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Winnie the Pooh Learning: Making Friends (1998)



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My personal favourite of the Winnie the Pooh videos
11 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Winnie the Pooh, and while the TV series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh(of which the videos consist of) is not as good as the storybook classics or Honey Tree, Blustery Day or Tigger Too, it is still for me one of Disney's best series for how great the writing is, how the stories are simple yet are always interesting and maintain the childhood innocence and how timeless the characters are.

Although I love all the Winnie the Pooh videos, this one is my personal favourite. I love that the videos and episodes aim to teach children positive morals and putting them forward in an entertaining and not preachy way.

"Cloud Cloud Go Away" is a lovely episode, with a simple, sweet story, a lot of charm, great animation and beautiful music. Tigger is my favourite character, and as always he is wonderful to watch with some great lines and marvellous vocal work. And it isn't the same with the odd funny quote, and there are at least two here, especially with "Hey, who turned out the sky?", "I think it wants to grow up to be a storm" and Pooh's "My, what a large apple, and since this isn't an apple tree I bet its a disguised bee hive. Oh bees that's a very nice apple you have and its probably just filled with honey. (Rumble, Rumble) How thoughtful its trying to fall off the tree for me". Oh, and if this episode makes you want to hug a cloud, you know it's done its job well.

"Tigger's Houseguest" is both funny and adorable. Funny because Tigger is as zany as ever with his endearing way of saying certain words wrong such as ridiculous becoming "ridicurous" and the inevitable droll pieces of dialogue scattered throughout("I've heard of close friends, but this is too close"). Not to mention the gag when Tigger climbs through his window to try and open the door. And adorable simply because of lovable old Pooh, who really shines in this episode, such as his humming at the beginning, his words of wisdom which is obvious in a sense but you still love him anyway and a truly priceless facial expression towards the end. Like some episodes, namely "Find Her Keep Her" and "A Very, Very Large Animal", "Tigger's Houseguest" never fails to touch me on an emotional level, mainly because of the nostalgia Winnie the Pooh brings.

"The Bugs Stops Here" of the four episodes on the video is perhaps the one that has the most childhood innocence I keep talking about. Once again the story is simple yet very charming, the animation and music are beautiful and the dialogue has many funny spots such as Tigger's "Don't worry Christopher Robin. We're even better at catching bugs than losing 'em", which I laugh at just knowing what the gang are letting themselves in for. Christopher Robin is loyal and very likable, Pooh is as adorable as ever and Tigger is as always hilarious. Roo and Dexter are never annoying but very cute and not in a cloying sense, I also like it that they start making a mess just seconds after being left with Pooh.

"Tigger is the Mother of Invention" is perhaps the episode that fits the theme of making friends the least of the four episodes, I consider it more a helping others sort of theme, but I can forgive that seeing as the episode is one of my top 10 favourite episodes of the show. I love the story, it is amusing, touching and shows that Tigger is also a genius as well as being hilarious and lovable. Also things to like are the consistently elegant animation, jaunty music and some hilarious writing, primarily "Poor Tigger's been in their all winter./ And spring./And now all summer, too./ Did we mention Winter?", "I'll never be able to show my handsome face again. TTFG. Ta ta for good/We cant let him not show his handsome face again" and "Why that floor's so clean you can eat off it!/Yes I suppose I'll have to"

Overall, a wonderful video, and my personal favourite of such a good collection of video tapes, which I use to relive those childhood memories all over again. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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