feature treatment once again.

For Disney, Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends have been the gift that keeps on giving.

At one of the shortest run-times of any films in the animated canon (just 63 minutes), Winnie the Pooh tells a simple tale of how gloomy Eeyore lost his tail and his friends worked hard to help him find a new one. Meanwhile, the group misreads a note from Christopher Robin saying he’ll “be back soon” and instead fear he’s been captured by an imaginary beast they call the Backson, so they set off to come to his rescue. All the usual hijinks that befall Pooh and the gang occur.

It should be noted that, despite the library of Pooh titles that bear the Disney name, only this one and 1977’s The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh were produced by Disney Animation Studios — and it’s only the third time a sequel has been included in the official canon.

Gaining the film rights in the 1960s proved to be a very lucrative move for the studio. The company has produced numerous featurettes, television shows, and feature films, both theatrical releases and direct-to-video, including favourites like The Tigger MoviePiglet’s Big MoviePooh’s Heffalump Movie and Pooh’s Grand Adventure.

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The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Tiana dreams of something big.

Tiana dreams of something big.

Not only does The Princess and the Frog bring back that old Disney magic in full force, but it’s also well worth the wait. The film marks a return to the traditional hand-drawn animation the studio is known for and also introduces the company’s first black princess.

Based on the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, The Frog Prince, (with a little help from E.D. Baker’s novel, The Frog Princess), Disney’s version is set in early-20th century New Orleans. When a visiting, jazz-loving, care-free prince is turned into a frog by an evil witch doctor, Tiana kisses him to turn him human again. The spell backfires, and Tiana is turned into a frog, as well.

New Orleans, with its rich musical and cultural history, is one of the hearts of the American south. All of the great parts of this city are featured in the movie: Mardi Gras, jazz, voodoo, Creole and Cajun food and, of course, beignets. Tiana is the most ambitious and independent Disney princess yet. She has grand dreams of owning and operating her own restaurant, and tirelessly works two jobs to save enough for the down payment. She has an admirable mantra that hard work can make your dreams come true (although, by the end of the film, she comes to accept that, in life, there is a little luck involved, too).

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