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Winnie-the-Pooh is a children’s book by English author A. A. Milne and English illustrator E. H. Shepard. Published in 1926, it is a collection of short stories about an anthropomorphic teddy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, and his friends Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, and Roo. In 1999, there have been plans to make a stop motion animated Winnie the Pooh direct-to-video series, animated by British company Cosgrove Hall Films. Images of unpainted maquettes of Tigger and Kanga (courtesy of Darren E. Marshall) and test videos featuring Rabbit and Owl on Vimeo (courtesy of Tim Collings; shown below) do exist. A pilot has been known to exist on Vimeo (courtesy of possibly Phil Dale) as well, featuring the voices of Martin Clunes, Jim Broadbent, David Holt, and (presumably) Kate Harbour, but hasn’t been found in a long time. The project was cancelled because Disney wanted to carry on with the well-known 2D animation route.

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