Most teens had a favorite television show or movie while they were growing up. Some liked "Sesame Street" while other kids liked "My Little Pony." Not me.
I was a "Winnie the Pooh" fan, which is why I was so excited and a little anxious for the new "Winnie the Pooh" movie. So on July 15, while most people were sleeping in after spending the whole night watching the last "Harry Potter" film, I was taking a trip to the past with "Winnie the Pooh."
I was excited for this movie for the obvious reason of anticipating a flashback to the good old days when I had pigtails and played in a sandbox with my own Winnie the Pooh bear. But I cannot lie; I was nervous about what Disney was going to do to my beloved childhood characters. However, this was an unnecessary fear because not only did the new "Winnie the Pooh" stay true to my "silly old bear," it also made me laugh constantly.
The film begins with a search for a new tail for Eeyore, the loveable and depressing donkey, who has lost his tail. Later on, Pooh finds a note from Christopher Robin saying that he is "Gon Out Bizy Back Soon." Of course these silly little characters misread the only words that are spelled correctly and come up with the absurd idea that Christopher Robin was kidnapped by the "Backson," a horrible monster who causes all kinds of trouble.
So all of the creatures in the Hundred Acre Wood decide to try and trap the "Backson" and get Christopher Robin back. This sets off a flurry of events that teach many important lessons and keep anyone who is young at heart rolling in their seat.
The movie was made even more charming by the choice of songs, most of which were written and performed by the actress/singer Zooey Deschanel. There were also a number of other cute little ditties sung by the woodland creatures.
Now I know what some of you might be thinking, "I'm too old for little kid movies." Well, if you believe that then I pity you for losing your childhood. But for those of you brave enough to face up to the world and say, "I'm gonna watch whatever I want no matter my age!," then bravo.
For those of you who want to see "Winnie the Pooh" and are anxious about being the only teen in the theater, I suggest you borrow a little sibling (either one of your own or somebody else's) and use them as an alibi to see this amazing film. Not only will you be glad you saw this movie but your inner child will be too.
Other teens -- of the male variety -- might be thinking, "Why in heck would I go to that movie when 'Harry Potter' is right next door?" Well, to tell the truth, although "Harry Potter" might be more your speed, it is known for being a dark, intense and sad film, which means if you bring a date to see it you can expect to find your shirt covered in tears and snot stains. (Whether yours or hers, I cannot say).
"Winnie the Pooh," on the other hand, is the perfect cuddle movie. No crying, snot, or tense muscles (unless high-pitched voices annoy you) guaranteed. Just a sweet trip down memory lane that is sure to get her head on your shoulder.
So kid up and go enjoy your time in the Hundred Acre Wood with Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Kanga and little Roo, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, but most of all Winnie the Pooh -- that "willy, nilly, silly old bear."
Madison Ostberg will be a junior at Bonneville High School this fall. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.