I have to admit I didn’t see this one coming. However, all signs are that it’s true. Disney has confirmed it is working on a live-action Winnie-the-Pooh movie. The movie will follow Christopher Robin as an adult, when he returns to A.A. Milne’s storybook creatures… Read More »Disney Returns to 100 Acre Wood with a Live Action Winnie-The-Pooh Movie
I was pleasantly surprised at how good a job Disney did bringing back the classic Winnie the Pooh characters in the 2011 Summer theatrical release of “Winnie The Pooh.” If their goal was to closely duplicate the animated films Walt Disney was making in the late ’50s and early ’60s, they met their mark. At the same time, the story and characters received slight tweaks making it more accessible for today’s audiences. Now you can add “Winnie the Pooh” on DVD, Blu-Ray, and/or Digital Download to your collection.
The story featured rich characterizations (both in writing and animation), tremendous voice work and tunes you could hum. During my viewing in the theater, I felt let down by the songs, but upon subsequent viewings, I’ve found the music to be something of a strength.
Another strength was the voice work. Narrated by John Cleese and featuring the vocal talents of legendary voice actor Jim Cummings (over 350 voices) and a host of other distinctive actors including Craig Ferguson (TV’s ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’), Tom Kenny (TV’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’), Bud Luckey (Toy Story 3) and musical performances by Zooey Deschanel. Ferguson’s take on Owl was particularly appreciated as he helped the bird grow into a part that was larger than his previous incarnations.
The DVD/Blu-Ray combo is nice, but I did feel a bit let down by the lack of extras. Disney is hit and miss in this area, mostly miss. Sadly, you’ll have to wait for future editions to get things like a commentary, behind the scenes footage, and other standard extras.
Instead of padding the feature to make it longer, Disney added The Ballad of Nessie which I felt was artistically wonderful, but lacking storywise. However my friends and family tell me I’m daft and Nessie was wonderful. So your mileage will vary.
More details on extras below the jump:
If you say Winnie The Pooh in theaters then you’ll know how well this film captured the spirit of the original Winnie The Pooh movies, while still providing the pace and characters that entertain today’s savvier youth. Families and audiences of all ages can soon return to the Hundred Acre Wood with the world’s most beloved characters, as “Winnie the Pooh,” comes home to Blu-ray Combo Pack for the very first time, as well as DVD and Movie Download on October 25, 2011.
Reuniting audiences with Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore (who has lost his tail), “Winnie the Pooh” is a honey of an in-home release containing hours of immersive bonus features, including exclusive animated shorts
“The Ballad of Nessie” and “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon;” a sing-along viewing option; an informative behind-the-scenes featurette for the whole family and deleted scenes with director commentary – all available on Blu-ray Combo Pack.
Jim Cummings is the type of voice actor who turns up everywhere. Seriously. Check out his IMDB record and tell me you’re not surprised as some of his roles. Collider has an extensive interview with Cummings as he helps promote the new Winnie The Pooh… Read More »Jim Cummings’ first encounter with Winnie the Pooh
Can someone remind me, if Goofy is a dog, then what is Tigger? All we know now is that Tigger is one cool cat. This video shot at Disneyland shows a couple of DJs from Arizona showing Tigger a few moves, then Tigger surprises them… Read More »Tigger gets down and does the Cat Daddy
Parlez Vous Francais? Non? Well even if you don’t speak French, you can still enjoy a sneak peak of the Soundtrack to the new Winnie The Pooh Movie. But hurry, it will only be available until April 11th. To get the preview you’ll have to… Read More »Preview Winnie The Pooh Soundtrack
Disney appears to be preparing an all out push to remind the public about Winnie The Pooh before the eponymous movie hits theaters on July 15th 2011. Here’s an ad that’s part of a new campaign to draw attention to the special place that special… Read More »New Winnie The Pooh Ad
A new one sheet for Winnie The Pooh has been released:
They’re definitely going for less is more with this poster. Also interesting are some of the names that have been attached as voice actors. Craig Ferguson, ruler of the late night talk show, and Huell Howser, who is best known for the public TV show “California’s Gold,” are interesting additions. I do like the idea of having John Cleese as narrator.
More on the movie, including more fun casting facts, in the studio synopsis below the jump: