Ep. 42 – Furious 7, Going Clear, Paul Feig to direct a Play-Doh movie, a live-action Winnie The Pooh movie is coming, and Netflix picks

April 5, 2015 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “Furious 7” and “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.” They also discuss an upcoming Play-Doh movie directed by Paul Feig, an upcoming live-action “Winnie the Pooh” film, and give their Netflix picks for the month.

[0:00-12:09] Intro, our Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse
[12:09-21:49] Discussion of upcoming Play-Doh movie/movies from toys
[21:49-32:20] Upcoming live action Winnie the Pooh movie
[32:20-57:22] Furious 7
[57:22-1:22:13] Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
[1:22:13-1:38:18] Netflix picks
[1:38:18-1:47:23] Teases for next week and close

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Jim Cummings – Winnie the Pooh (DVD)

November 4, 2011 by  
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For voice actor Jim Cummings, providing the voices for animated characters like Winnie the Pooh and Tigger has been one of the many highlights of his 26-year career. Cummings began voicing Pooh in 1988. Tigger came two years later.

While the characters were first animated in the 1960s by Walt Disney, Pooh and some of his lovable friends were first created in the 1920s by English author A.A. Milne.

“The thing about Pooh and Tigger and all the Hundred-Acre Wood gang is that they’re so iconic,” Cummings told me during an exclusive interview for the DVD/Blu-ray release of “Winnie the Pooh.” “They’re sweet little characters who care about each other. It’s about loyalty, friendship, honor and love. Those kinds of things never go out of style.”

Other characters in Cummings’ extensive repertoire include Taz the Tasmanian Devil, Darkwing Duck, and Ed the Hyena from “The Lion King.”

During our interview, Cummings, 59, talked about how he feel when studios hire voice talent based on name recognition and what advice he’s found useful straight from the tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff.

What has been so special about Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in comparison to the other voice work you’ve done in your career?

The thing about Pooh and Tigger and all the 100 Acre Wood gang is that they’re so iconic. They’ve been around forever. The characters aren’t tied to any fad. There were no skateboards or hip-hop or fashion involved. They are evergreen. They’re sweet little characters who care about each other. It’s about loyalty, friendship, honor and love. Those kinds of things never go out of style. There are no talking robots or flying wizards. They’re kind of in the same category as “The Wizard of Oz.” Everyone knows them and loves them and they’re safe, too. Parents can take their little 2-year-old or 22-year-old and know they won’t be seeing any Nazi surf zombies from Mars.

How did you feel about the new movie going back to the original 1960s style?

It was really nice. There have been some different styles of animation and different storylines over the years, but this one has a narrator and goes back to the characters running around on the page of a book and breaking the fourth wall. It’s everything we all fell in love with originally. The movie is just beautiful. You could put every frame of this movie in a picture frame. Let’s put it this way: Pooh Bear is a lot better than the Yogi Bear movie. Sorry about that Yogi.

Walt Disney executive and producer John Lasseter said he hoped the new film could “transcend generations.” Do you think it accomplished that?

Oh, I do, absolutely. It has some of the original music in it, but it’s also been updated with music by Zooey Deschanel. She did such a beautiful job. The songs are in the same style as the original. (Sings) “I’m just a little black rain cloud” or “Everything is honey…that’s alright with me.” It’s all those beautiful little melodies that if you find yourself thinking of them later on in the day, you don’t mind. Everything you liked about the original Pooh is back and better.

I’d hate to see this myself, but do you think Pooh could ever make a transition to 3D? I mean, they’re turning the Smurfs into 3D characters now, so why not Pooh?

Ugh, well, if they do, they’re going to be doing it without me. (Laughs) Winnie the Pooh wouldn’t call for 3D as much as other characters. I think turning Pooh into 3D would be gilding the lily, but if they do it I’ll watch.

Of all the characters you’ve voiced in your career, is there a specific one you’ve felt a deeper connection with than the rest?

Well, I’m probably closer to Tigger than I am to Pooh in real life, that’s for sure. But I love those two. I feel like it’s an honor to perform them and bring them along to new generations. Ray (the Cajun firefly) from “The Princess and the Frog” was also very dear to my heart. I love New Orleans. It’s my adopted hometown. But I’ve loved others as well like Darkwing Duck and Taz the Tasmanian Devil. It’s tough to start picking because I feel like I’m picking between my kids. I love them all.

I’m interested in hearing your take on studios casting big stars for animated films like Johnny Depp in “Rango” and Jack Black in “Kung Fu Panda.”

I understand it. They’re not all like Robin Williams in “Aladdin.” Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I think studios do it sometimes because they like to get the publicity of saying they have someone like Mel Gibson or Jennifer Lopez in their movie. (Laughs) I’ll tell Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise that if they promise not to make any animated movies, I won’t be a leading man in any of their movies.

What advice has Pooh or Tigger given that you’ve used in your own life?

Well, you just gotta keep on looking at the world though honey-colored glasses. (In Tigger’s voice) And the best advice I could give ya’ is to just don’t forget to remember to keep on bouncin’!

Lorelay Bove – Winnie the Pooh

July 15, 2011 by  
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Lorelay Bove was 14 years old when she boarded an airplane with her family that would take them from their home in Andorra (a country between Spain and France) to the U.S. in search of the American Dream. Today, she remembers exactly what her father told her before they made the journey from southwestern Europe to Los Angeles.

“I remember him telling me, “Whatever you want to do you can accomplish it in the U.S,’” Bove told me during a phone interview. “He told me that if I worked hard I could become whatever I wanted.”

Even at a young age, Bove already knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her childhood dream was to become an artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Raised by a father who worked as an artist and falling in love as a little girl with Disney films like “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Little Mermaid,” Bove was certain she was on a path that suited her.

After graduating from Cal Arts in 2007, Bove completed an internship at Pixar Animation Studios and went on to work in the visual development department at Walt Disney. At Disney, she started her career by contributing to the development of characters and costumes in “The Princess and the Frog.” In her most recent animated film, “Winnie the Pooh,” Bove helped create the “honey sequence” where everything in Winnie the Pooh’s world turns into the delicious, sticky food he loves.

During our interview, Bove talked about how her father’s artwork influenced her to be an artist and what she thinks a new generation of kids can expect from the film even if they’re not familiar with the tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff.

What type of animated films did you watch as a kid back in Andorra?

I remember watching all the Disney films. Some of my favorites were “Alice in Wonderland,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Dumbo” and “The Little Mermaid.” It was “The Littler Mermaid” that gave me the idea that I wanted to be an animator.

Did you understand what animation was at an early age or was your interest in it from a child’s perspective?

I didn’t know what it meant to be an animator at such a young age, but I was inspired in a different way. I knew I wanted to create the same thing I was watching and one day show it on the big screen. I remember wanting to learn more. I tried to incorporate what I saw on paper.

Does your father’s art influence your own style?

It does a little when it comes to color choices. We both share that with each other. My father was a contemporary abstract artist. He knew I enjoyed animation and that I always wanted to learn more about it. I’ve always been around him and his art. He would let my brother and I use his paints and materials. The art background I had with my dad really did help me. I took what I learned from him into my animation.

What did you contribute to “Winnie the Pooh” as a visual development artist?

In my department we design all the visuals – the characters, objects, colors, locations. The sequence I worked on in the film was such a joy. It was called the “honey sequence” where everything is honey. I was able to come up with ideas to create the world. I came up with a lot of options so the director and animators could pick and choose what they liked.

What is it like today working at Walt Disney?

At Disney we’re in a moment of more experimentation. They’re giving us a lot of freedom in the creative process. I’m really glad I’ve had the chance to be at Disney since the beginning of my career.

We haven’t had a Winnie the Pooh film in a while. What do you think kids who are not really familiar with the character will take from the new film?

I think they are going to get to meet a group of very sweet characters. They’re going to enjoy this film. It’s a different kind of comedy. It’s very innocent and funny. They’re going to get something new out of it because they’re not used to getting this type of film.