Hand-Drawn Disney Hype: WINNIE THE POOH

Back in college, our fearless leader E. Christopher Clark was known by one of two nicknames: Charlie Brown or Eeyore. So, it’s no surprise that he is a total Winnie the Pooh geek, and that he, like all of us here at Geek Force Five, is just a wee bit excited about the forthcoming Winnie the Pooh flick that Walt Disney Studios is releasing to theaters on July 15.

The first trailer for the flick was a master class in capturing the essence of each Pooh character in just a short space of time, and a brand new clip we found courtesy of Ain’t It Cool News provides further hope that what we’ll be getting this summer from Disney will be a classic Pooh yarn.

Yeah, the voice of Rabbit doesn’t seem right to us either, but Piglet is spot-on, and the joke is great.

You know what else is great? The hand-drawn animation, that’s what! We love ourselves some computer graphic awesomeness here at the HQ—and we’ve especially come to love the blend of CG and classic art that we saw in Tangled, and want more of that—but there’s something about Pooh and friends as a hand-drawn piece that just seems right to us.

If you ever wanted to see how Disney does it, or at least how they once did it, a new clip titled “How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made” just turned up on SlashFilm yesterday that’s definitely worth checking out:

And if that’s not enough excitement for you, check out these stills from the hand-drawn short that will run before Winnie the Pooh this summer. It’s called The Ballad of Nessie and, just when we thought we couldn’t be more excited to take our kids to the local drive-in and have an old-fashioned movie night under the stars, well, we so are!

Anyway, back to Pooh before we go: If you were a Pooh character, which one would you be?