Sunday, July 31, 2011

Get a free "TDDF" (The Disney Disney Files) botton/magnet from Us!

As most of you know the 2011 D23 Expo is drawing near, and we wont have alot of time at the Expo to hand out these bottons (and there part magnets too, so when you get back home just slap it on your fridge) the botton is FREE just messages us on OUR facebook page with your home address (and we ship for FREE too!). So show your support for the site at the Expo or if your not going to the D23 expo you can STILL ask for one to wear at your next trip to a Disney park!  thanks to ALL for your support and SEE YOU AT THE EXPO (and with your botton on! ;D )  Limit 2 botton's per-fan please.

Botton/magnet image.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

It's a Musical "Jolly Holiday" as Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix at D23

Songs from Van Dyke's varied entertainment career in addition to many well-known Disney hits and timeless pop standards will be performed by Van Dyke and The Vantastix in a show rich in humor, pure entertainment and sing-along favorites. Much of the show's song roster is based on Put On A Happy Face, the group's inaugural a cappella album, which features 14 well-known tunes. The CD will be available for purchase in the D23 Expo Treasure Trove store.
Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix is the result of a chance meeting of Van Dyke and Mendyke at a Malibu coffee shop in September 2000. With the addition of Chadima and Bradley, the group started "just for fun," gathering weekly for pizza and singing around Van Dyke's piano, and soon built up an impressive repertoire of children's songs and standards.
After their first casual performance during the wrap party for Van Dyke's long-running mystery TV series Diagnosis Murder, the group began to get requests to appear at charity events and benefits. They have performed at the City of Hope Hospital; the Beverly Hilton for the Society of Singers Concert honoring Dame Julie Andrews; the Hollywood Bowl as part of an evening of TV theme songs; and at the awarding of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Rose Marie, who appeared with Van Dyke on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
There have also been television appearances at the TV Land Awards, Larry King Live, and a performance of the National Anthem for the NBA Playoffs and more. The group continues to perform at benefits in the greater Los Angeles area.
"Hard work and planning are important if one wants to get ahead in life," Van Dyke says. "More important is leaving one's self open to the twists and turns, the wonderful surprises that life has to offer. If you can't bend with the wind, go with the flow, you're gonna miss some great adventures. These three guys walked into my life from out of nowhere and turned my Golden Years into pure platinum. We always have a great time performing together, and we're looking forward to appearing at the D23 Expo."

Dick Van Dyke – Van Dyke began his remarkable career more than 50 years ago in a record-pantomime act called The Merry Mutes. He then went on to host several TV shows before starring on Broadway in Bye Bye Birdie, for which he received a Tony Award®. The classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show came next, then the screen version of Birdie, followed by the classic Disney film musical Mary Poppins, the equally adored movie musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the recent hit Night at the Museum, and a host of other wonderfully entertaining films. Winner of five Emmy Awards®, Van Dyke completed nine seasons of the TV series Diagnosis Murder.

Bryan Chadima – Bryan Chadima is a writer, musical director, arranger, and singer. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from Western Michigan University. He has toured nationally and recorded albums with numerous vocal groups and shows including Blind Man's BluffGold CompanyVox Lumiere, and The Three Waiters. His musical directing credits include Klub Kokomo and Baby It's You. Chadima arranges most of the material performed by The Vantastix.

Eric Bradley – Bradley's road to Los Angeles began in Connecticut where he grew up then at the University of Miami, where he studied music, film, and television, and then to Chicago, where he started his career as a vocalist and voice-over actor. Bradley now enjoys a career as a studio singer in LA. His film and TV credits include The Simpsons MovieSpiderman 3,Blades of GloryKing KongSuperman ReturnsThe Polar Express, EnchantedI Am LegendHow I Met Your MotherFamily Guy, and the Oscars telecast. He also sings with jazz sensation Sixth Wave, the 2001 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions.

Mike Mendyke – An MIT graduate and former NASA engineer with degrees in aerospace engineering and music, Mendyke believes every vocal group should include at least one rocket scientist. After eight years in the defense industry, he began recording albums and touring the U.S. and Japan with the vocal group Five O'Clock Shadow. A longtime advocate of vocal music, Mendyke is a past board member and former treasurer for The Contemporary A Cappella Society. Mendyke also runs an online marketing business, as well as music distribution services.

Tickets to the D23 Expo are available at Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo, including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket and $37 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106 for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests.

About D23 Expo 2011
The D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families—brings the entire world of
Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center, providing guests with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, and theme parks.

About D23
D23 is the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company – the first-ever in its 88-year history. The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. The club gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication Disney twenty-three; a rich website at; a collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the bi-annual D23 Expo.
Fans can join D23 at, select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort and To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us "DisneyD23" on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

Lisa Scalzo
The Walt Disney Company/D23
SOURCE Disney D23

Friday, July 29, 2011

2009 D23 Expo Highlights

With the 2011 D23 Expo just weeks away, here are some of cool highlights of expo 2009!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

‘Incredible Hulk’ Copyright Belongs to Marvel, Judge Rules

Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s Marvel Entertainment owns the rights to the Incredible Hulk and X-Men comic-book characters, a federal judge said, ruling against the heirs of the superheroes’ co-creator Jack Kirby.
The children of the late cartoonist didn’t have the legal right to terminate the comic-book publisher’s copyrights for the characters, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan said today in a court order. Marvel said it owned the rights because Kirby was an employee of the company.
“This case is not about whether Jack Kirby or Stan Lee is the real ‘creator’ of Marvel characters,” McMahon said in her order. “It is about whether Kirby’s work qualifies as work-for- hire under the Copyright Act of 1909.” The Kirby works “were indeed works for hire,” she said.
The decision affects the rights to the characters in movies as well as comic books. The 2008 Marvel-produced film “The Incredible Hulk” grossed $263.4 million worldwide, according to Burbank, California-based Disney bought Marvel last year for $4.2 billion.
“We are pleased that in this case, the judge has confirmed Marvel’s ownership rights,” Disney said in a statement e-mailed by Zenia Mucha, a spokeswoman.
In 2009, Kirby’s adult children sent 45 notices to Marvel to terminate license renewals for the characters in comics published from 1958 to 1963. Marvel sued in January 2010, seeking a judgment that the termination notices were invalid.
Marc Toberoff, a lawyer representing the Kirbys, didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.

No Benefits

Kirby, who died in 1994, also created or co-created the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. His heirs said their father was a freelance artist paid by the page who received no benefits from Marvel. Stan Lee, who worked for Marvel as an editor, is credited as co-author of the Hulk.
Kirby’s adult children, Lisa, Barbara, Neal and Susan, asked the court to declare the termination notices valid because their father owned his work.
“The uncontroverted evidence shows that Marvel had no legal obligation to purchase Kirby’s artwork, and that Kirby, who worked out of his basement and paid for his own supplies, bore the financial risk of creation not Marvel,” they said in their motion for summary judgment.
Marvel said in court papers that Kirby granted the company rights to the characters in 1972 and that his children waited too long to make their copyright claims.

Freelance Work

Martin Goodman founded Marvel’s predecessor company, Timely Comics, in 1939, according to court papers. In the 1950s, after the U.S. Senate began hearings on the effects of comic books on children, the company fired its artists and had them submit art as freelancers working out of their homes, the Kirbys said in court filings.
Disney fell 12 cents to $39.40 at 4:15 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares have risen 5 percent this year.
The case is Marvel Worldwide Inc. v. Kirby, 10-00141, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Poster & Standee for THE MUPPETS new movie!

Lately the site seems like an ALL Muppets website...but who can help it, we LOVE The Muppets and the Muppets are Disney so it makes sense! So it is with pride that we present this exclusive new standee & NEW and final movie Poster (from website:, which you should start to seeing in your local theaters next month.

(click to make image bigger!)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Oz The Great and Powerful Begins Production in Michigan today!

If you own a pair of ruby slippers, and if you click them three times, perhaps you'll find yourself transported to the wonderful land of... Michigan. That's where "Oz The Great and Powerful" is slated to start production, which just so happens to have started -- well, today!
Walt Disney Pictures have issued a press release stating that Sam Raimi's long-awaited "Oz" flick is finally getting underway at the brand new Raleigh Studios in Pontiac, Michigan.James Franco leads an all-star cast that also includes Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff and newcomer Joey King.
In addition to news of the film beginning production, Disney also released the first official plot summary for Raimi's voyage to "Oz."
“Oz The Great and Powerful” imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Muppets closed Hollywood Boulevard down for re-shots on Sunday!

portion of Hollywood Boulevard is closed to traffic Sunday night for a movie shoot that includes actors Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. 

All it took was a wave from Kermit the Frog to enchant dozens of bystanders who stopped to watch filming of The Muppets movie in front of The El Capitan Theatre on Sunday night.
The shoot prompted the closure of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue on Sunday night through 6 a.m. Monday morning.
Those standing by, mostly tourists with their cameras ready, were starstruck to see puppeteers bring to life Kermit along with Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear.
The characters, created by Jim Henson, are reuniting for a movie scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 23.
Lead actors Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) and Amy Adams (The Fighter) were also spotted on the set.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sam the Captain American Eagle (poster)

Hey! Look its Sam the Captain American Eagle! Disney owns the Muppets.  Disney owns Marvel Comics.  Marvel’s Captain America film came out this past weekend and the Muppets comes out this fall.
I love the Muppets/Marvel logo mash-up, and it makes sense for Disney wanting to cross promote their brands.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Walt Disney's Home Is For Sale!

Hey, Mouseketeers--guess what's just hit the market? That's right: Disney's land. Located on a one-acre lot in the Los Feliz hills, the historic four bedroom, five bath French Normandy-style home was built by Walt Disney in 1932, and features painted ceilings, vaulted beamed ceilings, original stained leaded glass, billiards room, sleeping porch, swimming pool, and not surprisingly, a projection/screening room. A virtual tour can be found here, and we also turned up a 1940 Better Homes & Gardens article about the home on a Danish blog called A. Film L.A. How much cheddar to own the house that Mickey built? It's listed at $3.65 million

Friday, July 22, 2011

Disney Store Unveils Two New Vinyl Collections

On Friday, July 22nd, the Disney Store is launching its exclusive Vinylmation Robots series at Disney Store locations and at  These robots were designed by Disney Store artists inspired by the vintage wind-up robot toys of the 1950s.
You can view them in a never-before-seen video on , and on the 2,000 square-foot digital billboard above Disney Store in Times Square.
To continue the vinyl craze, Disney Store also revealed its first limited edition Disney POP! Vinyl by Funko at San Diego’s Comic-Con. The POP! Vinyls are Funko’s creative take on Disney characters and the limited edition designs are on sale through July 24 only at Comic-Con.
According to John Balen, the director of toys for Disney Store North America, “Disney vinyls are the hottest collectible right now and we’re pleased to offer two different styles in one great week . . . Comic-Con is all about exclusives and Disney POP! Vinyls are a great way to give the fans something unique.”
No doubt that Disney fans will be crazy about the Comic-Con exclusives.  The convention began today (with our very own Swank-mo-tron covering the event from the trenches), and I’ve already heard complaints from those trying to snag the various exclusives.  Maybe you’re reading this from some mile-long line now in the vain hope that quantities are still available by the time you reach the front.  If so, may the Force be with you!
The Vinylmation Robots collection includes 12 three-inch vinyl figures priced at $9.95 each.  Each represents a different robot persona, and they have names like Radio-Bot, Tesla-Bot, and Love-Bot.  (sadly, Swank-mo-tron and Scarlett RoBotica are strangely absent!)   There are also 3 nine-inch limited edition characters:  Silly-Bot, Salvage-Bot and Reflector-Bot ($39.95 each).  Sounds like these characters would be great additions to our Big Shiny Robot! Family.
The POP! vinyls come with metallic finishing and glow-in-the-dark features. The series includes nine-inch Metallic Buzz Lightyear, nine-inch Metallic Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (both Buzz and Maleficent are priced at $50), three-inch Flocked Sully ($15), three-inch Glow in the dark Mike Wazowski ($15), three-inch Metallic Mickey Mouse ($15), and a three-inch Blue Mr. Incredible ($15).
Ben Butcher, Disney-Pixar designer will meet with Comic-Con attendees and sign autographs at the Funko Booth #4829 July 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Guests can also take a break from the madness of Comic-Con and head over to the Fashion Valley Mall Disney Store location, where they can meet their favorite Disney Store Vinylmation artists on July 22 and 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dinosaurs -Im The Baby Song

The Disney/Henson "Dinosaurs" tv show from the 90's...its baby singing his song "I'm THE BABY GOTTA LOVE ME" music video!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Disney Planning Live-Action Gargoyles Film‎

Hollywood must have dubbed this week "'90s nostalgia" week without telling anyone.
First, Transformers producers announced their plans to bring the animated Captain Planet to the big screen, and now Disney is following suit by releasing news of their planned live-action movie about gargoyles.
Gargoyles was a popular animated television series that ran on Disney from 1994 to 1997, and featured muscly heroes who were statues perched on buildings by day and wise-cracking city saviors by night.
As with most '90s entertainment, the stone-faced heroes have garnered something of a cult following. Unfortunately for those fans, Disney's action flick won't feature the bluish gray Goliath and friends.
According to Cinema Blend, Disney's upcoming action flick won't be like the series about gargoyles saving the city but will instead focus on ... different gargoyles saving the city.
Variety says that while no actors are attached, Disney is currently in the process of wooing G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra scribes David Elliot and Paul Lovett to pen a script, even though Cobra was sort of bombarded by negative reviews.
The Mouse House also wants Lauren Shuler Donner, whose resume is a little more impressive with all the X-Men movies under her belt, to produce.
Very little plot details are known, aside from the not-related-to-the-cult-classic-cartoon bit, but apparently Disney hopes Elliot and Lovett can create a brand-new core mythology for the series, that they, not surprisingly, plan on turning into a franchise.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Marvel And Disney Announce John Carter World Of Mars comics

Marvel Entertainment and Disney Publishing Worldwide have announced a new comic book called John Carter: World of Mars. The all-new comic will serve as a prequel to the upcoming John Carter movie from Walt Disney Pictures.
John Carter: World of Mars tells the story of how John Carter, Princess Dejah Thoris and Tars Tarkas are set on the path that brings them together. The comic will be a four issue limited series written by Peter David with art by Luke Ross.
“We’re thrilled to bring fans their first look at the world of John Carter before the blockbuster film wows audiences next year,” said Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso. “It’s been a pleasure working with Disney, Peter and Luke to craft a powerful story that will appeal to both the legions of John Carter fans and those who are new to this exciting world.”
Director Andrew Stanton said, “I am really thrilled to be collaborating with Disney & Marvel on this project and look forward to audiences exploring the world of John Carter via this exciting comic offering. I have wanted to see this property on the big screen since I was a young boy and hope that John Carter: World of Mars will excite and inspire fans of the series much like I was inspired many years ago.”
The John Carter movie is scheduled to be released in theatres on March 9, 2012, while John Carter: World of Mars #1 is scheduled to be released in October of 2011.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Harry Potter gives Winnie the Pooh the killing curse at the box office!

As was expected by almost everyone, Disney's Winnie the Pooh ended up being no match for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part II this weekend, ComingSoon.Net is reporting. While the final Harry Potterfilm saw the biggest opening weekend of all time with $168 million (beating 2008's The Dark Knight),Pooh saw one of the lowest openings that Disney's seen for a film from their Feature Animation division in years with a debut of $8 million. On the plus side, Pooh had a fairly modest $30 million production budget, something that it will easily collect back once DVD sales come into play.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Happy 56th Birthday Disneyland (with Opening Day video!)

"To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.” — Walt Disney
It was 56 years ago today  — July 17, 1955  —  that Walt uttered those memorable words as he welcomed the first people to pass through the gates of Disneyland.
The first day was deemed a disaster because just about anything that could go wrong did.
But within 90 days, the park welcomed its 1-millionth visitor.
And the rest is history.
Also celebrating an anniversary today is Splash Mountain, which began putting a little extra Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah in everyone’s day on July 17, 1989.
One of my favorite rides. And I’m not alone. Twenty-two years after opening, it remains one of the biggest crowd draws with 90-minute waits and longer on busy days.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

MMC - Season 6 - Theme Song (Video)

The Mickey Mouse Club 90's Theme song that I grew up with...ahhh stroll with me down memory lane!


Friday, July 15, 2011

Winnie the Pooh opens today!

Disney's Winnie the Pooh opens today in 2,405 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is a hit with the critics earning an impressive 100% rating with the Top Critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Showing on a relatively small number of screens and going head to head with the last Harry Potter won't do the film any favors. Box Office Mojo projects a modest $11.5 million opening weekend while BoxOffice.compredicts a similar $10 million.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides comes to Blu Ray & DVD this October

Disney has officially announced all the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Blu-ray skus that Amazon had previously offered for pre-order. The announcement includes some of the bonus you'll find on the disc: Disney Second Screen technology, exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences, Fountain of Youth mythology, an extensive look at mermaids, bloopers, deleted and extended scenes, and more. I've also added a video from one of the bonus features below that Disney released today,
 earlier news that had begun taking pre-orders for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray, reader Sean B. checked in to alert us that Disney listed the same titles on their website with an October 18 release date.
Barring any additional surprises, it looks like there will be a total of three different skus for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on Blu-ray. The 3D version will be available in a 5-disc combo pack release that also includes the 2D version on Blu-ray, the DVD and a digital copy. Additionally, there will be a 2-disc Blu-ray 2D and DVD combo pack available.
Also released is a 15-disc Pirates of the Caribbean four-movie collection. This set is expected to include all four movies on Blu-ray, On Stranger Tides on Blu-ray 3D, as well as DVD and digital copy versions for all the films. It is packaged in a neat treasure chest case and looks to come with a couple exclusive extra trinkets and a treasure chest map.
Full details for all the new Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be coming shortly.
Click here to pre-order Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on Blu-ray 3Dfor $34.99 at Amazon.
Click here to pre-order Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on Blu-rayor $27.99 at
Amazon.Click here to pre-order the Pirates of the Caribbean 4-disc treasure chest setfor $144.99 at Amazon, 32% off the $160.99 list price.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Disney's Phineas and Ferb Debut "Perry the Platy-bus" in Times Square and On The Road!

Fans of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb in New York City’s Times Square Monday morning were treated to a brilliantly fun kickoff to the cross-country tour of Perry the Platy-bus. The event included singing, dancing, free t-shirts, and other fun activities. To top that off, four members of the show’s cast and crew were in attendance: Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, the show’s creators and the voices, respectively, of Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram; Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of Perry the Platypus; and Alyson Stoner, the voice of Isabella.
Perry the Platy-bus, which is of course based on the pet/secret agent Perry the Platypus from the show, is making its way from New York to San Diego, where it will arrive at Comic-Con next week to showcase the upcoming TV movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension. As I’ve mentioned before, the official press release describes the tour thusly:

During “Perry the Platy-bus On Tour,” fans are invited to marvel at nearly 4,000 pounds of Perry (complete with a bill, tail and googly eyes), come aboard, play the exciting new Unity 3D video game, “The Movie Game: The Dimension of Doooom!” and video console games, sing Perry-oke and more.

There hasn’t been an official schedule for the tour posted, but you can follow its progress online — when last I checked it was heading for Cleveland.
Sadly, I will probably not be able to catch the Platy-bus during its tour, but I will certainly report on it as we hear more info! In the meantime, you can watch the excellent coverage video of the Times Square event!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Disney's John Carter Trailer on Thursday & 10 Reasons to Go See the New Winnie the Pooh Movie

Disney has announced that they will debut the first trailer and footage forJohn Carter (formerly John Carter of Mars) this Thursday, July 14.
The film is based off the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel A Princess of Marsand tells the story of a former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) who finds himself caught between the tall inhabitants of Mars (one voiced by Willem Dafoe) and a Princess (Lynn Collins) and her people. Also appearing or lending their voices and performance capture are Mark Strong, Samantha Morton, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston and Thomas Hayden Church.
John Carter was adapted for the screen and directed by Andrew Stanton of Pixar fame. You may recognize some of Stanton's previous work includingWALL-EFinding Nemo, the Toy Story films, and other Pixar classics.
Look for John Carter to arrive in theaters on March 9, 2012.

 We don’t know about you, but I really missed Winnie the Pooh. Not the commercialized image of that ‘silly old bear’ that adorned diapers, onesies and toasters, but the Winnie the Pooh as A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard intended – the real Winnie. Now, thanks to the new Disney feature film coming out Friday, July 15th, Winnie the Pooh – at the ripe old age of 90-  is back and he’s as adorable, ageless and timeless as ever.
Much care, thought, craftsmanship, humor and love was poured into the making of Winnie the Pooh. It’s a lovely gem of a film; one you just want to hug, to hold, and share with your children, but a film that they’ll enjoy as much as you (even though it really was made for them).
If you aren’t sold already, here are ten reasons to go see Winnie the Pooh this weekend....

The Return of the Real Winnie the Pooh
“When we came on to the project there was a very strong mandate to return Pooh to its roots,” said co-director Don Hall. This mandate came from Disney CEO Bob Iger to the Chief Creative Officer of Disney, the one and only John Lasseter. The first thing the directors did was to go back to the books noting that, “reading them cover to cover we were more than confident that there was really broad audience potential in Winnie the Pooh.” They also studied the original films. The new Winnie the Pooh harkens back to the Academy Award winning The Honey Tree from 1963 with the “real” room shots of Christopher Robin’s adobe and opening of the animation of E.H. Shepard’s map coming to life. It pays tribute to Winnie-the-Pooh while bringing the bear into this day and age.

The A-list Animators
“Bringing Pooh back is a great honor,” Don Hall said. “That’s why John Lasseter felt that if we were going to do this, the best needed to do it.” And the “best” included the team who had just finished doing The Princess and the Frog, such as: Mark Henn (The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin), Andreas Deja (Lilo & Stitch, Hercules, Lion King, Aladdin), and Bruce Smith (Emperor’s New Groove, Home on the Range, and Tarzan).

The Voice Talent
It’s an eclectic mix for sure. As Winnie the Pooh they cast – of course – the veteran voiceover talent Jim Cummings who has portrayed Winnie for the past 24 years (he also does the voice of Tigger). Alongside him are Tom Kenny (best known for voicing SpongeBob SquarePants) as the persnickety Rabbit, a hilarious Craig Ferguson as Owl, and the legendary John Cleese as the narrator. And they made it a family affair with director Don Hall’s son Wyatt voicing Roo.

All Hand Drawn
This is the second entirely hand drawn film Disney has produced in the last ten years, the other being The Princess and the Frog. Winnie the Pooh is not a 3-D, sleek, slick type of title. It’s old school, and it needed that folksy handmade touch that only hand drawn animation could achieve. Every shot in the film was artfully illustrated.

The Music
The production gets hipster points for the inclusion of Zooey Deschanel & M.Ward (aka She & Him). They performed a charming rendition of the song “Winnie the Pooh” as well as a touching original song called closing the film called “So Long,” which you can check out below. Along with the songs by She & Him the songwriting husband and wife team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez penned several numbers. Robert Lopez co-wrote the Tony Award Winning Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. In addition, Kristen had such a motherly tone in her voice she was cast as Kanga in the film.

Location, Location, Location
It’s literally in the background, but the locations cannot be ignored. The 100 Acre Wood a stunning place, and one that the Winnie the Pooh team captured in beautiful detail. The directors and a team of artists spent a week in the real 100 Acre Wood (aka Ashdown Forest) – to make sure they captured the look, feel and essence of the inspiration of the 100 Acre Wood. From the foliage, to the trees, to the way the light hits the leaves, it was all included in the background art. After the trip they stated their “mission [was] to make this Pooh movie look as good as it can and actually reflect a real place.”

Honoring the Text...Literally
In the original film The Honey Tree, the animators played with the use of book pages, the text and the letters of the words. In this version, they take it even further, making the text a character in the film in a playful way. The text has a cause and effect on the characters, playing a part in the story. The written word becomes a strong figure and one that just happens to have pretty good comic timing.

New Stories That Hadn’t Been Used in Film Form Before
The writers did their research. Not only did they pull from the extensive catalog of Winnie the Pooh original art that is kept at the Walt Disney Animation Studio Archives, but also they studied all the Winnie the Pooh works that had come before them to borrow the good and lose the bad. They also had to come up with new tales from A.A. Milne that hadn’t been told before on screen. The writers took six stories from the original books and seamlessly weaved the tales into a feature film length narrative.

Good for Kids of All Ages (And That Means You Too)
It’s not in 3D, it’s not crude, it’s not mean. This film is charming, charismatic and will cast a whole new light on Winnie the Pooh for all ages. ‘There won’t be a generation that can’t relate to Winnie the Pooh,” said Don Hall. “ It wasn't just for kids. It was for everybody.” Grandparents, parents and kids also seem to have some soft spot for this silly old bear. But in recent years, our kids haven’t had much context (unless you are one who reads the original Milne books to the kids). This film will not just reinvigorate the brand but will give new life to a beloved character. A new generation will appreciate Winnie the Pooh, not just as an icon that seems to appear everywhere, everyday, but as a beloved cast of characters from Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore to little Piglet. There is truly something for everyone.

Ballad of Nessie & The Bonus at the End of the Film
Opening the theatrical showings of the film is a charming short called The Ballad of Nessie that animates the origins of the Loch Ness Monster, aka Nessie. It’s stylish, sweet and sentimental. Also, do not leave the theater without staying for all the credits. Not only will you see some sweet photographs of Winnie the Pooh characters in stuffed animal form acting out the stories you just saw but you don’t want to miss the super cute added bonus zinger at the tail end. It’s worth it. Trust me.