Editions of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Revisiting Winnie-the-Pooh: more cutting than we thought when we were six
The first of the American Pooh films had come out just a few years before. The Soviet version was a hit. Instead of folding his arm and tapping his head to "think," Russian Pooh stops and looks straight at the viewer. Russian Piglet is just as eager to please, but much less timid. Russian Rabbit is studious-looking and possesses "very good manners" that keep him from telling Pooh what he really thinks after the bear eats too much of his honey and gets stuck in his front door.
They proved hugely successful, with worldwide sales of the books — including the books of poetry, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six — of more than 50m. Yet there are awkward footnotes to this tale of success. The estrangement of father and son and difficulties in the Milne marriage make for a rather sad ending, and it will be interesting to see whether these uncomfortable details make it into the biopic that is set to come out next year. Furthermore, not everyone is a fan of the Bear of Little Brain and the keenest critiques of the books have focused on their sentimentality. Some of the quotes made famous by the books are also perilously close to inspiration-speak and the impression that Pooh is simply a cutesy tug at the heartstrings was no doubt reinforced by the deeply disappointing Disney version, which has all the subtle nuance of a sugared sledgehammer.
It is the 22nd Disney animated feature film and was first released on a double bill with The Littlest Horse Thieves on March 11, Its characters have spawned a franchise of various sequels and television programs , clothing, books, toys, and an attraction of the same name at Disneyland , Walt Disney World , and Hong Kong Disneyland in addition to Pooh's Hunny Hunt in Tokyo Disneyland. The film's content is derived from three previously released animated featurettes Disney produced based upon the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. Extra material was used to link the three featurettes together to allow the stories to merge into each other. A fourth, shorter featurette was added to bring the film to a close, originally made during production of Blustery Day based on the presence of Jon Walmsley as Christopher Robin.