Zooey Goes All Pooh...y

Zooey_Tigger.jpgOK, I know that what I'm about to write is just my attempt to spruce up a press release and give it a fun and slightly ironic spin. But.

Zooey Deschanel! Winnie the Pooh! Really, that's almost worth the exclamation points.

So Disney is releasing a new movie called Winnie the Pooh on July 15. And they've recruited "Actress/Musician/Singer/ Songwriter/Lumberjack" (OK, that last one wasn't in the press release) Zooey Deschanel to perform three songs for the film -- the "Winnie the Pooh" theme song, “A Very Important Thing to Do” and the original end-credit song “So Long,” written by Deschanel and performed with She & Him bandmate M. Ward. (She also lends backing vocals to a couple other songs.)

I'll spare you the silly, gushing words from everyone to say only that Deschanel apparently plays the ukulele in the theme song.

Why am I writing all this? Only because the few clips you can hear of "So Long" in the YouTube clip below make it seem like Deschanel was a great choice, a worthy successor to Jenny Lewis' work on the Bolt soundtrack.