Winnie The Pooh (2011)

The Associated Press has posted the first image (above) from Disney’s forthcoming old school 2D Winnie The Pooh feature, scheduled for release next summer. This is the flick most of The Princess and the Frog crew moved over to. Here are some choice excerpts from Derrik J. Lang’s AP story:

The new “Winnie the Pooh,” the first big-screen “Pooh” adventure from Disney animators in more than 30 years, will more closely resemble the classic short films from the 1960s and ’70s. “We wanted to create a movie for the big screen that had the charm and wit of those original shorts,” said Peter Del Vecho, the film’s producer. “What originally endeared all of us – adults and children – to these characters was that they were stuffed animals that came to life in the imagination of a child. We wanted to rekindle that imagination in a big way.”

“Winnie the Pooh,” loosely based on five stories from A.A. Milne’s books, finds Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Eeyore and Christopher Robin searching for a new tail for Eeyore in a watercolour-drenched Hundred Acre Wood. The gang will also hunt for a mysterious creature called a Backson, briefly mentioned in 1928′s “The House at Pooh Corner.”

While this version of “Pooh” won’t be generated by a computer or projected in 3-D, Del Vecho cautioned it wouldn’t simply be a redux of past “Pooh” projects. He said the film, spearheaded by Disney and Pixar animation chief John Lasseter, will feature five new original songs and a faster pace punctuated with humour that’s appropriate for modern audiences.

UPDATE: Just recieved this larger publicity image from the forthcoming film (below). See the trailer here.


  • udx

    Interesting. Very interesting. Color me intrigued.

  • Matt Sullivan

    Best of luck to the crew of this film. We’ll be crossing our fingers this is a financial and critical success.

  • Dan Ang

    Well I can’t speak for the comments that may happen below me, but I think it looks interesting

  • Jon Hanson

    “The new “Winnie the Pooh,” the first big-screen “Pooh” adventure from Disney animators in more than 30 years”

    Do reporters see cartoons and decide that no facts need to be checked at all?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      You’d think they would know.

      Of course if you wanted to go by the original featurette “adventures”, “A Day For Eeyore” was released almost 30 years ago in ’83, though it didn’t quite match closely to the look and feel of those original films, I felt Rick Reinert & Co. did a fine job on it anyway.

      • randy V

        A Day for Eeyore is an abomination. A lot of bad story telling and REALLY BAD animation. Let’s hope the new movie is closer to the three good shorts. I’m pulling for it, I’m really intrigued and the artwork looks nice so far.

    • http://yowpyowp.blogspot.com Don M. Yowp

      Jon, I suspect they got it right from the studio publicity dept. And the studio should know.

      Best of luck to the crew on this. Pooh can be a delightful character. I hope they can match the voices.

    • Inkan1969

      Yeah, what about “Piglet’s Big Movie” and “Pooh’s Haffelump Movie”?

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

      Jon Hanson: About that “The new “Winnie the Pooh,” the first big-screen “Pooh” adventure from Disney animators in more than 30 years” line…

      As clumsily written as this may be, it obviously depends of one’s definiton of ‘Disney animators’.

      What they very likely mean is that the new “Winnie the Pooh” is the first Pooh feature in more than 30 years to be done in-house by the Walt Disney Animation Studio; and animated by Disney’s top animators. This film is not being made by ToonDisney and/or having its animation outsourced to Korea (like Tigger: The Movie, Piglet’s Big Movie and Pooh’s Big Heffalump Movie). It’s actually done by Disney’s elite crew… like the original three featurettes and the first feature were done by Disney’s best people back in the 60s and 70s.

      And in that respect, I’m pretty sure I understand what the reporter meant. It should definitely have been written more clearly. But the fact that Disney is producing this new film in-house and treating it like a real Disney feature (like Pooh deserves) is the key to me being excited about it in the first place. Finally, it seems like we may get a real follow-up to the classic Pooh cartoons.

  • http://www.base14.com Tyler

    Well at least there’s one set of classic cartoon characters that aren’t being modernized with 3D CG. This may be the only exception…

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

    That tiny little image…such a tease! Looks like it’s gonna be really nice looking too. I was going to say though, I’ve always loved Winnie the Pooh as a remedy to all the fast-paced children’s films and animations out there, but then I read, “..and a faster pace punctuated with humour that’s appropriate for modern audiences” and I couldn’t help but roll my eyes a little =\.

    Best of luck to the crew finishing it up!

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

      The first films were delightfully lackadaisy, and i also loved the animated series but the later films were oozing with sentimentality in an embarassing way, let’s hope the animators are allowed to bring back the old Milne magic.

  • http://www.thehungryreader.com Krepta

    It’s a great day for America, everybody– Craig Ferguson is the voice of Owl!That’s reason enough to buy a ticket right there.

    • http://www.sweetposer.tk/urbmn/ Cameron A.

      On a related note, someone needs to give Sid the Cussing Bunny and Wavy Rancheros an animated show of their own – not for spinoff reasons, but just because they have such strong characterization.

      • http://www.sisterson.co.uk/sketchblog Dennis Sisterson

        Yes indeed, a Scottish comedian voicing a character from an English book! :-)

  • Anoniguy

    I’ve never been a fan of the old Disney Pooh material, so they could do anything they wanted to this and it wouldn’t break my heart. Maybe with all of the talent they seem to be investing in it, it’ll be worth watching. I’ll give it a chance.

  • Billy Bob

    Long time no posty.

    Disney needs this. I think some people are still brainwashed that 2-D is “dead”. So what better thing to refute that than with a wholesome retread of a well known and commerically viable property.

    It’s tame, and I worry that like most of the Pooh output it will struggle to attract anyone beyond the age of six, but if it does it will be a great confidence booster for the studio.

    • http://www.bishopanimation.com FloydBishop

      “So what better thing to refute that than with a wholesome retread of a well known and commerically viable property.”

      How about an artist driven story about new characters, places, and themes with studio backing to make it something great? That seems to be the real fairytale.

      • whippersnapper

        Because they’ve got to play it safe right now since the 2D films aren’t making that much money. It’s not like the situation is “ALL 2D FILMS FROM THIS DAY FORTH SHALL BE ADAPTED, RETREADED STORIES ABOUT ESTABLISHED CHARACTERS”. Once the 2D flicks start making CG-flick money and the execs see it as a viable medium once more, the studios will be more open to experimentation. But for now, we’ve all got to wait the storm out and buy some Winnie the Pooh tickets. I know I will.

  • A.C.

    Wow they mimicked the style VERY well. I wasn’t even Pooh’s biggest fan as a kid, but I’m also intrigued.

  • chris

    The thing that would turn me off the quickest are bad voices. It is tough to match the originals, and a bad voice just draws so much attention to itself and makes it hard to focus on the other aspects of the film.

    • http://rutherferdpaws.blogspot.com Luke Brown

      I always thought Jim Cummings did a good job at Tigger and Pooh Bear.

      • Funkybat

        Agreed. Jim Cummings was about as seamless a transition from the original voices as could be imagined. It will be interesting to see how this film comes out. So far, it looks great, true to the original visual style. I am sure they are giving this one a great deal of care and attention to detail.

  • uncle wayne

    What a treat it will be to see them go back to the “good old days” of Xerography-60s!!

    (Psst. speaking of Pooh in “another mode”…. does any one out there remember the old Disney Ch. show, “Pooh’s Corner!” Oy!!)

  • Lala_Marin

    Looking at this one image made me start singing Return to Pooh Corner, the Kenny Loggins song, and that puts a smile on my face.

  • http://christianscartooncorner.blogspot.com/ Christian

    They have a diorama of it up in the animation building at Disney’s California Adventure.

  • http://Nicktorious.net NicklasNN

    Wasn’t the Tigger movie a theatrical release?

    Anyway, looks cute. May or may not see it in theaters although it is cool to see a traditionally animated (or traditional looking, anyway) movie on the big screen.

  • Joe

    I still can’t believe they’re releasing it the same weekend the last Harry Potter comes out.

  • Keith

    It was really windy yesterday in Glendale; the term “blustery” came to mind, and with it, Pooh. So I’m looking forward to it. I always liked the charm of the Many Adventures; I saw “A Day For Eeyore” in theaters in 1983 (with what film, I don’t recall; I was 5, but IMDb tells me it was with a reissue of the Sword in the Stone). Those originals were so good. Looking forward to this, though I’m a bit wary of the ‘faster pace’ and new songs.

  • William

    Interesting. The faster pace with modern humor comment has me a bit skeptical, but it sounds like it has potential.

    Would love to see more art.

    • Daniel Shock

      yeah… I don’t love that comment either. I do love those original shorts… I cross my fingers and hope for great things…or at least charming things.

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

    Hey, at least Christopher Robin’s in it.

    • Planty

      Agreed.

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

    I’ve always loved Disney’s version of Pooh, just as much as the original books. The first three shorts (and the compilation feature, obviously) are probably my favourite Disney work ever. I also enjoyed the New Adventures TV series, too. This won’t be quite the same without John Fiedler as Piglet, but it still sounds good.

    I know regarding this project, people have complained that they’re just going back to a reliable cash cow instead of trying something new in 2D, but at least with this project they seem to be aiming in the right direction with it, going back to the source.

  • Trevor

    Not that we were expecting anything else, but is anyone else kind of let down that this looks no different than the original shorts? Do they have nothing new to give us since the 70s?

    • http://yowpyowp.blogspot.com Don M. Yowp

      You mean you’d like it “updated” like Warners tried with its characters?

    • Funkybat

      I think Disney’s version of Pooh is a case of “don’t mess with a good thing.” Those of us who grew up with Pooh tend to have very warm, fuzzy feelings about the cartoons, long after growing “too old” to watch them. I haven’t watched any Pooh cartoons in years, but at the same time, they were some of the most treasured things of my childhood.

      For the “target age group” of Pooh (mainly toddlers and young children) there is a universal appeal of something so calming and comforting as the adventures of Pooh, Christopher Robin, and the Hundred Acre Wood.

      If you were to make a new version of, say, the “Mickey, Donald & Goofy” shorts, or even DuckTales or Gummi Bears, some “modernization” might be needed. And by that, I don’t just mean that Scrooge would have a cell phone, but the dialogue and pacing might seem a little cliche to modern 6-12 year olds.

      But Winnie the Pooh is something that is timeless, something that is just right the way it is. I am sure today’s young kids will enjoy it as much as their parents did the old shorts.

    • Ryoku

      Well what should they look like?

  • Mark

    The recent features were not from “Disney animators”–exactly. Prepped at DTV, but animated overseas. And even “A Day For Eeyore” was produced and directed out of house, at Rick Reinart Productions (and was AWFUL).

  • http://www.bishopanimation.com FloydBishop

    Why not put all that effort into new stories and ideas? This is not the Disney that most had hoped for after the restructure. This looks nice, but so what? Disney (and Pixar for that matter) seems to have fallen into the “sure things only” mindset of sequels, remakes, and nothing new. I guess it is “show business” and not “show art”.

    • EHH

      I am actually looking forward to it. I like that Christopher Robin is dressed like a British school boy.

      As for the complaint about the animation studio not using any unique ideas, I heard that they are going to be adapting a Diskworld novel called “Mort”.

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

        In my opinion, an adaptation of a novel isn’t a unique idea. Why not let what little crew they have left come up with some ideas of their own and make a film out of that? It has got to be incredibly frustrating to be there right now. Hopefully this plays out in the artists favor, the film does well, and quality, original films get produced.

        However if Pooh does really well, I would not be surprised if they make a few more Pooh films before trying something new.

  • http://mrscriblam.tumblr.com/ mrscriblam

    oh bother…

    …haha just kidding im totally going to see this

  • NC

    It seems that Disney is really betting on Pooh’s small but very loyal fan base, trailer park moms and daughters. If you don’t believe me head to the trashiest Walmart near you.

    • Mr. Critic

      I’d hardly call a 35 billion dollar property the result of a small fan base, as loyal as it may be.

      • NC

        My aren’t we touchy

      • Mr. Critic

        Hahaha

        No defensiveness intended. It’s definitely an attempt to rely on past glories rather than create new properties. But seeing how bleh the Princess and the Frog was, I can hardly blame them.

        It doesn’t seem they want to distance themselves from the musical aspect however, which boggles the mind.

  • Kyle

    Color me concerned too about the “faster pace” and “humor that’s appropriate for modern audiences.” Ugh. So just for a quick modern laugh, Tigger will have his very own blustery day?

    Piglet: Oooh, Tigger, was that you?

    Tigger: Better out than in, us Tiggers always say.

    Eeyore: But when your out is our in, I’d rather you’d kept it in yourself.

    • Mara

      I have to admit, that bit of dialogue did make me laugh…

  • http://richardsmithstudios.webs.com/ Richard

    It does look a little bit like the classics. I wish to see it.

  • http://merks-art.blogspot.com/ Tim Merks

    I really hope they do this well and make me cry (man tears)

  • DonaldC

    “punctuated with humour that’s appropriate for modern audiences.”
    Uh oh.

    • J Hobart B

      Yeah… They had me and then they lost me.

  • http://Mr.FunsBlog Floyd Norman

    I enjoyed the “Pooh” movies but never worked on any of them. It seems I was always busy on another project when they were in production. Many years later, I did do some story work on “The Tigger Movie.” Not a bad film, but way too long in my opinion.

    Like Floyd Bishop, I wish Disney wasn’t in the “play it safe mode.” However, business is business, I guess.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Some of us wished there was a way that the “safe mode” could be taken off once in a while and for more unusual and interesting ways to tell a story could be told through the animation medium itself, but I’m just rambling on here.

  • Karen

    “It seems that Disney is really betting on Pooh’s small but very loyal fan base, ”

    Uh, Pooh is Disney’s BIGGEST “evergreen” product. Even bigger than Cars and Toy Story, or the Princess line–which means billions to the bottom line. I guess since the legal matters are all settled, they’re rebooting. I’m looking forward to it.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    Doesn’t make me cringe enough. Needs more mocap, more Aykroyd.

    • http://www.sneezemeaway.com Ryan G

      And more Timberlake, to you know, make it appeal to all the hipster teens!

      • Funkybat

        The really hilarious thing about that is Justin Timberlake doesn’t do a half-bad Boo Boo, from what I have seen in the trailers.

        In the end, I don’t know which would be worse; him doing a bad job, further bastardizing the character, or doing a good job, legitimizing the choice of Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo…

        I don’t know if I’ll be able to bring myself to watch this movie, even though I love Dan Aykroyd and Yogi and Co.

  • Stuffed with Fluff and Pie

    Pooh always seemed like an odd choice to me. I could certainly see the appeal of the franchise and desire to rejuvenate it. But with all the talk about “Princess and the Frog” alienating audiences. what do they think Pooh is going to do? Older kids aren’t going to want to see it, adults without kids aren’t going to want to see it. They might as well set of stroller parking and changing tables in the theaters. because that’s the audience a Pooh film is going to attract. regardless of how finely crafted it is.

    IMO the last thing Disney needs to do is fold in on itself. Just give us appealing stories with universal themes and likable characters. Thats what makes disney Disney, not brands or formulas or archetypes

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

      The problem is they severely dumbed down the franchise, people nowadays probably asociate it with baby toys.

      • http://www.drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

        I very much agree with this. At some point it seems the Pooh characters became more associated with baby toys than with anything else. The orignial shorts, and to a lesser extent the 1988-92 TV series, at least retained some traces of Milne’s brand of humor. (In one episode Pooh says with geniune puzzlement “I found this note stuck on my door….and I’m fairly certain I didn’t put it there.”) But because of the way it’s merchandised, and because of things like that kiddie series “My Friends Tigger and Pooh”, I’m afraid it’s going to be difficult to bring back that perception of the characters, even if they intend to. (I fear the same thing is happening to Mickey and company because of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”

        My adult self is very amused by the “Heffalumps and Woosels” dream number in 1968′s “Blustery Day,” but I’m afraid even someting as gently clever as that would be shot down as too “intellectual” or something.

    • Mr. Critic

      Actually, I think adults will want to see it more than kids. Adults in their 30s grew up on the Saturday morning series and like Transformers, anything reminding them of their childhood is probably going to get their money.

      Who knows though. Lets spend a couple hundred million on it just in case.

  • Upstanding Citizen

    Does anyone else look at the image and hear Christopher Robin giving the speech from Triumph of the Will in their heads?

    • http://www.sisterson.co.uk/sketchblog Dennis Sisterson

      Now that you mention it-!!

    • Keith Paynter

      Never mind that – how about his goose-stepping during “Hip-Hip-Hooray!”??

      • http://www.sisterson.co.uk/sketchblog Dennis Sisterson

        I feel a mashup coming on!

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

    so so SO cant wait! this project sounds great!

    when i first saw the image – I thought it WAS a still from the original film! NICE!

  • The Gee

    Up above, some have said that there is a particular and maybe limited audience for this and others said maybe Le Mouse House should focus on new stuff.

    That is all fine and dandy. While I agree it would be fantastic to see a major studio do a traditionally animated childrens book-like tale which isn’t based on a childrens book…features that are still risky, especially 2D ones. I’m surprised it isn’t a straight-to-video film.

    The point: on the limited audience: WalMart shoppers? C’mon. That’d be one segment. I’d think parents with fond memories of the books and films might want to either take their kids to see this or will rent/buy the DVD. That audience is probably a lot bigger than the tunnel-visioners can see.Because there’s a lot of folks who might want their kids to love Winnie the Pooh as much as they did.

    Unlike some on this thread who are anxious for it to come out, maybe they aren’t as aware as we are that the film is even in the pipeline.

    Oh well, two cents…adjusted for inflation…carry the one…hmmm…oh well…

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    Forgot all about “Backson” until it was mentioned. Excuse me while I go off by myself and remember.

  • Bob

    I’m intrigued, but nervous about the ‘faster pace’ and updated humor. What’s wrong with doing something in harmony with Milne’s books?

  • Alissa

    “a faster pace punctuated with humour that’s appropriate for modern audiences.”

    Consider me officially worried. If this ends up being similar to Tinkerbell’s girl-ification I might cry.

  • http://chippyandloopus.com/ John Sanford

    I keep hearing Pooh in my head saying “Don’t go there” and Piglet saying “Oh no you di-int!”
    Then, a Goo Goo Doll song plays while they do something “character building”.

    • Sardonic Tuba

      Followed by a rousing chorus of “Pooh Let The Dogs Out”.

      • Keith

        “Pooh Let The Dogs Out” will be the end-credits song, featuring each character dancing and wearing something silly like sunglasses/bling/big hat/’cool’ outfit

      • Funkybat

        Due to a (hopefully permanent) decline in that sort of thing, I’m hoping that such bizarre atrociousness will not happen. It does sound like what would have happened had the film been made between 1988-1998 or so.

        Now that Gen-Xers who had to sit through such crass crap are now ascending to power in Hollywood, such things will probably only be done in a “meta” way, intended to make fun of 90s-era shows and films.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Which I felt was gonna come out sooner or later.

      • http://www.drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

        Funkybat: Well, don’t forget that “Pooh’s Grand Adventure” came out in 1997, and it was nothing like the meta-Gen X nightmare you picture, LOL.

  • Gobo

    I quite liked “The Heffalump Movie”, personally — and yes, it was a big-screen release, and a quite successful one at that. I felt that Lumpy was a nice addition to the stable of Pooh characters, and I’m a little baffled that he hasn’t gotten his due as a character.

  • Patrick Collins

    “Del Vecho cautioned it wouldn’t simply be a redux of past “Pooh” projects. He said the film, spearheaded by Disney and Pixar animation chief John Lasseter, will feature five new original songs and a faster pace punctuated with humour that’s appropriate for modern audiences.”

    This statement pretty much guarantees that it will bear scant resemblance to the original shorts which remain superlative. From now on I shall put this in the “why bother upsetting yourself with this crap” file and completely ignore anything to do with it.

  • John A

    I love the Winnie the Pooh featurettes, but what can they possibly do with these characters that hasn’t been done already? How are they going to replicate all that 30 year old artwork and NOT leave audiences feeling “been there, done that”?.

  • Mac

    Yes, I wanted Disney to be doing new things by now, but at least I suspect that this film is going to be good. I do think it’s another film that may disappoint at the Box Office, if they’re looking a Toy Story 3 sized hit. As lots of people have already pointed, out Pooh is very much thought of as for women and little kids, so despite it having the distinction of being animated by the main studio (and so can some how count as the first ‘real’ Disney Pooh animation in over 30 years) it should probably reach the same kind of audiences that attended the Tigger, Piglet and Heffalump movies.

    I noticed the article states that John Cleese, who did a good job narrating a lot of the Mouse Works cartoons, will lend his voice as narrator for this film too.

  • Steve M.

    I’m hoping this is good.

  • Spencer

    Is Jack Johnson doing a song for Eeyore? That’d be awesome.

    And thank God they didn’t go CG on this. Somebody’s starting to get it.

  • http://thatssokraven.livejournal.com/ Kelly Tindall

    Looks all right. I’d much rather see something new from Disney, something really exciting, but I guess they’re content to let that come from Pixar. It’s not like Pixar would go back to the well over and over again! /sarcasm

  • http://www.dmgice.com Philip Wesley

    If they are revisiting older books and movie franchises, may I push the idea of going back to Eve Titus’ Basil of Baker Street books or Margery Sharp’s The Rescuers books?

    That said, I enjoyed the original film and was reasonably amused by the (Non Disney Movie Canon) sequels. I’m glad they decided against CGI and I hope that “modern sense of humor” means they use the sense of humor from “The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh” animated series or “My Friends Tigger & Pooh” and NOT from the Dreamworks way of doing things.

    The directorial team worked on Meet The Robinsons and Lasseter is on as an Executive Producer. Looking through it on IMDB Pro, it looks like it will have Heffalumps.. and some character named Marley voiced by Gilber Gottfried. The producer worked on Bolt, Robinsons, and Lilo and Stitch.. so I’m cautiously optimistic.

  • http://www.LarryAnimation.com Larry Ruppel

    Are the Sherman Brothers writing the new songs? –
    They should!

  • hb

    I was really excited until I read: “five new original songs and a faster pace punctuated with humour that’s appropriate for modern audiences.”

    At least they spelled humour properly.

    I’m still very optimistic about this, though. Hopefully this will be really good and do very well. With the fantastic independent classical features Kells and The Illusionist coming out recently, hopefully this will be the big mainstream hit that pushes classical back into public favour.

    One last pet peeve: I really hate it when hand drawn animation is referred to as “2D.” Some traditional animation is 2D, just like how some digital animation is. This is no more 2D than any Pixar movie.

    • The Gee

      ack. I still do that, too. I try–upon getting advice–to think of it as not only traditional, but to consider referring to it as Classic…or Classical….

      Enh. That might be buying too much into the New Coke and (Old) Coke Classic marketspeak.

      But, I still do call it 2D….out of habit…and to make sure I’m clear and making sense. Let’s face it it is fast and people know what you are referring to. That doesn’t make it right. Your pet peeve is still warranted, for sure. But, I’ll always slip up like that out of expediency.

      By the way….the best descriptor might be: HandDrawn
      …maybe H.D…..?
      oh….
      wait….
      ah…nevermind….

      Hand drawn.

      P.S. the second image looks like there a group adventure in the offing, or, someone is going to make a coat and it will be one of many colors! haha. I keed!

  • Alissa

    …Should I be worried about how squared off everything is in the new publicity shot? Pooh’s head especially. He’s missing the top of his cranium.

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

    I see no differences between this still and the three recent movies (Tigger, Piglet and Heffalump).

  • Keith Paynter

    The character designs and backgrounds look errily flawless! I thought it was indeed from a vintage 3-reel short!

    Faster pace?!? Oh, bother! There wasn’t a dead spot in any of the timeless original adaptations!

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    Never been a huge fan of Pooh, not even as a kid (I liked Tigger but the rest not so much), and the artwork doesn’t strike to me as extremely different to the latest movies, either. I can see some subtle differences in the coloring and design, the characters may look less rounded and the colors more bright but it’s pretty similar. Pooh’s style never changes too much.

    I think this sounds good, though. If I got it right they are doing it as a segment movie, something audiences don’t usually like but I think it’s quite interesting. There is always some variety in it and if you don’t like one story you may like the next one. It’s also a way to assure the stories would go direct to the point, with no filler.

    The thing they say about these characters being stuffed animals that come to life also fits with John Lasseter’s sensibility, especially with Toy Story.

    And well, it’s something in 2D at the very least.

    I haven’t watched any of the recent Pooh movies, not even in domestic format, but I could watch this one in theaters if the trailer is good enough.

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

    From what I’ve seen in released real-life production photos, it looks like it’s going to have opening credits similar to all 4 Pooh shorts and “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”. If they use union bugs and one end title card with the so-called “creepy” wink, I’d be goin’ nuts.

    And the way Piglet is handling scissors in the updated photo leaked, it looks like this won’t be just a kid’s movie. It would be a movie for grown-up Pooh fanatics.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      It certainly does feel like the film is going “back to basics” the way we remember Pooh long before those later adaptations. if all we ever saw was those individual adventures or the “Many Adventures of” feature. I could probably get into this too for that reason if it stayed within the confines of how the story is told and the way we remember the clever 4th wall nature of the thing. Those were the Pooh stories of my ‘old school’ days, just before the numerous incarnations and other spin-offs began to emerge in the 80′s and 90′s.

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

    Also, will this be animated at Disney’s current in-house animation studio?

  • http://jakedraws.blogspot.com jake armstrong

    i’ll totally buy a movie ticket to that!

  • http://www.sexymecha.com Hal

    “…will feature five new original songs and a faster pace punctuated with humour that’s appropriate for modern audiences.”

    Those words strike fear into my heart that no amount of hand drawn charm can shake until I see a trailer.

  • http://dontpokesmot.blogspot.com/ Annie-Mae

    I love how Winnie the Pooh has been consistently traditionally animated with only a few minor insistences where they experimented…and those experiments didn’t go over well> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-hFyAGKDcg&feature=related

    I’ll admit I still loved the Pooh Corner show as a kid, but I get how creepy it is. Still all the animated shows and movies have been really great and on par. Better then watching Dora the Explorer.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      “Welcome To Pooh Corner” was sort of the first of those spin-offs and other incarnations based on the original films that started to trickle out in the 80′s (I guess you can count “A Day for Eeyore” in it as well, though prior to that, Rick Reinert also worked on a short edu-film about the 4 seasons that I used to watch in school that was OK, if not typical preachy). Of course then we’d get “The New Adventures of Winnie-The-Pooh” on Saturday mornings and it just wasn’t the same since! For that point in time, you really just had these original few adventures and that’s all (not counting the merchandising that otherwise was modestly good).

      I personally haven’t seen all the later Pooh films and videos myself, but wouldn’t mind checking out this feature if it gave me that sort of euphoric splendor I once had when I was 4 or 5.

      • http://www.drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

        I disagree. I’ve always thought that “New Adventures” was a wonderfully done show. Other than some of the later episodes taking too many liberties with the setting (showing Christopher Robin living in a house in the suburbs), I can’t think of anything negative to say about it. And call me a sap, but I think the episode “Find Her, Keep Her,” is one of the most moving stories that’s ever come out of Disney, period.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Looks good. Btw Disney, when’s the Bolt sequel coming?

  • Ryoku

    The screenshots bring optimism, but I can’t say the same for humor for modern audiences and a faster pace.

    Makes its sound like Pooh will either reference Yogi, “pooh”, or they’ll have random non-sequitors.

  • Animate ED

    Trailer’s online now:-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbFz–GCkOM

    Looks promising. I liked the Eyeore Tail montage.

    • Mac

      As someone who posts comments on the internet, there are always things I can nit pick, but overall I think this looks really good. After cringing my my way through the trailers for ‘Tangled’ and ‘Princess and the Frog’ with the trying-so-hard to be funny and hip moments, this was a delight. I liked Eeyore’s tail montage too, as well as the bit which had Piglet flying through the book and Owl’s ‘sneezing’ scene.

      • Animate ED

        After re-watching the trailer, Pooh dressed as a bee and swimming in a sea of honey looks like comedy gold.

    • Christopher Ryan

      That was unbelievably charming! I laughed out loud several times during that trailer, especially Owl sneezing! Classy and funny, exactly the way it should be!

  • Rodan

    Awesome accomplishment for the group KEAN! Loved the use of the music in the new trailer! I’m actually more excited about the Pooh film than I am about the Tangled feature.

    Brought a tear to my eye!

    ~WOW!~