Oz The Great And Powerful Costumes

GARY JONES AND MICHAEL KUTSCHE COSTUME THE FANTASTICAL CHARACTERS OF

“OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL”

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Costume designers Gary Jones and Michael Kutsche designed, created and assembled nearly 2,000 costumes for “Oz The Great and Powerful.” Working on all sorts of characters from Witches to Munchkins to Quadlings and Tinkers, the two costume designers came up with special looks for all the fascinating and unique inhabitants of the Land of Oz.

But industry veteran Gary Jones is not a stranger to the costume demands of big films. He reunited with director Sam Raimi for “Oz The Great and Powerful,” after having designed the wardrobe for Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2.” In addition to his continuing association with Raimi, Jones has enjoyed collaborations with such distinguished filmmakers as Garry Marshall (seven films, including “Valentine’s Day” “New Year’s Eve,” ”The Other Sister,” “The Princess Diaries,” ”The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” ”Raising Helen” and “Georgia Rule”), Brian De Palma (“Dressed to Kill”), Louis Malle (“Vanya on 42nd Street”), Sidney Lumet (“Guilty As Sin,” “A Stranger Among Us”), Peter Weir (“The Mosquito Coast”) and Alan J. Pakula (“Consenting Adults”). 

Costume and character designer Michael Kutsche is an award-winning German artist who works both in traditional and digital media. Kutsche’s unique approach to imaginative character creation led him to become a character designer for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” his first movie experience. Kutsche has since designed characters for Disney’s “John Carter,” directed by Andrew Stanton, and “Thor,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, as well as “Robopocalypse,” directed by Steven Spielberg.

Director Sam Raimi discovered Kutsche’s outstanding costume design skills while he was originating characters for the film. Kutsche’s extraordinary talent and approach to the film’s wardrobe led to his additional collaboration as one of the project’s two costume designers.

“Michael’s drawings depicted characters in their costumes playing a moment from the picture, and they were fantastic,” praises director Sam Raimi.  “Right off the bat, he had a vision for the picture that fit in with Robert’s environment. Like Robert, he’s a visionary and his characters really sprang to life out of those drawings.”

Kutsche tasked himself with reflecting the environment of the characters in the costumes he designed for “Oz The Great and Powerful.” He took inspiration from the sets designed by production designer Robert Stromberg. “I think that the most important thing for me was that the costumes weren’t just floating over, but actually part of this world,” comments Kutsche. “Rob’s [Stromberg] drawings and the drawings from the Art Department really were a great starting point because they already had put some very distinct language into them.”

Kutsche began his process by drawing “a couple of pages of little pencil sketches,” reflecting how he perceived the character to look, given his or her environment, personality and social status. Once he locked in the particular shape and design, Kutsche created an inked version of the sketch, which he scanned into his computer. Once it was living in his computer, Kutsche could colorize the sketch and create material and intricate costume detailing.

Gary Jones and Kutsche had several discussions about the costume drawings and what materials the costumes could ultimately be made of.  Kutsche had very clear ideas about how he wanted to portray the characters and what specificity there would be to their costumes. It was up to Jones to flesh these ideas out literally and figuratively. About the process, Jones says, “In many cases, Michael’s drawings did dictate what the feeling needed to be, but we had to go on a real search to find the right element and the way to do it. That was a great adventure.

“We eventually printed fabrics, beaded fabrics and manipulated fabrics to make it individual and different. Although many of the things are not literally different, they appear to be.  So, that’s kind of exciting,” he concludes.

OUTFITTING OSCAR DIGGS aka Oz

Costume designer Gary Jones worked closely with both director Sam Raimi and actor James Franco to conceive the look of Oscar Diggs aka Oz, saying, “In preparing Oz’s clothes, Sam had a very clear idea what he wanted. I had met with James as well, and we were all heading in the same direction, which was terrific.”

Jones’ research for Franco’s tailoring took him on a journey that had nostalgic meaning for the veteran costumer, who has a history with Ringling Bros. “Our story begins in a circus, which is the most period-accurate part of the film,” the longtime designer says. “We researched everything from the largest circus to the poorest, most downtrodden carnival entertainers from the turn-of-the-century to the Dust Bowl. We covered the period between 1880-1930 in our research. Having worked with the Ringling Bros. circus was an added joy because I loved that experience. So, to have another moment with a circus was really terrific for me.”

With inspiration and some vintage photos in hand, Jones met actor James Franco in a SoHo coffee shop in New York, where he shared the photos he had brought from the turn-of-the-century. Some were of Alexander Graham Bell, some of the Wright Brothers—all people that L. Frank Baum had admired.

“Those were things that we started with and that’s how we got to Oz’s final wardrobe design—a black cutaway suit from the turn-of-the-century, which I am very proud to have designed,” Jones concludes.

Franco, commenting on his costume, says, “I only have one look in this film, a three-piece suit that Oz wears in Kansas. I think it’s safe to say that that was my favorite outfit in the film! Knowing that people dressed really well in the old days, I enjoyed wearing that three-piece suit quite a bit.”

THE WITCHES’ WARDROBES

There are three very distinct witches in the film, Evanora, Theodora and Glinda, who had to be costumed to reflect not only their personalities but their surroundings as well.

In creating the look of the sisters Evanora and Theodora, Kutsche says, “I could make a fresh start with the characters by looking at Rob’s [Stromberg] work and how he imagined the world of Oz.  I used this to inform the costumes because there was a certain logic to his designs that I wanted to reflect in my illustrations.”

“For Evanora, the ruler of Emerald City, the starting point was looking at the architecture of the city,” Kutsche says.  “I really wanted her to not just be some person in this place, but to actually be this place. The shape and color of her wardrobe actually reflect the architecture and feel of Emerald City, which was Art Deco inspired. So, by resembling and reflecting that, I could make her more of a mighty being that stands out against all the other citizens, and the other witches as well.”

Commenting on the costume for her character Evanora, Rachel Weisz says,  “I wear a green dress pretty much all the time. It is slightly militaristic, because I’m sort of the military leader of Emerald City, as well.”

Once Kutsche had sculpted the characters’ looks in a two-dimensional sketch, costumer Jones began his process of bringing the illustrations to life with the chosen fabrics.  “With Evanora, we took a little detour towards the Duchess of Windsor for a moment, and then came back to Michael’s drawings because of the iconic silhouette that you need to balance the sets and scenery,” comments Jones.

In defining the pair of opposing enchantresses (Evanora and Glinda) through wardrobe design, costumer Jones describes his approach: “The witches are very clearly light and dark to contrast good and evil.  We used a mercury green color, all having to do with Robert’s Emerald City design, to portray Evanora.  Glinda, of course, is basically a white, pristine kind of girl in the story, and we created three different white dresses or gowns for Michelle’s [Williams] character.”

Michelle Williams liked the transitions that Glinda’s costuming took during the course of the story. She says, “When we first meet Glinda, she’s more demure, cloaked in these very delicate fabrics. Then, as the battle dawns, she has a wardrobe change and appropriately suits up in something that is tougher, like fairy-princess armor.”

When we first meet Evanora’s little sister, the bewitchingly beautiful and vulnerable Theodora, she is wearing a Victorian-styled riding outfit, with a large-brimmed red velvet hat that Kutsche devised when he sat down to give life to the character in his concept sketch.

“Theodora in her riding outfit is how we first meet her in the film,” Kutsche says.  “There was a little inscription in the script about her wearing pants and having a white blouse.  Other than that, I could work freely on the character’s look.”

“It’s in a fantasy world while still being a period piece in a way,” the illustrator/designer offers. “So, I looked at fashion around 1900 when they had some pretty crazy hats.  Theodora’s look is almost like a patchwork of different periods that makes it look like no distinct period.  And that’s what I guess gives it this slightly fantastical feel.”

In comparing the sister witches Evanora and Theodora, costume designer Jones states that “one of the first times that the characters appeared together, you realize that they do have similarities in the cut of their clothes, but not at all in the feeling of the clothes.  They’re two completely different worlds. Mila’s Theodora is a little more on the sporty, physical side, while Rachel’s costumes for Evanora are a little more of a reigning empress.”

“Theodora has three costume changes,” Jones states. “The first one is the riding costume which is when we first meet her. In my opinion, a beautiful costume, beautifully structured with a hint of contemporary pizzazz. A big, handsome velvet riding hat, a red coat, black riding breeches and a white blouse.  All very beautiful with a sense of the pastoral fun of the eighteenth century one might find in a Fragonard painting.”

“The character goes through transformations with her costumes,” Mila Kunis remarks. “When you meet her, she’s very demure, very quiet, very sweet.  She falls in love with Oscar and when you next see her, she’s in this big, beautiful ball gown.”

DRESSING THE DENIZENS OF OZ

In addition to the principal cast, Jones and his staff of 60 costumers, seamstresses, textile artists, dyers and agers also created the clothes for all the diverse inhabitants of Oz, such as Quadlings,  Munchkins, Tinkers, Emerald City citizens and Winkies.

In devising the shape and color palette to best reflect and define these assorted Ozians (most of whom were extras with no dialogue), Gary Jones chose to characterize the mood of these divergent groups through their clothing.  Before putting thread to needle or dye to fabric, the Oscar®-nominated designer and his key collaborators (assistant designers Jessica Peel-Scott and Gali Noy and wardrobe supervisor John Casey) spent hours researching fashion trends from various periods. As Jones explains,  “We needed to create the world that these characters live in, much as Robert Stromberg did with his sets.”

“While our research was concentrated on the turn of the 20th century,” Jones relates, “our costume designs came from both that historical point-of-view while reflecting a more contemporary style, a fashion point-of-view having to do with what our eye sees today, in 2013, as fashionable and attractive.”

In Glinda’s world, that of the Quadlings and Munchkins, these are the happy people of Oz,” Jones states in describing the mood of the inhabitants and how that guided his choice of wardrobe colors. “They’re butchers, bakers, and the like, who toil in the normal ways of life.  A rather happy, simple group of folks, who we defined with bright colors and pretty clothes. To contrast that, in Emerald City, we’re faced with people who are doing work under duress, under the thumb of the wicked Evanora.”

“Therefore a little more repressed, more buttoned up,” he continues.  “So, we made their clothes in strong, jewel-tone colors [rich reds and greens and blues] but in a very formal and stylized way.  Of course, with a little hint of extra green because of Emerald City.  And the more ominous blacks and grays as well to portray that repressed mood.   They have some of the same shapes that the people who live in Glinda’s world do, but they’re more conservative in every way. The people who live in Glinda’s world are all in pale pastels, earth tones, cream colors.  Even their shoes and hats.”

As for the Winkies, “They are the guards at the palace in Emerald City,” Jones describes.  “They work for Evanora, one of the evil people in our movie. Their military-styled costumes were inspired by Russian and Prussian uniforms.

“All the Winkie outfits were made for people who are six-foot-nine or taller,” Jones adds.  “So, we had an army of 50 people who were around seven-feet tall.  And, if seven-feet tall was not enough, Sam wanted us to enhance these soldiers by adding approximately another eighteen to twenty inches in height with feathered hats. They’re also Prussian in feeling and were made from felt, wool and black, iridescent feathers.”

COSTUMES AND THE FILM

With creativity and imagination, Gary Jones and Michael Kutsche created the costumes for “Oz The Great and Powerful” with each individual character in mind, whether they were main characters or extras. There is no replica of the look of one character to another. This attention to detail also flowed down to makeup and hair design where the teams worked closely with the costumers to capture the unique look of each character.

When audiences see “Oz The Great and Powerful” they may not notice the smallest costuming details, or the seamlessness with which the characters fit in their surroundings or the fact that character looks aren’t duplicated, but they will feel that the Land of Oz is a living, breathing place that as fantastical as it seems, somehow feels as though it may exist.  And Jones and Kutsche’s costumes play a great part in delivering that feeling.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Josh Donen and Philip Steuer are serving as executive producers. “Oz The Great and Powerful” releases on Blu-ray Combo Pack on June 11th.

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The Odd Lift Of Timothy Green

FROM THE MAGICAL WORLD OF DISNEY COMES A FAMILY FILM

WITH HEART, HUMOR AND FUN

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Releases In Full Bloom For the Holidays on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, High Definition Digital & On-Demand, December 4, 2012

Burbank, Calif., October 10, 2012—Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” one of the year’s most uplifting and enchanting family films, springs up on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, High Definition Digital and On-Demand platforms on December 4, 2012. It’s the perfect, must-own family-film for audiences of all ages to enjoy and snuggle up to this coming holiday season.

From Academy Award-nominated writer/director Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), and starring Golden Globe® winner Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Oscar® winner Dianne Wiest and CJ Adams as Timothy Green, comes this highly imaginative story about a happily married couple who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. Then one stormy night young Timothy shows up on their doorstep. Soon they and the small town in which they live learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. The story is written by Ahmet Zappa (“American Gangster,” “Changeling”).

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Blu-ray Combo Pack provides viewers with the chance to delve deeper into this captivating movie experience through never-before-seen bonus features, including the documentary “Family Roots: Bringing ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ to the Screen,” which looks at this unique family story and the creative team that brought it to life; “Glen Hansard: Behind ‘This Gift” – the Academy Award® winning songwriter tells how he and Marketa Irglova crafted the moving end-credits song; “This Gift” Music Video by Glen Hansard; Five all-new deleted scenes; and a director audio-commentary.

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” will be available to own and for in-home viewing and will contain the following bonus features:

BONUS FEATURES 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack 1-Disc DVD HD Digital
Documentary—“Family Roots: Bringing ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ to the Screen”

A look at the telling of this unique family story and the team that made it happen.

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“Glen Hansard: Behind ‘This Gift.’”

A look at the Oscar winner and the creation of the poignant end-credits song.

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“This Gift” Music Video by Glen Hansard X X X
Deleted Scenes:

? Remembering Bubbles

? Neighbor

? Discovery

? You’re a Fichus

? A Mess

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Director Audio Commentary X

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Street Date: December 4, 2012

Direct Prebook: October 9, 2012

Distributor Prebook: October 23, 2012

Release Formats & Suggested 2-Disc Combo Pack = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada

Retail Price: 1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada

HD Digital & On-Demand = please check with your local provider or favorite digital retailer for pricing

Feature Run Time: Approximately 100 minutes

Ratings: U.S.: PG / Canada: PG (Bonus material not rated)

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray: 1.85:1 / DVD: 1.85:1

Audio: Blu-ray: 7.1 DTS-HD / DVD: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Languages & Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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About the Cast and Filmmakers:

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” stars Golden Globe® winner Jennifer Garner (“Arthur,” “Butter”), Joel Edgerton (“Warrior,” “The Thing”), Academy Award® winner Dianne Wiest (“Rabbit Hole,” “Synecdoche, New York,” “I Am Sam”) and CJ Adams (“Dan in Real Life”). Rounding out the cast are Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, M. Emmet Walsh, Odeya Rush, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lois Smith, with David Morse and Common.

Writer/director Peter Hedges adapted his first novel “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” into the film starring Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Juliette Lewis. Since then, Hedges has written and directed two of his own films, “Pieces of April,” starring Katie Holmes, and “Dan in Real Life,” starring Steve Carell. His adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel “About a Boy” was nominated for Best Screenplay Academy Award® in 2002. The producers are Emmy® and Tony Award®–winner Scott Sanders (“The Color Purple,” “The Pee-Wee Herman Show”), Ahmet Zappa and Jim Whitaker (“American Gangster,” “Changeling”). Executive producers are John Cameron (“Lars and the Real Girl,” “Fargo”) and Mara Jacobs. Peter Hedges penned the screenplay from a story by Ahmet Zappa.

The production team also includes double Academy Award®–winning cinematographer John Toll (“The Adjustment Bureau”), production designer Wynn Thomas (“Get Smart,” “A Beautiful Mind”), costume designer Susie DeSanto (“13 Going On 30,” “White Oleander”) and Academy Award®–nominated editor Andrew Mondshein (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Chocolat”).

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built.Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumersthroughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney MusicGroup encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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Winnie The Pooh BluRay & DVD Review

I was always a big fan of Winnie the Pooh.  My wife and daughter also love the entire Pooh family.  When they announced a new movie was coming I was a little skeptical, but also quite happy.

Seeing the story unfold on the screen in fashionable Winnie the Pooh manner was a pleasing sight.  A lot of the animations looked just as good, if not better than the original animations from the earlier films.  This was a brilliantly funny movie.  I was a bit surprised to see that the movie was only 60 minutes in length.

I think that this movie goes to prove the ever growing problem of “Jumping to conclusions.”  The storyline was straightforward without any deviations.  The movie kept our attention, and also the children that watched with us.  No boring parts.

The Ballad of Nessie was a very cute mini movie.

I recommend getting this video for your whole family to enjoy.  Winnie the Pooh movies will always be loved by all.

Here is the official release…

ALL THE BELOVED CHARACTERS

FROM THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD ARE BACK!

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DELIGHTFUL ALL-NEW MOVIE COMES HOME TO BLU-RAY,

DVD AND MOVIE DOWNLOAD OCTOBER 25th

Includes an Exclusive Short, Sing-Along Option and Hours More

of Exciting Bonus Features!

Walt Disney Studios proudly invites families and audiences of all ages to return to the HundredAcre Wood with some of the world’s most beloved characters, as “Winnie the Pooh,” the delightful all-new animated feature film comes home to Blu-ray Combo Pack for the very first time, as well as DVD and Movie Download on October 25, 2011.  Reuniting audiences with Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore (who has lost his tail), “Winnie the Pooh” is a honey of an in-home release containing hours of immersive bonus features, including exclusive animated shorts “The Ballad of Nessie” and “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon;” a sing-along viewing option; an informative behind-the-scenes featurette for the whole family and deleted scenes with director commentary – all available on Blu-ray Combo Pack.

Inspired by the beloved stories from A.A. Milne’s books and crafted in Disney’s classic style, “Winnie the Pooh,” is the most critically-acclaimed animated film of 2011*.  It is narrated by the voice of John Cleese and features the vocal talents of legendary voice actor Jim Cummings(over 350 voices including Gnomeo & Juliet) and a host of other distinctive actors including Craig Ferguson(TV’s ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’), Tom Kenny (TV’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’), Bud Luckey (Toy Story 3) and musical performances by Zooey Deschanel (indie folk band “She & Him”).

* RottenTomatoes.com, as of 9/9/2011

The all-new “Winnie the Pooh” brings back to life the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes and characters.  Sure to become a family favorite for every household, it is directed by Stephen Anderson (Meet The Robinsons) and Don Hall (The Princess and The Frog) and Executive Produced by John Lasseter.

Blu-ray ™Bonus Features:

· Exclusive bonus short “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon” – In this charming short, Pooh comes up with a daring plan to get a hold of some honey by fooling a group of bees.

· “The Ballad of Nessie” – The animated short film included in the theatrical release is the heartwarming tale of how Nessie found her new home in the Loch Ness.

· “Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too” – A fun and informative behind-the-scenes look at the film, designed for the whole family. Hosted by John Cleese (narrator of the film), and with occasional help fromPooh himself, this featurette explores Winnie the Pooh’s history from his beginnings as a character in a book, to his continued life in the movies. The filmmakers reveal how they worked to keep the look of the characters and settings in this movie consistent with their first appearances on-screen in1966. Pooh, being a bear of very little mind, finds much of this confusing, but the Narrator and the filmmakers make it all clear to Pooh – and you!

· Deleted Scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 5 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “”Rabbit’s Friends and Relations,” “Original Eeyore Intro,” “Original Tigger Intro” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”

· Sing-Along with the Movie – Follow the red balloon and changing word colors to seven song lyrics featured in the film.

· Disney Song Selection – “Winnie the Pooh Theme Song,” “The Tummy Song, “A Very Important Thing To Do,” “The Backson Song,” “It’s Gonna Be Great,” “Everything is Honey” and “The Winner Song Finale”

DVD Bonus Features:

· “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon”

· “The Ballad of Nessie”

· Deleted scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 3 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “”Rabbit’s Friends and Relations” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”

Movie Download Bonus Features:

· “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon”

· “The Ballad of Nessie”

· Deleted Scenes introduced directors. Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 3 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “Rabbit’s Friends and Relations” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”

Disc Specifications:

STREET DATE:                         October 25, 2011

Direct prebook:                           August 30, 2011

Distributor prebook:                     September 13, 2011

Suggested retail prices:               3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
$44.99 U.S. and $51.99 Canada

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
$39.99 U.S. and $46.99 Canada

1-Disc DVD
$29.99 U.S. and $35.99 Canada

High-Definition Movie Download
$39.99 U.S. and $44.99 Canada
Standard-Definition Movie Download
$29.99 U.S. and $35.99 Canada

Feature Run Time:                      Approx. run time 60 minutes

Rated:                                       G

Aspect Ratio:                             1.78, 16×9

Sound:                                      5.1

Languages:                                English, French and Spanish

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Film Synopsis

Disney returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo – and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Disney’s all-new “Winnie the Pooh” movie is inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art.

About The Filmmakers:

Directed by Stephen Anderson (Meet The Robinsons, The Emperor’s New Groove) and Don Hall
(The Princess and the Frog, Meet The Robinsons), the film was supported by a variety of industry and highly-creative Disney veterans including Producers Peter Del Vecho (The Princess and the Frog, Chicken Little) and Clark Spencer (Bolt, Meet The Robinsons), Executive Producer and two-time Academy Award®-winning director John Lasseter (Toy Story franchise, WALL●E, Bolt) and senior story artist Burny Mattinson (Academy Award®-nominee for Best Animated Short Film, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, 1983 and key animator on the 1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!).

About The English Language Voice Talent:

The “Winnie The Pooh” movie is narrated by funnyman John Cleese (Shrek Forever After, A Fish Called Wanda) and voiced by the talents of Jim Cummings (Gnomeo & Juliet, The Princess and the Frog, Shrek) as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Craig Ferguson (TV’s ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) as Owl, Tom Kenny (TV’s SpongeBob SquarePants) as Rabbit, Travis Oates (TV’s My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too) as Piglet, Bud Luckey (Toy Story 3) as Eeyore,
Kristen Anderson-Lopez (TV’s The Wonder Pets,Off-Broadway’s ‘In Transit’) as Kanga, Wyatt Hall (seven-year-old son of director Don Hall) as Roo and Huell Howser (this was his first role as an actor) as Backson and Jack Boulter (this was his first role as an actor) as Christopher Robin.

About The Music:

The amazing musical scores featured throughout the film were created by Tony® Award-winning songwriter Bobby Lopez, and his wife Kristen, who wrote all of the six spirited new songs for Pooh and his pals, including “The Tummy Song,” “A Very Important Thing To Do,” “Everything Is Honey,” “The Winner Song,” “The Backson Song,” and “It’s Gonna Be Great.” Lopez is behind the Broadway hits “Book of Mormon” and  “Avenue Q” and together they’ve written for Nickelodeon and Disney, including the stage version of “Finding Nemo” and composed songs for several episodes of “The Wonder of Pets,” which earned him two Daytime Emmy® Awards in 2006 for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition.

The original score, a special rendition of the beloved “Winnie the Pooh” theme song for the film was composed by Henry Jackman (“The Da Vinci Code,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “Monsters vs. Aliens”) and sung by actress, musician, singer and songwriter, Zooey Deschanel (Indie folk band, “She & Him”). Deschanel also provided vocals for
“A Very Important Thing To Do” and “So Long.”

About Disney Blu-ray Combo Packs:

To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in 2008 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc plus a DVD and in some cases plus a Digital Copy of the movie in a single package. To date, the company has released almost all their films as Combo Packs. Recent Disney titles released as Combo Packs include Tangled, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Bambi, Santa Paws, Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia.

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For morethan 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which TheWalt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings qualitymovies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced underWalt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!  For more information, please visit www.disney.com.

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Disney Movie Deals

Being a big Disney person we are continually on the lookout for good deals on Disney Movies.  We have done a lot of searching, and to date we have only found one source for a complete Disney Movie person, and that site is the Disney Movie Club.

Introductory Offer:  The Disney Movie Club can get you 4 Disney DVD’s for $1.99 each and also has FREE shipping.

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Spooky Buddies Fun Stuff

In anticipation of the upcoming Spooky Buddies movie here is a trailer and some activity sheets.

Here are some Spooky Buddies fun stuff and activities.

Download them by clicking HERE.

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