Last night’s movie night was hands down the sweetest movie night ever at the library. We showed the 2011 film Winnie the Pooh, and the audience was full of younger kids (all under the age of five, I believe), some of whom had never been to a movie night before. They were so sweet and so attentive and so wrapped up in the flow of this very gentle movie. Lots of giggles when Pooh’s tummy grumbled, lots of delight when Tigger bounced and sang.
And from my adult perspective, I was impressed by how Disney constructed this movie. Mid-way through the movie I went and checked the DVD case to make sure this was actually a new film, because it has the look, feel, and spirit of the older classic Disney movies. The animation is lovely (the DVD case says that it’s hand-drawn) and the plot is gentle, with just enough tension to make things interesting, but not so much that younger children are anxious. And I loved the way that the original text of the books is integrated into the film. The text is almost a character in the film, as full page spreads of the original book (or a facsimile thereof, I’ll have to look at the book to figure that out) appear from time to time, and then the words and letters will move and fall and incorporate into the action of the movie. My favorite bit was when the characters are stuck at the bottom of the pit they have dug, and then they use the words of the text to build a ladder to climb out. So cool.
The best part of last night’s movie? Everyone left happy, and got home in time to get to bed at a reasonable hour (a major benefit of a movie that’s only one hour). That happy-and-bed-at-a-reasonable-hour includes the children’s librarian, by the way. 🙂