New ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Movie: A Backward Adventure

Confession time. When my bosses sent me out to Los Angeles to see the world premiere of Cars 2 for work, all I could think was Winnie the Pooh.

Confused? I did mention this was a confessional, didn’t I? The press junket invite (yes, Disney paid my way y’all — let’s get that disclosure out of the way up front) had a little more on tap than the usual big shebang for the big movie. Yes, we’d get to see Cars 2, walk the red carpet, meet some fabulous stars, but I ignored all that. We would get to see Winnie the Pooh, the new film, a month before it would hit theaters. It was an offer to dive head first back into my childhood. How often do those come along?

The idea was to get a whole bunch of moms to fall in love, of course, by having us watch the movie. But, frankly, they already had me hooked. That the likes of A. A. Milne’s Now We Are Six and When We Were Very Young were the anchors of my child bookshelves helped. And I confess a soft spot for the Owl types growing up in a family full of well-meaning, verbose, men who are, at the end of the day, kind of . . . blowhards.

So my husband may or may not have accused me at one point in my pregnancy that I just wanted a kid because it would finally give me the excuse I’d always needed to create a Winnie the Pooh room in our house. I may or may not have grinned slyly. Of COURSE I wanted her for more than that. But my decorating style falls closer to the “lots of books” than Disneyana, so hey, it didn’t hurt.

So you kind of see why the chance to see a whole Winnie the Pooh movie, a whole month before anyone else (it comes out July 15), kind of overshadowed meeting Owen Wilson?

Now I disappoint you. I’ll have all sorts of real details about what I saw eventually over on The Stir . . . because, ahem, I WAS working while I was in LA (swearsies honey!). This was MY confessional, not a sneak peek . . . SORRY for the link bait y’all. But to make up for it, a chance to giggle at me.

After flying me out there, after letting me see the movie, they set me (and a bunch of other FABULOUS bloggers — check them out on Twitter) up in the studio on the ABC lot where they record the voice talent for some of their movies . . . with none other than Peter Del Vecho, producer of Winnie the Pooh (and more importantly to my kid, The Princess and the Frog) and let us try our hand (our mouths?) at being Piglet. Go ahead and giggle, but please be kind in comments! Remember, I was trying childhood on for a day. What better character than little Piglet to escort me back?

Were you a Winnie the Pooh fan as a kid?


  1. Awwwww you did SO good! Miss ya!Kas

  2. You did such a great job, Jeanne!

  3. You did a great job!

  4. That was so cute! I love it!

  5. Ok…..I totally think my husband said the same thing. LOL! Pooh is my fav Disney character. And you were great BTW!

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