Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh is a 2011 American animated family film inspired by three A. A. Milne stories. The film is a continuation of Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise and is the fifth theatrical Winnie the Pooh film released and the second from the Walt Disney Animation Studios. In the film, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo embark on a quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit while Pooh deals with a hunger for Honey. The film is directed by Stephen Anderson and Don Hall, written by A. A. Milne and Burny Mattinson, produced by Peter Del Vecho, Clark Spencer, John Lasseter, and Craig Sost, and narrated by John Cleese.
The film was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and was released on April 15, 2011 in the UK, and on July 15, 2011 in the United States. Production for the film began in September 2009 with John Lasseter announcing that they wanted to create a film that would "transcend generations." The film also features six songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, as well as a rendition of the "Winnie the Pooh" theme song by actress and musician Zooey Deschanel. The movie is preceded by an animated short called The Ballad of Nessie about a friendly Loch Ness Monster named Nessie and how she and her best friend MacQuack, the rubber duck, came to live in the moor they now call home. In some international screenings, the episode "Cubby's Goldfish" from the Disney Junior series Jake and the Never Land Pirates appears.
The film is based on three stories found in the Milne books. Two stories are from Winnie-the-Pooh: "In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One," and "In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump." The other story is found in The House at Pooh Corner: "In Which Rabbit Has a Busy Day and We Learn What Christopher Robin Does in the Mornings."
Pooh wakes up one day to find that he is out of honey. While out searching for more, Pooh discovers Eeyore, who has lost his tail. Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, and Roo come to the rescue, and Christopher Robin decides to hold a contest to see who can find Eeyore's tail. The prize for the winner is a fresh pot of honey. After many failed attempts, Kanga suggests they use a scarf, but it unravels.
The next day, Pooh goes to visit Christopher Robin and he finds a note that says "Gon Out Bizy Back Soon." Because Pooh is unable to read the note, he asks for Owl's help. Owl's poor reading comprehension skills lead Pooh and his friends to believe that Christopher Robin has been abducted by a ruthless and mischievous monster they call the "Backson." Pooh and his friends plan to trap this monster in a pit. Meanwhile, Tigger, wanting a sidekick to help him defeat the Backson, recruits Eeyore to be a second Tigger. He dresses up as a Backson and tries to teach Eeyore how to fight. Eeyore, who is doing this against his will, escapes from Tigger and hides underwater.
After a failed attempt to get honey from a bee hive, Pooh begins to imagine that he is surrounded by honey, and accidentally falls into the pit meant for the Backson. Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Owl, and Eeyore try to get him out, but get stuck themselves. Piglet attempts to get Pooh and friends out of the trap, but he runs into Tigger, still in his Backson outfit, and mistakes him for the actual monster. Piglet escapes from Tigger on a red balloon, which knocks some of the storybook's letters into the pit. After the chase, Tigger and Piglet fall into the trap as well, where Eeyore reminds Tigger that he being "the only one" is "the most wonderful thing about Tiggers." Eventually, Pooh figures out to use the fallen letters to form a ladder, and the animals are able to escape the pit. They soon find Christopher Robin, and tell him about the Backson, but he clarifies, saying he meant to be "back soon."
Later, Pooh visits Owl only to find that Owl was the one that took Eeyore's tail, not realizing it belonged to him. Owl had been using Eeyore's tail as a bell pulley for his door. Pooh chooses to leave and return the tail to Eeyore instead of sharing a pot of honey with Owl. Christopher Robin is proud of Pooh's kindness and rewards him with a large pot of honey.
Following the credits, it is revealed that the rumored Backson actually exists deep in the woods, but is much friendlier than imagined. He discovers a trail of objects and picks up each one, planning to return them, before falling into the very pit that was made for him. He waits for someone to arrive and help him out.
- Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
- Tom Kenny as Rabbit
- Craig Ferguson as Owl
- Travis Oates as Piglet
- Bud Luckey as Eeyore
- Jack Boulter as Christopher Robin
- Kristen Anderson-Lopez as Kanga
- Wyatt Dean Hall as Roo
- John Cleeseas the narrator
- Huell Howser as the Backson
Burny Mattinson, a Disney veteran who worked as the key animator on Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, served as lead storyboard artist for the film, with Stephen Anderson and Don Hall directing. Director Stephen Anderson is best known for his effort on Meet the Robinsons, Journey Beneath the Sea, Brother Bear, The Emperor's New Groove, and Bolt. Director Don Hall also has veteran status at Walt Disney Animation Studios, significantly contributing to The Princess and the Frog, Meet the Robinsons, Brother Bear, Home on the Range, The Emperor's New Groove, and Tarzan. Supervising animators for the film included Mark Henn (Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin),Andreas Deja (Tigger),Bruce W. Smith (Piglet, Kanga, Roo), Randy Haycock (Eeyore), Eric Goldberg (Rabbit) and Dale Baer (Owl). Similar to The Princess and the Frog, the film also uses Toon Boom Animation's Harmony software. Instead of using live-action book scenes (in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh), the book scenes are CGI-animated with the characters interacting with the text (such as when they escape the pit they wanted to trap the backson in).
Originally, the film was supposed to feature five stories from the A. A. Milne books, but the the final version ended up drawing inspiration from three stories. Lasseter had also announced that Rabbit's friends and relatives would be in the film, but they never appeared.
Winnie the Pooh received universal acclaim with audiences and critics alike. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 91% of 96 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.1 out of 10.Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 74 based on 25 reviews.CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was an A minus on an A plus to F scale.
Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times says the film "proves a fitting tribute to one of the last century's most enduring children's tales." The film has been praised for not only being able to charm the children audience but the parents as well.Roger Ebert, giving it 3 stars out of 4, said in his review "In a time of shock-value 3-D animation and special effects, the look of the film is gentle and pleasing. It was hand-animated, I'm told, and the backgrounds use a subtle and reassuring watercolor style. It's a nightmare-proof experience for even the youngest viewers."
The film earned roughly $3 million on opening day and $8 million for its opening weekend, ranking sixth and being on par with expectations. It has also earned $6.5 million overseas for a worldwide total of over $17 million as of July 21, 2011.
Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen wrote seven songs for the film, including "The Tummy Song", "A Very Important Thing to Do", "Everything Is Honey", "The Winner Song", "The Backson Song", "Pooh's Finale", and "It's Gonna Be Great".Zooey Deschanel performs three songs for the film, including a take on the Winnie the Pooh theme song, "A Very Important Thing to Do" and an original end-credit song "So Long," which was written by Zooey Deschanel and performed with She & Him band mate M. Ward.
In the trailer, the song "Somewhere Only We Know" by English alternative rock band Keane was used instead of the music written by Henry Jackman. The song by Keane is not included on the soundtrack. All musical scores and songs were composed by Henry Jackman, except as noted.
No.TitleLength1. "Winnie the Pooh" (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) 2:32 2. "The Tummy Song" (Jim Cummings, Robert Lopez) 1:07 3. "A Very Important Thing to Do" (Written by Robert Lopez, Performed by Zooey Deschanel) 0:47 4. "The Backson Song" (Cast of Winnie the Pooh) 2:55 5. "It's Gonna Be Great" (Written by Robert Lopez, performed by Bud Luckey and Jim Cummings) 2:05 6. "Everything Is Honey" (Jim Cummings, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez) 2:00 7. "Pooh's Finale" (Robert Lopez, Zooey Deschanel, and the Cast of Winnie the Pooh) 1:05 8. "So Long" (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) 3:28 9. "Main Title Sequence / Winnie the Pooh" (Zooey Deschanel and M Ward) 2:24 10. "Pooh Greets the Day" 2:46 11. "Get You Tiggerized!" 2:08 12. "Woods and Words / The Backson Song" 3:41 13. "Eeyore Needs His Tail / The Winner Song" (Cast of Winnie the Pooh) 2:08 14. "Picnic and Beehive Chase" 2:26 15. "Hundred Acre Spy Game" 3:34 16. "Stuck in the Pit/Balloon Chase" 4:04 17. "A Honey Happy Ending" 2:44 18. "Winnie the Pooh Suite"
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