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A Bear Named Winnie (2004)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Drama, War  |  12 December 2004 (Canada)
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It's 1914, the beginning of WWI. In White River, Ontario, en route to a training camp in Valcartier, Québec, with the Winnipeg section of the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, Army Lieutenant... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Colebourn
Colonel Barret
General Hallholland
Jonathon Young ...
Corporal Randy Taylor
Captain Elliot
Robert Gauvin ...
Sgt. Major Picard
Timmy (as Joshua Ballard)
Timmy's Mother
Arne MacPherson ...
Wallace (as Arne Macpherson)
Nathan Valente ...
Chris Sigurdson ...
Major Crawford (as Christopher Sigurdson)
Carson Nattrass ...
Captain Osbourn


It's 1914, the beginning of WWI. In White River, Ontario, en route to a training camp in Valcartier, Québec, with the Winnipeg section of the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, Army Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, who has a natural rapport with animals, saves a black bear cub from being killed by a hunter, who killed the cub's mother. Not knowing what else to do with the cub, Harry brings her along to camp to act as the unit's mascot, who he names Winnie - short for Winnipeg. Most of the men in the unit bond with Winnie, but having such a mascot is against the wishes of the head of the Canadian Expeditionary Force's veterinary division, Colonel Barret. Barret is a tough but fair man, who may have more problems than Winnie in the form of the Expeditionary Force's commanding officer, General Hallholland, a dipsomaniac who uses his position in the army for his own vainglorious purposes. Winnie's stay with Harry and the unit is not always a smooth one, especially in trying to stay under Barret's... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG for mild thematic material and brief language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


To avoid infringing on Disney's copyright and trademark of Milne's work, the phrase "Winnie the Pooh" was never mentioned throughout the movie. See more »


World War I started in August 1914. The Canadian Expeditionary Force wouldn't have embarked until many weeks later. Yet all the scenes are in bright and warm summer weather. See more »

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The Most Beautiful Story Ever
12 December 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

What a beautiful movie! After seeing this movie, I guess I'll fall in love with Winnie the pooh much more than before.

This story happens around World War I. But it isn't about war... it's about love between Lt. Harry Colebourn and his little bear Winnie which later became the inspiration for the famous "Winnie the Pooh" stories.

I show my respect to Lt. Harry Colebourn, his fellow soldiers (especially Ian Macray) and Col.John Barret. Even though they were in the edge of war time, they did their best to take care of this little furry creature and kept love for her all the way.

I strongly recommend this movie to those who have furry family members. Animals can teach you what true love is...

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