Legacy Review

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)

The challenge with Winnie the Pooh-type whimsy is that if you don’t calibrate the tone just right, it can be an unbearable slog, tedious and treacly and dopey. Perhaps I’m being a curmudgeon or wasn’t in the right headspace, but that’s how I felt about “A Very Merry Pooh Year.”

The hourlong special is broken into two half-hour shorts, one Christmas-themed and one New Years-themed. The former was tough for me to get through, with Pooh bumbling through sending a letter to Santa and delivering half-assed presents to his friends in Santa’s stead. The second story was a slight improvement, with some funny bits of characters impersonating other characters.

On the plus side, the animation and the voice-work are passable for a TV special, and there are occasional flourishes that made me smile. (Jim Cummings as Tigger mispronouncing New Years resolutions as “restitutions” with a thick, spitty enunciation made me chuckle every time.)

But, overall, “A Very Merry Pooh Year” didn’t do it for me.

Is It Good?

Not Good (2/8)

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