The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is narrates the story of Winnie the Pooh bear’s many adventures. Throughout the chapters Pooh and his friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Gopher and Christopher Robin are involved in many different adventures that showcase their togetherness.
The animated movie dates back to 1977 and it puts together a series of animated shorts that do not follow a specific storyline. Each chapter or start of a new short it is narrated by Sebastian Cabot that really places a pause and setups a new storyline. The entire movie really benefits from the style of the whole and improving the storytelling aspect, which in turn the characters often make jokes or jump off the book. The entire sets of shorts are enjoyable and quite light hearted with kids in mind.
The hand drawn animation is dated, but it gives the story more personality and it fits the overall look very well. This is one aspect that this new transfer has helped improved, the overall look of all the characters is quite impressive, the colors pop out in each frame. Without a doubt this animated film represents an era of hand drawn animation that Disney has left behind that it still looks great.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh arrives on Blu-ray with 1080p MPEG4-AVC encode. The colors are natural and well reproduced. The black colors are deep and inky, although there’s some minor blocking seen in a few places. The image is free of dirt, but some ringing is seen on smaller objects in different sections of the movie, very minor and nothing major. Overall the presentation is great for such old content.
For this release, Disney presented The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Surprisingly the track is very good for being a 36yr old movie. The fronts were very active with a dialogue that was very clean and the music really utilized the space in the track. The rears were used, but not with much frequency. Overall, I can’t really complaint with the track, Disney did a good job.
Mini Adventures of Winnie The Pooh – A set of multiple shorts starting from If I Wasn’t So Small, Piglet’s Drawings, The Expedition, Geniuses, and The Honey Song.
Classic DVD Bonus Featurette – Three featurettes that were previously available: A Day for Eeyore, The Story Behind The Masterpiece, and The Winnie The Pooh Theme Song.
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Disney Intermission – When you pause the movie, an intermission featurette will appear on screen to keep you busy with trivia and among other things.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh definitely is a true classic. The story is not complex; it’s simple and light hearted with each of its segments showcasing the great qualities of each of its characters. No doubt that the Blu-ray really brought the story back to life with the impressive upgrade on the picture side and a good solid audio mix. The supplements were a hit or miss, with a few new ones and a few old DVD recycled extras. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is recommended.