A “Friendsgiving” Picnic with Jim Cummings,Voice of Winnie-the-Pooh

On a recent sunny morning at the Los Angeles Arboretum, I had a chance to enjoy a “friendsgiving” picnic with Jim Cummings, the man behind the voices of both Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger since the 1980’s. Read on to find out what he shared about his charmed life. Plus, discover a tasty, Thanksgiving recipe, Honey Roasted Carrots, inspired by that silly, ole’ bear, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Jim Cummings the voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger and Silvia Martinez from mamalatinatips.com

Thanks to our good friends at Walt Disney Studios for inviting us to spend half a day at the Los Angeles Arboretum to celebrate the release of Christopher Robin on Blu-ray and Digital November 6th.

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Winnie-the-Pooh Inspired

Everything at the picnic was inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. We started the day with a fun activity learning floral arrangements. We used a “hunny” jar for the base and arranged greens inspired by the Hundred Acre Woods. Lastly, we finished with a blend of roses and mums. I found it very relaxing and learned some new techniques, too.

Flower arrangement in a Hunny cookie jar

My favorite part of the afternoon featured a conversation with Jim Cummings. I felt so lucky to meet him. We love Winnie-the-Pooh so much at our house, of course, but meeting Jim himself was fascinating. He had a lifetime of experiences and adventures of his own to tell about.

He’s funny and charming, and never misses an opportunity to talk like Winnie, which, after 30 years, I think particularly generous and fun. Check out this clip in which he shares one of his favorite quotes from the Christopher Robin movie.

Jim Cummings, the voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger telling one of his favorite quotes of the Disney’s Christopher Robin movie. Enjoy! #ChristopherRobinBluray #DisneysNutcrackerEvent.

Posted by Mamá Latina Tips on Sunday, November 4, 2018

During our conversation I learned that:

  • He recorded the voices for the Christopher Robin movie in just one day!
  • Jim has been the voice of Pooh since 1987 and the voice of Tigger since 1990. 
  • Of all the character voices he has done throughout the years, Tigger is the one he relates to the most.
Jim Cummings

One of the most fascinating things Jim told us was how kids really respond to him and his voices. There have been many examples of children responding with joy and laughter, even when they were in the midst of rough times such as serious illness. But, in one case, a child who hadn’t spoken for years turned into a chatterbox when he heard Jim’s voice. 

After our conversation with Jim, we had a wonderful lunch inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends and those meals they would have in the hundred acre wood. So beautiful.

Honey Roasted Carrots

And now for that Thanksgiving recipe inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh,

Honey Roasted Carrots
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Inspired by and in honor of Tigger, these are also called Honey-Roasted Tigger Tails

Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make honey roasted carrots?, Thanksgiving side dishes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Disney’s Healthy Living team
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs whole carrots trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Balsamic glaze garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Trim ends off whole carrots and set in a large mixing bowl (you can peel or leave un-peeled depending on your preference).
  3. In a smaller dish, whisk together olive oil, honey, lemon juice, and salt. Pour mixture over the carrots and distribute evenly on a large sheet pan.
  4. Roast carrots for 45-60 minutes until browning and fork-tender. Stir several times throughout cooking.
  5. Once carrots are browned and ready, remove from oven and place onto a serving dish. Drizzle top with balsamic glaze in a zig zag pattern (to look like tiger stripes!). Serve warm as part of a healthy dinner.

Don’t forget, Christopher Robin arrives on Blu-ray and Digital November 6, 2018.

Christopher Robin Blu-ray

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