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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 Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

Tiggers are wonderful things.

Winnie the Pooh has been a childhood classic for generations and always a favourite of both of ours. My coffee cup has Tigger on the side. Danielle’s has Eeyore. We’re fans.

That being said, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a meaningful point in Disney history in terms of artistry and history.

Actually stitched together from three earlier shorts, with some smaller animation sequences linking them together, the film is truer to the studio’s desperate days of the 1940s than the roaring artistic successes of the 1950s. It was a time of deep change for the studio, as the old guard slowly withered away and a new line of young animators, managers and directors were being asked to take the wheel of a great ship.

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Lady and the Tramp (1955)

A spaghetti dinner for two.

Lady and the Tramp is a sharp turn from classic Disney film making, while staying faithful to the emotional and fantastical storytelling tradition. The film marks the first time an original story was told, as well as the biggest shift in animation technology since the multi-plane camera used in Snow White.

Walt Disney spent much of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri. He moved there from Chicago as a young boy and it was in Marceline that he made his first friends, began animating and fell in love with small town farm life. Marceline was a railway town, relatively prosperous, had a local cinema and shops along a downtown corridor. It was a piece of heaven in the middle of no where, connected only by dirt roads and the railway, and although never explicitly stated, many believe Marceline to be the inspiration for the town in which Lady and the Tramp was set. Continue reading

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