“Winnie-the-Pooh” (1969)

Yes, this is real. Yes, it came out after both Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. This Soviet Union adaptation of Winnie-the-Pooh feels both so different and yet so similar to the Disney version. It captures the tone and laid-back, carefree nature of the stories, but the presentation is so…different. The cartoon’s imaginative use of crayon colored backgrounds to better emulate the feel of a child drawing was a stroke of genius. This film simply looks incredible, and the animation is great. But the cartoon also follows the plot beats of both of the original Milne story, and Disney’s take on the material surprisingly pretty close (it’s actually a more faithful adaptation of the original story than the Disney version). And even though I’m partial to the designs of the Disney version (although it might be because it’s what I’m accustomed to), the character designs are very well done. Also, the score for this is fantastic. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the voice acting; I don’t know, it just doesn’t feel like the voices are a good fit for the characters at all. Lone flaw aside, this is an entertaining short, and is especially a fascinating watch for those who grew up with the Disney version. Watch this as soon as possible.

Rating: 4.5/5

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