Disney has released some screens as well as the official synopsis for their upcoming retelling of “Winnie the Pooh.” This will be the first retelling of the classic tale for the first time in 35 years. Stephen Anderson (Meet the Robinsons) and Don Hall are set to direct.
The film comes complete with a loaded cast proving voice overs that include Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Bud Luckey (director of the Pixar short Boundin’). Zooey Deschanel is also onboard to perform a new Pooh bear theme song!
From the look and feel of it, it seems to have retained the classic look and feel — a 2D cartoon, rather than some 3D CGI abomination (i.e. Alvin and the Chipmunks or Scooby-Doo). I’m actually a little interested in how this will turn out having always been a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh and his friends.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.