This new Winnie the Pooh film features three previously unadapted stories from the original books. Done in the same sketchy ink and color wash style as the earlier Pooh shorts and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Directed by Stephen Anderson and Don Hall, the film is by a host of Disney regulars including Anderson and Hall, as well as Clio Chiang, Don Dougherty, Brian Kesinger, Nicole Mitchell, Jeremy Spears and Kendelle Hoyer.
Supervising the animation of the film is a strong team of veterans including Mark Henn (Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin), Andreas Deja (Tigger), Randy Haycock (Eeyore), Eric Goldberg (Rabbit), Bruce W. Smith (Piglet, Kanga, Roo) and Dale Baer (Owl). Toon Boom’s Harmony software was again used to digitize the hand-drawn work of the animators.
The Production of Winnie the Pooh
The film was originally scheduled to have five stories, but was cut back to three during production.
Following the death of John Fiedler, Travis Oates has taken over the voice of Piglet with this film.
In theatrical release, the film was paired with the short The Ballad of Nessie. The film was budgeted at a paltry 30 million dollars. The film was a moderate success at the box office, despite the fact it opened against Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and earned about 33 million in its initial release.
The British do not consider this film “on the List.” We are not sure why the British feel they are entitled to their own, British list. A film is either on the list… or not. And this film is.
- “A Pooh Bear Takes Care of His Tummy,” Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
- “A Very Important Thing to Do,” Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
- “Everything is Honey,” Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
- “The Winner Song,” Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
- “Winnie the Pooh,” Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Performed by Zooey Deschanel