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'Winnie the Pooh' takes on new adventures

July 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A kinder, gentler film is also new to theaters this weekend.

The classic characters from author A.A. Milne return to the big screen in a new adventure for "Winnie the Pooh."

The latest movie is inspired by three different stories from Milne's books and features all its best known characters. They are brought to life in Disney's classic hand drawn style of art.

"It's timeless stuff and the great thing about Pooh is that it was never topical per say," said Tom Kenney, the voice of Rabbit. "Hundred Acre Wood is kind of its own world, it doesn't age. It's nice to go back to this place and the people are the same. You say you can't go home again, well when it comes to the Hundred Acre Wood, you can."

Jim Cummings performs the voices of both Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in the film.

"I don't think some people have to go home again because a lot of them never left," said Cummings. "They're right there. I showed up a long time ago and I'm really glad to be here."

And Tigger's been jumping back and forth for the past 25 Years.

"He [Cummings] does jump back and forth between the two with incredible alacrity," said Kenney. "That's a pretty neat parlor trick to watch."

The film's directors took advantage of Cummings' intimate knowledge of his characters.

"We value improvisation in actors and he's sort of the king of that," said Director Don Hall. "We'd write the scenes and perform them as written, then we just allowed him to go off and come up with whatever. And we ended up using a lot of that stuff."

The film also features the voice talents of John Cleese and Craig Ferguson.

Before "Winnie the Pooh," you can also see a fun new Disney animated short film called "The Ballad of Nessie."

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