The film is criminally
overlooked. People shy away from it because it's a Disney direct-to-video sequel,
but in reality it's one of the best
Don't get me wrong, it's not perfect. Some of the songs are bland, and the butterfly scene was pure Filler
The song Forever and Ever
captures the childhood belief that everything will always be the way they are now: that Christopher will always be a child exploring the Hundred Acre Wood and Pooh will never slowly descend amongst tons of garbage into an incinerator.
Later on, the song Wherever You Are
is the exact opposite of this: it's Pooh coming to the realization that he has failed in finding his friend, that he has lost someone without any hope of ever seeing them again, and that nothing
Also, the characters. At the beginning, the characters have individual strengths as established in previous films. Tigger is confident in his strength, Rabbit in his intelligence, Piglet in his ability to (eventually) face his fears when his friends need him, and Pooh in his faith in Christopher Robin. Over the course of the movie, every single one of them comes to the realization
that they ARE NOT SPECIAL. Tigger realizes he is not
strong enough to succeed, and briefly displays the worryingly suicidal trait of being okay with plummeting down a gorge. Rabbit realizes that he is not
intelligent enough, and the gang is subsequently hopelessly lost because of it. Piglet realizes he cannot
overcome his fear, even to save his friends. And Pooh realizes that, no matter how hard he wishes, no matter how hard he tries, he can lose a friend. Permanently
. HOW MANY CHILDREN'S MOVIES DO THAT! When you need EEYORE as comic relief, you know shit happened.
Then they all get better.
(Without Deus Ex Machina
.) The characters are picked apart
and then put together again, better than they were before.
This was this troper's favorite movie growing up, and objectively remains so to this day, without Nostalgia Goggles
. Much like Toy Story
, it explores the idea that children grow up and leave their toys behind, but until then they can have many adventures together in the Hundred Acre Wood. Give it a watch!