Winnie the Pooh Sings “Mad World” (Music Video ****)

Disney proudly presents the deleted scene from the classic movie Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin. It’s depressing and entertaining! It’s depressitaining! In this secret scene, Pooh has sadly given up hope after losing his beloved Christopher Robin and he begins to sing a song entitled “Mad World”, showing that his faith in humanity has deteriorated…..So enjoy this obscure scene straight from the Disney Vault!

I must now confess that I lied and this scene did NOT come from the legendary Disney Vault. It is only a mere fan-made video that was mixed with fitting music.

This video was created for the DS106 “Music Video” video assignment where you take footage from an existing movie or show and add fitting music to it in a way that creates a completely new message. As I said in my weekly post from last week, the inspiration to create such a dramatic depressing video came from the fact that I found Gary Jule’s voice to highly resemble Winnie the Pooh’s voice. If this weren’t the case, I don’t think this video would work as well. Sad song + sad scene + Winnie the Pooh singing = PERFECT!

Just as I planned out from last week, I used Final Cut to create this. First I downloaded Pooh’s lamenting scene from Youtube, then I ripped the audio from the “Mad World” music video and converted it to mp3 format (since I couldn’t find the plain mp3 anywhere.) I started splicing the scene in Final Cut and it matched perfectly with them music, however as I suspected, I came up short because the scene was only a min or so long. I didn’t want to be someone who reuses the same clips over and over because that doesn’t add any variety to the message. So to avoid this problem, I took some scenes from 2 other Winnie the Pooh shows; Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (grabbed the video just in time! it got taken off Youtube for copyright infringement.)

I used the opening scene of the Honey Tree as the opening scene for the video, panning around Christopher Robin’s room looking at all of his old toys and story books. Inside the book, it shows Christopher Robin swinging, just as the song says “Going nowhere…”. During “The tears are filling up their glasses” lyric, it shows Pooh struggling to hold onto the umbrella in the torrential downpour, while during “no expression…” his ghost self descends back into his sleeping state. This also goes with the fact that he later says “The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had.”

I wanted to change the whole meaning of pooh’s sadness. I wanted the video to have a sense of helplessness and woe. With the slow cross-fades, desaturated colors, slow motion, and near perfect lipsyncing I’m pretty sure I successfully delivered this message! Wow, feeling a sense of joy and accomplishment from Pooh’s sadness? I’m a horrible person!

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