You can now spend the night in a Winnie-the-Pooh inspired treehouse
Strictly forbidden ‘heffalumps’ 🚫
Last updated on September 16, 2021
Remember the enchanting Hundred Acre Wood which housed playful characters like Winnie, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo?
Well there is now a ‘Bearbnb’ located in the original Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex which can accommodate up to four people and is hosted by illustrator Winnie. -the-Pooh named by Disney, Kim Raymond.
It’s available to book on Airbnb as part of Disney’s 95th Birthday Celebrations of the Adorable Kid Characters.
Kim used the original illustrations from EH Shepard’s book to design the treehouse. Complete with jars of honey and a hanging bell, this is truly a trip down memory lane.
The Airbnb ad reads: “This house is a window to my world. I worked with a team of experts to bring Winnie the Pooh’s ‘Treehouse’ to life as described. in the classic tales of AA Milne … I am so happy to welcome families to the original Hundred Acre Wood. TTFN! “
Guests will take a guided tour through the Enchanted Woods and can play Poohsticks on Poohsticks Bridge. Inside, the tree trunk is fitted with a double bed and two matching bunk beds on wooden ladders.
The comfortable lounge area is fully equipped with comfy blankets and a dining area so guests can enjoy a “smackerel” or two.
Like all Airbnb, there are a few important house rules to follow:
- Strictly no heffalumps inside the house
- Hands should be kept out of jars of honey
- A snack of “little something” encouraged at 11 am
- Multiple naps are allowed
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Now check out 15 of the most underrated animated movies of all time:
1) The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Disney, 1996
I know I mentioned before that this is my favorite, but I only included it because hardly anyone else in the Closer Online desktop has seen it. Granted, it’s a little dark and very slightly gruesome, but the songs are hands down the best Disney songwriter Alan Menken has ever written.
It tells the story of Quasimodo, a disfigured man who lives in the bell tower of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral. He was brought up by Judge Frollo, an evil man who killed Quasimodo’s mother without his knowledge. Step inside a beautiful gypsy who has a hilariously sassy pet goat, soldier, and talking gargoyles – what more do you need ?!
2) Thumbelina, Don Bluth, 1994
Inspired by a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Thumbelina is a death-defying love story, of the importance of family – and of a toddler girl. Grown from a flower, Thumbelina (voiced by Jodi Benson AKA Ariel of The Little Mermaid) is somewhat pampered by her loving but slightly overprotective mother.
When she goes on an adventure with the fairy Prince Corneille, she falls deeply in love with him. But the two are separated by a family of Spanish toads, a beetle, a mole – and the deadly dangerous winter. Will they ever get back together? You’ll be singing Let Me Be Your Wings for WEEKS.
3) The Princess and the Frog, Disney, 2009
You know the story of the Frog Prince, don’t you? A prince turns into a frog and only the kiss of true love can break the spell and make him human again. But who will fall in love with a frog? Well, this is where things get interesting. In THIS version he gets a kiss, but it has the opposite effect – turning TIANA into a frog, too. Come on – you know you want to.
4) The Prince of Egypt, DreamWorks, 1998
Tell yourself what, if you are looking to teach your children about Moses and the Ten Plagues of Egypt, you could do a lot worse than show them that. It’s not EXACTLY perfect for historical accuracy, but you didn’t come here to watch documentaries, did you? Be warned – it’s dark enough and it will definitely affect you, but it’s a must-have if you want your kids to be interested in religion or history.
5) Pocahontas, Disney, 1995
If you want your kids to watch Frozen because you think Elsa is a fantastic female model, get them past this classic. Pocahontas is the chieftain’s daughter who should marry the handsome (and boring) lead warrior leading the charge against the American invaders. But when she chooses to make her own choices and follows her heart, it leads her right to one of them … I challenge you to watch this without shedding a tear at the end.
6) Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Disney, 2001
If you’re reading this thinking “Pish chic, I’ve seen ALL of these movies – what are you talking about?” – then this movie might be the one that shocks you. Atlantis is one of the few great Disney movies that does NOT feature vocals or songs. Based on the legend of the Lost City of Atlantis, Milo Thatch is a scientist who believes the place is real and he can find it. If you are an Avatar fan, you will like this.
7) Spirit: Cimarron Stallion, DreamWorks, 2002
The animators took a different path with Spirit. While in The Aristocats, 101 Dalmatians and The Jungle Book the animals all spoke, in Spirit they did not. The film is narrated by the main character, but the horses don’t really talk to each other. Although it is very interesting, it can be difficult to watch a movie where there is really only one person speaking, but it is a story worth watching because it teaches children the Moral of Animal Use – Spirit is a wild stallion who is captured and taken away from his herd, then used as a war horse. Of course, he has a very happy ending!
8) Oliver and Company, Disney, 1988
Oh LORDY now this is an exemplary case of a remake. Olivier & Company is simply the story of Oliver Twist – but with substituted cats and dogs. And sometimes humans. Showcasing Billy Joel’s vocal talents, both speaking and singing, there are catchy and bliddy songs. But there are a few scary elements, so if you’re watching with kids … make sure they’re ready to cover your eyes.
9) The Swan Princess, New Line Cinema, 1994
This largely unknown film is based on the story of Tcahikovsky’s Swan Lake. It’s about Princess Odette who has been engaged to Prince Derek since birth, but when her father is killed and she goes missing, everyone assumes she’s dead too. She’s not – she just got turned into a swan. But guess what’s the one thing that can wake her up? Yes, the kiss of true love. This movie was not a HUGE success, but it is one of those you can learn to love …
10) Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, DreamWorks, 2003
Starring Brad Pitt, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, this visually stunning film should have been a sure-fire success. Sadly, he suffered a massive loss of $ 125 million that nearly bankrupted the company.
But don’t let that put you off – this is an exciting and intriguing story of adventure and self-discovery and includes VERY weird and wonderful creatures. Oh, and there’s a cute dog. What more could you need ?!
11) Brother Bear, Disney, 2003
If you / your sprog is a fan of Big Hero 6, this is essentially a precursor to Brother Bear. Except without gadgets or universities. And this time there are bears and spirits. The main character, Sitka, is devastated when a bear kills his brother so he kills one in revenge. But he is not prepared for what will happen next… Brother Bear teaches the importance of family, and not necessarily of those you are related with, but of those you choose for yourself.
12) The Road to Eldorado, DreamWorks, 2000
The Road to El Dorado is the story of two Spanish crooks who win a map to a secret island. Once there, they find the lost city of El Dorado – and the locals (for reasons I can’t fathom) take them for gods.
When they realize the power that comes from being gods and see all the gold the islanders have, they decide to use it to their advantage. But there is a scary guy who has some sort of magical powers and everything goes downhill a bit for everyone involved. Of course, there is a happy ending.
13) The Iron Giant, Warner Bros., 1999
The Iron Giant is about a little boy who discovers a giant iron man (obviously) and befriends him. However, the United States government is on the giant and fears it is a weapon sent from space. They are half right …
With Vin Diesel as the voice of the eponymous giant, Jennifer Aniston as mom, and Harry Connick Jr. as artist / car dealership, it’s surprising that this epic didn’t take off as much as it could have.
14) Treasure Planet, Disney, 2002
This sci-fi reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous classic Treasure Island can be an odd concept to grasp, especially with creatures like cyborg pirates and alien catwomen. Well, there’s only one – voiced by Emma Thompson, nothing less.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt voices Jim Hawkins, a young boy who goes on an adventure to escape his heartbreaking memories of his father leaving him without even saying goodbye to him. Well, you know the rest.
15) The Rescuers, Disney, 1977
The only way not to love this movie is to be afraid of mice. And even then, sweet little Bernard and Miss Bianca might convince you.
A terrified little orphan has been kidnapped by a nasty woman who keeps crocodiles as pets (I mean, come on), and who’s looking to steal the biggest diamond in the world. The little girl sends a message in a bottle in the hope of being saved, which is picked up by Miss Bianca and Bernard at the United Nations Mouse Division and they go on a quest to save her. It’s heartwarming and exciting in equal parts.