Exclusive Interview: Senior Story Artist Burny Mattinson Discusses Disney's Winnie The Pooh

Since 1953, Burny Mattinson has been a member of the Disney family. After extensive training in 1972, Mattinson worked on the Disney featurette “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too” with Walt Disney himself. Now, 39 years later he holds the post of Senior Story Artist on the highly lauded Disney feature-length film, Winnie the Pooh. Winnie the Pooh started off as the movie that almost wasn’t, with everyone (even the studio) looking into doing short featurettes, which have a time frame somewhere between a movie short and a full-length feature, around 20 to 40 minutes: “… The decision early on was to have Bob Iger look into the franchise of Winnie the Pooh and find the feature animation people and so he went to John Lasseter and they asked him who should do it and John went to the directors who...
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