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Winnie the Pooh

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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Winnie the Pooh with sound clips and images.
Winnie the Pooh is a living stuffed bear doll who resides in the Hundred-Acre Wood. Because he is literally brainless, he is highly absent-minded and forgetful, forcing him to rationalize many somewhat trivial matters, hence his catchphrase of "think, think, think". He has an insatiable hunger for "hunny" and often raids trees and Rabbit's howse to obtain it.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Fri Jul 23 2010, 76 Comments, Add Comment
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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
Winnie the PoohSterling Holloway
Sterling Holloway
Welcome to Pooh Corner (1983)
Winnie the PoohHal Smith
Hal Smith
Kingdom Hearts II (2006)
Winnie the PoohJim Cummings
Jim Cummings
Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958)
Winnie the PoohFranz Fazakas
Franz Fazakas

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myopinion1
said at 10:56 AM on Fri Sep 26 2014
Disregard my last opinion. Holloway, Smith (In A Day for eeyore) and Cummings were all fantastic. Smith was likely rushed in the puppet like show, and Franz isn't pooh.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 6:11 PM on Fri Jul 4 2014
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Franz is an AWFUL Pooh. He doesn't sound like a character at all - just some schmuck.
KalaTurtle
said at 9:50 PM on Sun Jul 20 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus I think this is on account of the more theatrical presentation of actors in the late 50's. They didn't really "develop" the voices.
Ross123
said at 3:47 AM on Wed Jul 2 2014
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Congratulations Franz, you've made Hal Smith sound awesome with your boring & completely uninteresting normal sounding voice.
pete
said at 9:26 PM on Tue Jul 1 2014
Franz disturbingly sounds like Trey Parker.
Zillah
said at 9:43 PM on Sun Jun 29 2014
I wonder, what was Hal Smith's old clip anyway? The one that people were apparently disturbed by?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:15 PM on Sun Jun 29 2014
@Zillah Some sort of advice to Piglet about what to do if you get touched by a stranger. Along the lines of that one Sonic Sez segment.
pete
said at 6:05 PM on Mon Jul 14 2014
@Zillah Here's the actual clip starts around 00:40.
HienFan
said at 1:45 AM on Wed Jun 25 2014
I await the day Pooh gets updated and everyone will say Hal sounds like the number 1 choice compared to the Shirley Temple clip like in the Tigger/Rabbit/Eeyore comparison
RabidSonicFan
said at 3:15 PM on Sun Jun 29 2014
@HienFan Looks like your dream is about to be realized.
HienFan
said at 10:16 PM on Sun Jun 29 2014
@RabidSonicFan Congrats!

Well now my word came true Hal you sound as good as Sterling Holloway next to Franz now
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 6:12 PM on Fri Jul 4 2014
@HienFan While Hal's voice acting as Pooh wasn't the best, I never thought he sounded bad. He actually sounds more like Sterling than Jim does! What I think makes Jim the best Pooh is that he really made it his own.
HienFan
said at 2:34 PM on Sun Jul 6 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus I don't think Hal is bad he's just an average Sterling Holloway take.

While I do like Jim, Sterling has a certain charm that I really like that the others do not have
myopinion1
said at 7:40 PM on Fri Apr 11 2014
1. Jim. I grew up with his Search for Christopher Robin Voice.
2. Sterling. Grew up with Many advenures voice.
3. Hal. That short he did was good, that clip was only ok.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:03 PM on Fri Feb 21 2014
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Jim does a much better job at maintaining an appropriate, distinctive voice for the character than Sterling and Hal, and his acting is more organic and refined. This clip in particular doesn't do him justice.

While Sterling Holloway did a fair job and he gave solid ground-work for how the voice should sound, at the same time, I feel that throughout the movie there were times where he sounded really bored and his voice often sounded too much like a tired elderly man and it's a bit out of place for a lovable looking, tiny cartoon bear. There were moments when he got into character pretty well but there were others where he sounded unconvincing and bored. He's not bad in the slightest, but I think his acting is inconsistent and his voice often sounds too much like an old man's.

Hal Smith also has the problem of making the character sound like an old man, and it sounds to me like he keeps slipping in and out of some accent. His voice as well as his delivery is a little off for Pooh, but it's still not bad with all things considered. At least he's relatively charming.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 2:54 PM on Fri Feb 21 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy I forgot to mention my ranking.

1: Jim
2: Sterling
3: Hal
HienFan
said at 8:59 PM on Wed Feb 5 2014
I prefer Sterling Holloway

Jim is also good but Hal Smith is pretty mediocore
d123
said at 1:54 AM on Tue Jan 21 2014
Sterling Hollaway did the original voice, and his performance was wonderful. Jim did a great impression. Hal was all right, but I prefer Jim here
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 2:45 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
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Sterling Halloway originated this voice, and both Hal Smith and Jim Cummings did a fine job of carrying it on. However, while Jim can do a perfect Halloway impression (like in the 2011 Winnie The Pooh film), he usually puts his own spin on the voice like in that KH2 voice clip, going a little bit deeper. Because of this, I think he's owned this role the most out of anyone.
Ross123
said at 5:08 PM on Mon Jul 15 2013
This is Jim's best performance ever cause it's like he admired Sterling Holloway really cause he voices like all of Holloway's characters so that's really cool but that's not the reason why I really like him. The reason why I like him is because I always grew up with him (well every1 did really) so there's really no change about who the voice of Pooh was or is but I think it's a role Jim will keep until the day he retires or dies.

Sterling, I heard him & I thought he was just great really as he created 1 of the important characters in the world.

Hal was better at Owl really but he didn't last long as Pooh, well a film, short episode & a tv series really but it was all good for him but in a way i'm glad he left actually cause that's how Jim came in since 1988.
HienFan
said at 10:17 PM on Sun Jun 29 2014
@Ross123 You should see the Shirley Temple Pooh, the page just got updated he makes Hal sound good

Though I think Hal is very average(and he he sounds beyond bored in this clip)
Ross123
said at 3:59 AM on Mon Jun 30 2014
@HienFan Well after listening to Franz, I agree. Hal sounds much better when you compare the 2.

As for my opinion on Franz, he's just using a normal voice that sounds uninteresting to say the least.
HienFan
said at 4:13 AM on Wed Jul 2 2014
@Ross123 Yeah so generic
VctrBnsn
said at 11:58 AM on Wed Mar 27 2013
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Winnie the Pooh is probably Jim's finest performance.
thomwim
said at 6:20 PM on Sat Jan 26 2013
Jim Cummings, since he's the longest lasting one.
MarcieLAG
said at 2:59 PM on Wed Jan 23 2013
I love Sterling Holloway, mostly for nostalgic reasons. Jim Cummings, though, he pulls off Pooh's voice decently. Both of them are adorable, but I like Sterling just a little more for his enthusiasm. Hal Smith, though.... I couldn't take him; he sounded forced, it wasn't natural. It was flat, and his voice was too drastically different from how Pooh has always been made out to be, at least in my ears.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 2:46 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
@MarcieLAG Hal's voice does sound very close to Halloway's though, and he sounded better in "A Day For Eeyore." Maybe the direction was different?
VGAfanatic
said at 9:25 AM on Wed Jan 9 2013
Hal Smith sounds decent, but he doesn't pull it off quite like Sterling Holloway and Jim Cummings.
DaltonioSpidey94
said at 8:18 PM on Sat Jan 5 2013
All are good, but Jim Cummings is the best
dougnugget
said at 12:04 AM on Sat Nov 3 2012
Sterling was the original. The rest are just imitations.
tlemmens10
said at 3:37 AM on Wed Oct 31 2012
Jim Cummings IS Pooh!
MatthewC17
said at 9:10 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
This is a tough one
1. Jim Cummings - Of course it's an impression but he did turn Pooh into his own character
2. Sterling Holloway - I grew up hearing Jim's Pooh voice. But I will say Sterling had potential
3. Hal Smith - Not much to say except his voice for Pooh was different in A Day For Eeyore. He just sounds flat here
Blahman179
said at 2:23 AM on Tue Jul 10 2012
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Gotta say Sterling Holloway, Jim Cummings is perfect, he's one of my favorite voice actors, but Sterling was better.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 7:19 AM on Thu Jul 5 2012
Jim Cummings for me! ;)
Zylphia
said at 11:33 PM on Wed Jun 13 2012
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Oh wow! Cummings almost sounds identical to Holloway... but I have to pick Holloway as my favorite because I loved that voice of Pooh from the 70s movie with a passion!
MatthewC17
said at 1:20 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@Zylphia Cummings' voice didn't always sound like this
Check out The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh the voice was much higher
DravenRoth994
said at 9:43 PM on Wed May 30 2012
This is an easy one for me, Sterling Holloway. He has this soft tone to Pooh that just can't be matched. I still watch the Many Adventures to this day. I'll often sing that exact same song in the clip.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:55 AM on Thu May 31 2012
@DravenRoth994 I agree!
MatthewC17
said at 11:05 AM on Tue Jun 12 2012
@OptimusSolo Cummings' Pooh voice didn't sound like this when he first voiced Pooh it was a little higher
Blue Paratroopa
said at 12:43 PM on Mon May 28 2012
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I love Cummings, but Sterling Holloway is my personal fave. He's so innocent and sweet! Hal Smith is good, too, but Holloway is at the top of my list. I like all of these guys.
dreamer
said at 2:38 PM on Mon May 14 2012
Sterling looks a bit like Barry Manilow hehe. Jim Cummings is Pooh to me. I don't know why. Probably because it is the first voice I heard.
MatthewC17
said at 1:47 PM on Sun Mar 25 2012
Cummings sounds like he has more of a British tone
Sarge Ray
said at 4:47 PM on Mon Feb 13 2012
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Who doesn't love Winnie the Pooh? Heck, he's like the most innocent thing on the planet. I think there's actually a LAW preventing people from not liking him!
Telme22
said at 7:30 PM on Fri Jan 27 2012
Is it me, or do the people here REALLY love the "New Adventures" cast over the "Many Adventures" cast?
Zummi
said at 10:26 AM on Fri Feb 3 2012
@Telme22 Yes,I guess because most people,like me grew up with the cast from "New Adventures". But,I like Winchell as Tigger,Cummings doesn't cut it.
Telme22
said at 9:05 PM on Fri Feb 3 2012
@Zummi I had a feeling that was the case. Actually, it's a truly reasonable and understandable one. I just found it funny because, normally in voice compares, the original would get the most votes, save for Winchell, who was one of the few returning voices.
Telme22
said at 9:10 PM on Fri Feb 3 2012
As far as this comparison goes, I personally prefer Holloway. Apart from being the original, he just has this natural sweetness that he brings to Pooh. What's truly amazing is that he uses the exact same voice for all his characters, yet he makes them distinct through performance. He's really a role model for the "actor" half of being a voice actor.
Zummi
said at 1:08 AM on Sun May 6 2012
@Telme22 That's true, in fact that's jim's downfall: he makes all his characters sound the same,unlike Holloway and Winchell. Holloway gets my vote too.
Downloadsbacon
said at 1:32 AM on Sun Jul 31 2011
JIM CUMMINGS

said at 2:51 PM on Thu Jul 28 2011
Since when has a stranger tried to hurt bears?

said at 2:49 PM on Thu Jul 28 2011
Get Yao Ming to voice him, atleast they'll be the same height.
myopinion1
said at 7:45 AM on Sun Jun 26 2011
I liked Hal Smith in Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore.
MatthewC17
said at 12:57 AM on Tue Jun 21 2011
I do like Sterling Holloway
but I have to go with Jim Cummings since he is the Pooh voice I'm familiar with
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:31 PM on Sun May 15 2011
Jim Cummings is what I hear in my head when I think of Pooh.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:55 PM on Tue Jan 7 2014
@NCZ Of course, Sterling Holloway deserves credit for inventing the voice and portraying the character in such a sweet and earnest way,and I watched "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" over and over as a kid, so really I'd have to be divided between the two. Young me probably wasn't even aware of the time differences between that and the productions featuring Jim Cummings, so I don't think I ever knew there was a difference.
pete
said at 5:04 PM on Mon Mar 21 2011
Hal sounds old like he could voice Rabbit or Owl.
DB_Fan1991
said at 12:07 PM on Sat Mar 26 2011
@pete Hal Smith was the original voice of Owl.
axel (Guest)
said at 11:58 PM on Sat Nov 20 2010
And @jackson OH DEAR JESUS
WHY DIDNT I SEE THIS BEFORE?!
axel (Guest)
said at 11:52 PM on Sat Nov 20 2010
Sound like I'm talking to him lol sorry just writing out what I was thinking XD
axel (Guest)
said at 11:47 PM on Sat Nov 20 2010
God Jim, you're amazing! You litterally can do all the disney character voices and make them sound the exact same! Ever Tigger!
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 11:23 AM on Mon Sep 20 2010
you can listen to it here. You've been warned

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJg-jliyhXA
joop (Guest)
said at 7:59 AM on Mon Sep 20 2010
Ok, now I'm very interested in the original Hal Smith clip.
Does anyone still have it?
glehnmarc (Guest)
said at 9:33 PM on Mon Jul 26 2010
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Jim Cummings rocks, but I'll go with Holloway. As for Hal Smith I love his VA works as Mr. Whittikar in Adventures in Odyssey.

Interesting note: Hal Smith co starred in two Dukes of Hazzard eps... S02E22 and S06E17.
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 7:53 PM on Sat Jul 24 2010
While I do agree that the original Hal Smith clip was disturbing (and hilarious) I don't think the current clip is that much better. (Hello Paranoia!)

But yes I do think that all the Pooh voices are indeed very good.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 12:32 PM on Sat Jul 24 2010
OK I'm settling this once and for all! I've found a new clip for Hal Smith. Foxwolf I'm emailing it to you asap! :D
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:32 AM on Sat Jul 24 2010
uuuuuuum, can we find another clip for Mr. Smith. While his voice for Pooh is actually good, the clip itself while hilarious is deeply disturbing.
tdlt (Guest)
said at 12:16 AM on Sat Jul 24 2010
I'm guessing that you couldn't find a better clip for Hal Smith. His clip is just too suggestive for me
jonhardwick (Guest)
said at 12:04 AM on Sat Jul 24 2010
purplewarrior i love the smith clip because it gave me a path to watch the episoide to smart for strangers which actually edicated me a bit!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 9:18 PM on Fri Jul 23 2010
Yeah, I can't find any either. Seems like it was something done by the BBC so who knows
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:51 PM on Tue Jan 7 2014
@OptimusSolo Looking it up, if it was something done by the BBC in the 50s then it's actually very possible that the master tapes don't exist anymore. In order to save on money and storage, since videotape was expensive and took up a lot of space, tapes of old programmes would have frequently been erased and taped over with new programming. A bunch of old BBC shows either don't exist anymore or have loads of episodes that are lost forever.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 4:13 PM on Fri Jul 23 2010
Never heard of him. Just tried to look for clips of that one, but I can't seem to find any. Might have something to do with its obscurity...
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:41 PM on Fri Jul 23 2010
You are missing the original Winnie the Pooh, Cameron Hall
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 2:24 PM on Fri Jul 23 2010
Sorry, but that was the highest quality clip I could dig up :/
PurpleWarrior13
said at 2:01 PM on Fri Jul 23 2010
They're all good. But yeah.....Hal Smith needs a new clip. It really distracts you from his performance.

I've mostly heard Jim Cummings in the role, but Sterling Holloway was amazing too. It's neat how they all pretty much sound the same.
xattm (Guest)
said at 9:19 AM on Fri Jul 23 2010
yeah the clip for Hal Smith is...just not right.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:46 AM on Fri Jul 23 2010
Hal Smith's clip... 0_0... I just can't vote for that...

I'm voting for Jim Cummings. (I think I'll have to go and wipe out my brain now.)


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