In Which Pooh Gets His Own Movie And Everyone Loves It

Apparently, I’ve got clout. Or Klout, to be more exact. All my years of tweeting finally paid off when I was offered a KloutPerk. In case you don’t know, a KloutPerk is an exclusive offer extended to various registered users of Klout. Klout is more or less intended to be your measure of online influence based primarily on your Twitter activity.

I’m not sure that I completely buy into the system because in the not-so-distant past, Klout claimed I was influential on the topic of earthquakes. However, they also claim I’m influential in parenting. And for that, I’m kind of grateful because I’m pretty sure that’s how I came across my latest KloutPerk.

I was invited to a special screening of Winnie the Pooh, the new Disney animated movie. I’ve been a huge Pooh fan for a long time. In fact, the night before the screening, I was on Twitter bursting with excitement. I was even reminiscing about the Winnie the Pooh dress I had. I was sure every girl in the 70s wore one (apparently not).

winnie-honey-potI woke up early Saturday morning, tired as I don’t know what, but determined to get to that screening. My lovely 4 year old Evan only showed passing interest in seeing the movie. But I’m a tough mom. I was going to make him go.

I was a bit worried about his reaction to the movie (especially after our trip to see Mars Needs Moms). He’s not a typical kid and going to the movies isn’t the thrill it once was for you and me when we were kids. He’d honestly rather sit home on the couch and watch a DVD. That’s okay. I was still going to make him go.

We get to the theater and we’re told that we can sit in the reserved seating. I sat in the Disney-reserved press seats and just felt like asking someone to please pass the Grey Poupon. Yes, I had arrived.

After watching a few previews, we were told by some rather large security men to please put our cellular devices away as they have had a serious issue with privacy. I complied, of course, and the movie began.

A short 1 hour and 15 minutes later we were walking out the door. And guess what? My little grumpasaurus was smiling. In fact, he giggled through the whole movie. He laughed at Piglet’s head getting stuck in the beehive. He laughed at Pooh swimming in a sea of honey. He laughed as we stayed to watch the credits roll.

(You should definitely do this, by the way. Fun scene at the very end.)

I was shocked. My little man who likes to whine and complain about everything truly enjoyed this movie.

And what’s not to enjoy?

This is a true, honest-to-goodness rated G movie. Take your little kids, take your big kids, take your grandparents. No one will be offended. No one will laugh uncomfortably at hidden subtext. No one will have to explain what romance is. It’s just pure kid fun, honest and innocent.

Now, with that being said, I think I need to be fair to today’s parents. Kids have developed a different palate for entertainment. I was worried this would be too simple for my 4 year old. Yes, that sounds sad, but true. Turns out that he absolutely adored it. In fact, he adored it so much that we had to get him his very own, Winnie the Pooh.

winnie-the-snorkeler

Teaching Winnie how to snorkel

Bottom line is I loved the movie and clearly Evan did too. It was nostalgic for me (except for Eeyore’s voice – that just seemed wrong to me) and pure fun for my son. My only wish was that my husband could have gone with us (he’s a Pooh fan too).

My recommendation: Good fun for all ages. Implied monster scariness is the only mild caution. Best suited for kids age 5 and under but truly enjoyable for the whole family!

The movie opens nationwide July 15th. If you plan to see it or go see it, let me know what you think. In the meantime, here’s a little taste.

  • Jdaniel4smom

    This sounds like a movie for JDaniel. He has been afraid of other movies we have tried.

  • Kirsten

    oh SO GLAD you reviewed this today!  My kids are going to see it with grandparents today, and after the debacle with Cars 2 (hated it) I wasn’t too keen on another cinematic adventure.  My kids are famously terrified by all movies (yes, even CURIOUS GEORGE), so this sounds like just their speed.  

  • Jenn

    So glad, me and my 3 yo are going tomorrow. I think I am more excited than she is!

  • http://beforethebabywakes.com Alexandria Campbell

    Really excited to see this movie. Ever since the trailer with the Keane song I’ve been sold. 

  • http://www.bestoffates.com Megan (Best of Fates)

    Wow. You are oh SO much more connected than I shall ever be.

    Also? They changed Eeyore’s voice? That might be a deal breaker for me.

    You know, along with the creepiness of me attending a children’s movie alone.

  • T P

    oooohhhh I want to go see this movie sooo much but the only one in my family who is interested is my 11 year old! Hubby says we should just wait till it comes out on dvd. I don’t want to wait…might have to have a girl date with my oldest daughter!

  • T P

    oooohhhh I want to go see this movie sooo much but the only one in my family who is interested is my 11 year old! Hubby says we should just wait till it comes out on dvd. I don’t want to wait…might have to have a girl date with my oldest daughter!

  • http://twitter.com/TheSweetest3 Carrie Meadows

    We are planning to take our 3 yo this weekend- can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    It looks so sweet- I want to see it!

    I took my 6y/o to Harry Potter today and he loved it- except for any kissing. That grossed him out. 

  • Hines-Sight Blog

    Congrats on your Klout.  Love that you were influential about earthquakes. :)

  • Monika Melsha

    Isn’t Klout Perks a trip?  My first score was deodorant! This would have been much more fun. No, but seriously, we went to see it today & I’m amazed but the story totally held Munchkin’s attention.  (4yrs old too)  He really enjoyed it. Glad Evan did as well.

  • Peecoy

    Pooh was definitely loved in our house when you were little. You loved your Winnie-the-Pooh dress. Both you and Tonya wore the whole Winnie-the-Pooh clothing line. And, your Piglet watch currently adorns my printers’ tray. My favorite memory is your kindergarten picture w/your gold Winnie-the-Pooh shirt. Thanks for the memories. :-) Mom(mie)

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