Two Winnies will be vying for our attention at the multiplex this year - guess which one I am more excited for...
First up, Disney takes another stab at 2D animation, and draws again from the oft-visited Winnie the Pooh franchise. With Pixar's John Lasseter now making creative decisions at Disney, there is reason to believe this Winnie the Pooh will do more than just cash in on its title, but actually aim for the charm and sensitivity of AA Milne's source stories. Based on five stories from Milne's The House at Pooh Corner and David Benedictus' Return to the Hundred Acre Wood that have never been adapted before.
And then, Jennifer Hudson takes on Winnie Mandela & Terrence Howard takes on Nelson. I shudder in fear. Winnie is too complex and controversial a character to be taken on lightly and Nelson is too iconic to be turned into an embarrassing accent performance. This is not a great trailer and I am far from convinced that this will have any of the fire or depth that it should. Jennifer Hudson looks as dry and wooden as a doringboom in the Serengeti & someone really should have taught Terrence Howard how to say "Amandla!". I think Howard is an exceptional actor and therefore I will avoid this movie and retain my high opinion of him. Hudson's Oscar is hiding in shame.
To cheer you up, here's some more Winnie the Pooh :