Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ornament Review: Winnie the Pooh - Art of Disney Animation #10 - 2016 Disney Store Ornament

Stars: 3 out of 5
Pros: It’s Pooh - of course it’s cute
Cons: Rather ordinary for this ornament series
The Bottom Line:
Cute Pooh ornament
Doesn’t fit rest of series
Good, not outstanding

I Like the Idea, but the Execution is Just Average

Now I freely confess I’m not the biggest Winnie the Pooh fan.  It’s not that I don’t like the books or the movies or even the characters, but when it comes to Disney stuff, I usually find other things calling my name more than Pooh and his friends.  Being a completest, I did buy the Winnie the Pooh ornament that was part of the Art of Disney Animation series.  The idea behind the ornament was good, but the execution didn’t quite work.

The ornament features Pooh standing on the oo’s in his name.  Yes, it really is that simple.  The inspiration for the ornament came from the 2011 film when Pooh was using letters in the book to escape from a honey free scene in the book.  It was a fun scene and it’s a cute idea for an ornament.  However, ultimately it boils down to Pooh standing on 3D letters.  It works in animation, but it’s not something you can capture well in a piece like this, especially when the book is nowhere to be seen.

Now, don’t misunderstand.  I do think the ornament itself is cute.  Pooh really is always cute, and the ornament design is good.  It’s just nothing special like some of the others in the series have been.  Pooh is such a popular character that for a special limited edition series like this, the ornament should be something special, not something basic like this.

The letters are standing on an oval base, which means this ornament would work well year round for a display of Pooh or Disney characters.  For those who want to hang this, there is a red ribbon through the loop on the top of Pooh’s head.  You’ll find that he tips a bit to the right and back.  It’s not so bad you can’t hide it with branches on your Christmas tree, but it is certainly noticeable if you don’t do that.

Again, it’s not that there is anything wrong with this Winnie the Pooh ornament.  But in a series that features rarer characters and moments, he feels out of place.

Original Price: $19.95

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