425. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day – Wolfgang Reitherman

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SUMMARY: Winnie the Pooh encounters blustery weather, floods and a strange character named Tigger.

WHY IT’S HERE: After years of limited animation Oscar nominees, it was the return of Disney at its best that deservedly bagged 1968’s Oscar. ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day’ is a gorgeous featurette that, these days, is most often seen combined with the other two Winnie the Pooh shorts of the era. ‘…Blustery Day’ is easily the best of the three. A.A. Milne’s characters are beautifully brought to life against an ingenious storybook background. The 25 minute running time is packed with event and invention, including a surreal dream sequence that recalls the famous Pink Elephants sequence from ‘Dumbo’. With all the other big animation studios of the golden age having run out of steam and/or folded up, Disney proved with ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day’ why they would continue to be a dominant animation force.

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