Disney releases first 'Winnie-the-Pooh' trailer

The new version of A.A. Milne's classic story will hit theaters on July 15. It's a modern version of the story, but the look and feel will be familiar to longtime Pooh fans.

Disney's 'Winnie the Pooh' will hit theaters on July 15, 2011. The film retains the look of the classic Pooh tales. Walt Disney Pictures

Get ready for a new onslaught of Tigger and Pooh toys, games, cartoons, T-shirts, hats, and every other sort of memorabilia. Disney's new "Winnie the Pooh" is coming.

Disney today released the first trailer for its forthcoming film, which is the first Pooh adventure from Disney to hit the silver screen in more than 35 years. The studio said the new movie, which is planned for a July 15, 2011 release, will feature all the favorites from the A.A. Milne tales, including, obviously, Pooh, as well as Tigger, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and of course Eeyore, whose tail has gone missing.

To make the film, Disney brought back Burny Mattinson--an animator on the 1974 Pooh featurette "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!"--as senior story artist, and the film was co-directed by Stephen Anderson and Don Hall. In addition, the film features the voices of Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny, and Bud Luckey. Actress and musician Zooey Deschanel is the vocalist in a brand-new version of the "Winnie the Pooh" theme song, Disney said.

"Inspired by five stories from A.A. Milne's books in Disney's classic, hand-drawn art style," Disney said, the film "reunites audiences with the [honey]-loving, philosophical bear and friends Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet and Owl in a wild quest to save [their friend] Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit."

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