Disney is Bringing Winnie the Pooh Back to Theaters
by Alex Billington
June 1, 2009
Hooray? Disney is moving forward on developing a new hand-drawn animated Winnie the Pooh movie that will play in theaters. The new movie is tentatively slated for release in spring of 2011 and will come some six years after Pooh's Heffalump Movie played in theaters and made a measly $18 million total. Pooh is the world's second-largest licensed character franchise behind Mickey Mouse, according to Disney, and a renewed focus on that property will include merchandise and books, which is part of the announcement planned for the Licensing International Expo this week. Will we get to see plenty more of Tigger, I hope?
Last night I polled my Twitter followers to see whether it was worth writing up this news about Pooh returning to the big screen or not. I got enough enthusiastic responses that I decided to write something up. Not much more is known about the production right now, but they did emphasize that it would be hand-drawn. Which makes me wonder if John Lasseter, who now works for Disney as their chief creative officer, will be behind this new version. And if so, would this be one of their other big returns to hand drawn animation after The Princess and the Frog this fall? We'll let you know when we have any more details.