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Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving - 10 Anniversary Edition DVD Gift Set by Main Feature Directed by Harry Arends
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD  ISBN/ITEM#: B0029R7MSU
Date: 27 September 2009 List Price $29.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com / Show Official Info /

Although I was a bit too old to be completely under the spell of Winnie the Pooh, I know that the children of my cousins and friends (and now their grandchildren) have fallen under the sway of A.A. Milne's world famous bear and it is for them that I chose to review the Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving - 10 Anniversary Edition DVD Gift Set DVD.

Directed by:
Harry Arends
Jun Falkenstein (segment "A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving")

Writing credits:
Barbara Slade (writer)
Carter Crocker (segment "A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving")

The Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving - 10 Anniversary Edition DVD Gift Set actually contains Groundpiglet Day, A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving, and Find Her, Keep Her, plus the following bonus features: The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Magic Earmuffs, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Wishing Bear, Decorate Your Own Christmas Tree, and Coloring Fun With Piglet.

Groundpiglet Day begins with Rabbit arbitrarily declaring February 2nd to be Groundhog Day and after Gopher expresses his ire at being called a groundhog, poor Piglet is first talked into being the groundhog, then blamed for the extended winter - but it's only November 13th, segueing into...

A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving where Rabbit takes charge of the human-style Thanksgiving festivities. Not surprisingly things go complete awry and Rabbit forlornly drags himself back home. But his friends set about organizing their own personal version of Thanksgiving and surprise Rabbit with their ingenuity and friendship.

Naturally Thanksgiving moves quickly into Christmas and we get treated to a flashback titled Find Her, Keep Her where Rabbit rescues Kessie, a bubbly baby bird. Normally a bit crabby, Rabbit rescues Kessie and eventually becomes extremely fond of her. But the day comes when she has finally learned to fly and flies south with the other birds. Not surprisingly Kessie returns as they are decorating the Christmas tree and puts the final touch on it by adding the star on top.

After watching The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Magic Earmuffs I wondered how those ear muffs got their magic powers. Somehow I just don't see the sport of "ice cookie" ever replacing "ice hockey" in the Olympics. But if the cookie used was really that hard, perhaps eating one could serve as punishment for drawing a penalty.

In The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Wishing Bear, Pooh believes that he has worn out Christopher Robin's wishing star. When all Pooh's friends make their own wishes, he has to run around trying to fulfill all their wishes.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this DVD to families and Disney enthusiasts.

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