Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree
Anyone that grew up in the 1960s or ’70s remembers the classic animated Winnie-the-Pooh special, featuring the familiar cast of characters. Now Eeyore, Piglet, Christopher Robin, Kanga and Roo are all present and accounted for on Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree (Disney Interactive – ages 3-8). The basic premise of this disc is the same as that of the 1966 special – Pooh gets himself into a sticky situation chasing some honey bees in the Hundred Acre Woods. Kids can have the story read to them or play within it, finding hidden animation, sounds, and dialogue through a variety of hotspots. There are also five games (and five associated songs) within the story, including butterfly catching, color recognition, and finding honey pots. The games are the weakest part of the disc, tending towards the pointless arcade-style end of the spectrum – a lot more could have been done to make them engaging. Disney has included a Spanish language version, which can be run separately or accessed from within the English version. A child can listen to a page in English, then tap a key to listen to the same page in Spanish – a nice touch. While the games could use improvement, this disc is a good holiday choice, especially for those children already in love with Pooh and his friends.
– December 1995