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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

The one that started it all

10/10
Author: Atreyu_II from The world of artists
28 July 2007

1966 was the year when the first animated short of Winnie the Pooh and his friends came out. These characters immediately became a phenomenon of popularity and they're still just as popular nowadays. It all started with "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree" in 1966, followed by many other Winnie the Pooh's shorts, all of them taking place in the magical and childish world of the Hundred Acre Wood.

This first adventure introduces us these adorable characters, as well as Winnie the Pooh, the little bear obsessed by hunny (honey), lovingly called «silly old bear» by Cristopher Robin. However, Piglet and Tigger's first appearance is only in the following short "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day". Anyway, we can see right from the start how the characters's personalities are.

A delightful story, lovely songs (such as "Little Black Rain Cloud", "Up, Down and Touch the Ground", "Rumbly in My Tumbly" and "Winnie the Pooh"), great artwork and animation, charm and classic humor are another attribute here.

The story is amusing and focus mostly on Pooh's determination to get some honey. Although he is a bear with very little brain, he's not the sort of bear to give up easily. It's funny how he often thinks of something, but no matter how hard he tries to think, the only thing that comes to his simple mind is honey. And it's funny that he does physical exercises, but not for the reasons you could think. You think he does physical exercises to get thinner? You better think again, he he he! He does physical exercises to get hungry, as an excuse to eat honey.

The Gopher (who is not in the book) is hilarious, especially whenever he falls down his hole. That is spectacular! The nervous Rabbit can be unfair at times, but he does the right thing when he stops the Gopher from feeding Pooh with honey.

As for Eeyore, his pessimistic personality is obvious right from the beginning, when he says «If it's a good day, which I doubt».

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Best of the Pooh stories, and FUN!

10/10
Author: piccione2000 from Massachusetts
5 September 2002

This is Pooh's first adventure. It is in my opinion, the best of the Pooh offerings. Excellent songs with wonderful animation. It is great for people of all ages. Each character is introduced nicely, and the ideas are fresh and clever. Join Pooh and his friends here for a lot of adventure, involving his love for honey, where he tries to get it from the tree, to when he eats at Rabbit's, and to the end, when he gets all the3 honey he will want. This story is great for everyone. Kids will love it, and will want to see it over and over. A real winner!

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

My favourite of the Winnie the Pooh vignettes!

10/10
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
2 September 2009

This is a wonderful gem, with great memorable songs by the Sherman Brothers, and excellent animation.

The story is great fun, with Pooh running out of honey and climbing up a tree to get it. Afterwards, he gets stuck in the door of Rabbit's house and has to wait until he's thin enough to budge.

The characters were wonderful, especially Gophyr, I particularly loved the phrase, "that supercilious scoundrel has confiscated my honey". They are well voiced by the likes of Sterling Holloway, John Fiedler and Junius Matthews, with Sebastian Cabot giving a thoughtful insight as the narrator.

This vignette is wonderful, highly recommended! 10/10 Bethany Cox

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

"It All Comes From Not Having Front Doors Big Enough!"

Author: (robocoptng986127@aol.com) from U.S.A
13 February 2003

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[CONTAINS SPOILERS]

Deep in the Hundred Acre Woods at the home of Winnie the Pooh, who lived under the name of Sanders which meant he had the name over the door and he lived under it, it was time for Pooh's stoutness exercises. Then he had a rumbly in his tumbly so he searched the cabinets for some honey but all the pots were empty so he tried climbing to the top of the honey tree, which proved difficult so he thought of going to his friend Christopher Robin for help. Christopher Robin had just put Eeyore the gloomy donkey's tail back on. Owl, Kanga and Roo were there too. Pooh got an idea when he saw Christopher Robin's balloon, he then dunked himself in a mud puddle then used the balloon to float to the top of the tree, pretending to be a little black rain cloud. Unfortunately, the bees saw through the disguise, Pooh's balloon runs out of air and he and Christopher Robin run from the bees.

Pooh next goes to his friend Rabbit's for lunch. He eats all of Rabbit's honey but then finds he can't fit through the front door anymore. Rabbit went to get Christopher Robin who couldn't pull him through. Only one thing to do: wait for Pooh to get thin again which could take months. Rabbit makes a hunting trophy out of Pooh's behind while Owl decides to find an expert. One soon arrives: Gopher. He would dig Pooh out or perhaps blast him out with dynamite. He wasn't in the book so he gave them his card. He returned one night with a lunch box and nearly fed Pooh his honey when Rabbit chased him off. Then one morning, Pooh budged! He was ready to come out. Christopher Robin, Kanga, Eeyore, Roo and Gopher pulled while Rabbit pushed. Pooh flew out of the hole and right into the honey filled trunk of the honey tree!

An enjoyable short. The very first Disney Winnie the Pooh incarnation. Disney veteran Sterling Holloway from Bambi, Dumbo and Alice in Wonderland voices Winnie the Pooh while Junius Matthews of The Sword in the Stone voices Rabbit. Hal Smith is Owl, Howard Morris is Gopher, Barbara Luddy is Kanga, and Sebastian Cabot is our narrator. Piglet and Tigger, two popular Pooh characters do not appear in this short; Was followed by Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day in 1968, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too in 1974 and Winnie the Pooh and A Day For Eeyore in 1983. In 1977, Honey Tree, Blustery Day and Tigger Too were combined into one and it was called The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. But anyway, Pooh fans, I recommend Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree!

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Excellent for Children of All Ages

10/10
Author: consortpinguin from NH -- the First primary State
19 April 2001

The "Winnie the Pooh" cartoons from Disney are classics. This is the quality program that you would want your children to see. And it makes you glad you have children so that you have an excuse to see it too.

They did a wonderful job of adapting the A. A. Milne stories to the screen. It's good clean fun with no "undesirable" elements such as violence or bathroom humor. All the characters are brought to life faithfully and their casting of the voices is perfect. Sterling Holloway IS Winnie.

The story line of this cartoon revolves around Winnie, the honey-loving bear trying various schemes to get his golden delight. He is so funny, stopping at nothing to get some honey, regardless of the practicality of the effort. He uses a toy balloon to float to the bees' nest high up in a tree, but is foiled by the bees.

Each different character has a unique trait. Eeyore shows the depressed side of human nature, always finding the down side of anything. The other characters succeed in cheering him up. Owl is the "educated" one who loves to hear himself talk. Tigger, happy-go-lucky tiger bounces around exuberantly on his coil-spring tail, greeting everyone, and sometimes accidentally knocking them over. The cartoons say a lot about friendship -- friends helping friends.

Very enjoyable -- worth seeing, whether you're a child of 3 or 93.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

possible candidate for best short film for young children

Author: MisterWhiplash from United States
20 June 2006

Like the other three Pooh shorts that made up the feature film of the Many Adventures released in 1977 and on video in the 80s, the Honey Tree short was one of those works I've watched countless times. It does have its 'valuable lesson' for the kids, but it's also just very silly, cute entertainment that ranges from jokes so absurd they work for some adults ("You messed up my moose" is a line I still quote today, the Gopher material is also rather off-key for a children's short), to the suspenseful moments that, for lack of a better description, capture kid's imaginations. And the whole structure of it being a book-as-animated short give it an inventiveness that don't come with other adaptations of books to Disney animation. Here, Rabbit becomes irate and near impatient as Pooh gets stuck in his rabbit-hole after consuming more honey than needed. Pooh then is stuck for a week until he can loose the excess baggage, where a very climactic and momentous pull of Pooh is lead in song and action. All of this is very clever, and even for little kids its got nothing at all complicated about it- even if all the points and little jokes aren't caught the thrust of the storytelling and joyous nature even in the safer moments are near-perfect. And unlike what apparently is meant for current pre-K programming today (Teletubbies aren't on anymore at least), the whole mood is very pure without being pandering. There's no overt vulgarity, and the over-the-top moments don't get old ("Don't feed the bear" is another quotable phrase). Highly recommended.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

"It's not much of a tail, but I'm sort of attached to it"

7/10
Author: ackstasis from Australia
26 December 2010

'Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)' was the first animated adaptation of A.A. Milne's children stories, and presents itself rather charmingly as a moving picture-book depicting the imaginary adventures of Christopher Robin and his favourite toys. In this first episode, directed by Wolfgang Reitherman (future director of 'The Aristocats (1970)'), Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Sterling Holloyway) attempts rather unsuccessfully to steal honey from a bee-hive in the uppermost branches of a tree, before getting himself stuck in the front-door burrow of an increasingly-exasperated Rabbit.

The film seems to have been rather influential in the Soviet Union. The first Russian Winnie the Pooh cartoon, released as 'Vinni-Pukh (1969)', uses the same storyline. 'The Fox and the Hare (1974),' from my favourite animator Yuri Norstein, similarly uses the stylistic device of animating its characters as figures in a moving storybook. Here, I was slightly disappointed by the absence of Piglet. He appears for a moment in here, but doesn't say anything. John Fiedler, who subsequently voiced the character in 'Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968),' would continue to do so until his death in 2005, and his voice is quite unmistakable.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A fantastic featurette!

10/10
Author: Eric Gurwitz (Greatlife675@aol.com) from Monroe Township, New Jersey
17 May 2006

This is the first of the 4 Winnie the Pooh short films, and a really great one at that, too! Everything is introduced into this short classic, and the storyline fits perfectly. The animation is great and the songs are catchy. The voice cast is perfect, as well. But let me tell you this. I may be in my teenage years, but ANYONE would love Winnie the Pooh. By the way, this is the one out of the four I enjoyed the most through my whole life. Seriously. I do enjoy the other three, too, but if you want to make sure, see my reviews for the others. But you'll find this one more than satisfying. I highly recommend this, as well as the others.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

5/10
Author: Jackson Booth-Millard from United Kingdom
23 June 2005

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This was the very first adventure based on the famous children's books from Walt Disney animations, when I was younger this used to be very good. Winnie the Pooh, the bear with little brain, lives in the Hundred Acre Wood with many friends including, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Owl and Christopher Robin. No sign of Tigger or Piglet though. Anyway, in this Pooh runs out of honey and notices a honey tree. He is trying everything he can to get some honey from the tree. But he instead gets it from Rabbit and ends up stuck in his front door. Kids will obviously love this cartoon for the cute and cuddly Pooh bear, and a very good story. Winnie the Pooh was number 55 on The 100 Greatest Cartoons. Woeth watching!

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

The Transatlantic Bear

Author: directoroffantasies from Tampa Bay, Florida
31 October 2004

If memory serves, the original Steiff toy belonging to the late Christopher Robin Milne, "Winnie the Pooh", now resides in Manhattan, either at the New York Public Library or at publisher E.P. Dutton's headquarters. The symbolism is obvious: a British children's classic has made the transatlantic leap.

Disney scriptwriters have been heavily criticized for de-emphasizing the Britishness of Pooh, beginning with this first film in what became a series of theatrical short subjects. Most of the voices - Christopher is an exception - are American. Sterling Holloway became so identified with the title role that it is hard to imagine anyone else, British or American, taking it over.

The best thing about "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree" is that it is adapted directly from Alan Milne's printed work. As I did in 1966, a child today seeing this film for the first time could ask for the book version and receive something unusually congruent with the screenplay.

Christopher Robin Milne, bookshop owner and authors' rights heir, had notoriously mixed feelings about his father's creation. In particular, he had his doubts about the effect Disney's version might have on the original.

Not to worry: the Disney machine has generated far more positive attention for Pooh than a global army of publishers.

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