As I have said many times already, I love Winnie the Pooh and I love Un-Valentines Day. If you were wondering though whether to watch it on VHS or DVD, for me it is the VHS by far. The DVD, which I watched while looking after some toddler friends who happened to love Winnie the Pooh and have it on DVD while I had it at home on VHS, may have the slightly better picture quality and it contains "A Valentine for You", but it has one of the worst menu systems I have seen for a DVD, rather slow and uninteresting. For me the VHS flowed much better and was not as distracting.
"A Valentine For You", which you can find on the double-feature DVD Un-Valentine's Day/A Valentine for You, is a Winnie the Pooh special based on Valentine's Day, just like Boo to You Too was for Halloween, A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving and Christmas Too for Christmas. I consider it the most underrated of the specials, while it is not my favourite like Boo To You Too, because Valentine's Day is not as celebrated as much between the main target audience(kids, though I am one of those who thinks Winnie the Pooh appeals to all) like Thanksgiving, Halloween and especially Christmas are.
It's a shame, because it is a very adorable special with a sweet story, great values of love, unselfishness and friendship, droll dialogue and inspired word-play and gags(especially the whole sequence following the dragonfly). Not to mention the colourful animation, charming(if not entirely memorable) music and timeless characters. The voice acting is also great, Paul Winchell as Tigger may very well sound older, but the exuberance and the hilarity is still there.
"Un-Valentine's Day", one of the episodes of the brilliant New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh isn't as strong as "A Valentine For You", but it is every bit as sweet and funny. The animation is as elegant as ever, the music as jaunty, the characters as likable and the story as endearing, but the writing is again the best asset. The show has many wonderful quotes, and "Un-Valentine's Day" is no exception. I especially enjoyed Piglet's "I AM CUUUUUPIIIID!"(repeated over and over again in by far the best scene of the episode) and "Actually it wasn't me/Then Why Did You Confess?/I'm not very good under pressure". The highlight though is the hilarious ruination of Rabbit's play, with Tigger's "MAKE-UP!" and (truly) explosive finale being the best parts.
"Three Little Piglets" rounds things off, and while like "Monster Frankenpooh" only less than five minutes long, it is a genuinely funny and clever little twist on the famous story, while having elements, as Pooh loses track of the story, of Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The characters are on top form, Pooh narrates and does it in such a cute fashion, Piglet is more than ideal for the roles of the three piglets and Rabbit's(dressed mostly in what looks eerily like the Bad Bad Wolf from the Disney cartoon The Three Little Pigs and its sequels) cantankerous and often frustrated personality makes for a great foil with the sight of him in a Pooh suit being one of the funniest sight gags of the show.
And fans of Tigger should not miss his Masked Offender cameo or when he blows down the house of cards. The animation and music are wonderful, and the writing is superb. Likewise with the voice work, with Ken Sansom and Paul Winchell as Rabbit and Tigger standing out. The VHS also contains a nice "Rolie Polie Olie" short, and while I don't consider it entirely necessary, it was a good addition that kids especially will love. So overall, a wonderful video. The DVD is definitely worth the viewing for "A Valentine for You" but beware of the menus. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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