It's a brand new tael for Pooh Bear and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, as they return to the big screen today in the newest Walt Disney Animated Feature, Winnie the Pooh (2011).
The film released by Walt Disney Pictures features three of A.A. Milne's original stories, In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and finds One from Winnie-the-Pooh (published in 1926), In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump (Winnie-the-Pooh, 1926) and In Which Rabbit Has a Busy Day and We Learn What Christopher Robin Does in the Mornings from Milne's second volume, The House at Pooh Corner (1928).
Winnie the Pooh stars veteran voice actor Jim Cummings, who has provided the voices for Pooh and Tigger since 1988. The voice cast is highlighted by Monty Python veteran John Cleese as the Narrator, famed animator Bud Luckey as Eeyore, SpongeBob's Tom Kenny lends his voice to Rabbit and Owl is voiced by Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson, from The Late Late Show.
Walt Disney Productions initially acquired partial rights to A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh in 1961. In 1977, three featurettes were combined with new material to create the first Pooh feature. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968) and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! (1974) were bridged together as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977). Later releases included a fourth chapter,Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, which was added in 1983.
Enjoying more than a smackerel of success, Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise includes an animated series, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-1991), as well as three additional animated features, The Tigger Movie (2000), Piglet's Big Movie (2003) and Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005).