This is my first post on originaltrilogy.com, so I want to make this on topic and precisely in the right spot.
I did not know that there were altered versions of Star Wars until I got the DVDs for Christmas of 2006. This led to my fascination of independently restoring or reconstructing very specific shows in my private time, primarily classic Christmas/holiday specials. One of these specials that I have reconstructed is Winnie The Pooh and Christmas Too.
Winnie The Pooh and Christmas Too was a special that aired on ABC during Christmas of 1991, intended to be the conclusion of the series “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”. The special was released in the past on VHS, but never saw a DVD or Blu-ray release. I thought it was stuck on VHS forever until I discovered that HD versions of the special were spliced into the first half of A Very Merry Pooh Year from 2002.
Using my handy Adobe Premiere Pro editor, some VHSRips, and various commercials that aired around that time period, I was able to construct an HD version of the special close to what I remember. However, I didn’t go all the way with it.
In the last shot, there is snow falling in the frame in the original version. The snow falling was removed in the edit on A Very Merry Pooh Year. In the original version, Christopher Robin spoke with the American accent he used on “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” animated series. In the edit for A Very Merry Pooh Year, he speaks with a British accent because the Pooh stories were written by a British author.
Winnie The Pooh and Christmas Too is not the only special I have done this with. In fact, I did it on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer from 1964 as well. The one thing I wish I could have done on Rudolph is restore the blue color on Yukon Cornelius’ outfit, whereas now it’s a sea foam green on the Blu-ray or streaming.
I wouldn’t dare share my restoration of Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too on this forum, unless you can confirm you have the VHS. If you would like to see my restoration of Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too, PM me. If you have suggestions or ideas of improving the restoration, also PM me. I have great editorial skills but not very good color or art skills. Preserving animation as I remember is a very unique quirk I have, especially when it comes to Christmas specials, because I really love Christmas a lot.