As I've mentioned before, we are quite careful about what Sydney sees on tv. For one thing, she's rather sensitive to what she sees, and she memorizes half the lines in one viewing. For another, there's a ton of worthless programming on tv. So, she has her selection of DVDs that she's allowed, and that's it. I'm not against regular tv (I watch plenty of it myself at night); it just doesn't work for Syd.
For the longest time she didn't watch the Disney princess movies (some are pretty scary, huh?), but now she's seen most of them. Even so, the princess movies don't make it into her rotation very often. I don't know what Sydney's movie rotation system is, but I think it somehow involves the stages of the moon, the humidity outside, and which way her cereal floats around in her breakfast bowl. It's a mysterious science.
Mostly, we've been fortunate on movie choices. The one glaring exception is Return to Neverland, the sequel to Peter Pan. The main character has some serious attitude, and Sydney picked that right up. The arm crossing, the nose in the air, the well-timed sniff of disdain: all learned from that movie. It's taken months to undo bad habits she learned from watching Return to Neverland, and if the movie had belonged to us I would have promptly destroyed it. Quite undramatically, I simply returned it.
One of our favorite movie selections for Sydney is Winnie the Pooh. I'm a big fan of the classic Winnie the Pooh. It's gentle, it's not too scary, it's quirky and silly. Love.
A couple years ago, a friend loaned us a new Winnie the Pooh movie. And by new, I mean newly made, and newly titled (the series goes by My Friends Tigger & Pooh). Evidently, the new Pooh airs on the Disney channel, but we don't have cable so it was a new experience for me.
This was not my childhood Winnie the Pooh. I admit, the first time I saw the new Tigger & Pooh movies, I wasn't a fan. The animation is all computer graphics. Christopher Robin is out; sweet little red-haired girl Darby is in. And while the voices are similar, they're not exactly as I remembered them.
But now, owning three Tigger & Pooh movies later, I like the new 3D Pooh. Nothing replaces classic Pooh bear, but the new movies aren't replacements. They're just new. I like Darby for her enthusiasm and positive outlook. I like the inclusion of more music than the classic movies had. I like that the message remains largely the same: friends are important, sharing is important, kindness is important.
This week a new Tigger & Pooh movie came out. We were able to get a free copy to review thanks to some connections, and My Friends Tigger, Pooh and a Musical Too has found it's way into the movie rotation. Lots of music, some cool special features, and no sulking little girls that Sydney will try to emulate. The moral is all about not being too bossy (a perfect message for all three of the firstborn children in our house), and learning to get along with others. I'm liking that because, really, you can't go wrong with that.
Someday Sydney will grow out of Winnie the Pooh, but hopefully she'll decide to grow back into him, just like I did. Yes, he's changed a little over the years, but he's still Winnie the Pooh. And there's just something wonderful about that fluffy little guy, isn't there?