How many Winnie the Pooh episodes does it take to make a Christmas special?
By Ned Jordan
Winnie the Pooh: Season of Giving features the bear and his friends
celebrating a number of winter holidays together in what is billed as a
full-length adventure. While the main feature is technically feature length, in
reality it is a conglomeration of three shows from the Winnie the Pooh
television series of the late 90s. The three episodes include one in which the
animals mistakenly think that it is Groundhog Day and that they've missed all of
the big holidays of the past winter. Their decision to celebrate the holidays
anyway makes it relatively easy to intertwine this episode with Pooh holiday
specials for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Kids probably won't notice or care that
they are watching three episodes at once, although to adults it will be pretty
obvious especially since there's a variation in the quality of the animation
between the episodes. Still, the Pooh stories make for good entertainment for
children and smaller kids should enjoy the show.
The bonus features include two additional episodes from the Pooh series both
of which fit the DVD's holiday theme: The Magic Earmuffs and The Wishing Bear,
although The Wishing Bear is more about wishing on a star than wishing for
holiday gifts. To continue the holiday theme, a small Winnie the Pooh Christmas
stocking is packaged with the DVD.