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Zooey Deschanel to contribute three songs to WINNIE THE POOH soundtrack

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
March 31st, 2011

Okay, Disney, you can stop now. WINNIE THE POOH was already shaping up to be the most charming release of 2011, and now the studio has just gone ahead and thrown more adorable wood on the twee-tastic film fire. What could possibly make this film more endearing? A soundtrack that includes three new songs from Zooey Deschanel, along with "her own take" on the official WINNIE THE POOH theme song, "A Very Important Thing to Do." I'm sorry, I'll just be over in this corner openly sobbing until it's July 15 and I can do that in the safety of a theater showing WINNIE THE POOH.

Deschanel and her She & Him bandmate M. Ward will also perform an original song for the end credits, titled "So Long," written by Deschanel. Are you crying yet? At some point, Deschanel will also be playing a ukulele and the piano in addition to her singing. Deschanel echoes my overly emotional sentiments, saying  about her work, “This has been one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had...And I’ve just been thanking my lucky stars that I was able to work on this movie, because it’s delightful.” Director Don Hall added, “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.”

If this has not been enough to warm your heart, after the break, check out a special "First Listen" video featuring Deschanel and some of the most beloved characters from the Pooh universe.

The entire WINNIE THE POOH soundtrack, featuring Deschanel's songs, the original Sherman Brothers take on the theme song, original songs by Robert Lopez and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and original score from composer Henry Jackman, will be released on July 12, 2011 by Walt Disney Records.

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