I’m surprised just how much I recalled from this film from when I watched it as a child. Truth be told, I didn’t own this particular film, I owned the first two stories, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree and Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day. I recalled all of it very vividly, the live-action opening, the storybook outline (which I am not going to complain about because it definitely warrants it here, as well as the package film layout) all the characters, the voices…it all came right back.
The songs I still remember all the words to (especially Tee-eye-double-guh-err’s and Heffalumps and Woozles) as well as all the characters. Watching it as an adult, it is kinda cute to the point of embarrassing, and you also realize that Pooh is pretty much a gleefully ignorant freeloader. Also, his stitches broke when he was exercising, yet not when he was too fat to get out of Rabbit’s house. Go figure. (Also, why didn’t he just go out Rabbit’s back door?)
All three stories were humorous and enjoyable, and this was generally a pleasant film. Heffalumps and Woozles was more unsettling than I remember, reminiscent of Pink Elephants on Parade from Dumbo, but other than that, it’s exactly what it appears. It’s just a nice film to kinda clear our palette from Robin Hood and get ready for the next film. It’s a film I loved as a kid and didn’t mind seeing again.