Recently we had the opportunity to sit down and chat with some of the voice cast and creators of Disney’s new animated feature Winnie The Pooh. Pooh (the bear of very little brain) has reunited with his friends Christopher Robin, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo on the big screen for the first time in 35 years.
The new film revives the classic hand-drawn look of the original Pooh films and shorts and incorporates the language of the story as a physical element in the film. They break the fourth wall by actively referencing the fact that they are not only stuffed animals, but characters in a children’s book. They often walk atop paragraphs and between pages and a ladder of words eventually frees them from a er, sticky (but not honeyed) situation.
We had the chance to speak with some of the team of talented artist that brought this genuinely charming and engaging film to life, including: directors Stephen Anderson (Meet the Robinsons) and Don Hall, Songwriters Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez (who also voices Kanga in the film) – Jim Cummings, who has voiced Pooh and Tigger for years, and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) who steps in to voice the updated and humorous “fussbudget,” Rabbit.
Take a look at our interviews and they synopsis for the film below:
During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Pooh convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named “Backson” and they set out to save him.
Jim Cummings (Pooh and Tigger) & Tom Kenny (Rabbit) Interview:
Stephen Anderson & Don Hall (Directors):
Songwriters Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Kanga):
Winnie The Pooh is now in theaters.
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