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‘Winnie the Pooh’ Debuts Friday

Winnie The Pooh Receives A Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame
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The latest version of “Winnie the Pooh” hits theater tomorrow (Friday).  One of my favorite stories of all time, it will be interesting to see how Walt Disney Co. took on the task of creating a new story for Pooh-bear and his friends.
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Original Winnie-the-Pooh Illustrations
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In case you aren’t sure what to expect, Disney had no interest in computer-generating the characters in new Pooh movie.  The directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall, instead wanted to bring the story back to its beginning where the characters started out as hand-drawn pictures.  Therefore, the Walt Disney’s Animation Studios did all the illustrations.  Anderson and Hall opted to not project “Pooh’s latest Hundred Acre Wood adventure in three dimensions or upgrading his classic bound storybook to a tablet computer,” according to the Times Union newspaper.

Eeyore
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The stars of the movie include Jim Cummings as the bear himself, Pooh as well as Tigger (Cummings has been the voice for the last 25-years in movies, video games and TV shows) and also Travis Oates who has been the voice of Piglet for numerous years.  You will also hear some newcomers to the epic story, such as Craig Ferguson as know-it-all Owl; Bud Luckey (from Pixar and Seseame Street) as Eeyore, and John Cleese as the narrator. 

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Do you remember reading “Winnie the Pooh” or having it read to you when you were young?  Who was your favorite character?  Mine was Eeyore — how could you not love him and his tail constantly falling off!

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