Zooey is Pooh's musical narrator
Zooey Deschanel is like the "musical narrator" of the new Winnie the Pooh movie, the directors of the Disney animation have said.
The 500 Days Of Summer star boarded the project too late to voice a character in the latest film adaptation of AA Milne's classic characters, but she recorded several songs for the Disney animation's soundtrack.
Co-director Stephen J Anderson said: "Zooey came into the project quite late on when we were already under way with the film.
"We had already cast the film, and the only female part is Kanga, which went to Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
"She was so great. She's like our musical narrator in a way."
Co-director Don Hall added:" One thing we were able to do was to keep her musically throughout the film. she opens and closes the movie with her songs. So she did musically remain a voice through the film."
Fawlty Towers star John Cleese narrates the films and Stephen and Don were very excited to have him on board.
Stephen said: "He is the perfect human being. We're both big fans of John. He is one of the most talented people in showbiz, and his wit and his charm, we knew it would be perfect for Pooh. He was better than we had imagined!"
:: Winnie The Pooh opens in cinemas on Friday, April 15