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July 1, 2011 / mommylok

Family-fun activities with Pooh Bear and friends

One of Disney’s all-time classics is back!  And I bet you, adults will appreciate this just as much as the kids…if not more!

Disney invites you to bring home Winnie the Pooh and friends before the movie hits theaters in the U.S. on July 15 with these family-fun activities and irresistible recipes.  Please enjoy and if anyone decides to try the recipes, please-please-please share some photos!

Candy Box

Honeybee Hat Activity

Pook-A-Looz Pencil Toppers

Winnie the Pooh Mask

Hoot Owl Cake Recipe

Hunny Pot Cake Pops Recipe

Sweet Beehive Recipe

Winnie The Pooh Cake Pops Recipe

Pooh is loyal to his friends in Hundred Acre Wood.  He’s always willing to lend a helping paw—and he’s more than happy to share a jar of honey with anyone who’s interested.  I think we can all learn a little bit from Pooh!  He’s so luvable, who can resist him?

Here are a few fun tidbits for you to enjoy:

  • As part of their efforts to return to the look and feel or the original featurettes, filmmakers also returned to the live-action opening, which is set in Christopher Robin’s bedroom. They found pictures of the real Christopher Robin’s bedroom and designed the set accordingly.
  • In the fall of 2009, members of the film’s creative team (including directors Don Hall and Stephen Anderson, art director Paul Felix, layout supervisor Razoul Azadani and background supervisor Sunny Apinchapong) went on an expedition of their own to England.  They visited Ashdown Forest in Sussex, the setting of Milne’s stories located a mile from where the author had his country home.  There, they took copious photographs and did water colors on the actual sites. Felix was inspired by the lighting in the forest, and incorporated this element into his vision for the film.
  • Demonstrating the incredible range of his vocal abilities, Jim Cummings is the versatile talent behind Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.  In addition to providing Pooh’s voice for more than two decades, he has also provided the voices for other well-known Disney favorites, including King Louie and Kaa (from “The Jungle Book 2”), Ed the hyena for “The Lion King,” and Ray the heroic and romantic firefly with the Cajun accent in “The Princess and the Frog.”  Cummings inherited the duties of voicing Pooh from Sterling Holloway, and took over Tigger duties from his friend and colleague, Paul Winchell.
  • Wyatt Hall, the seven-year-old son of director Don Hall, was recruited to provide the scratch—or temporary voice—of Roo. Hall says his son wasn’t interested at first, accepted the offer (after some Transformer bribery), and ultimately won the role as the official voice or Roo. “We may have created a monster, though,” says Hall. “We were trying to direct him on how to say a specific line and he actually said, ‘I don’t think Roo would say it like that.’”

So, what do you think Owl is saying here?

It’s funny, my kids love Winnie the Pooh only through the stuffed animals I’ve given them but they haven’t actually seen a classic video yet.  However, they are still looking forward to seeing it in the theaters!  How about you?

Tell me, who is your favorite character and why?  Mine is Eeyore; I think the expression on the image below on his face says it all!

ABOUT THE MOVIE

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 timeless 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, Owl, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. 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 honey. Inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style, “Winnie the Pooh” hits theaters in Europe and Latin America in Spring 2011; the U.S. release date is July 15, 2011.

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