Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I Luv Hunny!

Pooh via Disney
Have you ever thought to yourself or out loud: "I wish they would bring back [insert favorite childhood show here]."?  If you inserted "Winnie the Pooh", then your wish has come true in the form of a new Winnie the Pooh movie, in theaters now!

This movie is not to be missed by any Disney or Pooh fan.  This may be the last time, or at least for a long time, that you will see a classically hand-drawn Winnie the Pooh movie in theaters.

All of the elements of a Winnie the Pooh experience have been included in this latest movie, from the classic storybook narration to the whimsical adventures of a group of accidental heroes.

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger are still voiced by Jim Cummings, but Piglet and Eeyore sound a bit different.  Did you know that Peter Cullen, the original voice for Eeyore, also voiced the heroic Optimus Prime from "The Transformers"?  Now that's what I call range!

If you watch this movie, make sure you stay through the end of the credits for a special treat.  My favorite part of the movie (don't worry, I won't spoil anything for you) were the still photos during the ending credits.  The photos showed the actual stuffed animals from the Hundred Acre Wood, captured beautifully as a frozen moment in time when Christopher Robin was playing with them in his room, acting out the scenes from the movie.  This was the first time when I consciously realized that the adventures of Winnie the Pooh all took place within Christopher Robin's imagination.

When was the last time you escaped into your imagination and created a vivid world to play in?  Our lives today don't let us be creative and imaginative anymore, as we hustle to keep up with the Joneses.  Do yourself a favor and take some time to just escape into your own imagination, if only for a minute.  You'll be surprised how fun it is and how refreshed you'll be afterwards.  That's why kids love toys so much.  It's not the toy itself that they love, it's the world that they are able to create using the toy as a muse.

Don't be afraid to imagine.  It's what dreams are made of.

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