Saturday, October 22, 2011

Justin Bieber Wins His “Mistletoe” Bet With Usher

Justin Bieber Wins His “Mistletoe” Bet With Usher:


Justin Bieber won his bet with Usher about how quickly his fans could get his new single “Mistletoe” to the number one position on iTunes. Now Usher will be releasing his Christmas duet with Justin next week, rather than fans having to wait to hear the song on Justin’s upcoming album, “Under The Mistletoe,” releasing on November 1, 2011.


Justin and Usher joined their voices together on the track called “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” and we can’t wait to hear it and get in the holiday spirit! Did you help us all get to hear it early by purchasing Justin’s new single “Mistletoe” on iTunes? If so, what do you think of the new song?

















Selena Gomez Seeking Restraining Order Against 46 Year Old Man

Selena Gomez Seeking Restraining Order Against 46 Year Old Man:


Selena Gomez is currently seeking a restraining order against a 46-year-old man named Thomas Brodnicki. Thomas recently informed his therapist that he was planning to kill the Disney star – yikes!


Selena filed the request for the restraining order with the Los Angeles Superior Court on October 13, 2011 after being told that Thomas had flown from Chicago to Los Angeles to meet her. The restraining order instructs that Thomas stay at leaset 100 feet away from Selena, her mother, her stepfather and her assistant.


The hearing for the restraining order will be held on November 4, 2011 at the Burbank Courthouse. So scary!



Justin Bieber’s Next Tour Will Be Bigger And Better

Justin Bieber’s Next Tour Will Be Bigger And Better:


Justin Bieber’s final My World concert is tonight and his manager Scooter Braun took to Twitter to chat with fans about how sad he was that it was ending. However, he revealed that he and Justin have already discussed the next tour – and it’s going to be bigger and better! Check it out:



Last show today…pretty surreal. this has been one of the best times of my life. gonna miss it. so many #myworldmemories but JB and I have already been talking about the next tour…going to go bigger and better….going to do things people have never seen b4 going to make people #Believe and hoping to give people that feeling of WOW the way i felt when i saw MJ when I was a kid….so 1 thing comes to an end…and it will be missed…but the next adventure is just beginning. going to have fun 2night. it’s a celebration!


We can’t wait for Justin’s next tour!


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Justin Bieber Kisses Another Girl In His “Mistletoe” Music Video

Justin Bieber Kisses Another Girl In His “Mistletoe” Music Video:


Justin Bieber just released his “Mistletoe” music video and while we love the song and the video, it was a little awkward to watch him kiss another girl since we know he is dating Selena Gomez! “Mistletoe” is one of the original songs on Justin’s upcoming holiday album “Under The Mistletoe.” The CD will arrive in stores and online on November 1, 2011.


Watch Justin’s “Mistletoe” music video below and let us know what you think!





Selena Gomez 2011 MTV EMA Extended Promo

Selena Gomez 2011 MTV EMA Extended Promo:


Yeay! An extended 2011 MTV EMA promo featuring Selena Gomez has been released! Selena sings and raps in the promo video in order to let her fans know that she will be hosting the upcoming MTV EMAs. The show will be held in Belfast, Ireland on November 6, 2011. Watch below and let us know what you think.





How Did Justin Bieber Get In The Christmas Spirit In Order To Write Songs For His “Under The Mistletoe” Album?

How Did Justin Bieber Get In The Christmas Spirit In Order To Write Songs For His “Under The Mistletoe” Album?:


Justin Bieber’s Christmas album “Under The Mistletoe” is arriving in stores and online on November 1, 2011 and already the first song on the album, “Mistletoe,” has arrived, and so has the music video for the song! So? How did Justin get in the spirit to write Christmas music when it wasn’t quite the holiday season yet? He told MTV:



It’s different, because you’ve gotta think Christmastime. You’ve gotta think, ‘What’s at Christmas? Mistletoe, reindeer, Santa, all these things.’ And especially when it’s not Christmastime, it’s hard to really get your mind around it, but once you get into it, like, I was really thinking it was Christmastime when I was writing this album. … We had Christmas cookies [in the studio].


That’s exciting! We can’t wait to hear the songs on the album!














Cody Simpson At The 2011 Australian Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

Cody Simpson At The 2011 Australian Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards:


Here is a video full of photos and clips from Cody Simpson’s appearance at the 2011 Australian Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards! Cody took home three awards at the event:


- The Super Fresh Award

- The Aussi Muso Award

- The Awesome Aussie Award




Did you tune in for the awards show? Congratulations on your wins Cody!



Taylor Swift Does Not Have A Boyfriend

Taylor Swift Does Not Have A Boyfriend:


Taylor Swift made it very clear during her interview on “The Ellen Show” with Ellen DeGeneres that she does not have a boyfriend. Not even “kind of a boyfriend.”


Taylor is SO busy on tour lately that it’s no wonder she doesn’t have time to start a new relationship right now! Listen to what Taylor says about not having a BF in the video below and let us know what you think!




P.S. Who else REALLY wants to try Taylor’s new perfume, Wonderstruck?





“Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas” Disney Channel Original Movie Promo

Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas” Disney Channel Original Movie Promo:


Here is the promo for the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas.” We’re so excited to see the movie when it arrives! What about you?


“Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas” will premiere this December! We’ll keep you posted when a premiere date is announced.





“Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas” Disney Channel Original Movie Promo

Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas” Disney Channel Original Movie Promo:


Here is the promo for the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas.” We’re so excited to see the movie when it arrives! What about you?


“Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas” will premiere this December! We’ll keep you posted when a premiere date is announced.





“Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas” Disney Channel Original Movie Promo

Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas” Disney Channel Original Movie Promo:


Here is the promo for the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas.” We’re so excited to see the movie when it arrives! What about you?


“Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas” will premiere this December! We’ll keep you posted when a premiere date is announced.





Ashley Tisdale Leaves The Hair Salon On October 19, 2011

Ashley Tisdale Leaves The Hair Salon On October 19, 2011:


Ashley Tisdale has been spotted at the hair salon quite a bit in the last few weeks! The Disney star was spotted leaving the Byron Tracey Salon in Beverly Hills, California on October 19, 2011.


Ashley recently revealed to her fans that she had removed her hair extensions, and we’re wondering if she did that so she could begin filming for her new ABC series “Under Construction.” We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the show that Ashley will both star in and produce!



Hilary Duff Goes To The Gym With Haylie Duff On October 19, 2011

Hilary Duff Goes To The Gym With Haylie Duff On October 19, 2011:


Pregnant actress Hilary Duff went to the gym with her sister Haylie Duff on October 19, 2011. The duo were photographed leaving the workout location in Los Angeles, California and they looked happy! We think it’s great that Hilary and her sister are so close! Because they are such good friends Hilary has revealed that she would like to have more than one child so that they can have the same sibling relationship that she had!



Sarah Hyland And Matt Prokop Donate Memorabilia From The Disney Channel Original Movie “Geek Charming”

Sarah Hyland And Matt Prokop Donate Memorabilia From The Disney Channel Original Movie “Geek Charming”:


Sarah Hyland and Matt Prokop were at Planet Hollywood on October 19, 2011 where they donated memorabilia from their Disney Channel Original Movie “Geek Charming.” The movie is set to arrive on the Disney Channel on November 11, 2011! How cool!


P.S. who else LOVES Sarah and Matt as a couple?




Bella Thorne And Pia Mia “Bubblegum Boy” Second Preview

Bella Thorne And Pia Mia “Bubblegum Boy” Second Preview:


Here is a second preview of Bella Thorne and Pia Mia’s new song “Bubblegum Boy.” We can’t wait to hear the song in full, this new clip sounds so fun! Check out the new preview and let us know what you think!




Will you be downloading Bubblegum Boy when it arrives?



Disney’s “Spooky Buddies” Plush And Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack Giveaway

Disney’s “Spooky Buddies” Plush And Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack Giveaway:


Thanks to Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment we have an awesome “Spooky Buddies” giveaway for our readers! The grand prize winner will receive a “Spooky Buddies” plush as well as a Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack of the movie! In addition, four runners up will also receive a Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack of “Spooky Buddies”!


The movie released to stores and online on September 20th and stars the following actors:


- Diedrich Bader

- Ryan Stiles

- Debra Jo Rupp

- Tim Conway

- Frankie Jonas

- G. Hannelius

- Ty Panitz

- Charles Henry Wyson

- Nico Ghisi

- Harland Williams

- Rance Howard

- Jennifer Elise Cox

- Pat Finn

- Michael Teigen

- Elisa Donovan

- Sierra McCormick

- Skyler Gisondo

- Sage Ryan

- Jake Johnson

- Tucker Albrizzi


You can watch some of the stars from the movie chat about what it was like to film alongside the “Buddies” in the video below!




Bonus features included on the Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack are:


- All-New Music Video “Monster Mash” — Performed By The Cast Of Disney’s SHAKE IT UP

- Sneak Peek: Disney’s TREASURE BUDDIES

- DIGS: Rosebud Edition — Join Rosebud As She Invites You Into Her Home For An Exciting Tour


Watch some awesome clips from “Spooky Buddies” below and enter our giveaway!
















I Can’t Wait for Tonight (Film)



All About the Costume (Film)



Pip’s Disguise (Film)



Monster Mash (Film)



Costumes (Film)





Giveaway Materials Provided By Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment



ABC Family Television Show “Intercept” Starring Danielle Panabaker And Chloe Wang

ABC Family Television Show “Intercept” Starring Danielle Panabaker And Chloe Wang:


ABC Family has a new TV show on the way called “Intercept.” The show stars Danielle Panabaker and Chloe Wang and is about a group of college students who end up solving crimes when one of them creates a communication device that intercepts conversations in their area.


This sounds like an interesting plot and we can’t wait to see where ABC Family takes the show. Who do you think should be cast as the other two crime-solving students? We’d love to see Corbin Bleu in the show!



Will Zac Efron Still Star In “Akira” Movie?

Will Zac Efron Still Star In “Akira” Movie?:


The live-action movie “Akira,” based on the manga comic series, has finally been given the green light to begin production, but who will act in the film? IMDB lists the movie as arriving in theaters in 2013, but no actors have been added to the page yet.


Former Disney star Zac Efron was previously said to be playing the lead character, but we’re not sure if this is still true since the movie was pushed off for so long. Zac’s schedule has been filling up quickly, so we’re not sure that he has the time to be in this movie, but we’ll keep you posted when we find out!


Do you have your fingers crossed that the lead character in “Akira” is played by the former “High School Musical” star? Or, do you have another actor in mind?



Minnie Driver Will Act On ABC In 2012

Minnie Driver Will Act On ABC In 2012:


Actress Minnie Driver will reportedly be heading to ABC in the Fall of 2012 in an unannounced new show. The actress just signed a talent deal with the network, but no further details have been released. We can’t wait to learn more!


We loved Minnie alongside Eddie Izzard in the TV show “The Riches.” Did you ever tune in for that? Hilarious!


What type of ABC show do you hope Minnie stars in?



Images From Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” Movie

Images From Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” Movie:


Here are three images that have been released from Dr. Seuss’ upcoming movie “The Lorax.” The film will arrive in theaters in March 2012 and stars the voices of the following actors:


- Zac Efron as Ted

- Ed Helms as Once-ler

- Danny DeVito as The Lorax

- Betty White as Norma

- Taylor Swift as Audrey

- Willow Smith as Marta

- Rob Riggle as O’Hare

- Sherry Lynn as Additional Voices


We can’t wait! What do you think of the images below?






Ashley Greene Compares Herself And Demi Lovato To Jennifer Aniston And Angelina Jolie

Ashley Greene Compares Herself And Demi Lovato To Jennifer Aniston And Angelina Jolie:


“Twilight” star Ashley Greene spoke with Allure magazine about the suposed feud going on between herself and former Disney star Demi Lovato. Demi and Joe had JUST broken up when he began bringing his new girlfriend, Ashley, to the Jonas Brothers / Camp Rock 2 concerts that both Joe and Demi were performing at. Here’s what Ashley revealed about her relationship with Demi:



I’m really happy that she’s doing well,. She and I never had a problem with each other, but, you know, it doesn’t go away. Jen Aniston still gets asked about Angelina Jolie.


What do you think about the comparison?



Mandy Moore Stars In ABC’s “Us And Them”

Mandy Moore Stars In ABC’s “Us And Them”:


Actress and singer Mandy Moore, who voiced Disney Princess Rapunzel in “Tangled,” will act in ABC’s new TV show “Us And Them.” The show is about a newlywed couple who has to deal with their families coming together as one. The show is reportedly a comedy, and we’re expecting it will be pretty funny with Mandy in the lead role!


“Us And Them” will be directed by Shawn Levy (“Night At The Museum”) while Bob Fischer (“Wedding Crasher”) will write the script. We’ll have to keep you posted when ABC announces who will play Mandy’s husband.


Recent rumors stated that Mandy was pregnant, but if she’s heading back to TV soon then we’re not sure!



Disneynature “Chimpanzee” Movie Poster

Disneynature “Chimpanzee” Movie Poster:


Disneynature has released the first movie poster for their upcoming film “Chimpanzee.” The movie is coming out in theaters on April 20, 2012 in celebration of Earth Day, and from the movie trailer it looks like it’s going to be a heart-wrenching film! What do you think of the new movie poster?





Justin Bieber Working On Another Album And A Movie

Justin Bieber Working On Another Album And A Movie:


Justin Bieber spoke with MTV recently about what’s next for him, and it turns out he has a lot planned for the coming year! Not only is Justin releasing a holiday album on November 1, 2011 he then has another album arriving in stores and online in early 2012. After that, Justin has plans to star in a movie, and they are already working on a script! Wow – how in the world does he do all of this! Listen below:





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Watch The First Nine Minutes Of ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”

Watch The First Nine Minutes Of ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”:


ABC’s new fairy tale show “Once Upon A Time” will premiere on October 23, 2011 at 8/7c, but you don’t have to wait until then to see part of the show! ABC has posted the first 9 minutes of the series online, and you can watch it in the video below!


After you tune in be sure to visit the comments section and let us know what you think. Also, tell us if you’ll be watching the premiere when it arrives on ABC this weekend!





More Than 4 Million Viewers DVR “Modern Family”

More Than 4 Million Viewers DVR “Modern Family”:


ABC’s “Modern Family” viewer numbers bumped up from 14 million to 18.5 million when it was discovered that 4.5 million viewers don’t watch the show when it airs, but instead tune in later through their DVR. Wow!


Do you tune in to your favorite shows on TV during the time slots they air during? Or, do you watch via DVR or a service like Netflix or Hulu? Let us know in the comments section!



Disney Channel Original Movie “Let It Shine”

Disney Channel Original Movie “Let It Shine”:


The Disney Channel has begun production on a new Disney Channel Original Movie called “Let It Shine.” The movie will premiere on the Disney Channel next summer. Check out the description of the DCOM below:


“The story follows 16-year-old Cyrus DeBarge, an aspiring musician who has a gift for rhyme yet lacks the self-confidence to take the stage and, through his rap song, tell his longtime crush Roxanne Andrews how he feels about her. After he and his flighty best friend, Kris McDuffy enter a songwriting contest, Kris is mistakenly named the winner for a song Cyrus wrote. Fearful of being thrust into the spotlight, Cyrus panics and allows Kris to take credit for his heartfelt lyrics and soon he’s standing by as Roxanne begins to fall for Kris.”


This sounds a lot like the Disney Channel Original Series “Austin & Ally” that’s heading to the network…


Actors in the movie will include:


- Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”) as Cyrus DeBarge

- Coco Jones (Radio Disney “N.B.T.”) as Roxanne Andrews

- Trevor Jackson (“Cold Case”) as Kris McDuffy

- Brandon Mychal Smith (“So Random!”) as Lord of Da Bling

- Nicole Sullivan (“MADtv”) as Roxanne’s powerful music manger Lyla

- Courtney B. Vance (“FlashForward”) as Cyrus’ preacher father Jacob DeBarge

- Dawnn Lewis (“A Different World”) as Cyrus’ mother, Gail


There will also be a fabulous soundtrack for the movie, and songwriters working on it include:


- Antonina Armato

- David Banner

- Andy Dodd

- In-Q, J-Doe

- Toby Gad

- Adam Hicks

- Tim James

- Steven Jones

- Jay L’Oreal

- Rock Mafia

- Justin Mobley

- Tocarra Phillips

- Lindy Robbins

- Thomas Armato Sturges

- Dapo Torimiro

- Anna Vasilenko

- Jon Vella

- Lambert “Stereo” Waldrip

- Adam Watts


What are your thoughts about the movie so far?



Exclusive Disney Universe Video Game Screenshots And Meet The Enemies

Exclusive Disney Universe Video Game Screenshots And Meet The Enemies:


On October 25, 2011 Disney’s new video game Disney Universe will arrive on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and PC/Mac. In the photo gallery below you can meet the enemies you will encounter in the game! The enemies in the game are programs written by the game’s villain, Hex. Hex is trying to take control of the Disney Universe and he has sent these enemies out to take control from the player characters.


Even though the enemies are designed by Hex, they are not under his direct control and because of this they often exhibit mischievous behaviors that Hex isn’t happy about! Each of Hex’s enemy characters is dressed up so he fits into each Disney and Disney/Pixar themed world he is in.


Check out our exclusive Disney Universe screenshots and meet the enemies from the game in our photo gallery below.





Disney Universe Enemy WALL-E Bulldog







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Here is a description of the Disney Universe video game:


“Disney Universe is an off-the-wall non-stop action-adventure video game where Disney worlds and characters mix up for the first time. Players will be able to suit up in iconic character costumes and face challenges in legendary Disney worlds. Battle through each world and experience a different style of gameplay, with various movie-inspired storylines being explored throughout the game. Players can defeat enemies, collect coins and power-ups, unlock new costumes and explore with friends in a mix-up of worlds inspired by numerous Disney and Disney/Pixar films.”


And here are a number of game features:


- Suit-up, power up and team up for fast-paced action as more than 40 classic and contemporary Disney characters, including Alice, Mike, TRON and Stitch

- Explore six different worlds inspired by Disney and Disney/Pixar films

- Play with up to four friends to solve puzzles, defeat enemies or toss other players into trouble

- Downloadable content available post-launch for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will provide great replay value




We want to give two lucky winners an Xbox version of Disney Universe, and two other lucky winners a PlayStation 3 version of the game. Be sure to enter below for your chance to win!




















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Justin Bieber Is Back In Canada October 21, 2011

Justin Bieber Is Back In Canada October 21, 2011:


Justin Bieber took to Twitter to alert his fans that he was back home in Canada! We’re guessing Justin is going to be spending a lot of time with his girlfriend Selena Gomez who is currently in Canada for her We Own The Night concert tour. Here are some Instagram photos that Justin uploaded since returning home. Let us know if you see Justin in Canada!





Selena Gomez “Hot Mess” Movie

Selena Gomez "Hot Mess” Movie:


Selena Gomez is currently in negotiations to play a lead role in an upcoming movie directed by Dave Meyers called “Hot Mess.” The movie is about four girls who are trying to become the hot messes they are destined to be in life. No word yet on who the other three leading ladies will be – do you have any suggestions?


The screenplay for “Hot Mess” is being written by Jenni Ross. We’ll keep you posted when we know more!



Cody Simpson Talks About Working With Scooter Braun

Cody Simpson Talks About Working With Scooter Braun:


Cody Simpson is now being managed by Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, and he’s excited about it! During an interview with The Hot Hits Cody revealed a bit about what is to come in his career:



It’s a real recent thing. With Scooter, we’re working on making myself an individual, making myself my own artist. You know I don’t want to be in anyone’s shadow. I’m a big fan of Justin’s, he supports a lot of what I do also. But everyone wants to be their own artist, have their own style of music, their own sound and their own image. And that’s what I’m definitely work on in 2012. And you’ll definitely see a lot more, we have some big plans for next year with my first full album coming out and a tour and everything. It’s gonna be real cool, but it’s all in the family.


We can’t wait for Cody’s next album!



Disney Baby Tigger Cuddly Bodysuits!

Disney Baby Tigger Cuddly Bodysuits!:


OMG we are in love with all of these new Tigger Disney Cuddly Bodysuits from Disney Baby! Aren’t the designs adorable?


These Cuddly Bodysuits are great not only because they’re super fun to dress your child in, with all of their bright colors and great designs, but they also grow with your baby because they have an extra row of snaps! This makes the bodysuits last longer than normal onsies, which is a huge help when your baby keeps growing, and growing, and growing!



Which of the Disney Cuddly Bodysuit designs is your favorite?














Demi Lovato Will Perform The National Anthem During The 2011 World Series, Game Five

Demi Lovato Will Perform The National Anthem During The 2011 World Series, Game Five:


It was just announced that Demi Lovato will be performing the National Anthem at Game 5 of the baseball World Series this year! Demi will take to the field to sing the anthem on Monday, October 24th.



Have you been tuning in for the World Series this year? The Texas Rangers are up against the St. Louis Cardinals, and currently the teams are tied at 1-1. Who do you think will win?



Disney Parks Halloween Firework Shows

Disney Parks Halloween Firework Shows:


The Disney Parks are known for their over-the-top, entertaining fireworks shows, and the ones held for Halloween are no exception! Here are two photos from the parks – the first from the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, and the second from Disneyland (thanks to the Disney Parks Blog!).



Be sure to let us know if you are at any of the Disney Parks during the month of October, and tell us what you think of the fireworks show! So fun!



Sneak Peek At “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ The Wedding Scene

Sneak Peek At “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ The Wedding Scene:


In the video below you can see a sneak peek at the wedding scene from the upcoming film “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.” Both of the “Breaking Dawn” movies are going to be highly emotional between the wedding, the baby and the fights. We can’t wait!


Watch the sneak peek below and let us know what you think of Bella and Edward’s wedding…we think it’s beautiful!





Drew Seeley “Lazy Daze” Music Video Shoot

Drew Seeley “Lazy Daze” Music Video Shoot:


Drew Seeley filmed a music video over the summer for his song “Lazy Daze.” In the video below you can see what went on behind-the-scenes of Drew’s music video shoot! It looks like it was a lot of fun, and we can’t wait to see the official music video! Check it out:





DreamWorks Animation “Captain Underpants” Movie

DreamWorks Animation “Captain Underpants” Movie:


DreamWorks Animation just acquired the rights to make a movie out of the popular “Captain Underpants” book series. There are already 8 books in the series, but reportedly a 9th one is in the works from author Dav Pilkey. Have you read any of the books in the “Captain Underpants” series? If so, which was your favorite?


We can’t wait to find out which actors will be voicing the characters in the movie!





Interview With Senior Story Artist Burny Mattinson From Disney’s “Winnie The Pooh”

Interview With Senior Story Artist Burny Mattinson From Disney’s “Winnie The Pooh”:


We had the amazing opportunity to speak with Senior Story Artist Burny Mattinson about his career at Disney and his latest movie, “Winnie The Pooh.” Burny has had a long and fruitful career – he’s even had the pleasure of working with Walt Disney! Read our interview below and share your thoughts in the comments section!



Animator Burny Mattison



How did the idea for making the new “Winnie the Pooh” movie come about, and how did you get your position as Senior Story Artist on the film?


Burny: “Well, I guess it was our boss there, Bob Iger, who suggested it to Lasseter to look into the franchise of Winnie the Pooh because it hadn’t been out in feature in a while and [he] thought we should try to revisit it. So, Lasseter then went to two of the directors, Don Hall and Steve Anderson, and said we need to get some stories together, so then they came to me and said, ‘hey, would you adapt some of the stories from the Pooh books. We have about five or six that we like.’ And so I said ‘ok,’ and so I drew the beat boards – drew the pictures out as the stories – and then they liked it a lot, so I pitched it to Bob Iger and what they call the steering committee – all the executives – and they liked it. We thought it was only going to be maybe a featurette and they said, ‘no, let’s make it a feature.’ So we were absolutely delighted and they wanted the feature animation people to do it. So that’s what we did. And that was my role in it, in the beginning. And through the whole rest of the picture, I worked as a kibitzer in the story meetings with suggestions and so forth, and I was just trying to be a help to the directors.”


You’ve worked on the original “Winnie the Pooh” featurettes and feature back in the 60s and 70s. What were the big challenges in bringing “Winnie the Pooh” back to the big screen?


Burny: “Well, one of the problems we had is the fact that a lot of the material had already been used by our TV division in making I think three movies. And they had used an awful lot of material in their features, so when we came down to doing it, there was not that much there left. So, we had to take what we had and find ways of kind of stretching it. Our first ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’ was very episodic. It was basically the three featurettes that where kind of schlumped together. And we wanted to make it less episodic. And what material we did have, which was basically Eeyore losing his tail, Rabbit’s busy day – which turned into the Backson idea – and the expedition. Those became the real crux of the story.”


What is it that draws you to A. A. Milne’s work?


Burny: “You know, it’s that charm and whimsy of it. It’s innocence about it. They’re fun characters. They’re very delineated – Rabbit being the frustrated soul who wants to be in charge, and then you have Pooh who’s the innocent character. So the character’s are very strong and so it’s kind of fun. It’s like visiting a family again. These marvelous little guys. So, I think that that’s the charm of it – old friends.”


Which character is your favorite or do you associate with?


Burny: “I often associate with Pooh. I always say, he’s the bear of little brains and that fits me fine.”


I’ve heard that the stuffed Pooh doll in the opening and ending of the new film was actually made by your wife. Could you tell us the story about that?


Burny: “Yeah, that’s right. We started doing the movies in 1964 and we were going to make it at that time as a feature. But then Walt [Disney] thought maybe the humor was too mild and maybe wouldn’t sustain a feature, so he said, ‘let’s break it down into a short.’ So we stopped the feature and condensed it down into the ‘The Honey Tree’ and later on we did the ‘Blustery Day’ and then finally we did ‘Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too.’ And Wooly [Wolfgang Reitherman] who was the director and producer of all three of them decided that it would be a pretty good idea – what Walt wanted to do I think later on – to combine them all to be a feature. And so they were combined together as ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.’ Well, Wooly said that he wanted to go ahead and do a live action opening with Pooh and Tigger and so forth sitting around. So I told my wife about it, who was my assistant when I was animating, and she was very good with the dolls for the kids. And so she took a crack at it and crafted a Pooh. And so I brought it in and showed it to the boys. I showed it to Wooly and he said, ‘oh my gosh this is great! But, unfortunately I contracted Karen Johnstool’ who used to do Walt’s dolls and things like that. And he said ‘I can’t use it, but I sure like it. Can I put it in my room for a while?’ So he kept it for six months. Then he gave it back to me, so I took it home and gave it to the kids. And the kids played with it, and their kids played with it, and it wound up in the attic and has been sitting in there for all these years. So then when we started to do this feature, I told the guys about it and they said, ‘bring it in,’ so I got my son to get it out of the attic. I brought it in and everybody loved it, so that became our Pooh by the time he got in.”


That’s awesome! When developing the film, what work goes into making the characters and giving them all of the features that we know and love?


Burny: “You know, all the animators and us in story, we all kind of know the characters and how they think and how they behave. And basically, it’s the animators. We, in story, we kind of do the blueprints. But the animators are like the carpenters. They take those blueprints and put them all together and give it the finesse. So, they’re putting in all the personality stuff. A lot of times, we would give the bare bonesof the storyline and outline and they’ll think of better ways – recreating little side things to the character and the way they cock their heads and the way they think when doing something. It’s very collaborative.”


You’ve worked on many, many films for Disney for many years. Were there any highlights about working on this film?


Burny: “Yeah! You know, we have more fun at Disney story meetings that we would hold every day. Since we had the beat boards that we created the story around, we didn’t have any writers. We decided not to have writers. And so all of the story team, which there were about five or six of us in there, we all kind of created it on the way. In other words, we would take a section and give suggestions. Then they’d go off and draw it up. And then we’d bring it in and then they’d project it on the screen and see how it played. And then we’d all make suggestions, like ‘why don’t we do this’ and ‘why don’t we do that’ and this became really more fun than anything. We had a lot of laughs. And that’s basically how the picture was put together. I mean, nobody had written anything. We just had this outline of what the story is about and then everybody came in and added something. They were all young, first time out – the story team basically. And I was amazed by how much they added to it.”


So it’s a very collaborative process, almost like a family?


Burny: “Oh absolutely, it’s exactly like a family. Yeah, very collaborative. In fact, one of the fella’s wife was learning how to make cake and every week she would bring in a cake and it would be something with Winnie the Pooh like one in the shape of a big honey pot. And we were getting pretty on the heavy side. It was real family, it was all family.”


I’ve heard you were working on a story for a feature film that would star Mickey Mouse, which would be the first feature to do so. Can you tell us anything on that?


Burny: “Well it’s kind of premature because I have to really show it to the boss and see if they’re on board with it. But, it’s an adventure story with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. I need to pitch it to the boss, and that’s my next step right now. So I’m getting prepared for that.”


That would be such a fun movie! What do you think? Be sure to pick up a copy of “Winnie The Pooh” on Disney’s Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack and let us know what you think!
















Disney’s “Winnie The Pooh” Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack Giveaway

Disney’s “Winnie The Pooh” Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack Giveaway:


On October 25, 2011 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is releasing “Winnie The Pooh” to Blu-ray and DVD. The movie is absolutely adorable and perfect for everyone in your family, which is why we want to give YOU a copy!


“Winnie The Pooh” Movie Trailer



Here is a description of the movie from Disney:


“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.”


Check out the awesome bonus features included with the release of “Winnie The Pooh,”


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”


Enter below for your chance to win a “Winnie The Pooh” Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack. This contest ends on November 11, 2011.


















Giveaway Materials Provided By Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment