Kanga and Roo
Kanga-Mom to Roo-is a warm, protective kangaroo. She certainly has her hands (and pouch) full with young Roo, but she manages him with love and patience.
When Owl suggests a contest to find a new tail for Eeyore, the friends from the Hundred Acre Wood first debate exactly what the winner should be awarded. Roo suggests something great, "like a firecracker." Says Mom Kanga: "Oh gracious no, how about something nice, like a warm hug."
And when it comes to the contest entries, Kanga's is aptly a knitted scarf, so his "bottom won't get drafty."
- If Kanga were a person, she'd be a busy stay-at-home mom who multi-tasks to perfection.
- Kristen Anderson-Lopez provides the voice of Kanga as well as a host of original songs (along with co-writer and husband Robert Lopez).
- From the film: "How about something nice, like a warm hug," said Kanga.
Roo is a wild young adventurer who wants to go everywhere and try everything. No matter the situation-or his mother's objections-Roo throws himself right in the middle of all the action. Sometimes Kanga's over-protective mothering tries Roo's patience, but in the end there's no place better than being cuddled in his mama's pouch.
- While the stuffed inspirations for Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Kanga live in the New York Public Library, Roo's was lost in an apple orchard in the 1930s.
- Wyatt Hall, the seven-year-old son of director Don Hall, was recruited to provide the scratch-or temporary voice-of Roo. Hall says his son wasn't interested at first, accepted the offer (after some Transformer bribery), and ultimately won the role as the official voice or Roo. "We may have created a monster, though," says Hall. "We were trying to direct him on how to say a specific line and he actually said, ‘I don't think Roo would say it like that.'
- Roo is a feisty youngster whose spirit wins a lot of followers.
- From the film: "How about something great," said Roo, "like a firecracker!"