Senior Story Artist Burny Mattinson is one of the few remaining Disney artists who worked with Walt Disney and is still on staff at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His lengthy career in animation is highlighted by helming the Academy Award-nominated 1983 animated featurette Mickey’s Christmas Carol, which returned Mickey Mouse to the big screen for the first time in 30 years.

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As the only crew member to work on the original Winnie The Pooh featurettes with Walt Disney and the Nine Old Men, Burny proved to be an invaluable “in house expert” on all things Winnie The Pooh. He worked closely with the film’s directors in crafting a shaping a story that would return Winnie The Pooh and his friends to their roots, while also appealing to audiences today.

We were priviledged to talk with the legend, just as Disney’s latest Pooh movie is released on Blu-ray and DVD.