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    'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    The film is co-directed by Stephen Anderson ('Meet the Robinsons') and Don Hall

    Walt Disney Animation Studios is returning the honey-loving teddy bear and his pals to their hand-drawn animated roots for a feature film dipping into theatres July 15, 2011. 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."

    "You must be catching a cold," Pooh tells Owl in one scene.

    "I'll probably catch it, too," Eeyore plaintively adds.

    Pooh and company will forgo recent puppet-powered, computer-generated Disney Channel makeovers in favour of the old-fashioned illustrative style that places the silly bear and his friends among the pages of a storybook. Jim Cummings ("The Tigger Movie") returns as the voice of Pooh and Tigger, with John Cleese ("Monty Python") serving as the narrator.

    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.

    "We're definitely resetting the franchise and using this film as the example to set for the studio," said Del Vecho. "Many versions have been done, and it's been a way for the property to live on in children's minds, but we're hoping this is a new phase for 'Winnie the Pooh.' It's a return to quality storytelling that's been absent in more recent projects."
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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    Take that, recent projects!


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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    this news!!!!


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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    I for one think the pooh franchise has been done pretty well with the theatrical releases. IMO have high hopes for this one too!

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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    Okay, maybe I'm being a nervous Nellie here, but I don't see a Pooh movie being a summertime blockbuster. I'd be more confident if it were being released any time in the year other than dead in the middle of summer.

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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    Let me say something positive: this sounds like a significant step in the right direction.

    But for the sake of clarity, could we please distill this into a point of guidance: attempts to "update" classic characters (super sleuth Tigger and Pooh, gangsta Mickey, Totally Minnie) devalue the brand, disappoint the audience, and do not create lasting value for the company. Could maybe Disney look around and find a few more places to apply this concept? Thanks!

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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    I will see this...and hopefully love it

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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    If it gets good reviews and makes some $, Disney might realise they could make some more $ with better Pooh rides in the US and Hong Kong. Pff, Disney spending money on better rides, I wish.



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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    Hate to sound like Eeyore, but it's coming out the same day as the final installment of Harry Potter, which could well end up being one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Disney's committing release date suicide here.


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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    Yah, this sounds like it would be a much better spring time movie.


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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    ^ and ^^ ... totally agreed. It seems more like an "easter" thing than a Summer thing.


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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkTwain View Post
    Hate to sound like Eeyore, but it's coming out the same day as the final installment of Harry Potter, which could well end up being one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Disney's committing release date suicide here.
    Not really the same audience though! IMO

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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    Proof that those marketing dweebs don't know a lick about selling their movies:

    YouTube - "Winnie the Pooh" Official Trailer


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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    That font is completely wrong.

    If they want us to believe that they're going back to the older style of storytelling, they should remind us of those earlier moments in the trailer.

    I love the band KEANE but it's not Pooh.

    This trailer feels cold when it should feel warm, fuzzy, and inviting.



    ...and.... I sure hope that the end of the trailer isn't the end of the movie!!!


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    Re: 'Winnie the Pooh' 7/15/2011

    Quote Originally Posted by Coheteboy View Post
    Proof that those marketing dweebs don't know a lick about selling their movies:

    YouTube - "Winnie the Pooh" Official Trailer
    I don't think so, granted, this might have been made around the time when the marketing department was in transition.
    Quote Originally Posted by Coheteboy View Post
    That font is completely wrong.

    If they want us to believe that they're going back to the older style of storytelling, they should remind us of those earlier moments in the trailer.

    I love the band KEANE but it's not Pooh.

    This trailer feels cold when it should feel warm, fuzzy, and inviting.



    ...and.... I sure hope that the end of the trailer isn't the end of the movie!!!
    Again, I don't think so(if it was, it would mean that it would open itself to more movies.) But, I do agree with the ill-timed release of it, it would be a loss; and I think, the people who are in charge of marketing, are trying to make this pooh a flop, so that we customers, are stuck with 3D Animation!

    One last thing to all people reading this and the other threads: Which movie would you rather see on 7/15/11? Winnie the Pooh? or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, part 2?


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