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OTRC: Zooey Deschanel 'lucky' to make 'Winnie The Pooh' music

Zooey Deschanel talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com at the Hollywood premiere of 'Winnie the Pooh.'

Zooey Deschanel says she was "lucky" to contribute music to the new Disney movie, "Winnie the Pooh."

"Tom MacDougall, who works in music for Disney, asked me to do the first song and I guess they liked it? So then they asked me to write the end credits song and then they asked me to do a song in the middle," Deschanel told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Winnie The Pooh.' "It was just lucky, I guess!"

The actress and singer said that she watched the film and some rough animation before writing the songs for the film's soundtrack.

"I wanted something that a kid could see now, and then hear in like 15, 20 years and still like the song, and something that their parents would like when they see the movie," Deschanel told the Associated Press in a recent interview.

"Winnie the Pooh" features the classic characters voiced by actors like John Cleese and Craig Ferguson. Voice actor Jim Cummings voiced both Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.

The movie follows Winnie the Pooh as he sets out to find honey and when he misinterprets a note left by Christopher Robin, Pooh brings his friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore on an adventure to save their young friend.

Deschanel branched into music in 2001, appearing in a jazz cabaret act called If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies. She has since performed on soundtracks for "Elf," "(500) Days of Summer" and "Your Highness." Deschanel also collaborates with M.Ward in their band She & Him and is married to Death Cab for Cutie front man Ben Gibbard.

The 31-year-old actress is best known for roles in "Almost Famous," "Elf," and "500 Days of Summer." She has also appeared on Showtime's series "Weeds" and on an episode of the Fox drama "Bones" alongside her sister Emily Deschanel, where she played a distant cousin of her sister's character.

Deschanel will appear in the new FOX comedy "The New Girl" in the fall which is said to explore "the sexual politics of men and women."

"I'm working on more music and then I have a TV show coming on FOX in the fall called 'The New Girl,'" Deshanel told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "So, I've been working on that and I have a new website called HelloGiggles.com."

"Winnie the Pooh" opened in theaters on July 15. Watch the trailer below.

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