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New clip from WINNIE THE POOH makes me wistful...

Hey folks, Harry here...   Can you remember when WINNIE THE POOH was just about the most awesome thing that could ever be?   When having adventures and neighborly relations in their wonderful land would just about be the fondest most awesome thing ever?   That was when you could stop and play with a piece of plastic sculpted to be something...  create entire tightly wound nonsensical scenarios that you were cooking up in your noggin.   Watching this clip from WINNIE THE POOH takes me there.   Makes me wistful for life being so figured out that you could literally spend hours with a toy, on the floor...   and that was enough.   For me, that's WINNIE THE POOH - that kind of wonder, its so nice to see him back, dontcha think?

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  • March 30, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    First!

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    My kids will get bored with this.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Now I've got that song in my head

    by sweeneydave

    "Mind over matter, will make the Pooh unfatter". That's usually my constipated song.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Takes me back

    by tacoshack27

    Takes me back to the days when Winnie The Pooh was enjoyable and being a kid was awesome. The only thing that bothered me in that clip was the voice of Rabbit? Who is voicing Rabbit in this movie?

  • March 30, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Love Ya For This Harry

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    I want to relive parts of my childhood so bad it might be considered a sickness. This is a great clip.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Imagine Larry David was stuck in that hole with them...

    by Rebel Scumb

    I'm not sure why that occured to me while watching this, but I could just seem him losing his shit and yelling at piglet. Having said that, I love Winnie the Pooh, and I hope this turns out good.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    WTF?? What do you mean "When used to be..."?

    by LargoJr

    FUCK YEW SIR! Poo is pure awsome with a cherry and whipped cream on top, with Tigger bringing it to levels of EPICNESS no other title or subject will EVER come close to. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going out to enjoy my rather blustery day.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Nice to see this film making and storytelling today

    by HansBubi

    I couldn't help but think of this humorous "stuck in a hole" situation as being prime material for a Whose Line Is It Anyway? skit or similar improv/stand-up style sketch. This is the kind of situation that could be dragged out for a lot of random humor from the two at the bottom of the hole and the one at the top.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    If you didn't at least smile at that, you are fucked in the head

    by Terrence

    And that is not hyperbole, you must literally be in a fucking catatonic state.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Totally agree

    by Xaximus

    I'm amazed Disney didn't go with a CGI bastardization. Looks totally authentic, erring perhaps on Eeyore's voice.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    I never really connected with WtP

    by bah

    Disney's or the originals. But it did make me smile a little, so I guess I'm okay, eh, tb4000?

  • March 30, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    I miss John Fiedler

    by mr_bellamy

    This new Piglet dude ain't up to par.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    What happened to Rob Paulsen?

    by Anna Valerious

    No disrespect to Tom Kenney, but I'm more used to Rob Paulsen as Rabbit.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by Colonel Activity

    you guys remember how fat and ugly Harry is? Holy shit.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Sweet.

    by CatVutt

    Love the look. Now if we could just geta traditionally animated Robin Hood sequel. Oo-De-Lally!

  • March 30, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Rabbit sounds EXACTLY like the Ice King from ADVENTURE TIME!

    by Jet Jaguar

  • March 30, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    but surely you play with toys on the floor now!

    by zom-bot.com

    and it sounds like you kind of have a carefree life watching movies and cartoons and stuff. so what changed?

  • March 30, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    hmmm

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    voices seem off

  • March 30, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    idk why but im looking forward to this

    by ORIONgods

    over most films this year

  • March 30, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    when's it coming out?

    by deelzbub

  • March 30, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I love the feel of this film

    by Jaster

    It's so relaxed, sweet and subtle. Seems like everything has to be loud and edgy nowadays so I'm digging this old school vibe. Looking forward to watching this with my son.

  • March 30, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Awful

    by epevensie

    Have you guys on the bandwagon ever seen the originals?

  • March 30, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Nice, even w/o Holloway.

    by Fred

  • March 30, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    love the humor of this

    by oisin5199

    if you're kids are bored, time to turn off the video games and take away the sugar. How about some honey?

  • March 30, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Man that made me happy!

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    It's old school Pooh at its best! I can't wait to see Tigger because I heard that Andreas Deja (Scar, Gaston, Hurcules, Lilo, etc) was the main animator for him. I have a rumbly in my tumbly for this movie! I'm actually more excited for this then Cars 2, Rio & to some extent Kung Fu Panda.

  • March 30, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Oh and wiether you like this or not make sure to support it

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    Because the more that people go to see this the stronger the message to Iger that the audience actually wants to see more Traditional Animation.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST

    These animated storyboards are interesting

    by cylon_conspiracy

    to get a feel for the tone, but I'll wait until I see the final CG version to judge the quality. I want to see every single hair of Pooh's fur in all its crystal- clear photorealistic glory. They set a pretty good standard with Yogi Bear so now Pooh has to look that much more real.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    "It does lag a bit in the middle..."

    by FeralAngel

    Okay. Despite Rabbit's overacting (never did care for the way Disney handled that character) that line just about won me over. It actually sounds like a line A.A. Milne actually wrote - and that's important because his Pooh stories were NOT full of baby powder and pablum. They were whimsical in the best sense of the word, witty, sly and sarcastic (especially Eeyore, who was much more curmudgeonly and less manic-depressive than the Disney version). Don't know if I'll go to see the movie or not, but I do wish it the best.

  • I still intend to see this when it comes out. Anything that has John Lasseter's name as 'Executive Producer' already has my money in its pocket. Rabbit's supervising animator is the one-and-only Eric Goldberg. Eric is very 'fluid' in his animation style, if you've seen his characters like The Genie or Louis in Princess and the Frog. Though I would recommend the old series, "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" from the early 90's. I felt they did a great job of taking the characters and putting them in entertaining stories. I watched those episodes even into my teens, and still found something entertaining right alongside my younger sisters. I dare you to find the episode "Find Her, Keep Her," and not get a little misty-eyed. Or even the ending to the episode "Donkey for a Day."

  • March 31, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Pooh and Sears

    by disfigurehead

    Having Pooh shoved down my throat at Sears when i was a kid really makes me hate Pooh.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Boiler man, Kamaji -

    by sweeneydave

    I completely forgot about The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh! Just remembering it takes me back to being a kid on Saturday morning. Most cartoons were just empty cartoons, but that one always felt like it held the meaning of life hidden inside it. I'm so grateful for that flashback right now.

  • March 31, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST

    I smiled...

    by redshirt

    Anyone for a quick game of Pooh sticks?

  • March 31, 2011, 4:24 a.m. CST

    im going to see this

    by john

    cuz sometimes, its good to feel like a kid again pooh was one of the few kids toons that didnt talk down to its audience

  • March 31, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST

    needs new Sherman Brothers song

    by aicyj

    Looks great, but I would love to hear a new Sherman Brothers Pooh song. That song that Richard wrote for Iron Man 2 was awesome.

  • March 31, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    That's not Pooh. And it's not Piglet or Rabbit neither.

    by veteran_of_mu

    Seriously, go read the two and only original AA Milne books and stop watching this perverted Hollywood schlock.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Of Course I love THIS!

    by thepoohguy

    Have you checked my name?

  • March 31, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Oh bother

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    My nostalgia meter just went through the roof! Blu-ray please.

  • March 31, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Why are they rebooting a cartoon again?

    by toxictodd

    this is beyond ridiculous

  • March 31, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    stlost

    by STLost

    Are these the same voices that are in previous Pooh movies? They sound like it. Aren't these guys like 100 years old or something?

  • March 31, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    It's just terrific!

    by venvariants

    Lovely on all counts - simply marvelous. So happy that this is hand drawn. A breath of fresh air. I likr their expressions, plus that they retain the original charachter design.

  • March 31, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    why did I stick my name in the subject?

    by STLost

    Because I'm that damn awesome.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    BEHOLD. THE PIG CZAR-

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/heyniceslacks/pig_czar-1-3.jpg

  • March 31, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    re: Hanna Barbera

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    Hanna Barbera was imperfect, corny, yet charming in its approach. Like old vaudeville. There is a difference between sitting with your Grandpa and having him tell you a story and FULL SENSORY HI DEF 3D Holy Shit Look at All the Hair on That Fucking Zebra, How Realistic It Moves. Not to mention the fact that they created tons of indelible characters, raised a generation of animators, and presented an approach to art that spawned a ton of modernist art in the worlds of design, advertising and fashion. Not to mention influening JOHN KRICFALUSI, the creator of Ren and Stimpy and ALSO out of work because of this shit. (Remember, sometimes its the cheap, the sweatshop, cutting corners that forces the imagination to sweat out its creativity.) It is vital for our culture to have old fashioned storytelling and I for one am sick of seeing everyone go breathless over the new cool when the old was six hours of awesome cartoons every saturday morning. THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES, no wait! he has a pink fur coat and whooo look at how all the digital hair mooooves all at once IN 3D

  • March 31, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    please keep accepting the depressing mediocrity of our culture

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    and buy more tickets for shit like TANGLED and MONSTERS Inc. They'll just keep making more of it because they think that's what people want. I for one am excited about this new Pooh movie, at least its SOMETHING, even ifts made-with-a-stylus instead of pens, even with the depressing CGI Honey... Metaphor that you can read as the gold pot that Eisner bathes in, nightly. Or who-the-fuck-ever makes the decisions over there What I believe we are talking about here -all melodramatics aside- is nothing short of the metaphorical “death of Geppetto” in our society. Especially when we’re discussing a medium which needs a room full of talent and a timespan of two or more years to craft a feature film. That medium relies on public and executive support, fanfare, excitement and magic. It makes me want to cry tears of sentimental rage that every couple of months I am confronted with a giant billboard for a new computer animated movie. I’m 33, and it makes me sad that I don’t even remember the posters for Beauty and the Beast. How magical it must have been to be alive to see Jungle Book posters looming out from all the tallest buildings. And how sad is is to be in 2001, watching popular culture swirling in the toilet, and no one seems to care. ____ I was reading an article about the recent Disney film “Tangled”, and I discovered that that film had started it’s life out as a traditional handrawn fairy tale done in the classical Disney style, but that then-studio chief Michael Eisner had taken the animators aside and said “That’s great! But can you do it in CGI?” Welcome to the future. It fucking BLOWS.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    please join my Facebook grup to prtest the new CGI Smurfs movie

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    just search for "Protest the SMURFS re-make!!" in Facebook groups. These characters are beloved because generations of children have instilled them with their affection and imagination. They've slept with them at night, they've worn their costumes for Halloween. We're not talking about the Dow's "scrubbing bubbles" here, or Charlie the Tuna. ...We are sick of Hollywood ignoring the audience these films should be marketed for, namely the millions of kids who grew up with them, many of whom have kids of their own, and I'm sure would love a chance to introduce them to the things that made their childhood so rare and special. The light of a television on Saturday morning used to be a magical place to be, it pushed the walls of a kid's imagination a bit, it demonstrated the elasticity of what a pair of nimble hands working in tandem with an ink bottle could do. It wasn't rendered like points on a computer, like lines on a graph to bring flesh to the most hyper-realistic, fully immersive experience possible. Now a cartoon bear might lurch clumsily aross the screen for a frame or two, but I believe that that is part of his charm. What I believe we are talking about here, all melodramatics aside, is nothing short of the metaphorical "death of Geppetto" in our society. If you care about integrity, if you give a rats ass about the generation of legendary old gentlemen (most of whom are now gone) who created these charming, blessedly imperfect old bear ducks chipmunks, etc... Then please join us in boycotting these films and getting the word out.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Let's get cartoons out of the ghetto.

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    So that can THEY start to be considered as something other than kiddie fare. Just like comics, how they movied away from being just for nerdy teenagers to something that was finally considered seriously literary fare by things like Time Magazine. I don't want to live in a world where they can make a Jungle Book 2, A Little Mermaid 3 and no one says a thing in protest. It's time to start speaking up for these creations. Like the velveteen rabbit- I loved it and that makes it real. Its not just fodder to sell giant Mountain Dew cups to little kids... or a 2 hour break for their parents so their tots will be quiet for awhile. They are more than that. And I say RIGHTS FOR CARTOONS, DAMMIT Hey, wasn't David Fincher going to make a new Heavy Metal movie? That might have made strides. Jesus, doesn't Hollywood look at the Adult Swim ratings? Stoners would love to see the Bakshi era of animation come back, SO LET'S TELL THEM WHAT WE WANT

  • March 31, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    looks very in spirit with Many Adventures of

    by Prem1x

    Can't wait to take my 3yr old to it.

  • March 31, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    I fucking hate this awful homogenised, Disneyfied..

    by Righteous Brother

    American accented Pooh, crap. It's fucking awful.

  • March 31, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Agreed, righteousbrother...

    by Jet Jaguar

    I'd rather see a Winnie the Pooh cartoon with British accents and 2D hand-drawn animation modelled after E.H. Shepherd's original storybook sketches.

  • March 31, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Yay for 2D animation!! You ain't dead!!

    by Andy Pandy

  • March 31, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Rabbit's animation sucks- over the top!

    by bunkyboo

    It looks like TV animation. It lacks attention to character, subtlety of performance and it's all on twos. Look a Rabbit's animation in the first few Disney Pooh films! This version is a generic, broad and cliched portrayal that makes me seriously concerned about the director who approved this. Frank and Ollie are rolling over in their graves.

  • March 31, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    are you serious?

    by abe

    No "attention to character"? Are you serious? Try watching with the sound off and you'll see what has impressed me. It's quality traditional animation that I haven't seen in a long time.

  • March 31, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    When I first heard about this I was totally indifferent UNTIL...

    by darthderp

    ...I saw the first poster for the film; the one where Pooh is ready to jump on a board and send Piglet up toward the beehive (filled with hunny I'm sure) and Piglet's reaction is, "Oh, Pooh..." Once I saw that, I could not stop smiling. There are two other posters (check out IMP Awards) that have that same...I guess coolness would be the right word. Something about Disney trying to go back to old-school Pooh.... This is one that I will gladly buy my kids a ticket for if they ask.

  • March 31, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Sorry, British sock puppets

    by shran

    Disney is Ah-mur-icun. Your fantastic UK animation houses that also distribute movies and make an assload of money with amusement parks should have gotten off the schneid and purchased a.a. milne's book-to-filmrights. Like Uncle Walt did.

  • March 31, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Plus, also!

    by shran

    Have any of you ever actually held in your hands one of the animation cels from a classic Walt Disney animated movie? Like Sleeping Beauty or Dumbo or Peter Pan? And still considered it a crappy hand drawn movie? I have held them and can tell you there 'aint nothing crappy about them. When you consider how many of these "crappy' drawings it takes to make just a couple of seconds of a scene it will amaze you how much attention to detail the animators put in and the incredible dedication to craft those folks have, in the face of an industry that has been turning it's back on them. We were lucky enough to have a group of in-sequence numbered cels and the minute differences and knowledge of movement the animator had was incredible. I like the CGI movies just fine. As a matter of fact it is some of the best storytelling in movies today. But it should never overshadow the art of real hand drawn animation.

  • March 31, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Hand drawn.

    by blackwood

    I'm with shran -- CG animation is great and has it's place, but it can't and shouldn't 'replace' hand drawn animation. Hand drawn animation is now like stop motion -- it doesn't become irrelevant because something new comes along. It should always be about what's best for the story and the film. I think this looks sweet, but I agree that Rabbit is way way way over-animated, indulging in that tiresome hyper-kinectic twitchiness that Jar Jar Binks had and that plagued early-form 'live action' CG. Good animation, CG or otherwise, is about subtly and knowing when and how to hold genuine moments. Also the voices wig me out a bit. The original film is among my favourites of all time so it's a bit of a trip to hear these strangers coming out of familiar faces.

  • March 31, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    bunkyboo is correct

    by wildphantom07

    If their goal was to make it look like the classic Pooh of 50 years ago, then based on that its not good enough. If that wasn't their goal then fair enough. Doesn't mean the story and spirit of the thing won't make it a great movie - but at least on a quality of animation level, I can't see this reaching the heights some hoped it would. Still does look excellent though

  • March 31, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Shran....

    by wildphantom07

    I don't think anyone worth their salt would ever criticise the likes of Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo and Peter Pan. Sleeping Beauty remains, for me, technically the defining moment for hand-drawn animation.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Rabbit's voice is missing something

    by Norm

    Too nice somehow. In the original cartoons, he sounds like such a dick.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    oh come on the animation's fine

    by MurderMostFowl

    Yes they did all hand drawn animation, but they did it on a computer, and a guarantee they used an inbetweening system in the animation program itself to generate some of the frames. So it looks a little odd sometimes. You can see this put to poor use in cheap cartoons on Adult Swim not knocking them but production value isn't their focus ) where you can see obvious rubberbanding. But really I think the animation is fine. Give it a chance. I think it's inspired to be doing this project at all. And if the animation is a little off putting at times, it looks like it's got great dialog... enjoy it for that. Remember half the time the animation you don't remember as accurately as you think you do. Consider the opening sequence for Beauty & the Beast. Some of it is terrible by today's standards. Yet you don't remember it that way. Also... Watch a couple of Episodes of "My friends tigger and pooh" if you want to see what this COULD have been ( and by that I mean that using that system would have been worse )

  • March 31, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    blackwood ... the voices

    by MurderMostFowl

    Pooh is Jim Cummings who has been Pooh since the 80's Piglet is Travis Oates is definitely new. He's only been Piglet since 2005 when John Fielder died. And Ken Sansom has been Rabbit since the 80's too. So yes, no one is "original", but the 80's is 30 years ago now folks, that's damn near close to good enough. And all of the full length Pooh movies save one. (5 of them ) have been with these people as their voices except for the 1977 movie. All the holiday specials, and direct to video films too, ( 20+ films ) so... I think that qualifies them a bit.

  • April 1, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Memories

    by Smitty

    I rememeber watching Winnie for hours. Its so weird that as a child we understand the morals to it and how they adapt to life. :D great show.

  • April 1, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    TOY STORY 3 RIPS OFF THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    And wins an Oscar for it. Lord how how I wish Chomet had one for the Illusionist, the things that man might have said about the current state of animation. Toy Story 3/ Toaster- “In both movies, a kid is going to college and, in a gross misunderstanding, his beloved childhood toys/appliances are taken away. They decide to work together to find their way back to the kid, find themselves in a life-or-death jam at the city dump, manage to avoid dying on a conveyor belt, and are reunited with the kid. Oh, and a guy named John Lasseter helped conceive “Toaster” for Disney back in the ’80s… and is now one of the key people at Pixar.” Plagiarizing yourself is forgivable. I guess. But the guy should be outed for this, Not Awarded. John Lasseter sort of gets a pass from me since he was the man who convinced Disney to be the US distributor of the amazing, unequalled Hayao Miyazaki Japanese fantasy films. Now the irony is that Disney still puts out the best feature animated films on these shores. Only they’re from JAPAN. Another heartbreaking fact is that TS3 has been described as “depicting the longing of forgotten analog old toys replaced by things that are shiny and modern”. This is a theme of the movie some critics have seen, even though PIXAR can be viewed as being one of the main entities responsible for the sterilization of the cartoon and a catalyst for pencils, drawing boards (and their pilots) being tossed out into the street. Pixar has made some fine movies, but as far as their emotional resonance… I barely remember any of them. I just don’t like the texture of those movies, They are sterile and too bright and they just don’t seep into the memory with the same tapestried lushness of a “Winnie the Pooh” or a “Jungle Book”. A million of those movies have been made. But I will bet you that stores still sell more stuffed Eeyore dolls than “Cars” or “Nemos”. You know why? The Texture is better. It’s more special. And organic to the imagination. Please speak up for what has been lost. Our childhood joys. Our cartoons.

  • April 1, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    well at least they keep a stable list of voice actors

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    Because that's important. Dan Akroyd as Yogi, John Goodman as Balloo? That's just crass advertising bullshit.