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Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin

2 Ratings: 2.5
A movie directed by Karl Geurs

Back at the Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh and friends misinterpret a farewell note from Christopher Robin, who has gone away to school. The gang sets off on an important mission to rescue their friend, mistakenly believing he has instead gone to "Skull"--a … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Childrens
Director: Karl Geurs
Release Date: 1997
MPAA Rating: G
1 review about Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher...

The grandest of them all

  • May 7, 2001
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Pros: First feature-length Pooh video in 20 years

Cons: Tends to go on for too long - scare for little ones

The Bottom Line: Winnie the Pooh and friends journey through The Hundred Acre Wood on their quest to save Christopher Robin.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin is the first video I purchased for our home library over three years ago. Besides the two animated characters listed in the title are Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet.

The beginning starts off with Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin hanging around in a tree discussing how long they will be friends for, thus deciding on 99 and 100 years old.

Pooh was quite tired and unable to focus on the important message Christopher Robin wanted to tell him. As Christopher Robin stated, " You’re braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”.

The next morning Pooh awakes to announce the first day of autumn with the leaves falling down outside his window. He happily opens his front door to fall over a honey pot filled with honey. Pooh then goes around to his friends’ houses trying to find the owner of the honey pot. Rabbit comes across a note that was left in the honey pot now splattered with honey all over the note.

Well it seems no one can actually read so they go to Owl’s house for him to decipher the note. With his glasses on Owl mistakes some key words in the note, which leads the gang to believe that Christopher Robin is going to “skull”. What the note really states for the viewer to see is that it is the first day of school and Christopher Robin will see Pooh later in the day.

With Owl being the storyteller he brings drama to this note by saying the others must go save Christopher Robin from the monsters that lurk in the hundred acre wood. Owl draws a map with pictures of where Pooh and friends should follow to search for Christopher Robin, but manages to stay behind while sending the others on. Owl states that without a few monsters along the route it would just end up being a gaggle of friends wandering around the woods.

Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Rabbit set out on their adventure where some butterflies and birds take a liking to Piglet. Soon they get to the scary places and have no idea which way to turn. They end up fighting over the map and Rabbit sings a song about how you use a map and not your brain.

They end up inside a cave type place that they wander around and have mishaps whenever Pooh’s stomach starts to grumble or they see shadows of each other, although not realizing this. No one knows that the noises are coming from Pooh and they get spooked again and again thinking the skullasaurus is going to gobble them up.

In the end Christopher Robin finds them and hears the noise of the grumbling of the hungry for honey pooh bear. They are all happy to find Pooh again as well and climb out of the place they were in. Once on the outside they see how small it really was and learn how things become larger when one is scared.

The journey home is quick and painless with Owl glad to see them all. Christopher Robin had pulled off the remaining honey from the note that Piglet was still carrying and explained what school was like.

The last part is just Pooh and Christopher Robin on the tree branch again with Pooh recalling how each of his friends became bigger, stronger and braver for conquering their fears during this search.

Then Christopher Robin tells Pooh that he has to go to school tomorrow and Pooh asks innocently, should I search for you again tomorrow Christopher Robin? No I am going to school to learn but I will be back.

By now my two children ages five and six know this story all too well and not scared at any of the scenes. The first few times it was rough sailing and I explained the best I could about the silliness of Pooh. This is a great way to share how when the first day of autumn arrives, school starts for children, although in many parts of the country school actually starts in summer!

Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin is rather long at seventy minutes with the usual previews before the movie begins. The voice of the narrator is entertaining and calming for children to listen without being overbearing.

There are lessons taught about friendship with the friends all keeping Christopher Robin in their heart. They fear he is in danger and are brave in their search through parts unknown to them.


Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8

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