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Friendsgiving Lunch with Jim Cummings

We attended as a guest of Disney

Who is Jim Cummings? He is one of the most talented voice actors in Hollywood who is responsible for bringing so many of our beloved childhood movie characters to life. He is known for being the voice of over 400 characters including Winnie-the-Pooh (and Tigger too). In celebration of the upcoming release of Christopher Robin on Blu-ray and DVD on November 6th I joined Jim Cummings for a Friendsgiving lunch at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

The minute that I arrived at the luncheon, I felt like I was in The Hundred Acre Wood. There was a long wood table until a beautiful willow tree. At the base of the tree was a small door, similar to the one that Christopher Robin walked through to spend time with his best friends. Before sitting down at the table for lunch, I had the extreme honor of taking a photograph with the actual characters from the movie, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore. Sitting with the actual dolls from the film was pure magic, and I felt like I was in The Hundred Acre Wood having lunch with all of them.

After taking some pictures with my favorite Winnie-the-Pooh friends, Jim Cummings had arrived for lunch. For being one of the most famous actors in Hollywood, he was so down to earth and extremely friendly.

He started out by sharing how it felt to see Christopher Robin for the first time. He said, “It was magic for me. I was just so taken with it. It’s so charming.” He continued to say, “I loved it. I thought it was a great idea. What if Christopher Robin grew up and turned into a person and got stuck working like the rest of us. And, you know, Pooh and the gang went out there and kind of saved him.

We all took a short break from talking, and enjoyed some delicious “Friendsgiving food.”

To show all of you what a great personality Jim Cummings had when he was asked if it was different recording for an animated picture, he said, “Yes it was. It was hard fitting into the costume.” and everyone at the table laughed.

When it came to recording the voices for Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger in the film Christopher Robin, Jim Cummings did all the recording in just one day!

With Jim Cummings being such a talented voice actor, we were all curious to know when he discovered that he could do voices. “I started off as a really annoying child, so it was probably early on. I enjoyed being in plays, and I would want to be the ogre, the hermit, the weirdo or the wizard instead of the prince,” said Cummings.

A question that everyone wants to know about Jim Cummings is what Disney character he can relate to the most, and he said, “Probably Tigger.” He continued to say, “Honestly, Ray from Princess and the Frog is one of my favorites of all-time. My little girl Gracie, you couldn’t have told her that she wasn’t Princess Tiana when the film came out. She adopted me, this beautiful black girl, and she was four years old (Princess Tiana was four years old), and she and Anika bonded.”

“It’s familiarity. When you hear ‘would you, please pass me a smackerel of honey, everybody knows, and it is so great.” Jim Cummings

Don’t miss bringing the love of Winnie-the-Pooh in Christopher Robin home with you starting tomorrow, November 6th. Learn more about Christopher Robin online, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your love for the film on social media using the hashtag #ChristopherRobin.

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