Crossover are fantastic.
Look though any fan fiction web-site and you will see nothing but a mass supply of any given series of any type of medium crossed over with the least expecting title. Seeing your favorite characters meet one another is always a delight. I should know, I am more than guilty of spending many a nights penning on my somewhat insane crossover. I still do that to this day.
And canon crossover are just as grand as the ones fans wave themselves. It all breaks down to characterization and execution to determine how good any tale is. Even the most strange can be beyond brilliant.
Doc McStuffins and Winnie the Pooh…well, that is not a combination I ever thought about. And something tells me that most of us reading this haven’t either. (But any time Jim Cummings is voicing I am more than game to tune in!)
But that crossover is coming to pass later this month. Check out the full press release below!
The Doc is in for a delightful adventure one blustery day when an all-new episode of Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning series Doc McStuffins debuts on Wednesday, January 18 — National Winnie the Pooh Day! — at 7:30 p.m. ET. In “Into the Hundred Acre Wood!” the Doc and her toys welcome A.A. Milne’s beloved cast of characters to McStuffinsville.
“Winnie the Pooh books and animation have always been hugely important to me, so it’s a personal dream come true to be able to bring together the worlds of the Hundred Acre Wood and McStuffinsville, especially since Christopher Robin is the original human famous for talking to his stuffed animals and toys,” said creator and executive producer Chris Nee. “This episode is an homage to the original Disney animation and storytelling styles, from the original songs, including a hat tip to the Sherman Brothers, to the visuals which evoke old school Winnie the Pooh.”
The episode begins when Doc and the toys spot Winnie the Pooh floating through the air, unable to alight. On their way to the rescue, they are magically swept away by the wind to the Hundred Acre Wood, where they team up with Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore to find Pooh in time for his favorite event of the year: The Honey Festival. When they finally find him, a tree branch rips Pooh’s tummy on his way down, and Doc must rush him to McStuffins Toy Hospital for emergency surgery. A worried Christopher Robin arrives and bonds with Doc over their ability to talk to toys. Meanwhile, Piglet and Lambie get to work organizing a Honey Festival in McStuffinsville just for Pooh.
“Into the Hundred Acre Wood!” features two original songs, “Follow That Bear!” and “Think Heavy Thoughts,” both written and produced by Michelle Lewis, Kay Hanley and Dan Petty. Winnie the Pooh also sings the series’ iconic song “I Feel Better.”
Guest starring are Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Travis Oates as Piglet, Peter Cullen as Eeyore and Oliver Bell as Christopher Robin. Doc McStuffins stars Laya DeLeon Hayes as Doc, Loretta Devine as Hallie, Lara Jill Miller as Lambie, Robbie Rist as Stuffy, Jess Harnell as Chilly, Andre Robinson as Donny McStuffins, Kimberly Brooks as Mom McStuffins, and Gary Anthony Williams as Dad McStuffins.
“Into the Hundred Acre Wood!” was written by Chris Nee and directed by Brónagh O’Hanlon.
Like I said, I never imaged this crossover. But it works and makes a lot of sense on several levels. And in truth; the fact this is only now is happening is perhaps the most surprising part.
Be sure to tune in to Disney Junior on National Winne the Pooh Day (January 18th) at 7:30 pm ET to see the worlds collide.
Join the conversation: What other series do you want to see crossover?