Saturday, January 4, 2014

This Day in Pop Culture: January 4, 1905

The Voice of Winnie-the-Pooh is Born

While being an actor in movies as well as for TV for almost 50 years, Sterling Holloway is probably best remembered for his voice work, namely that as the original voice of Walt Disney’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Sterling "almost" began his career with Disney in 1937 as the voice of Sleepy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but Disney decided to go with Pinto Colvig instead. However, in 1941 Sterling’s voice was heard in Dumbo, playing the role of Mr. Stork who delivered the big-eared elephant to his mother. He also voiced the roles of Flower in Bambi, the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Kaa the snake in The Jungle Book and Roquefort the mouse in The Aristocats in addition the iconic bear who was stuffed with fluff. Sterling is also famous for voicing a number of TV commercials including Sugar Bear for Sugar Crisp cereal (“Can’t get enough of that Sugar Crisp”), Purina Puppy Chow ("For a full year till he’s full grown!”) and Woodsy Owl for the US Forest Service (“Give a hoot, don’t polute.”) He was even considered for the role of Garfield the cat in 1982, but lost to Lorenzo Music. His last voice-over work was for an episode of TV’s Moonlighting, (“Atomic Shakespeare”) in 1986 as a narrator. He died on November 22, 1992.

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