The following post, originally published yesterday, has been updated with the trailer for the film.
Nah, I’m fucking with you. It’s not in 3D.
It is, however, absolutely adorable. Because it’s Pooh, and all Winnie The Pooh-related things are by default adorable. A.A. Milne’s stories about the charming bear Pooh and his bestest friend Christopher Robin, as well as his company of friends — Eyeore, Tigger, Piglet, Kanga and Roo — were childhood staples of mine. I probably wore through a couple of copies of The House At Pooh Corner as a wee TK, and still have a great deal of fondness for the stories. There have been several adaptations over the years, in film and television and radio, and now the Mouse House is looking to bring Pooh and company back to the screen:
Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh,” the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years. With the charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Well a tail is either there or it isn’t there,” said Pooh. “And yours isn’t… there.” Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some hunny. Inspired by five stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style, “Winnie the Pooh” hits theaters July 15, 2011.
As much disdain as I have for Disney, I admit I’m thrilled about this. The film is being co-directed by Stephen J. Anderson (Meet the Robinsons) and Don Hall (who’s worked with animation and writing on films like Chicken Little and The Emporer’s New Groove), and with Burny Mattinson as the senior story artist. That last bit is the best news, as Mattinson did the animation for the classic Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!
So yeah, there you have it. My weak spot. Winnie The Pooh. I’m hoping that it keeps all the innocent charm and sweetness of the original, and doesn’t try to modernize it, or throw in jokes for adults. Just let Pooh be Pooh. And Tigger too.
Here is the new trailer:
Here are the first images. Click to enlarge.
“Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.”