35 years have passed since A. A. Milne's tubby little cubby all stuff with fluff, Winnie the Pooh, last graced the big screen in his own adventure from Disney animation (though his pals Tigger, Piglet, and even a purple heffalump were featured in their own respective movies during that time).
An official trailer has been released for Walt Disney's new Winnie the Pooh, which will bring the classic residents of the Hundred Acre Wood to life via hand-drawn, traditional animation.
Computer animation has been the norm for years now and the old-school animation style of Winnie the Pooh look all more fresh for it. The titular bear's new cinematic venture is based off five of Milne's original stories, which more or less revolve around Pooh's attempts to get ahold of some delicious honey (he's a simple mind and we love him all the more for it).
Disney stalwart Jim Cummings will provide the yellow fellow's voice, alongside Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime in the Transformers movies and TV show), Craig Ferguson (How To Train Your Dragon), Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants :-P), and Gilbert Gottfried (Iago in Disney's Aladdin).
The Winnie the Pooh trailer combines Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" with classic images of Pooh getting chased by bees, bounced by Tigger, and romping around the woods with Christopher Robin in order to conjure up feelings of nostalgia in those viewing it.
Does this approach work? Just watch the trailer below and find out:
We're not passing judgement, but even the most cynical moviegoers out there have to admit there is something charming about that Winnie the Pooh fellow and that watching him, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, and the rest of the classic gang be brought to life in beautiful 2D animation is quite pleasant.
A. A. Milne's Pooh stories are about as family-friendly as it gets and yet they often employ little bits of cleverness (like having the characters break the fourth wall) that provide entertainment for folks both young and old. It's difficult to imagine that won't be the case with this new movie as well.
Winnie the Pooh arrives in theaters in the U.S. on July 15th, 2011.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures