Movie Soundtrack

Winnie the Pooh

Musical Score Composed By: Henry Jackman

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed By: Walt Disney Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            When I was a kid, I loved Winnie the Pooh.  I read all of the books and watched the cartoons whenever Disney had them on TV.  I still remember the theme song by heart: “Winnie the Pooh / Winnie the Pooh / Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff / He's Winnie the Pooh / Winnie the Pooh / Willy nilly silly old bear.”  Walt Disney Animation Studios has just released a new Pooh adventure in the theaters and I was delighted to discover that I would be receiving the soundtrack of this new film for review.

            The soundtrack of Winnie the Pooh features a musical score by Henry Jackman and songs performed by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, Jim Cummings and Robert Lopez, Craig Ferguson, Bud Luckey and other members of the cast.  Henry Jackman is a British composer who was a student of classical music before working on programming and production with the likes of such superstars as Mike Oldfield and Elton John.  Since 2006, Jackman has dabbled in film scoring, adding additional music to movies like Kung Fu Panda, The Da Vinci Code, The Dark Knight and more.  His most recent solo scoring forays include Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliver’s Travels and X-Men: First Class.

            Zooey Deschanel is an actor, singer, musician and songwriter who has appeared on television and on the movie screen in films like Almost Famous and (500) Days of Summer and on stage as part of the band She & Him.  Deschanel would be called upon to perform the classic theme song written by the Sherman Brothers and a few original songs created for the new film.  I’m not a huge fan of Zooey Deschanel’s work, but I have to say that I enjoyed the songs she performed on this soundtrack.  My particular favorite is So Long, a song written and performed by Deschanel designed to be played during the ending credits, saying goodbye to the audience and equating them to good friends: “”Hate to say goodbyem goodbye, and I / Hate to see the end, the end / ‘Cause it’s been so long since I made a friend like you.”

            The musical score of Winnie the Pooh brings back memories of music from the Disney cartoons I used to watch as a kid.  The music is mostly lighthearted orchestral fare, featuring woodwinds, strings and some piano.  Anyone who has watched a Disney cartoon will enjoy the familiarity of the score.

            The Winnie the Pooh Soundtrack will make a terrific addition to any child’s music collection.  The songs are catchy and fun and easy for young ones to learn and sing along with.  In fact, I plan on playing this soundtrack the very next time my nephew visits - I’m certain he will get a kick out of it!


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