'Winnie the Pooh' is getting a 21st century upgrade from Disney next summer (July 15th, 2011 to be precise), but judging from the first trailer for the film (embedded below), this news shouldn't alarm any 'Pooh' purists. Sure, 'The Smurfs' are going CGI and Scooby Doo has already gone the digital route, but Disney has taken a refreshingly traditional approach to reviving this classic childhood series. Not only will this be a 2D animated film, but the production will be supervised by Disney's animation honcho John Lasseter.
Jim Cummings will provide the voice of the inquisitive little bear (and his rambunctious pal Tigger), as he has for over 22 years in various Winnie the Pooh movies, TV specials, and even video games. Peter Cullen will provide the voice of Eeyore, while Craig Ferguson will be stepping in the role of Owl. Better yet, Zooey Deschanel will be singing the theme song for directors Stephen J. Anderson ('Meet the Robinsons') and Don Hall ('The Princess and the Frog').
As for the story, it will be culled together from five of creator A.A. Milne's original 'Winnie the Pooh' stories and will revolve primarily around the gang of Hundred Acre Wood taking on a quest to save their human friend Christopher Robin. Check out the trailer and let us know if it warms your heart to see some old-school animation as much as it does ours.