Disney Announces New Hand-Drawn "Pooh" Movie, "Handy Manny" TV Projects

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

Disney is moving on a new Winnie the Pooh hand-drawn animated theatrical release, and it’s also creating two primetime TV specials starring “Handy Manny.”

The announcements are planned for Tuesday at the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas, where execs also will discuss plans to pump more enthusiasm into the world’s largest licensed character franchise: Mickey Mouse.

That effort, said consumer products chairman Andy Mooney, could include classic footage of an animated Mickey mashed up with contemporary Disney properties, with the resulting creations running on the Disney Channel.

“Through extensive research with kids, we found they actually love the original Mickey Mouse property,” Mooney said.

As for Pooh, the movie’s planned release for spring 2011 will come six years after “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” was largely panned by critics while earning just $18 million at the domestic boxoffice.

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