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Monday, 25 April 2011

Lara's First Cinema Movie - Winnie the Pooh

A couple of weeks ago we took Lara to the cinema for the very first time. I wasn't sure whether it was perhaps a bit early - Lara isn't yet two. We went to see the preview of this summer's Winnie the Pooh movie which you may have noticed being promoted on the new packets of Fairy Non Bio.

Lara is wiggly. This is fact (and her Nanny has confirmed that this wiggliness has been inherited from her father). I was really worried that Lara wouldn't sit still for more than 5 minutes of the movie. Actually, she stayed very still (although she did spend much of the movie on my lap) and, as the Winnie the Pooh movie is just under 1 hour in length, she didn't need to sit still for all that long.

Lara seemed to take the big-screen in her stride and the loud noise didn't seem to disturb her. The content of the movie seemed to get her a little upset in places though but then Lara can be a bit funny about things that you wouldn't expect a one-year-old to worry about. Tigger dressed up as a monster I can understand might upset some of the younger viewers... but Lara gets upset at things that are dirty, or messy, or just not right. Lara actually screamed when Pooh bear dived head first into a giant pot of honey - I think she thought he was drowning!

I really enjoyed the movie (although Mr. B. wasn't as impressed). It was very honest to its roots and brought together many of the storylines from Winne-the-Pooh and The House on Pooh Corner. With my BA(Hons) Media Studies hat on, I really loved the fact that the books themselves were referenced repeatedly in the movie by the characters who appeared on the pages and played among the letters. With my Mummy hat on, I loved one of the abstract, musical scenes where Pooh-Bear dreamed of honey - it was great fun with lots of bright colours and honey-related singing! I think that Winnie the Pooh movie is a perfect first movie for a toddler or young child. The movie is released in the UK this month.

On packs of Fairy Non Bio (detergent and fabric softner) at present you can get free Winnie the Pooh audio books. We've listened to a couple of them already and Lara loves them - she seems to really enjoy the Winnie-the-Pooh stories but I find the books incredibly hard to read to her (there's something about the way they are written that I struggle to verbalise) so it's great to hear someone reading them clearly, with authority and with wonderful character voices!

Images courtesy of Fairy Non Bio / Disney
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