Why not Sterling?


Just wondering...
Why wasn't Sterling Holloway WInnie the Pooh in this movie?

http://www.dreadcentral.com/story/how-you-can-help-midnight-meat-train

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I'm pretty sure that he'd retired by that time. While his place can't really be taken, Hal Smith did a pretty good job IMO.

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Right. Sterling Holloway retired around 1979 I believe, with doing one final TV act in 1986, then that was it until his death in 1992.

Hal Smith is awesome. He is also missed very much.

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It's an unfortunate thing that Sterling Holloway couldn't have been a part of this production. That's one reason why this Pooh short isn't as good as the previous three. Not very many characters keep their original voices; only Eeyore, Owl, Tigger, and Piglet. The others are replaced. Now some of the characters, namely Pooh, Rabbit, and the narrator are voiced by actors who are not as good as their originals but still do fairly well nonetheless. Unfortunately, the same can hardly be said for Kanga, Roo, and especially Christopher Robin, all of whom, in my opinion anyway, are voiced very weakly. Although, in fairness, they may have been hard to find the right voices for. With the exception of Kanga, none of them had had a consistent voice from the start. Christopher Robin was voiced by someone different in all four shorts. Roo was voiced by the same actor in the first two, but after that changed with each episode. But I feel he was at his weakest here. His voice just wasn't cute enough. And while it sometimes works to have a female actress voice a boy, that simply isn't the case for Christopher Robin. He sounded awful here, and regrettably, the same actress voiced him in "Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons".

Furthermore, this short has other things working against it besides poor voice casting. The animation is rather pedestrian, I feel. And what pray tell was the point in updating the theme song? Still, for all its shortcomings, there's actually much to reccommend it. The story is nice, and it has some clever dialogue (though that at the end was exceedingly lame). It's worth seeing at least once.

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If Jim Cummings had begun the voice, it would have really been the start of his career. He really is the only voice actor who can do any role Sterling Holloway did justice.

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