“Pooh Called Her, and She Started to Giggle”

The current voices of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger come from voice artist Jim Cummings, who took over the voices in 2000 with The Tigger Movie. In addition to using the voices for show business, Mr. Cummings telephones very ill children on behalf of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He said, “One child that I called was dying of cancer. Pooh called her, and she started to giggle. Her mother was in tears, just crying. She said that was the first time her daughter had smiled in six months.” He also remembers speaking with a little boy who has autism: “He asked me to do all the voices, even small parts that I had done—extraneous characters. Then his mother, crying, got on the phone and said, ‘He doesn’t speak.’ I said, ‘He’s been speaking for over an hour.’ And she said, ‘No, my son doesn’t speak—he’s never spoken this much before. I videotaped this for his doctor.’”

For Further Information: “Winnie the Pooh: Behind the Scenes.” TLC. <http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/how-winnie-the-pooh-works4.htm&gt;. Accessed 3 March 2013.

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