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Winnie the Pooh
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Score Composed and Produced by:

Score Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Score Orchestrated by:
John Thomas

Songs Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Robert Lopez
Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Songs Co-Composed and Co-Performed by:
Zooey Deschanel

Songs Co-Produced and Co-Performed by:
Matthew Ward

Songs Arranged, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co- Produced by:
Doug Besterman

Original Theme by:
Robert B. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
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Walt Disney Records
(July 12th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
The song "So Long" was nominated for a Grammy Award.

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Buy it... if you value the original sound of the Sherman brothers' music for the concept, a style of carefree innocence largely emulated by Henry Jackman in his score and in the breezy modernization of the title song.

Avoid it... if you demand the cohesive integration of songs and score that existed in the vintage featurettes, because while the new songs and score are adequate at the very least and mildly entertaining at their best, they don't share many narrative connections.
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WRITTEN 7/12/11
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Winnie the Pooh: (Henry Jackman/Robert Lopez/Kristen Anderson-Lopez) The beloved "Winnie the Pooh" franchise marches on in 2011 with a renewed return to three of author A.A. Milne's original stories. Following the basic storybook format made famous all the way back to the original "featurettes" of the 1960's and 1970's, Winnie the Pooh is Disney's continuation of a concept that has remained relatively active since its popular origins. The original featurettes debuted from 1966 to 1983, followed by an animated television series from 1988 to 1991. In the 2000's, the famous characters of young boy Christopher Robin's troop of animated stuffed animals in the Hundred Acre Wood branched out into movies focused on sub-characters. For the 2011 entry, however, a more retro styling is revisited as a foundation, with a few alterations to the musical approach to give the concept a touch of contemporary appeal. The story involves a search for Eeyore's missing tail that leads to a mistaken belief that Robin has been abducted and thus turns into a larger rescue effort. Fans of the concept will rejoice in the return of voice actor Jim Cummings to the roles of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger that he has filled since the 1980's. The music for the franchise was long the domain of the acclaimed brother tandem of Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman. As Disney staff composers, they provided some of the most famous tunes in the history of the studio and its theme parks, including Mary Poppins in the former and "It's a Small World" in the latter. They remained active with the Winnie the Pooh franchise all the way up to The Tigger Movie in 2000, and the primary song of the concept, "Winnie the Pooh," has remained a staple of everything relating to these A.A. Milne's stories and characters. The most recent movie in the franchise, Pooh's Heffalump Movie (arguably the weakest of the lot), featured a score by Joel McNeely that adapted the Sherman brothers' sound into his familiar style. For the 2011 movie, the studio turned to its usual collection of Hans Zimmer-associated composers for the task, enlisting Henry Jackman for the underscore portion of the soundtrack. Jackman branched off from his collaborative scores with Zimmer for Monsters vs. Aliens in 2009, a predictably mundane animation score that nonetheless proved the composer's chops in the genre. For the original songs in Winnie the Pooh, Disney turned to the husband and wife team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the former the multi-Tony Award-winning co-composer of the 2011 hit Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon."

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Total Time: 46:33
• 1. Winnie the Pooh - performed by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward (2:32)
• 2. The Tummy Song - performed by Jim Cummings and Robert Lopez (1:07)
• 3. A Very Important Thing to Do - performed by Zooey Deschanel (0:47)
• 4. The Backson Song - performed by Craig Ferguson and the cast (2:56)
• 5. It's Gonna Be Great - performed by Jim Cummings and Bud Luckey (2:05)
• 6. Everything is Honey - performed by Jim Cummings, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Lopez, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (2:01)
• 7. Pooh's Finale - performed by Zooey Deschanel, Robert Lopez, and the cast (1:05)
• 8. So Long - performed by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward (3:29)
• 9. Main Title Sequence/Winnie the Pooh - performed by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward (2:24)
• 10. Pooh Greets the Day (2:46)
• 11. Get You Tiggerized! (2:09)
• 12. Woods and Words/Backson Tracks (3:41)
• 13. Eeyore Needs His Tail/Winner Song - performed by the cast (2:09)
• 14. Picnic and Beehive Chase (2:27)
• 15. Hundred Acre Spy Game (3:34)
• 16. Stuck in the Pit/Balloon Chase (4:05)
• 17. A Honey Happy Ending (2:45)
• 18. Winnie the Pooh Suite (4:39)

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The insert includes lyrics and extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film. It also lacks, curiously, the customary "thank you" section.
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