5 comments on “Winnie the Pooh (2011)

  1. I have had a problem with the various Winnie the Pooh projects ever since they jettisoned Paul Winchell. As I’ve heard the story, they had him in to record some lines, but he began to notice that they were giving him a LOT more direction than they had in the past. He began to realize that he wasn’t recording a new episode, he was re-auditioning for the part he’d created. Disney decided his voice had grown too weak to do the part and they handed it to Jim Cummings. That’s always rankled me.

    But considering the stories his daughter April has shared about how bad a dad he was, maybe I shouldn’t be so on his side, but it’s hard to walk away from a life of admiring the man and his work just over a bunch of facts.

    • Now that you mention it, I just noticed Cummings replaced Winchell in this (I will say it’s a subtle change unlike Fiedler into Travis Oates). I had no idea Winchell was cast out by Disney, and that’s sad considering his voice is so indelible with the part along with several other parts in the Disney animated canon. It’s sad to hear his daughter has some harsh stories about him, although I’m sure she’s got a ton of Disney stories somewhere. It’s definitely hard to sometimes to judge the person from the performance. Thanks for reading and the insight!

  2. Good Review. I agree how the new voices can be feel a bit out of place with the new actors, but I thought they all did a good job, and it made me want to go back and view the original. Oh and I love love love Zooey Deschanel’s contribution to the sound track. It was very sweet and it made those old songs kinda catchy.

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