Winnie the Pooh gets a new honey

Beat it, Christopher Robin. It's time Winnie the Pooh had a girlfriend.

The Walt Disney Co. is planning a new Winnie the Pooh television series for 2007, and it will feature an as-yet-unnamed 6-year-old girl, a company spokeswoman said.

But she cautioned that the new character "is not a replacement for Christopher Robin" and added that the role of the character based on author A.A. Milne's son is still to be determined, although it will not be central.

The girl will move next door to the beloved characters created by the English author about 80 years ago--Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo, plus a new character, Lumpy, introduced in a recent Pooh movie.

Disney spokeswoman Patti McTeague said a 22-minute pilot was produced and tested worldwide in focus groups of preschoolers and parents, all to very positive feedback.

The series will be produced by Disney Television Animation and is scheduled to premiere in 2007 on Disney channels around the globe.

"The new character introduced in the series was crafted because the focus of the series is on interactive learning, and she will have a specific role in advancing the curriculum and will 'break the fourth wall' to speak directly to the preschool age viewer," McTeague said.

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Dec 16, 2005
Ooo, I can't wait for the new show. But I wonder who'll become the voice for Tigger and Piglet since their original voices died.
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Dec 15, 2005
PIGLET DIED?
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Dec 15, 2005
I hate what Disney's done with Winnie-the-Pooh. I loved the books when I was growing up, and their movies have corrupted the stories so much they are hardly recognizable. If they wanted a new series, why not create a new series? Disney needs one of their Imagineers to imagine a new idea.
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Dec 15, 2005
Who is going to play Piglet since he died?
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Dec 14, 2005
Once again, a timeless classic is about to be ruined by the soccer moms and weak, insecure television corporations of today.
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Dec 14, 2005
I'm happy to see they've added a new female character to "Winnie the Pooh." It's about time they shut down that sausage factory... ;)
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