3 December 2011news, Zooey Deschanel

This story first appeared in the Dec. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Winnie the Pooh is both a steam cleaning of the Pooh franchise and a bit of an update. The film was rendered in the classic Disney hand-drawn style with the “scratchy” line, and the watercolor background was created with modern, digital painting techniques. The desks are the same desks we’ve always had. Same pencils. Same paper. The background paintings were digital. But for the most part, the hand-drawn process is the same as back in the day. It still boils down to the animator bringing drawings to life, and it’s as amazing today as it was when the first animator put pencil to paper. We also attempted to update the humor as much as we could without going snarky or sarcastic, as well as the music.

When we started around three years ago, the thought was to release new content with a restored version of Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), featuring some footage that was edited out of the original. We were unable to gather enough of that footage to make it worthwhile, so we made the new version.

The idea, however, was always to return Pooh to his roots. The research trip we took to the real Hundred Acre Wood in East Sussex, England, was absolutely essential. The watercolor look of Pooh was already established, but we didn’t want to just reuse old backgrounds. The result of that experience was a richer, more beautiful look than before because it was based on the real place.
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2 December 2011news, Zooey Deschanel

Zooey’s song, So Long which she wrote for Winnie The Pooh is nominated for a Grammy:

Best Song Written For Visual Media
“Born to be Somebody” from “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” (Diane Warren)
“Christmastime is Killing Us” from “Family Guy” (Ron Jones, Seth MacFarlane and Danny Smith)
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” (Alan Menken and Glenn Slater)
“So Long” from “Winnie the Pooh” (Zooey Deschanel)
“Where the River Goes” from “Footloose” (Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, Drew Pearson and Anne Preven)
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from “Burlesque” (Diane Warren)

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1 December 2011news, Zooey Deschanel

I have added some pics of Zooey and Matthew on Monday’s appearance on Jay Leno:


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November 28 2011: Jay Leno

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