“Winnie the Pooh” re-introduces kids to characters their parents fell in love with many years ago. What makes this return inspired is the fact the filmmakers brought Winnie the Pooh and his friends back exactly the same as we remember them from so many years ago. The voices are similar and none of the characters have been updated to reflect the times in which we live.
See, “Winnie the Pooh” is about childlike dreams and playing. There is no need to add cutting edge technology for the kids of today. There is no need to add pop culture references to keep the adults, who are as ADD-afflicted as their children, entertained. This is a classic cartoon, drawn in traditional animation, told in a manner that recalls cartoons of decades ago. The movie tells a simple story of the value of friendship and never once tries to shock the viewer with anything besides a good old yarn.
If you enjoyed “Winnie the Pooh” and his latest adventure, here are some other films that might bring back the memories of a simpler time where a good story never needed a fart joke to make kids laugh.
Widely considered one of the best animated Disney movies of all time, “Pinocchio” tells the classic story of a puppet who dreams of someday becoming a real boy. While extremely dark at points, “Pinocchio” remains a solid tale of a boy who chases his dream and a father who wants to protect him from the dangers of the world.
Plus, the movie does something rare in today’s animated kid’s flicks. It teaches important moral lessons through the use of nightmarish imagery and fear. If you tell a lie, then your nose will grow. If you run away from home, you take the chance of falling into dangerous peril and possibly dying. If you turn your back on those who love you, they might get eaten by a whale. However, as the scares build, the movie retains a true heart and, by the end, the puppet receives his wish to become a real boy and, by doing the right thing, saves everyone he loves.
“The Fox and the Hound”
While not as popular as many other Disney movies, “The Fox and the Hound” is one of the best examples of teaching kids that friendship and trust are the most important things in life. The movie also teaches that a friend is a friend, even if the world tries to convince you you are supposed to be enemies. Made during the era of the Cold War and the Ronald Reagan era of Soviet fear, this movie provides an important lesson. Don’t hate someone because the world says you are supposed to fight. It is much better to stick together and prove everyone can live in peace if you remember we are all the same inside.
“Toy Story 3”
Pixar proved in 1995 that animated movies could speak to people of all ages without pandering to kids or providing fairy tale lands and musical numbers. By the time the third movie came around, we fell in love with all the characters and “Toy Story 3” struck a chord for kids and adults who remember what it was like to be a kid. The movie is not about goofy musical numbers or pop culture references. “Toy Story 3” is about growing up and saying goodbye to childhood. It is also about being left behind and understanding when it is time to move on. “Toy Story 3” is one of the most beautiful animated movies to ever hit theaters and is the perfect tale of what being a kid is all about.