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Winnie the Pooh

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Winnie the Pooh with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Winnie the Pooh

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 Jul 23 2010
Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958)
Winnie the PoohFranz Fazakas
Franz Fazakas
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

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TEOL
said at 10:30 AM on Mon Sep 5 2016
Sterling for Poo but Jim for Tigger.
GreenGoblin75
said at 10:55 AM on Mon Jun 13 2016
1. Jim Cummings
2. Sterling Holloway
3. Hal Smith
4. Franz Fazakas
Mariomon94
said at 8:42 PM on Mon May 30 2016
1. Sterling Holloway- Pretty much the best voice of Winnie the Pooh yet. Nobody can even compare to him as Pooh except for Jim Cummings, who does an awesome impersonation of Sterling Holloway. He is pretty much using his natural voice for Pooh so he barley had to change his voice for his Pooh role. But he was pretty awesome as Pooh. RIP to him :(

2. Jim Cummings- Awesome voice for Pooh, while he does an awesome and decent impersonination of Sterling Holloway's Pooh as seen in the redubs of the older Pooh shorts, he manages to make the voice his own and makes his Pooh voice sweet, nice, and enjoyable to listen to. So yeah, besides Sterling, Jim the definite voice of Pooh and it's a role he will keep until he retires or passes away.

3. Hal Smith (A Day for Eeyore & Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons)- In these two Pooh shorts, he sounded so good as Pooh, even if it didn't sound like Jim Cummings, he still did a decent and good job impersonating Sterling Holloway, even if it was quite forced, he still much better than he did in 1983's "Welcome to the Pooh Corner"!

4. Hal Smith (Welcome to the Pooh Corner)- Sounds too rushed, and forced. And sounds too old for Pooh, they should've kept his voice from A Day for Eeyore and Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons, because he sounded better in those then the Welcome to the Pooh Corner show. Smith was probably most likely rushed in the puppet type show.

5. Franz Frankzas- He sucks as Pooh, I know this was made way before the original Disney Pooh adaption came out, but man, he just is not Pooh. I'm sorry. In the Winnie the Pooh Books, it implied that Pooh has a gruffy voice, not what Sterling would do but surely the opposite of what Franz what do. Seriously, he should have put more effort into his Pooh voice. His pooh sounds like a dirty old shumuk!

So in the end, I am going with Sterling Holloway, with Jim Cummings as a excellent second, and Hal Smith as a quite decent third.
Wman1996
said at 11:20 AM on Thu May 26 2016
It's so difficult. Franz is a nonevent here. Hal is wonderful, but he does sound a bit too old. Sterling pretty much is Winnie the Pooh as he is pretty much just using his natural voice. However, I think I have to go with Jim. He has been playing the character for 28 years and has left a massive impression on me. You just can't beat Jim. However, I will say that I don't particularly enjoy hearing Jim sing the older Pooh songs like Up, Down, Touch the Ground. Those will always be Sterling's songs to me.
Ezmanify
said at 4:16 PM on Wed May 18 2016
Hard to determine who is the better Pooh.
Either Sterling or Jim. But not Hal and DEFINITELY not Franz
Mariomon94
said at 10:48 AM on Sun May 22 2016
@Ezmanify Which is ironic because
Hal Smith did a better job as Pooh in the two short flims, "Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons" and "A Day For Eeyore", he did a decent job impersonating Sterling Holloway in these two films. In Welcome to the Pooh Corner, it was mostly likely because of poor forced voice direction so it wasn't Hal Smith's fault. Plus, Hal was likely rushed in that show. I like Hal Smith better in A Day of Eeyore and Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons.
Francesco92e
said at 2:49 AM on Sun Apr 3 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Jim: sweet, funny and wonderful
Autovolt
said at 1:03 PM on Fri Feb 19 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Jim Cummings IS Winnie the Pooh. I know he just started off doing an impression of Sterling Holloway's classic and iconic take but since he took over, I feel he became the definitive voice of the character. He brings so much joy, warmth and heart to this silly old bear. The fact that he sometimes goes and reads to sick children in his Pooh voice is the absolute most sweetest thing you could do. Jim's one of the voices of my childhood and Winnie the Pooh was a major aspect of mine.

Sterling Holloway set the standard for the role and his take is just as timeless as Jim's though admittedly I just have more of a preference for Cumming's take.

Hal Smith is decent for his take on Pooh, it's a bit off but if he had more time to work on in the role, he'd be a lot better. The Welcome to Pooh Corner is definitely not the best material to be working with.

Franz Fazakas is all wrong sounding in the role, I get that his take is the only adaptation of Winnie the Pooh is before the Disney adaptation came out but it just doesn't scream too Pooh to me. Easily the weakest voice here.

My vote goes to Jim Cummings.
Anthonyiscool64
said at 7:33 PM on Fri Jan 22 2016
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Jim Cummings is best at this role, he makes him sound a lot like Sterling's Pooh. Sterling Holloway also does great as Pooh, I mean another win for him too just like Jim. Hal Smith is ok, he was trying his best to mach his voice to Sterling's when he took over the role, but he makes him sound old. Franz, um..... no.
Michaelsar
said at 6:25 PM on Tue Nov 10 2015
 1 Shout Out!
I know they can't be included because they were parodies, but Will Ryan and Chris Cox did pretty good impressions of Jim Cummings' Pooh for "Family Guy" and "MAD".

In fact, when I first watched "Pooh Grit", I actually thought Jim Cummings guest-starred.
Polyester Funk
said at 10:50 PM on Sun Sep 13 2015
Does anyone else think that Franz sounds like a weird Jimmy Stewart?
jaxreiddacartoonfan
said at 8:18 PM on Sun Sep 13 2015
I can't decide between Sterling Holloway or Jim Cummings. They're both excellent. The other two stink.
Michaelsar
said at 10:29 AM on Mon Sep 7 2015
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Am I the only one who finds the Shirley Temple Pooh creepy?

Anyway, I'm going with Jim Cummings, he's the Pooh I'm the most used to. Sterling Holloway is a close second. Hal Smith was good as Owl, but he doesn't do a very good Pooh. But he's still better than Franz Fazakas.
Shaun Ince
said at 1:14 PM on Thu Sep 10 2015
@Michaelsar You're not the only one that finds that Pooh to be really creepy.
HienFan
said at 9:18 AM on Fri Sep 11 2015
@Shaun Ince Never mind Pooh look at EVERYONE on that version
Shaun Ince
said at 10:03 AM on Fri Sep 11 2015
@HienFan They look terrifying
Michaelsar
said at 1:02 PM on Wed Sep 16 2015
@HienFan Oh, yes. Pooh, I think, is the most terrifying, with Rabbit as a very close second.
HienFan
said at 9:19 PM on Sat Sep 26 2015
@Michaelsar Pooh: I'm a dead eyed doll
Starscreamsfan
said at 12:30 PM on Sat Aug 22 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
1) Sterling Holloway
2) Jim Cummings
3) Hal Smith
4) Franz Fazakas
Shaun Ince
said at 3:38 PM on Wed Aug 5 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
Jim Cummings is great as this character. He took the basis of Holloway's performance, pushed it further & made it his own.
Kioea
said at 7:23 AM on Sun Jun 21 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Jim Cummings
2. Sterling Holloway
3. Hal Smith
4. Franz Fazakas
Fantasy
said at 2:14 PM on Wed Nov 19 2014
 1 Shout Out!
I'd say both Sterling and Jim did an excellent job at doing the voice. Hal sounds a tad bit like pooh but still not exactly the way I think he would sound.
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
 4 Shout Outs!
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.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 2:40 PM on Wed Dec 10 2014
@KalaTurtle The book describes Pooh as having a growly voice - clearly the opposite of what Sterling would do, but also not like what Franz did. He should have put effort into making his character sound like a character.
Ross123
said at 3:47 AM on Wed Jul 2 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
Congratulations Franz, you've made Hal Smith sound awesome with your boring & completely uninteresting normal sounding voice.
SupremeTarantulas
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.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 6:05 PM on Mon Jul 14 2014
@Zillah Here's the actual clip starts around 00:40.
Kioea
said at 5:32 AM on Mon Jun 22 2015
@pete If it's the one I've just found, all I can say is, GOOD GOD! That is NOT judging material.
SupremeTarantulas
said at 11:39 AM on Mon Jun 22 2015
@Kioea Swear I linked it, and if it's the strangers special then yeah.
Zillah
said at 12:10 PM on Mon Jun 22 2015
@pete I'm sorry, what did you link?
SupremeTarantulas
said at 12:54 PM on Fri Jun 26 2015
@Zillah It was a Youtube video of the strangers special, containing Hal's old clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NKPrNEO6uo
Kioea
said at 4:43 PM on Mon Jun 29 2015
@pete Is it the bit that starts around 30 minutes in?
Shaun Ince
said at 12:11 PM on Sat Aug 22 2015
@NCZ I actually remember hearing the old sound clip before it got updated, but it was before I even set up an account. But yeah, it was disturbing.
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
 4 Shout Outs!
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
 4 Shout Outs!
Winnie the Pooh is probably Jim's finest performance.
thomwim
said at 6:20 PM on Sat Jan 26 2013
 1 Shout Out!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
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
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
 1 Shout Out!
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.
SupremeTarantulas
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.
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
Pokejedservo
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.
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.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:46 AM on Fri Jul 23 2010
 1 Shout Out!
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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