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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Just a little more show prep:

Watched the new CBC movie A Bear Named Winnie. This told the story of Winnie, the orphaned black bear cub who went on to become a mascot for the Canadian Armed Forces Veterinary Corp and on to the London Zoo where he was the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh. It was a little cheezy, a little corny, and it definitly had its flaws.

Firstly, there wasn't far enough plot for a 2-hour movie. You could feel the padding. Especially in the last hour, when the padding wasn't enough and they started throwing in more commercials.

Secondly, it couldn't decide if it wanted to be a comedy or a drama. It had its great comic moments, like when the soldiers were trying to hide their bear from their commander, and it had off-the-shelf dramatic moments, like seeing the horrors of war. It should have tried to pick one or the other, but instead tried to have it both ways.

The biggest surprise was seeing Gil Bellows in it. You remember him, Billy on Ally McBeal. He played the regiment commander in this film. Reminded me of a Rick Mercer quote: "When a star begins to fade, he does television. When he dies completely, he does Canadian television."

All in all, it was a noble effort, but really there wasn't much there for a movie.

2 Nibs. Sorry, Pooh-bear.

Next Issue...too early

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