Inside Disney Animation: Finding My Inner Piglet

by ChristieO

Have you ever wondered what life is really like in the 100 Acre Wood!?!

Today, 5M4M contributor Christie O. takes us on a walk through behind the scenes of the of the 100 Acre Wood. The new Winnie the Pooh movie comes out July 15.

Disney Animation Studios

Behind the Scenes…

As I am sure you can imagine, visiting the behind the scenes of Disney Animation Studios was fascinating!

Along with the screening of Winnie the Pooh, we got a chance to try our hand at drawing, where I got to draw a large bulbous alien-head of Kenga and Piglet.
Drawing Piglet
(My personal specialty is the block house with the chimney and squiggly line of smoke coming out, two square windows in the front and a rectangle door, you know the one. Yes, I’m that creative.)

Burnie Mattinson

Burny Mattinson

During the day, we interviewed the directors of the movie, the famous original Winnie the Pooh animator Burny Mattinson, and the voices behind the movie: Jim Cummings and Tom Kenny, (Rabbit, also the voice of Spongebob.)

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny, aka "Spongebob," er, "Rabbit."

We also walked through the area where the animators and creative minds behind the movies work on and brainstorm about the movies, which really was like walking through the 100 acre wood.
Winnie the Pooh pod
That’s because for each movie they are working on, they completely transform their pods into the movie. Inspiration is everywhere! There was even a live set of Christopher Robin’s bedroom.
Winnie the Pooh Live Set
It was amazing!
Disney Animation Menu
During an awesome Winnie-the-Pooh-themed lunch, Tom Kenny sat down and just chit-chatted with us — just because he was there and we were there! It was incredible to be talking to Tom Kenny about mom bloggers while hearing Spongebob’s voice!

Behind the Voices…

We wrapped up our visit to Disney Animation with a trip to the audio booth where we got to channel our inner Piglets by being the voice of Piglet in one of the scenes of the upcoming Winnie the Pooh movie.

(Do you have an inner Piglet? I bet you do!)
karate-kid-2
Besides being super-nervous and doing the thing that the Karate Kid does before he chops the ice in Karate Kid 2, I think it’s really cute what they did. (Jennifer got to do something similar for Mr. Popper’s Penguins and that turned out cute too!)

So here it is! Me as piglet:

Winnie the Pooh crafts, snacks and coloring pages

Winnie the Pooh comes out in theaters July 15th. You can be sure we’ll review it for you before it comes out, so stay tuned for that. Until then, there are some really adorable Winnie the Pooh crafts, snacks and coloring pages here for you to check out (including Winnie the Pooh cake pops! How cool is that!?)
winniethepoohcakepops
Enjoy!

Disclosure: Disney paid Christie’s expenses for the press junket in LA. The opinions expressed are Christie’s.



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A mom to two, former news producer turned freelance writer, runner and wanna be triathlete, trying to enjoy every moment of all of it!

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1 Heather aka Dynamic Uno July 8, 2011 at 4:53 am

I am so jealous right now. I LOVE Winnie the Pooh and would have loved to tour the studios where they brought the animation to life. It looks like you had a marvelous time! You did a fabulous job as Piglet’s voice too! Thanks for giving us a behind the scenes look at one of the happiest places in the hundred acre wood. :)

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2 Jennifer July 8, 2011 at 9:19 am

Although it’s sort of funny to say that interviewing the stars is kind of passe (and I’m really NOT saying that), I do think that the add-on experiences make those junkets SO memorable. Very fun!

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3 christieo July 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

It almost makes it difficult to figure out what to write about — it becomes too much! LOL definitely, so much fun.

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4 Tracy Geier July 10, 2011 at 1:09 am

What a fun experience and blog post. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to see the new movie.

I recently got chocolate molds of my best friend’s kids’ favorite Disney characters. They had so much fun choosing colors and painting their lollipops of Ariel, Lightning McQueen, Mike, Sulley & Boo and Mickey. Pooh and friends will always be my favorites.

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