Winnie the Pooh

(G) ★★★☆☆

Disney’s latest revival, and musical homage, to A.A. Milne’s lovable bear is longer on charm than it is on laughs. Sad old Eeyore (voiced by Bud Luckey) has lost his tail, and the gang makes various plans to round up a replacement. Voice actor Jim Cummings does a great impersonation of Sterling Holloway, the original Pooh, and the direction makes for a gentle and warm introduction to the cineplex for all the little tykes out there.

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