New Release: Winnie the Pooh Blu-ray and DVD

Release Date: Oct. 25, 2011
Price: 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo (with digital copy) $44.99, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack $39.99, DVD $29.99
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment


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Winnie the Pooh and company set out on a new adventure.

The 2011 animated family film Winnie the Pooh reunites the irrepressible “Pooh Bear” with Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore and all his other adorable friends of Hundred Acre Wood.

The movie’s release on Blu-ray marks the first time a Winnie the Pooh title has ever been issued on the high-definition format.

Former Monty Pythoner John Cleese (Planet 51) narrates the movie, which is inspired by three stories from A. A. Milne‘s children’s books and animated in the classic Disney hand-drawn style.

Winnie the Pooh also features the vocal talents of Jim Cummings (whose resume includes more than 350 voices, including in Gnomeo & Juliet), Craig Ferguson (TV’s The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson), Tom Kenny (TV’s SpongeBob SquarePants) and Bud Luckey (Toy Story 3), as well as musical performances by actress/musician Zooey Deschanel (Your Highness).

Directed by Stephen Anderson (Meet the Robinsons) and Don Hall (The Princess and the Frog) and executive produced by John Lasseter (the Toy Story franchise), the family film’s story begins with Owl sending the gang on a quest to save their human friend Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. For Pooh Bear, of course, it turns out to be a very busy day, because he just wants to track down some honey (for a change).

Winnie the Pooh Blu-ray boxThe film enjoyed a wide release in theaters in July, 2011, ringing up $26 million at the U.S. box office. That gross is much lower than other recent animated films, such as Gnomeo & Juliet and Cars 2, but Winnie the Pooh will find a bigger audience on disc.

The extensive selection of bonus materials on the Blu-ray and DVD includes the following features:

  • Two animated shorts: “The Ballad of Nessie,” which played during the movie’s theatrical run, and the exclusive “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon”
  • a sing-along viewing option (Blu-ray only)
  • behind-the-scenes featurette hosted by Cleese (Blu-ray only)
  • deleted scenes with director introduction (three on DVD, five on Blu-ray)
  • Disney song selection (Blu-ray only)

Also available as a download, the movie comes with the same extras as the DVD.

 

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