Winnie the Pooh (2011) trailer

And here’s our first look at the next Disney 2D animated feature:

(Thanks, Ed Himmel)


  • http://jeffisnotartsyfartsy.blogspot.com Jeff

    I was concerned that the trailer was going to make me not want to see the movie (like Tangled) but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I’m looking forward to this.

  • http://jessicaplummer.blogspot.com Jessica Plummer

    Yes, looking solid and promising! I’m curious though…what’s up with the title? JUST “Winnie the Pooh”? I was almost expecting a specific title (ala Tigger Movie, etc), but this is pleasantly simple and concise. Very nice animation just in the trailer and almost looks like it could have been produced soon after the first shorts.

    Wonderful trailer in itself, too. Nothing spoiled, great montage of shots, song is contemporary but not grating…just really nice and inspiring. Lovely backgrounds all throughout, too!

    • http://www.classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com ParamountCartoons

      Execpt for the basic ending.

    • Michael

      I agree, the backgrounds are really nice. But in the main, it’s nothing new.

      • Kieran Pertnav

        It’s probably titled that because of the recent reboot craze- it may not be a full on reboot, but the name is supposed to make it accessible to people who are new to the franchise.

  • http://urvybalboa.deviantart.com/ Urvy

    Looks beautiful.

  • uncle wayne

    Absolutely beautiful! And the soundalikes are bafflingly great!!!

  • Tim Hodge

    They really captured the look and feel of the old stuff! Even the voice work is spot on!
    The CG touches (the ringing bell, the bee swarm, the honey, etc) all blend in very naturally. A hearty pat on the back to all who worked on it!
    I hope it finds a huge audience!

    • A dude

      Bell and honey are not CG. Not sure about the bees.

      • Tim Hodge

        I stand corrected. Thanx.

    • Scarabim

      Ummm…I think that some of it WAS “old stuff”. That bit where Tigger pounces on Pooh looks EXACTLY the way it was animated in the old films. Recycled, perhaps?

      That said, this trailer looked rather sweet. I’m sure kids will love the movie.

      • Luke

        Traced over maybe?

  • http://thelift.kohrtoons.com Robert Kohr

    speechless… I am so happy that 2D animation is getting the love it deserves as its own medium.

  • http://sparesparetime.tumblr.com Rybread

    Is that Pixar’s Bud Lucky as the voice of Eeyore? This movie actually looks great. I look forward to seeing it.

    • http://beaudetteblog.blogspot.com Grant Beaudette

      According to IMDB it’s actually Peter Cullen, (Optimus Prime himself) but Bud Luckey was the first name that popped into my head when I heard that.

      • Michael

        It’s definitely Bud Luckey.

      • Deaniac

        No, Ryebread was right, it is Bud Luckey. Cullen confirmed himself that he won’t be providing the voice of Eeyore this time around: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0Jtt2BVMLU

        On topic, that trailer was wonderful. Now I’m reeally looking foward to this film.

  • http://trentanimation.blogspot.com Trent Correy

    Wow, this felt like watching a classic trailer. The team should be proud, this is very inspiering. Animation looks beautiful, the backgrounds are breathtaking and the story looks modern and funny.
    Very impressed!

  • http://handdrawnrevolution.blogspot.com/ Rodger

    (from what can be gleaned from a trailer) The Owl’s voice just does not match the character in my mind which is a shame because the animation looks pretty good. Maybe they just selected some weak vocal moments for the trailer, but who knows.

    Otherwise, no further judgement until I see the full production

  • http://www.sibsy.blogspot.com Sibsy

    I love everything except Owl’s voice.

    • MichaelDair

      Owl = Craig Ferguson

  • Alissa

    Animation’s pretty, but the honey REALLY stood out as cg, hope it looks better in the final product, and Christopher Robin looked kind of weird compared to the rest of the cast, but this does look promising!

    • A dude

      The honey is hand-drawn. I know the guys drawing it.

      • Alissa

        Really? cool.

      • Kemo Morales

        They really did a good job getting the cg honey to blend in with the hand drawn work. Can’t wait!

    • http://mayberabies.blogspot.com Raven M. Molisee

      The honey was one of the highlights of the trailer to me. They could have easily done it with CGI but they resisted. That’s amazing.

      I don’t know what it is about computer animation. A lot of people complain about it… I personally bash it constantly and usually end up feeling like I’m somehow not giving it enough of a chance. But it’s deeper than just arbitrarily resisting change. CGI just moves differently and its not the movement I fell in love with. *shrug*

  • mat

    Good trailer. Shame they put it on the same day as harry potter. (they didn’t learn anything from bolt did they!)

  • http://www.fernandopventura.blogspot.com Fernando Ventura

    Just as I tought, it looks as good as the previous Disney Toons movies – even in animation terms. I REALLY LIKE the three movies, so what I’m saying it’s not a criticism – it’s a compliment.

    I just don’t see the point of changing Christopher Robin’s eyes design.

  • http://bobrob.blogspot.com/ Bob Hilgenberg

    Just what the doctor ordered:)

  • http://2dwannabe.blogspot.com robcat2075

    Looks and sounds good, except the music seems out of place.

    The Sterling Holloway double is great.

    Craig Ferguson is the Owl? Admirable restraint on celebrity casting.

    • Warhead

      That’s Jim Cummings as Pooh, and has been since Hal Smith died.

  • Iain

    Looking solid. Bad choice of song, but it’s still a fine trailer.

    One thing I could suggest to Disney: Reschedule the North American release date. Sure “Cars 2″ is in June, but having it open alongside the final Harry Potter and a week before “Captain America” almost sounds like the executives want 2D to die painfully.

    • http://www.kustomkool.com kevin dougherty

      Because fans of “Captain America” and “Harry Potter” are also the target market for a “Winnie the Pooh” movie?

  • joecab

    I can’t believe it never occurred to me that Disney could go make a new Winnie the Pooh movie with elements from the original ones. This is great and I’ll bet it does well. Certainly makes more sense than those direct-to-DVD “sequels” to the classics.

  • http://jaggedsmile.wordpress.com jaggedsmile

    Beautiful! Love the “honey hallucinations” Pooh seems to be having in a few of the scenes; the frog honey pot especially. Still seems to have retained much of its gentle sweetness.

  • http://www.myspace.com/crumbcrispcoating Jonathan the Bellboy

    Is this a quantum leap above the other Pooh stuff they’ve done recently? Some of the character bits in this are quite good.

  • Silver Baritone

    Looks great, but like a few other I’m not too keen on Owl’s voice. Just doesn’t suit him.

  • http://beaudetteblog.blogspot.com Grant Beaudette

    The trailer (the song in particular) gives the impression the film will be very similar to the original Disney Winnie the Pooh cartoons, but bits like the Busby Berkley shot and such seem to suggest otherwise.

    I’m not saying it’ll be bad, just it won’t be quite what they’re selling.

    • Michael

      It is very much in line with the originals. A few moments notwithstanding. An old friend’s trombone teacher, kind of a douchey hipster character, would criticize his soloing by saying, “There’s nothing wrong with it — but there’s nothing riiiighhhhht with it.”

      • Carl

        Gee, I guess anybody who doesn’t automatically love this must be a douchey hipster like the teacher you just made up.

      • http://pizzasketchbook.blogspot.com Kingfish

        I think you missed the point he was making

      • Michael

        Wow, Carl, what an off-base remark. Not only do you totally misinterpret what I am trying to say and put words in my mouth, but you insult me personally into the bargain by calling me a liar. Let me know where I’ve done that anywhere in these discussions and maybe I can give you a pass, but otherwise I’d appreciate an apology. (For the record, the trombone teacher was at SUNY Plattsburgh, and my friend’s name is Ray.)

      • Carl

        Seems to me that YOU are the one who made an off-base remark, Michael.

      • Michael

        Carl, honestly, you’re being a jerk. Your original comment doesn’t make any sense at all, and I will try to explain why.

        I didn’t make anybody or anything up, and I don’t suggest anyone should like or dislike this movie automatically or otherwise or make any judgment on them if they do — that is your invention entirely.

        I’m using that quote to humorously express my opinion that the movie is not bad (“there’s nothing wrong with it”), but nothing that great (“there’s nothing righhhht with it” as spoken in a hipster-guy voice) either. (And yes, that really happened. And I think it’s pretty funny that it did.)

        That’s all. If you want to act like a snot and call me a liar for no reason, go ahead, it’s a free country, but at least try to understand others before you insult them.

  • http://virgiliovasconcelos.com Virgilio

    Looks like an old classic. Beautiful stuff. Made me smile.

  • http://www.classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com ParamountCartoons

    I liked it! It looks like it has everything I want. Almost 5 decades in the making. I really wanted them to walk through a book and have a classic (or semi-classic) opening title sequence, just like the original shorts and “The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh”. Appeals to my taste, bet it will attract the same age group that “The Princess and the Frog” did.

  • http://zeteos.blogspot.com/ mick

    ahhh that was a relief… I hope it continues in this vein. Rubbish tune though (but that is just because I already dislike middle distance, sat on the fence, wallpaper, grey music)

  • Michael

    Well, having seen this with about 70% in pencils at a focus group screening, I can offer some observations. I saw this about two months ago so my notes will be necessarily brief.

    The picture is so true to the old-style Pooh pictures one almost wonders why they made it at all. It seems almost too familiar. The animation is very much of a piece with classic Pooh, which is to say, fluid, of good quality, but nothing to be excited about. The character designs are pretty much identical. Some of the acting is quite good. The music is not as charming, but is reliable. The voice casting of Bud Luckey as Eeyore is just inspired. A lot of people at the screening were loving Craig Ferguson as Owl, but much as I enjoy Craig, I did not find his voice “owl-ish” (or “old and wise-sounding”) enough for me. Some of the comedy works, and some of it is just annoying (the focus group as a whole was very put off by a gag revolving around the seemingly endless repetition of a “Pooh wins the Hunny! song.)

    Alas, in the main it just feels like sort of a bland retread of the Pooh we know. There’s no reintroduction of the characters for young viewers who are unfamiliar with them, no sense of a rebooting of Pooh for a new audience, absolutely nothing new about it except the unwelcome injection of Tigger saying things like “TTFN!” as if this will add appeal to texting-crazy tweens who wouldn’t be caught dead going to see a Winnie-the-Pooh film and are the only ones who would find such idiocy charming.

    It’s just a new installment of Pooh’s adventures. As such, it provides some chuckles, but an awful lot of dead spots too. My five-year-old pronounced it “kind of funny but kind of boring.”

    It suffers hugely, in my view, from attempting to weave the episodic adaptations of a few Pooh stories into a coherent whole. The problem is that there is no dramatic thrust to the whole whatsoever. Before anyone chimes in and says “Well it’s only a . . .” I’d remind them that the most popular animated films, the ones that children and adults take most to heart, are the ones that put story first. Kids and even most adults might not be able to elucidate the mechanics of the storytelling, but they know a well-crafted story when they see one because they are captivated, wondering what will happen next, wondering if the protagonist will sort out the quandary he was presented with earlier on in an interesting way, waiting to be surprised by a new development that resolves their questions unexpectedly. In the case of Pooh, it’s just one sequence after another.

    I was wondering if my hopeful expectation of something a little different from the Lasseter/Catmull WDAS was coloring my reaction until the focus group Q&A for which my son & I were selected. My reaction was echoed by many of those in attendance. A couple of other folks in the audience spoke to the lack of story, the absence of any dramatic tension.

    The overwhelming response was, “I don’t know why I should go and see this in the theater. It’s like something I might rent on DVD, or I might just put the old Pooh videos on.” (That’s more or less a direct quote, and when asked “Who agrees?” by the moderator, the group’s response was unanimous.)

    Honestly, I am sad to say I concur. I cannot believe many people will be forking out $12 + popcorn for material such as this. I believe if there was a better story to pull it all together, if at the end of watching the movie the audience (young and old) felt rewarded for their attention, I doubt this thought would have crossed many minds.

    In short, this movie plays it too safe. I can’t say whether it’s because of corporate reluctance to tamper with the Pooh marketing bonanza (though one would think that work has already been done) as I have no association with the studio or the creators. But it’s entertainment for very small kids only (in the version I saw). Adults, even fans of A.A. Milne’s original work or the original Disney Pooh material will not find themselves much engaged.

    Now, similarly to when I saw “Princess and the Frog” at a similarly unfinished point (my review was posted here), I think the movie could have been strengthened even at that stage by the rapid addition of a couple of scenes to create some sort of narrative glue to pull the thing together. It may be that that’s taken place (there’s another test screening this week in Woodland Hills, I think). I hope so. I was disappointed by this Pooh. I really, really want WDAS to knock one out of the park; I wasn’t counting on Pooh to do it, though I have some hope for Rapunzel — sorry, “Tangled.” It seems to me the biggest problem Disney animated pictures have right now is the utterly bumbling and inept marketing department, which since “Bolt” at least has not only dropped the ball completely but has pursued strategies which, rather than sell the pictures on the strengths of the product, but has made attempts to appeal to tween girls and boys that are just embarrassing, like your old uncle showing up at your party in his “wild and crazy” party clothes from 1981. From absolutely everything I have heard, the promotion for “Tangled” (let’s not even talk about that stupid-ass name change), like that idiotic first teaser, does grave injustice to the quality of the piece and will leave audiences who show up for the sort of raucous, in-your-face, Dreamworks-esque spectacle feeling disappointed. “Princess and the Frog” had the blandest promotional work I have seen in years, utterly failing to capitalize on “the return of the DIsney Princess movie!!!” (perhaps for fear of losing the young boy audience, who as it turns out, didn’t give a crap anyway, resulting in them overcompensating with “Rapun–” sorry, “Tangled”). And now, we have a “Pooh” rebooot that’s more of a retread, played so safe it is bland and left at least my audience (even many of the little kids) apathetic.

    And to top it off, with the “Bolt vs. Twilight” debacle still fresh in memory, they’re putting this up against “Harry Potter?” I mean, do these marketing folks have pictures of Bob Iger naked or something?

    • A dude

      “except the unwelcome injection of Tigger saying things like “TTFN!” as if this will add appeal to texting-crazy tweens ”

      You realize this is from the original, right? Predates texting tweens by about 30 years.

      • Michael

        Does he? Well, my mistake then. I recall Tig saying Ta Ta for Now, but not TTFN per se, but perhaps my aging memory fails me. If so, mea culpa.

      • http://www.classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com ParamountCartoons

        Yeah, Tigger pratically invented texting and instant messaging.

      • A dude
      • Chris Sobieniak

        Even I remember “TTFN”. I guess though it will be something that may find a re-discovering by the noobs who’ll abuse it to no end in today’s manic world.

        I would say it’s a tad off-putting to think someone like me would go and pay $12 to see this if he or she likes to. In my case, I was born when “The Many Adventures of” premiered in ’77 and never saw the Pooh films until home video in the 80′s, so this would be an experience more like how I probably would’ve liked it if I had saw it on the big screen as a child (despite feeling too old to brag about it).

      • Stephan

        Tigger also invented sexting. Its all in there.

    • A Guy

      Dude, your a wet blanket.

    • AltredEgo

      I completely concur.
      Besides from animation-philes in love with the fact that this is 2d, it looks EXACTLY like the old Winnie the Pooh cartoons. If they weren’t planning on improving it, then why bother making it?
      Why not just re-release the old movie and not waste everyone’s time.

      I was watching this trailer and thinking, “They’re going to put this in theatres…really?” Though as an experiment in making a film without real villains or danger or suspense or tension, I suppose this might be worth watching…but there is a reason why good films have all of those things in them.

      I am very interested to see how this does.
      I suspect it will flop, as I cannot think of a single reason for anyone to go see this.

      We shall see…

      • Michael

        Hey AE. At the end of this film, Pooh is presented with a choice. Since (in the version I saw) it’s a choice that’s just laid in front of him, it’s fairly obvious what he’ll do and so, there’s no suspense or tension at all — even the whiff of it that would be appropriate for a mild tale like this.

        One thing that would help is if the seeds of this choice are planted earlier in the film. It’s obviously, being Pooh, got to be a simple, gentle story but — when Pooh has to make a decision at the end, if this movie is going to connect with modern audiences, the adults and the little ones in the audience need to be wondering, what will Pooh do? And this, at my screening, they did not wonder. Wouldn’t take much to amplify it, and perhaps (based on other, similar reactions from the group I was in) it’s a note that was brought into the process.

    • sigh

      “…no sense of rebooting of Pooh for a new audience…” That pathetic hipster line, and your judgment error regarding “TTFN!” tells me all I need to know about your ability to judge a work in progress.
      Never mind that you’re also willing to use your child as a human shield to justify your critique.

      You approached it with your mind made up.
      End of story.

      • Michael

        What a breathtakingly insulting and obnoxious posting, “sigh.” I thought these posts were going to be a little more well-policed so threads don’t descend to this kind of personal invective.

        Everything I wrote is 100% honest and from the heart. I included my son’s reactions and those of other focus group members for their relevance to the potential success of this film with its intended audience. I am outraged at your implication otherwise. If my forgetfulness about Tigger’s TTFN or indeed anything else about what I wrote makes you reject the entire posting, so be it, but I see no reason to attack me personally, particularly in reference to my son. That’s just hurtful and spiteful on purpose, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

        As to having my mind made up — nobody, but nobody wants WDAS to thrive more than I do. I was, in fact, thrilled to be going to see Pooh with my little boy, who knows next to nothing about Pooh. I was hoping for something new, expecting something at least engaging, at least something that would reintroduce these characters and their relationships for new audiences, and frankly came away disappointed on all counts.

        The fact is that animation audiences’ expectations have evolved significantly since the 1960s. The new Pooh, whatever its charms, has a weak story, is episodic, and in summary, my expectation (based on the overwhelming reaction from the focus group, which I reported faithfully) is that, inasmuch as this plays exactly like an animated picture from 30 years ago, the odds of this succeeding at the box office are slim.

        I am nowhere implying that the characters need smartening up or “hipstering” up. (I would rather they be reinterpreted in an entirely new way, perhaps more along the lines of Shepard’s drawings — it would make them a good deal more interesting to watch.) But as that will never happen, in my opinion the film at least needs a stronger storyline and would have benefitted had the filmmakers chosen to treat this as a reintroduction to Pooh and his friends rather than the next installment (my son, at the risk of yet more invective from you, didn’t understand Eeyore’s “being sad all the time,” for example.)

        Again, the short version of my critique which you seem to think so unjust is: nothing new, competently made, very pretty in spots, well-cast for the most part, but bland, plays it safe, assumes 100% familiarity with the characters, unlikely to set the box office ablaze, especially given the release date. How on earth this calls for your insulting response, I have no idea. I can deal with people thinking my opinion is a load of baloney, as I feel that way about lots of people’s opinions. Don’t insult me because you disagree or make implications about my parenting.

        I don’t think my critique needs to be justified, and I dare say I’ve judged more works in progress than you. Certainly, I’ve at least seen this one, which I suspect is more than you can say. If anything needs to be justified, sir, I say it’s your attitude.

      • Scarabim

        For my part, I appreciate your report and your impressions of the film, Michael. Frankly, after seeing the trailer…I fear your assessment is all too likely to be accurate. While I think little kids might like this movie, I saw nothing that made me feel excited about it. If anything, it made me want to see the *original* Pooh film, because the animation and drawing is so much better than what is displayed on that trailer. It looks like straight-to-DVD quality stuff to me.

      • Mike

        Michael, I appreciate you getting a chance to check out the preview. I, like you, want nothing more than for 2D animation to come back with a roar and I’m rooting for this to be a success. I don’t really know why they are pitting this up against HP’s last movie, but ya know, I think I’m going to try to give Lasseter the benefit of the doubt. I don’t think he really likes the idea of something he’s overseeing not being a hit, so I’d think they’re going to do the best they can.

        Personally, I am a huge animation fan and have been very disappointed in the way Disney’s handled their animation dept in the past 15 years, but I was REALLY excited about how the trailer looked and felt, despite my skepticism in them doing another Pooh movie. I saw the clip on youtube and there are several hundred thousand comments on it already, most I’d guess from non-animation geeks, like us. I’d say 90-95% were overwhelmingly positive. Many said they got choked up watching it and made them feel like a kid again. Many said they were teenagers and couldn’t wait for it to come out and thought it looked incredible.

        So, there’s nothing new about the movie and they’re not breaking new ground, but maybe the point was just a getting back to basics and working off characters that people have grown up loving. The classic Pooh movies didn’t have anything ground breaking, or anything extreme in the sense of drama or action, and it worked wonderfully…why would we want that now?

        As for the music, I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t have some cheesy Elton John or Beyonce song in there, but one that was slightly indie by a British rock band, yet appropriate. I think it was a smarter move than putting a new or familiar nursery rhyme song in it, in order to appeal to an older, hipper audience.

        I think the early criticism is good, so hopefully that can be thought about by the studio and make appropriate changes for the better. I’m 34 years old and I’ll be thankful to sit down and watch a pleasant movie that’s not trying to be anything than sweet and fun and makes me think about my inner child. And of course, some beautiful animation.

  • Hulk

    Looks great. I hope they give this treatment to other classic Disney characters so they remain in the public consciousness. I would love to see further adventures of Mr. Toad and friends or even Mickey Donald and Goofy. BTW Why is Christopher Robin wearing a Yarmulke in the beginning? I didn’t think he was Jewish. (before anybody jumps on me, I know it’s a Beany from a school uniform. Relax)

  • Chris Webb

    I don’t listen to the radio much anymore. What band does that song, and what is it called? Thanks.

    BTW – The trailer had good taste.

    • William Skaleski

      Keane – Somewhere Only We Know

      • Chris Webb

        Thanks

  • http://tapeplayer.blogspot.com Donnie

    makes me want to go home and watch the original. Looks very promising!

  • A.C.

    Looks pretty nice-obviously we’re going to see it, but I hope the general audience reception’s better than Princess and the Frog. :-)

  • http://www.ailhadoceu.com.br Ceu D’Ellia

    Creativity and Disney are antonymous

  • http://mymedicatedlife.blogspot.com/ Bitter Animator

    Looks lovely and nicely calm with no grand Hollywood quest and villain shown in the trailer. Just Pooh and friends hanging out and that’s something I can definitely get behind.

    I’m looking forward to taking my little girl to this next year.

  • Chappell

    Can the Keane song finally be blacklisted from movie trailer use? Right behind ‘Cobrastyle’ and ‘Solsbury Hill.’ Thanks.

    • jic

      But if they ban Cobrastyle from movie trailers, how will they be able to establish that the hero’s style is the bom-diddy-bom di-dang di-dang diggy-diggy?

  • http://www.aaronburton.blogspot.com Aaron

    I’m actually a little dissappointed Pooh doesn’t have his adorable stiff-knee teddy bear style walk anymore. It was so appealing once upon a time.

  • http://www.taberanimation.com Taber Dunipace

    Looks like Winnie the Pooh to me! I loved him as a kid and this looks like it’ll stand up against to the original.

  • AaronSch

    I have no problem with the use of Keane’s tune, “Somewhere Only We Know.” Over-used? Perhaps, but it’s sweet and actually conjures a bit of emotion and nostalgia for the characters. The animation looks beautiful and I cannot wait to see this. I’m so happy to see Disney forge ahead with 2-D animation.

  • http://www.base14.com Tyler

    I like everything but Owl’s voice. With it being higher and more irritable, it makes him more like Rabbit. Owl should be deep, scholarly and old-sounding.

  • Anon

    My only complaints are that Owl AND Christopher Robin don’t sound like the original and Christopher Robin had white in his eyes and maybe a few other changes. Might be a good movie but the trailer seemed generic and had out of place music, IMO.

    • http://www.knowlerdraws.co.uk/ Knowler

      I like Christopher Robin’s voice. Maybe it’s because I’m English, but I like some acknowledgement of the original stories’ origins.

  • Joe Heffernan

    Classic and just the right type of movie to introduce little children (young and old) to real animation! Can’t wait!

  • http://aalong64.blogspot.com Aaron Long

    Three things that bug me:
    -Owl’s voice
    -Peter Cullen’s no longer voicing Eeyore even though he’s clearly able and willing to
    -Christopher Robin’s eyes are white (this is a very nitpicky and somewhat unreasonable quibble, I know)

    Other than those, I’m really looking forward to this. It looks great.

  • http://www.bishopanimation.com Floyd Bishop

    This is so identical to the past films, why bother making this?

  • randy V

    Wow, the trailer almost made me cry. It looks lovely. Congrats to the artists.

  • Michelle

    The Keane felt ridiculously out-of-place and didn’t set the mood of the trailer for me. My opinion of the band/song aside, it definitely didn’t fit my vision of Winnie The Pooh, but that’s beside the point.

    The animation has an insanely different style and feel than older Pooh films. I really like that it’s been made a bit more modern, but I hope in its updating that it hasn’t lost the classic warmth of Pooh movies. Also wish they featured Rabbit in this trailer.

    Honestly, though, I never looked forward to Pooh movies, but seeing as how this is our only sampling of American-made wide-release 2D-animated films, I’m pretty excited.

  • tedzey

    Something about this seems very indie-fixated! It’s nice for a change that there isn’t a heavy influence on showing off celebrity voice actors or grade a technology. I love the look of the way the character’s are animated, almost like they were cel-painted and the backgrounds are beautiful! I think this is going to be a pleasant little tribute to the older winnie the pooh films.

    Though I wonder why magazine editors are marketing this film as “The first Pooh film in 30 years.” Whatever happened to “The Tigger Movie” and “Piglet’s Big Movie?”

    • Sardonic Tuba

      Lasseter reset the calendar to Year Zero. Kinda like Pol Pot did in Cambodia.

      • Mike

        Its the first Pooh movie that the real studio has done since the first ones. The others were done cheaply at out-of-country off-studios…they were like direct-to-video studios.

  • http://mayberabies.blogspot.com Raven M. Molisee

    NO FART JOKES!?

    I’m sold. Me and my husband are totally seeing this, even after having been a little skeptical about the still frame posted a few days ago. The backgrounds are gorgeous and Eeyore cracks me up.

    Not quite the bold new frontier of subject matter I was wishing for.. But I’ll take it!

  • Steven M.

    It looks nice, but I can’t help but feel that some of the voices need some work.

    Owl sounds too much like Craig Ferguson’s normal voice, Christopher Robin’s voice sounds too high-pitched, and Eeyore’s voice sounds off.

    I’ll hope this is good.

  • udx

    *Drools* Must….watch!

  • Mark Sonntag

    Never been a fan of Winnie the Pooh, but this looks nice.

  • Equator

    The Keane song strikes a most un-Pooh mood but maybe it’s only in the trailer. Don’t know if it’s the whites of Christopher Robin’s eyes or the slight oversizing of the stuffed cast when they run up to greet him that feels off. Craig Ferguson’s voice didn’t bother me at all. It does seem like Disney wants 2D to get killed, putting this up against Harry Potter. What were they thinking?

  • Randy Koger

    Well, I think it looks charming.

  • http://weirdurl.com Zekey

    Well I am very excited! No shot of Gopher in this trailer though. Makes me wonder if they still haven’t found someone to do his voice these days.

  • david

    oh it was cool except that coldplayesque song running through. annoying grocery store background music.

    • http://los-utopicos.blogspot.com allari

      crappy song, crappy band, very nice animation and colors.
      The oldr Cristopher Robin accent was better and his old eyes too.

  • Toby Prince

    looks great, the cold jokes got me laughing. Really looking forward to this.

  • ZiggyStardust

    this brought the biggest smile to my face

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    I’m not totally sold on it, but some parts look nice. It’s me or are they trying it to look like Where The Wild Things Are with the song and all?

    The song is nice but it doesn’t really fit. Only the final scene looks melancholic enough.

    I like Eeyore’s tail montage and honey island, though the Busby Berkeley shot doesn’t seem to fit with Pooh’s style. Christopher Robin’s redesign is also pretty nice IMO. I don’t really like flesh colored eyes. They give him a more expressive look without changing the drawing style too much.

    Other than that, I don’t know. Like I said in the other entry I’m not a huge fan of Pooh. Also the animation looks pretty nice in parts and not so good in others.

    Maybe I’ll end watching it just because it’s traditional animation, but I think it will be more “ok” than “fantastic”.

    • Mike

      This is the same reason that they changed Mickeys eyes for Fantasia. They wanted to give him more expression. It caught me off guard too, but still looks great.

  • http://www.stringstornasunder.blogspot.com Chris Powell

    wow. looking forward to it. They had me once Eeyore bumped his head against the tree and let out that “owwwwww.”

    LOVED that shot of Christopher Robin and group walking across the brigde.

    looks like it will be charming

  • Sunday

    Keane and this mesh stupendously! Ha, and it’s the same release date as part 2 of the latest Harry Potter film. Entertaining as those films can be, this looks to be the one I’ll be seeing that day.

  • http://www.commanderkitty.com Scotty A

    I almost thought that was Rowan Atkinson’s voice as Owl.
    Anyway, I like it!

  • http://woweh.com Kelly

    Holy crap people. All I have to ask is this:
    Who the HELL pissed in all of YOUR cornflakes this morning?
    Pooh was a bit before my time, but I think that a sweet, soft, and gentle Winnie the Pooh is what people what and need to see.
    If you all wanted a revamp, then they’d probably end up looking like all the new ‘graphic’ stuff out there. Also, adorable little Christopher Robin would be in skate shoes and an ECKO sweater.
    Why mess with a good thing? I’m super excited for this movie, although I’ll sadly agree that Disney needs to fire their marketing department like, yesterday. :s

    • http://jessicaplummer.blogspot.com Jessica Plummer

      I’d seriously consider re-reading all of the comments before you claim “we all” have negative views on this and want it revamped. The majority of the comments posted in this thread have included very positive feedback.

      Though this complaint might have more at home in a Yogi Bear movie post aimed at the commenters, I personally see nothing inherently wrong about people voicing their opinions, good or bad. I’d rather read a true range of thinking on a subject rather than all good or none at all, even if I share opposing views.

  • http://www.raymation.net Ray

    I know this is petty…but it bugs the crap outta me that Tigger’s stomach and lower face is tan-ish instead of white. This isn’t new..he has had this look for awhile and I just don’t dig it.

  • Richie

    Looks really charming, and the animation is pure eye candy. Also, Christoper Robin’s eyes seem inspired by Scott Pilgrim somehow…

  • Matt D

    To all those saying “if they weren’t going to change/improve/reboot Pooh, then why bother making this?”

    That’s the point, for God’s sake.

    It’s supposed to look just like it did 30 years ago. It’s supposed FEEL just like it did 30 years ago. Was there a big plot that ran all the way through “Many Adventures”? No… why should there be now? The only plot that should ever run through anything related to Winnie the Pooh is that this poor bear is hungry for some hunny, and that I love him very very much.

    It looks wonderful. Simple, relaxing. Exactly what a long-awaited sequel about a silly old bear should be.

    • Michael

      Hi Matt. I get what you’re saying, but I think the problem this Pooh will face is that it’s not being released to the audiences of 30 years ago, so its charms notwithstanding, it might face an uphill climb at the box office, especially given its release date/competition.

      • Matt D

        I certainly don’t doubt that. I don’t think anyone is expecting this movie to be a smash hit at the box office.

        That said… regardless of how well this does in theaters, it’s going to make a smashing when it’s released to DVD. And I think that, 30 years down the road, when the two Pooh films are being released side by side on whatever format we’ve got going by then, people will look at both of them and say, “these two films GO together.” They fit.

        Basically, the way I feel about it is this: When sequels are made, or stories are “rebooted”, etc… I roll my eyes more often than not. Especially when the reboot or sequel doesn’t seem to have anything to add to or make better than the original. Usually when I go see a movie I want to be drawn in to the story. I want to care about the characters. I want to worry about how things will turn out.

        But if there is any film out there that I enjoy watching just for the sake of having an hour and half to just sit down and enjoy some fun entertainment, it’s Winnie the Pooh. I just want to watch Pooh go on some more adventures. When I was a kid with my stuffed animals, it didn’t matter that there was no big events happening; I was happy with simply sitting in the grass and having them there beside me.

        And that’s what I think the point of this film is. Not to make money, not to make a statement, not even to try and be a “hit.” I think this film is meant to make everyone feel comfortable for a while, and nothing more. Just like sitting in the grass with Pooh bear and friends.

      • Mike

        Three cheers for that. I completely agree. Also, Winnie the Pooh is still HUGELY popular now, even more so than Mickey I think…so apparently, kids like him the way he is nowadays too.

  • James E. Parten

    Trailer looks sweet and gentle–just what you’d expect from Winnie the Pooh. And the voice work is good, too.

    I do think that Disney is making a mistake by putting this out the same week that Warners puts out “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two”. The Boy-Who-Lived is going to be the eight-hundred pound gorilla that weekend, as millions of Potterites around the world want to see the visualisation of How It Happened. There may not be enough box-office left for a gentle cartoon such as this.

    If Disney–or any other studio–wants to counter-program against “Harry Potter”, they should have something that will attract the older audience, and get lots of raves from the critics who disparage any picture that seeks only to entertain the masses.

  • http://thadkomorowski.com Thad

    Is Honey the New Kool-Aid?

    • The Gee

      oh YEAH!

  • http://www.onanimation.com Daniel Caylor

    It’ll be nice to watch Pooh on the big screen.

  • http://fernandopventura.blogspot.com/ Fernando Ventura

    I’d like to see a Pooh movie starring Gopher, Sir Brian and the Dragon.

  • Karen

    It’s OK. Not great. VERY thin, story wise.

    Worst part was the songs–they are terrible. The music is out of touch, and the lyrics are worse. Simplistic and witless.

    They captured the overall tone of the originals, and the design of the film is great. The layouts are a bit off, but the animation is very good. I’d say Christopher Robbins is probably the weakest–looking like a leftover extra from a Filmation tv show compared to the rest of the characters. And some of the Tigger scenes are weak–but most are very strong. The voice actors are very good. Especially Eyore and Owl. The Rabbit voice is hands down the weakest–it really takes you out of the film.

    Like most people, I could care less about whether or not it’s hand drawn–it’s the story and character that counts. This film is entertaining enough, but it’s mostly for small kids. Nice to see Disney making a decent film for this crowd. But let’s hope they don’t make it a trend. I hope they keep making family films instead.

  • TK

    Thank God it’s Christopher Robin and NOT Darby. Good move to keep critical fans at bay.

  • The Gee

    Pastoral. For the most part it is pastoral.
    But, it is only a trailer. As far as I know there are killer robots which
    aren’t being shown. Or, a dejected woodland creature/ stuffed toy that wishes
    to be loved and isn’t.

    I just don’t know.

    But, it looks pastoral. I mean, it could’ve been the characters getting lost on steam cruiser headed for the hinterlands or the Big City.

  • Eric

    It looks like nothing new. Didn’t they already do a piglet movie recently? Also it would have been better if they used the orginal music associated with Winnie the Pooh rather that schmaltzy feel good overly whiny music they put in every feelgood movie trailer. Just sayin’!

  • Cyle

    Looks great! I’m not too fond of Owl’s voice, but Bud Luckey as Eeyore more than makes up for that. This trailer has me excited. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this.

  • Eric

    For some reason, based on the trailer, it seems like this movie will be significantly darker/less-cheerful than what I remember to be ‘Winnie the Pooh.’ It gives me a bad feeling, like that this movie will be more about some kind of weird romantic semi-depressing nostalgia than the light-heartedness of the classics. Maybe it’s just that song.

    • Michael

      Yeah, I think it is the song that’s giving you that impression. It’s definitely not downbeat in any way,

  • Billy Bob

    Wow, this looks good.

    Also I like the use of the song. I never heard it before (don’t listen to music) but it’s usage really seems aimed at an adult audience.

    It says

    “Good friends from way back when are getting back for a good time”

    It seems like they got the cute witty charm of the original shorts.

    It’s REALLY safe, but this is what the mouse house needs. A safe B grade picture to reel in tickets and goods sales so then John and his boys can get to work on something new and exciting………..please?

  • Tanuki

    How do others feel about Christopher Robin’s walk at the end? Isn’t a bit awkward and floaty?

  • Matt

    Yay, this looks great.
    I Hope it does well and that we get to see a more consistent stream of bigger and better projects from ‘The House of Mouse’ that utilise 2D more in the future.

    Come on Dinsey, utilise 2D more! And get Henry to do more Stop Motion films as well! Honestly, you’ve got everything to work with, so do!
    Just look at the French and how they’re able to use the age old graphic sensibilities and make stylistic choices on their projects. They combine traditional and GC elements all over the place all the time!
    It’s not about all this ’2D vs 3D’ crap, or having to take one over the other, it’s about ANIMATION and all the possibilities that it holds.
    So branch out and explore a bit why don’t ya!

  • Pandora

    Things are different now from what they once were and that’s upsetting. I shall make unfounded prejudging comments about a project that is now outside my demographic and was not made with me in mind as its audience. Rabble Rabble Rabble!

    All jokes aside, this looks pretty stunning.

    • http://weirdurl.com zekey

      “rabble rabble rabble”?
      my god.
      you have taken thing’s too far. TOO FAR.

  • Matt Sullivan

    Ah. It feels wonderful to see 2D animation of QUALITY again.

  • http://yeldarb86.deviantart.com Mr. Semaj

    This movie appears to be more of a reboot for Disney Animation than it is for Winnie the Pooh. Pooh, of all things, is not in dire need of a reintroduction. But for the first time in years, the Disney canon has to its credit a quiet, uncomplicated film where no extra effort is needed to impress anyone.

    …which means no phony DreamWorks gimmicks, for one thing. ;)

    Like Disney’s latest products, however, a lot of questions remain. Will audiences view this as a friendly alternative to Harry Potter? Will they be able to distinguish it from the direct-to-video based Pooh films that crept into theatres this past decade?

    More importantly, will this lead to new things from Disney hand-drawn animation?

    I will hope, from the reception of both this and RAPUNZEL (let’s face it, that film’s new name sucks), Disney Animation will be ready to lead in its stomping grounds again, and Disney Marketing will learn to SELL the films they’re marketing.

    • Rubber Chicken Circuit

      “Will audiences view this as a friendly alternative to Harry Potter?”

      Are you suggesting that this should be Disney’s strategy? Intentionally position themselves as a gentle (implicitly respectful and Christian) alternative to the rowdy (Godless) Harry Potter?

      Oh, and how popular is Harry Potter? Just askin’. Before we decide we’d like to lose all that money by standing on reactionary principles.

      Disney smartly jumped right for the Harry Potter crowd with its Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy; even if the story and character types were different, the combination of adventure and fantasy was there.

      Frankly, they ought to be making Mickey and Donald feature films in this same adventurous style; not running away from it because gosh-golly-jeepers, it’s better to target nervous parents than build actual brand loyalty with kids.

      The new Pooh looks like the filmmakers’ smart attempt to go back to what originally drew both kids and adults to Pooh, and thank goodness for that.

      • Mike

        Right on~I’ve been saying for a while that they should bring back Mickey, Donald and Goofy in the forefront with their first REAL full length movie…lots of comedy, lots of action like back in the 40′s but fit for this era, like Pixar’s stories. I think THAT could be a big hit…

  • sigh

    Original Pooh films of the 60s were ‘perfect’ to me.
    This new Pooh film may turn out to be, in fact, almost exactly like those.
    No one gets blown up. No one gets killed. No excessive indulgences of CGI or 3-D. No pop references to date it in a few years. No need for anything but the characters’ interaction to move the story along gently. No embedded sex jokes or reliance on potty humor.

    And you have a problem with that?
    Why?

  • Mr. James

    It seems after 100 or so comments I’m seeing 3, possibly 4 categories of comments:

    1) Love it!
    2) Glad it’s in 2D but I’m not sold on the voice talent.
    3) Wish they would have improved the story.
    4) Can’t stand the music in the trailer so I can’t focus on anything else.

    All from only 1 trailer? My, my, my.

    I will simply say that I will be waiting in line at Walmart to pick this one up on DVD the second it is released. You can crucify me or not but I think it’s a great update to the original and I will add it to my son’s video collection of movies that I can stomach along with him.

    • Michael

      “I will simply say that I will be waiting in line at Walmart to pick this one up on DVD the second it is released.”

      Which is fine, but this echoes the sentiment of almost all the members of the focus groups I was in, which doesn’t bode well for the box office of this as a theatrical release, except perhaps in Japan . . . I have no doubt this will be profitable on DVD for years to come, though.

  • Paul Penna

    I grew up with the Pooh stories from Milne’s books, but never acquired a fondness for the Disney cartoons. That being said, in a generic “doesn’t fit” way, I found Christopher Robin’s voice jarring because he speaks with a late-20th/21st-century British kid’s accent, something that always bugs me in a most period-piece films with British settings made these days. If you’re familiar with kid accents in films up through about the 1970s, the distinction is clear. For just one easy example from the crailer, today for “hair” it’s a monosyllablic “hahh,” whereas earlier more like “heh-ahh” with a rising inflection. Yes, I know there are a plethora of British accents based on class/locale, but I’m comparing like to like here. But then, I’m a sticker for period detail in general.

    • Mac

      I’m English and the voice doesn’t sound jarringly modern to me. From the little I heard in the trailer this voice seems to be just right. I don’t mind the new design either.

      One thing I’m wondering about are the songs. The music and songs are a big part of the charm of the original films so I hope this is something the new film gets right.

  • VinceP

    Looks good to me! I’m not a big Pooh fan, but the trailer feels a bit like a breath of fresh air.

  • Scarabim

    You know, the one thing I’ve never cared for in the Pooh movies is the way Eeyore is handled. In the movies, he’s just gloomy. In the books, he was also gloomy, but also bitingly sarcastic. And very funny. It’s a pity he’s so watered-down in the movies. They could use a touch of bile to level out all that sweetness.

    • http://aalong64.blogspot.com Aaron Long

      Yes, Eeyore was definitely much better in the books. He had a great sense of dark humour that sort of got watered down in the transition. In the books it almost seemed like the reason he was so depressed and sarcastic was because he was surrounded by such idiots, but you never really get that sense in the cartoons.

  • Ben

    I think Pooh should be episodic. The original stories were, and so were the featurettes. I think it would change Pooh if there were a heavily plot driven film with a villain, dramatic tension, explosions, etc. I like that Pooh is simple and sweet. I think he lost some of that in the last few decades, but this looks like a return to form. I loved the original films for their charm, and usually funny humor. I hope this is more of the same. Sometimes it’s nice to have some comfort food, and this looks like it could be that.

    • Michael

      Hi Ben. I think it’s totally possible to have a story that ties the episodes together without resorting to villains, chases and explosions. I can think of a dozen films off the top of my head that have very strong, resonant stories without any of those things. It boils down to characters and the choices they make.

  • Giovanni Jones

    Positive responses sure is a challenge, whether a new film based on a beloved property is faithful to the original or if it’s been tampered with using whiz-bang CG & other tech, it seems, as far as some are concerned, that Disney is damned when they Pooh and damned when they don’t.

    Having a long experience with focus groups, the response of one group does not a definitive decision make. The comments are certainly worth noting, but there is also a tendency for focus groups to sway to the strongest responder. People have a tendency to follow what seems to be consensus, even if it is illusory. The next group might have a totally different reaction. That is not to say that the observations of one group is invalid and may ultimately become the prevailing reaction, but it is an isolated instance. Certainly worth thinking about, though.

    The Milne books were very low-key, mild stories and Walt Disney’s short film versions were much like the books. It’s a challenge to string short chapters together for a whole story (Tim Burton had to rewrite Carroll to make Alice into the only hit version of that classic). To heighten the tension and intensify the storyline of Pooh could compromise the delicacy of Milne’s works.

    I wonder, though, that since Pixar and Lasseter are so endeared to Miyazaki, that maybe the low-key approach is deliberate, much like My Neighbor Totoro. No recent American animated feature that I can recall has this style — there’s always a big, exciting climactic chase or perilous denouement. Be nice to see if this film works with what is, in effect, a revolutionary approach in today’s marketplace.

    • Michael

      Great, insightful comments, sir.

  • Hannah

    I’m just curious, does anyone know why Peter Cullen was not chosen for Eeyore?

    • http://invaderpetblog.blogspot.com Brandon Pierce

      I’d guess only that the director wanted a different sound, and went for a different actor. Happens all the time with Looney Tunes. I don’t approve of it. If someone does a great job voicing a “classic” character, and they’re readily available you use them!

  • http://drawjoe.blogspot.com/ JD

    It’s interesting to read everyone’s comments. If you grew up with the original shorts, you’re going to be tainted. I know I am. There was some adult humor in the originals (Gopher calculating costs of unearthing Pooh for instance). I hope they’ve added some of this kind of storytelling to the picture. I’m a big fan of Rabbit and I’m curious to hear Tom Kenny’s voice work.

    All I know, is once it’s out on video my teenage kids will be asking me why I’m watching Winnie The Pooh. I’ll just be happily appreciating Eric Goldberg, Andreas Deja, Bruce Smith, and the rest of the crew. Keep forging on Disney.

  • http://youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

    The more I think about Pooh’s walk at the end, the more that little detail bugs me. If they wanted to go back to the original style, why change such a charming characteristic as his stiff toy bear legs? Also, Pooh’s growling (and literally shaking) stomach seems a bit over the top. I think these things should be a bit more subtle… Pooh isn’t a cartoon character in the Tex Avery style, he’s a stuffed toy.

    And yeah, even more confusing, why did they change Cristopher Robin’s eyes? Is Disney having copyright problems with the character or something?

    • Scarabim

      What’s really weird is that Pooh’s stomach sounds like Tigger when HE growls. :0

    • This just in…

      Beloved children’s book character Christopher Robin suffered a cruel hazing incident at his boarding school today, when fellow students allegedly pinned him down and painted his eyeballs white.

  • http://goldenagecartoons.com Matthew Hunter

    Does Jim Cummings have a dadgum Oscar yet?

    • Steve Gattuso

      Dude, it took the Academy decades to give Martin Scorsese an Oscar…

  • Roger Freedman

    I love it all, with a special tip of the hat to Craig Ferguson as the voice of Owl!

  • Porkchops

    Personally, I think the song choice is odd. That song makes it sound like the movie is going to be deep and heart-wrenching, but I’m sure it’s only going to be adorable.

  • Sam

    I don’t know.. I will be honest here. I love the animation in this and the background, art and all, but the music choice, the video editing, the starting slow fade in and out, and the depressing tone of the characters, getting mad at each other, being sacarstic throws me off. This movie seems very depressing to me and I don’t remember Winnie the Pooh being like this when I was a kid.

    Even Tigger trying to be fun wasn’t even fun because Winnie’s ‘Thank you very much’ sound so sacarstic, it’s not even polite, it’s coming across like “get off me you stupid tiger”.

    I love Disney, but seriously, I know they can do better than this. This is like a funeral video.

  • Dan Spacik

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks horrible? Did anyone at Disney read the Milne books? The original Pooh films ruined the books but at least they retained a somewhat gentle touch in the animation. Though the voices are good, they match the original films, thee animation in this is upsetting to me. Maybe I’m getting too old.

  • Emma

    I’m pleasantly surprised with this. ‘Princess and the Frog’ was nice, but certainly could have been better. ‘Tangled’ looks like a bland DreamWorks imitator. But this is Disney, pure and simple. I’m so glad they shelved ‘King of the Elves’ and decided to make this instead!

  • Chris

    Does anyone know the name of the song and the artist in the trailer? I think it fit perfectly(:

  • Mckay B.

    Ahh Robin has WHITES in his eyes!!! I’m looking forward to this film though!

  • Anthony Angrywolf

    Since Christopher Robin, Rabbit, Owl, and Eeyore’s voices have changed a bit, that tells me that the four of them are now slightly older!

  • Anthony Angrywolf

    Since Christopher Robin, Owl, Rabbit, and Eeyore’s voices sound a bit different, that tells me that they are now slightly older (especially for Eeyore, since his voice sounds off).

    P.S., I hate Peter Cullen! Only because he’s getting replaced by Bud Luckey! Go to Hell, Cullen! Fuck you!