Disney’s July release Winnie the Poohis shaping up to become a cross-demographic juggernaut. First off, you have the fact that it’s hand drawn, which is going to draw in a bunch of nostalgia sales from people looking to get a break from the Hannah Montana era of Disney product. Secondly, it’s a new Winnie the Pooh movie, which means everyone is going to take their kids to see it. And now, Zooey Deschanel and her She & Him bandmate M. Ward have been added to the soundtrack, which should send hipsters in their early twenties running to the theaters to have a half ironic, half too precious to pass up time at the movies with Pooh Bear.
Deschanel is set to perform three songs from the soundtrack, including a take on the classic Winnie the Pooh theme song, “A Very Important Thing to Do”, and an original song that will play over the credits called, “So Long” that will also involve M. Ward. Director Don Hall says of She & Him’s inclusion in the film, “Her music actually embodies the underlying spirit of the movie. We’re taking something that has vintage roots in the sixties, but spinning it in our own way and updating it. If you listen to Zooey’s music with She & Him—that’s their sound to a tee.” That’s a good point, but if you would have told me three years ago that M. Ward was going to start doing Disney movies I probably would have been shocked, struggled to hide my shock, and then shrugged my shoulders and said, “whatever”. Check out a video of Deschanel singing her song and talking about Pooh and doing her best to look adorable below.
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