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With a mad craving for honey and twisted logic that would make Douglas Adams scratch his head ‘till it’s sore, WINNIE-THE-POOH is a creature of great passion and terrible ideas. Too bad he’s the only one who can save his home and all his fuzzy friends. The Hundred-Acre Wood will be taken over by the biggest belching honey plant that the industrial revolution ever spawned, and in three days, Pooh’s pals will all be kicked out for big hive development.
Their only hope: prove they have the deed to the land. That’s no problem -- the deed is right over there in the honeypot... oh bother, where did Pooh put it? Detective Pooh decides to head to the source and looks inside a beehive, which takes him on a delirious journey through time-space. He sees the solution! The vast honeycombs he sees before him lead to... THE FUTURE!
Pooh’s cuddly recruits for the expedition are: RABBIT, the finger-wagging rabbit; OWL, the birdbrain toddler with delusions of grandeur; PIGLET, the pushover best friend; EEYORE, the sulky donkey; helicopter marsupial KANGA; and Kanga’s button-pushing son ROO.
All the recruits must do is stick beehives on their heads, all at the same time. To everyone, this just seemed like Pooh’s quaint illogic. How could they have known that the bear was actually ever-so-slightly unstuck in time-space? “On my three!” says Pooh. SPLORCH!!! ZOOM!
The gang’s thrown through vast honeycombs all the way to the present day. Or should we say the future of the past?
Here, Pooh and pals start their mission: to find CHRISTOPHER ROBIN in the hopes that he still has the honeypot. But what will the 21st century make of this mismatched band of misfits? And how will Pooh ever even find the honeypot? Especially when Christopher Robin has traded his frock for a hospital gown and retired to the Aran Islands!
The honey thickens – the ragtag rag dolls soon discover they’re being tailed by two bowler-wearing buffoons sent by the honey company. They witnessed Pooh’s time-leap and followed suit. Pooh and the gang must go on a journey to find the deed. Along the way, they go through all kinds of shenanigans: they wind up in the middle of a mobster scheme, infiltrate Parliament, and battle the honey company’s goons on parade floats.
Will Pooh’s distinct charm and big fluffy heart be enough to save their corduroy butts?
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John Cones is a securities/entertainment attorney licensed to practice in the states of California and Texas. His primary area of expertise is federal and state securities compliance for entertainment oriented business plans, limited partnership, limited liability and corporate stock offe
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John Cones is a securities/entertainment attorney licensed to practice in the states of California and Texas. His primary area of expertise is federal and state securities compliance for entertainment oriented business plans, limited partnership, limited liability and corporate stock offerings providing financing for feature films, Internet companies, television pilots, live stage plays, documentaries and infomercials. Mr. Cones has worked in that area of the law for 23 years in Los Angeles and has participated in the production of the required disclosure documents for more than 250 securities offerings, including 180 film offerings. Some 62 independently produced feature and documentary films have been developed, produced or distributed as a result of those investor offerings. Mr. Cones has lectured on film finance topics throughout the United States and is currently conducting a national “film finance” lecture tour.
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Mike de Seve is an Emmy-nominated animation writer and director working in feature films and television. He is founder of Baboon Animation, a collective of some of the most accomplished animation writers in the US, with 31 Emmy Awards among them and clients including Disney, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Warner Brothers.
At DreamWorks, Mr. de Seve was a script consultant on six films, including Madagascar (on which he was also a sequence director), Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. He co-wrote the original story, with Mark Osborne, for Monsters vs. Aliens. At Paramount, he was a director and writer on the feature film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
In Television, Mr. de Seve has head-written and/or directed for such iconic series as Angry Birds Toons, Sesame Street, Pocoyo and Saturday Night Live, and for numerous major clients such as Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Television.
He has more recently been focused on applying his company’s skills and relationships toward progressive causes -- such as the launch of Baboon Animation Africa, integrating BIPOC talent into the industry and addressing climate change with fun kids’ content.
John Reynolds is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning comedy writer. His writing experience includes Comedy Central’s “The President Show” and six years as a staff writer on “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS. He was the head writer on DreamWorks’ “Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show” and a writer on the DreamWorks reboot of the iconic “Rocky & Bullwinkle” series. His clients have included CBS, NBC, Fox, Warner Bros., Jim Henson, Gary Sanchez, Conaco, The History Channel, and The Disney Channel.
An experienced writer, head writer and development lead, Baboon Animation’s Head of Series Joe Vitale has written numerous global hit shows including Gigantosaurus, Oddgbods, Angry Birds Toons, Taffy, Pocoyo, Insectibles, Super Wings and countless others. His feature credits include films for Dreamworks, Lionsgate and Shout! Factory. His work has aired globally on Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Netflix, Amazon, Disney +, and Paramount +. A veteran of Dreamworks Feature Animation, Mr. Vitale specializes in assembling writing teams for series and films, while leading the development of new and original IP.
Jeff Hylton has writtten or rewritten animated features and series for clients around the world, including media powerhouse BiliBili, entertainment colossus Fantawild, the Korean preschool hit series Super Wings, and the Cartoon Network EMEA hit Taffy. His credits include work for Europe’s biggest studios and distributors including Cartoon Network, France Televisions, Gulli, Gaumont, Fabrique d’Images, Studio 100, and Ulysses Film, as well as Australia’s Moose Toys, for which he has written several webseries for their iconic toy brands.
Beloved kid-lit favorite Winnie the Pooh is getting a makeover courtesy of Baboon Animation, the studio of DreamWorks alum Mike de Seve (Madagascar, Monsters vs. Aliens) and IQI Media. The new project – envisioned as a feature length film followed by a potential animated series – re-imagines Pooh and the gang as kids ginning up trouble for young Christopher Robin.
Rob Salkowitz is an Eisner-nominated comics journalist and author.
Speaking to Kidscreen, de Seve says the idea to adapt it again came from listening to a sped-up version of the novel’s audiobook “on the hunch that this was really witty, funny stuff that everybody usually reads too sleepy-slowly.”
“At 2x speed, it was hilarious! Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet rival Gumball and Darwin as a duo filled with ridiculous kid ideas and even worse kid execution,” he says. “For me, that’s the real Pooh, and we’re super-excited to be the ones to make that version come alive for the first time.”
Mike de Seve: “I think this unsinkable young cub is totally relatable for today’s kids, with his hell-bent craving for honey and his ludicrous schemes to get it. The whole gang is hilarious, and are even more hilarious as kids, we’re finding out.”
Kelly: “A.A. Milne’s bear has aged gracefully in the last hundred years. But what happened, back when, that made him and his pals who they are in the book? A heck of a big adventure, that’s what – one that needs a big screen. Audiences will be transported to somewhere they never expected.”
.The film helmed by former DreamWorks creator is expected to arrive in 2024
“We’re telling the surprising origin story of the ‘silly young bear’ and his friends, when they were still kids, in a way designed to connect with 21st-century kids,” said Reynolds.
Baboon Animation and IQI Media have revealed they’re working on an animated prequel feature and series to A.A. Milne’s 1926 children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh.
DreamWorks sta lavorando ad un film prequel su Winnie the Pooh, che ricalcherà progetti come Paddington.
The feature film is being planned for release in 2024, to be followed immediately by an animated series.
As for what Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit and the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood squad first illustrated by E.H. Shepard will look like with a modern animated makeover, Kelly advises: “Brace yourself for a surprise.”
‘Winnie the Pooh’ Origin Story Prequel in the Works at Baboon Animation, IQI