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Old 03-31-2011, 05:34 AM   #1
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Official thread for Disney's Winnie the Pooh: DVD Out 10/25 (Updated 9/9 post #34)

This thread will have the official information from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures regarding Winnie the Pooh to be released July 15, 2011.

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Inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Winnie the Pooh” reunites audiences with the honey-loving, philosophical bear and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore in a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style, “Winnie the Pooh” hits theaters in Europe and Latin America in Spring 2011; the U.S. release date is July 15, 2011.

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The film trailer for Winnie the Pooh can be found here.

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Zooey Deschanel hits the Hundred Acre Wood

From Walt Disney Studios: March 31, 2011

Actress/Musician/Singer/Songwriter Zooey Deschanel (“Almost Famous,” “(500) Days of Summer”) joins Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, performing three songs for the film, including her own take on the classic “Winnie the Pooh” theme song, “A Very Important Thing to Do” and the original end-credit song “So Long,” which was written by Deschanel and performed with She & Him bandmate M. Ward.


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“This has been one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had,” says Deschanel. “And I’ve just been thanking my lucky stars that I was able to work on this movie, because it’s delightful.”

Filmmakers were drawn to Deschanel’s signature style. “She was the perfect choice to do the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ song—a classic theme from the Sherman Brothers,” says director Don Hall. “Her music actually embodies the underlying spirit of the movie. We’re taking something that has vintage roots in the sixties, but spinning it in our own way and updating it. If you listen to Zooey’s music with She & Him—that’s their sound to a tee.”

Adds director Stephen Anderson, “It’s a perfect way to start the movie, letting the audience know right off the bat that this is Winnie the Pooh like you know him, but it’s something for today. We wanted to keep the same charm as the original, but give it a fresh spin, a contemporary feel, and she opens the movie with so much freshness, so much energy.”

“It’s always fun to have a contemporary artist rediscover a classic and that’s exactly what Zooey did,” says producer Peter Del Vecho. “She brought her own personality to the song—when she sings about introducing the individual characters, it’s as though she’s known them her whole life—and she has.”

“I’m a big fan of Winnie the Pooh and all his friends,” says Deschanel, who also plays the ukulele in the song. “It’s really hard to pick a favorite: Winnie the Pooh is so special, he loves honey and he’s just cool. Eeyore is amazing, I love Eeyore. And Piglet is so small. It’s really a four-way tie between Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger.”

Among the songs Deschanel performed for the film is “A Very Important Thing to Do”—a song that helps illustrate the contest the friends from the Hundred Acre Wood take on to find Eeyore a new tail. She also lent her voice to “Everything is Honey” and “Pooh’s Finale,” joining Jim Cummings (the voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger), Tony Award®-winning songwriter Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q”) and other cast members.

For the end-credit song, Deschanel teamed up with Ward to perform “So Long,” a song Deschanel wrote. “When I was writing ‘So Long,’ I just held the images for the end credits in my mind,” she says. “I spent a number of days tinkering with ideas, melodies and chord progressions that I thought would fit the images, the new music being written and the original Sherman Brothers stuff-- but still be my own thing. The song definitely has its own feel, but also pays respect to the original.”

Deschanel plays piano for “So Long” and turned to the instrument when it came time to write the song. “I usually write on piano because that's the first instrument that I learned when I was a little kid,” she says. “All of my musical theory knowledge is in linear piano form.”

Her heart, however, is in the vocals. “I’m always thinking in terms of vocals, and arranging a fabric of vocals is the most exciting part. I love to sing backup parts—I always try to squeeze in as many as possible,” she says. “It’s fun; it’s my style.”

Deschanel’s songs, plus the Sherman Brothers classic and a host of original songs by Robert Lopez and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“The Wonder Pets”), as well as original score from composer Henry Jackman (“The Da Vinci Code,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”), will be included on the “Winnie the Pooh” soundtrack (available Spring 2011 in select international markets, and in the U.S. on July 12, 2011) from Walt Disney Records.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh,” the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney’s feature animation studios in more than 35 years. With the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail.


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Winnie the Pooh Directors (L-R) Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall Ph: Eric Charbonneau ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

“The entire story takes place in the course of a day,” says director Don Hall. “It’s business as usual in the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh wakes up absolutely famished and he happens to have no honey. So that sets him out on his journey, which is ultimately derailed—first by a contest to find Eeyore a new tail.”


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Pooh later finds a note from Christopher Robin that reads: “Gone out. Busy. Back soon.” But then Owl misinterprets the note, proclaiming that the boy has been captured by a creature called a “Backson.” Soon, the whole gang is on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from the imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply hoped to find some honey.


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“We always set out to make a movie that will transcend generations—appeal to kids, entertain their teenage brothers and sisters, and make Mom and Dad laugh out loud,” says executive producer John Lasseter. “The personalities of A.A. Milne’s characters are so sharply drawn, so elegant in their simplicity, we found that they were amazingly funny before we even made our first story sketch. These are characters most of us have grown up with—characters we all want to introduce to our little ones and rediscover with all the loved ones in our lives.”


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“The look of this movie comes straight from Milne’s storybooks,” says Lasseter. “It has that classic watercolor feel, and a signature hand-drawn appearance that would be polished away in most animated films. These characters literally leap off the page—at times taking a few words and letters with them. It’s classic Pooh at his best.”
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WINNIE THE POOH (voice of Jim Cummings)

Winnie the Pooh is a self-described “bear of very little brain,” but the lovable bear who's stuffed with fluff has an uncommon, clear-eyed philosophy that’s admired worldwide. “There’s a wisdom to Winnie the Pooh that comes through in a very subtle way,” says producer Peter Del Vecho. “It’s about enjoying friends, enjoying family, enjoying life. It returns us to a simpler time.”


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“He’s a cross between the happiest gentleman and the sweetest child,” adds Jim Cummings, who provides the voice of Pooh. “I think Pooh sees the world through honey-colored glasses.”


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Pooh is a loyal friend to his neighbors in Hundred Acre Wood. He’s always willing to lend a helping paw—and he’s more than happy to share a jar of honey with anyone who’s interested. Indeed, Winnie the Pooh has an endless craving for honey or a smackerel of whatever is at hand to soothe that insatiable “rumbly in his tumbly.”


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It’s that very “rumbly in his tumbly” that sets Winnie the Pooh’s latest adventure in motion when he’s faced with a host of empty honey jars. “Oh, bother,” says Pooh, who must venture out in search of his favorite treat—of course, he finds everything but, despite his earnest efforts.

• The character was inspired by the teddy bear of author A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin, who named the bear after a real bear who lived at the London Zoo. That Winnie, donated to the zoo by Canadian officer Harry Colebourne, was named in honor of his hometown of Winnipeg.
• A.A. Milne first wrote about Winnie the Pooh in an article in London’s Evening News in late 1925. The rest of the friends from the Hundred Acre Wood were introduced alongside Pooh the following year.
• Artist E.H. Shepard is behind the iconic imagery of Winnie the Pooh, and his interpretation of the character is based on his own son’s toy bear.
• Winnie the Pooh’s endearing characteristics include his love of honey, his easy-going philosophy and his humble observations: “I am a bear of very little brain and long words bother me.”
• From the film: “Something feels funny,” said Pooh. “I must be thinking too hard.”
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PIGLET (voice of Travis Oates)


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Piglet is a soft-spoken and skittish little fellow whose generosity and humility far outweigh his meager size. His fastidious movements, anxious wringing of his hands and adorable stutter—“Oh d-d-d-dear”—convey his nervousness and fear of the unknown. “The wonderful thing about Piglet is he’s frightened of everything and yet he still goes out and faces the world alongside his friends,” says Travis Oates, who provides the voice of Piglet.


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Within Piglet's small frame is a big heart—which leads to some big responsibilities in his latest adventure. Hole to dig? Piglet’s on the job. Rocks to move? Piglet’s your guy. He certainly doesn’t back down from a challenge—even if means braving the dark woods and coming face to face with a scary creature called a Backson who’s most certainly kidnapped Christopher Robin. (At least, that’s what Owl says.)


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“Piglet is Pooh’s sidekick, his wingman,” says supervising animator Bruce Smith. “But in this case, he’s left on his own to battle the Backson. Piglet has never been given that tough of an assignment before. He has to man up. Seeing Piglet in battle-ready form is fun.”

• The original Piglet was among Christopher Robin Milne’s toys and today resides in the New York Public Library alongside the boy’s original teddy bear, as well as Tigger, Eeyore and Kanga.
• Piglet is revered for his loyalty to Winnie the Pooh.
• From the film: “Oh d-d-d-dear, I musn’t f-f-f-fear,” said Piglet. “There’s a very important thing to do.”
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TIGGER (voice of Jim Cummings)


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Tigger is an exuberant, one-of-a-kind creature with the famously springy tail. He acts on every impulse, and his boisterous manner often leads him to leap before he looks. Tigger's bouncing is a pure expression of his utter zest for life—a joy he's always eager to share with his friends—though some, like Rabbit, don’t always want him to share. Others, like Eeyore, find that it’s much easier to go along for the ride when Tigger insists. “Tigger is always trying to do things his way,” says Andreas Deja, the supervising animator for Tigger. “He tries to convince Eeyore that in order to find the Backson—the creature who’s supposedly kidnapped Christopher Robin—Eeyore needs the energy of a Tigger. He tries to turn Eeyore, this sad, traumatic character, into a bouncing Tigger.”


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Tigger’s unique personality extends to his original use of language, which often results in his trademark twists of phrase and malapropisms. Says Tigger to Eeyore: “We just need to get you Tiggerized!”


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• Tigger was introduced in A.A. Milne’s “The House at Pooh Corner” in 1928.
• Tigger is one-of-a-kind—“the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is that I’m the only one.”
• Tigger is known for his joyful spirit, his penchant for bouncing (it’s what Tiggers do best!) and his exuberant sayings: “TTFN—Ta-Ta-For-Now!”
• From the film: “If you’re gonna pounce you got to have some bounce,” said Tigger. “The Hundred Acre wood needs a hero… and I’m the only one.”
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EEYORE (voice of Bud Luckey)

Eeyore is everyone's favorite delightfully dismal donkey. But Eeyore doesn't see himself as gloomy—he just has low expectations.


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He’d likely be shocked—and perhaps somewhat disappointed—to learn that he takes center stage in “Winnie the Pooh.” According to supervising animator Randy Haycock, “Eeyore actually plays a pretty significant role in this movie, maybe more significant than any of the other films, because the central storyline revolves around the fact that he’s lost his tail and everybody’s trying to help him find a new tail.”


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Eeyore’s outlook on life isn’t all that bright, but he does show glimpses of happiness—kind gestures from his friends and munching on thistles seem to elevate his typically somber mood. But despite the ho-hum attitude, Eeyore has won the hearts of many. “I think the thing that makes Eeyore funny,” says Haycock, “is that he doesn’t know he’s funny.”


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Tapped to provide the voice of Eeyore is Bud Luckey, a veteran animator/character designer whose credits include “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and TV’s “Sesame Street”—he also directed the Pixar short “Boundin,’” for which he earned an Oscar® nomination. Luckey seems to embody the character’s true spirit and says Eeyore is just an easy-going guy. “He’s kind of laid back, but his friends take care of him.”

• While Eeyore is not a fan of much, he does take pleasure in eating thistles.
• Described by A.A. Milne as an “old grey donkey,” Eeyore, with his gloomy approach to life, has proven to be a relatable and beloved fan favorite.
• From the film: “Could be worse,” said Eeyore. “Not sure how, but it could be.”
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OWL (voice of Craig Ferguson)


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Everyone knows that owls are the wisest of all creatures, and Owl knows everything—at least, he thinks he does, even if his information (and his spelling!) often turns out to be not quite right. Although Owl can be a know-it-all, he does want to help his friends. But it’s his effort to help that often stirs up trouble in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Owl stirs it up better than ever in the theatrical release of “Winnie the Pooh.”


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“There’s a note found by Christopher Robin’s door,” says director Don Hall. “Pooh can’t make heads or tails of it, takes it to Owl, and Owl interprets ‘gone out, busy, back soon’ to mean that Christopher Robin has been kidnapped by a fearsome creature called a ‘Backson.’”


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The declaration triggers an all-out search for the Backson, who only exists in Owl’s—and now everyone else’s imaginations. “Owl is one of those guys, God bless him, who doesn’t know how to say, ‘I don’t know,’” says talk show host Craig Ferguson, who provides the voice of Owl. “So he makes things up, he improvises so that his friends won’t see how desperate he is—which is exactly like me.”

• Owl is a true original. While characters Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore were inspired by the toys of author A.A. Milne’s son, Owl was a character that was built on imagination alone.
• Owl is known for his self-proclaimed wisdom. Despite his claims of knowledge on assorted subjects—spelling is certainly not among them—Owl often misses the mark. It seems there’s someone like Owl in every circle.
• From the film: “Artistic talent runs through my family,” said Owl. “In fact, it practically stampedes.”
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