Disney: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Tigger: Say, who are you?
Tigger: Oh, well, please, for goodness' sakes, narrate me down from here.
Entry #22 in the Disney Animated Canon
, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
is the best-known of the studio's Pooh
First released in 1977, it's essentially a Compilation Movie
incorporating three theatrical shorts about A.A. Milne's title character
, each of which had previously been released individually:
- Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966): Pooh is in desperate need for some honey, and takes desperate measures to get it.
- Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968): A heavy storm kicks up in the Hundred Acre Wood, which may not be good news for some of the resident's homes. (This one's notable as the last animated short on which Walt Disney himself was personally involved; he died prior to its completion. It was also an Academy Award winner.)
- Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974): Rabbit grows increasingly irritated with Tigger's bouncing and decides to take action.
A fourth short, Winnie The Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
, was released later in 1983 and became the stock bonus feature for this movie on home video releases. Some airings of the film on the Disney Channel
in the early 90's oddly used this short as the third act instead of Tigger Too
, which as a result cut out most of the film's framing animation as well, including the ending
Many of Disney's later Pooh
adaptations (a couple TV series, some DTV or Disney Toon sequel movies, and an actual canon sequel
) have gotten flak for not being faithful to the original book series. This movie, however, is very
faithful apart from the inclusion of a Canon Foreigner
. Its Xerox-style animation, backgrounds and simplistic Slice of Life
setup have rightfully earned much praise, making it easily one of Disney's more iconic movies.
For the newer 2011 feature (which as of now, is the last hand-drawn animated film Disney will do in a long
time), see Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh provides examples of:
- Adopted To The House: Pooh invites Piglet to stay with him after the latter gives his home to Owl.
- Big Brother Instinct: Pooh, despite his rather clueless and docile demeanor, cares a lot about Piglet. Tigger also acts this way to Roo to a lesser extent (though this came into play a lot more in later features).
- Bittersweet Ending: Christopher Robin has to go to school, starting the end of his childhood. As he puts it himself, he's not "going to do just nothing anymore".
- Breakout Character: Tigger wasn't really a major character in the books, but his role grew significantly in the Disney adaptation.
- Canon Foreigner: Gopher is a odd subversion, despite only appearing in the cartoons. Christopher Robin Milne's autobiography, The Enchanted Places, reveals that A. A. Milne had planned to include an American Gopher in his Pooh books, but his publisher nixed it. Enchanted Places reprints a short poem from the lost Milne version of Gopher. Hence his phrase "I'm not in the book" (which doubles as a joke about him not being in the phone book).
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Again, anyone except Eeyore, Tigger especially. Owl may classify given his ramblings about his family's history.
- Eeyore's depressive state takes near oddball lengths at times. Nearly every member of the Hundred Acre Wood (even more cynical characters such as Rabbit and Eeyore) have a crippling naivete and childlike complex on occasion making the whole wood somewhat a Cloud Cuckoo Land (then again what do you expect from a place consisting of a kid's sentient stuffed animals?).
- Compilation Movie: Of Honey Tree, Blustery Day, and Tigger Too, with linking material between stories and an additional ending.
- Deadpan Snarker: Pooh, briefly.
Pooh: (after Tigger jumped on him) I'm Pooh.
Tigger: Oh, Pooh. Uh... What's a pooh?
Pooh: You're sitting on one.
- Disney Acid Sequence: "Heffalumps and Woozles" in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
- Expository Theme Tune: Also something of an Ear Worm.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: While not a reference to sex or swearing or anything like that, in Blustery Day, the sign outside Piglet's house says "Trespassers Will." The sign is broken off after "Will." Piglet says it's short for "Trespassers William." More likely it used to say "Trespassers will be shot." On the other hand, Piglet does explicitly say that Trespassers William was his grandfather's name, and that his grandmother used to call him "T.W."
- Glass Smack and Slide: In Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, Piglet and Pooh, blown by a strong wind, smack against Owl's window.
- Grumpy Bear: Rabbit is much more cynical and open about the others' idiocy (especially Pooh and Tigger's) compared to the other residents of the wood. Eeyore also seems more aware of the haplessness going on, even if he is more recessive and "matter-of-fact" about it.
- Help, I'm Stuck!: Pooh frequently becomes stuck in Rabbit's front door.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Rabbit's "splendid idea" to get Tigger lost in the woods hilariously backfires on him, so Tigger finds him and helps him get home.
- Also Nightmare Fuel/Crowning Moment of Funny, if you look at the scene when Rabbit was freaking out over the assorted noises. Bonus points for that scene being animated by Don Bluth.
- Hypocritical Humor: Ssssay, you oughta do ssssomething about that sssspeech impediment, ssssonny.
- Inevitable Waterfall: Pooh and Piglet go over one of these in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
- Innocently Insensitive: Pooh, and to a fair extent the entire Hundred Acre Wood. It's as nice and cheerful a place as can be, but all sorts of accidents and unpleasantries are caused by their oblivious bumbling.
Rabbit: Oh Tigger, look what you've done to my beautiful garden!
Rabbit: Messy? Messy!? IT'S RUINED!
- Interactive Narrator: In Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too, he even serves as a Deus ex Machina.
- Jerkass: Rabbit in And Tigger Too. Tigger is annoying him by bouncing everyone and ruining his garden, so what does he do? Plots to use his friends in a plan to leave him for dead in the middle of the woods (with the end result being that when they finally bring him home he'll be so traumatized the bounce will be knocked out of him). And when the gang realizes that forbidding Tigger to bounce would make him horribly depressed, all his friends are all for letting him bounce again... except Rabbit. He needs to be pretty much forced into not being a total jerk.
- Pooh and Piglet go along with Rabbit's plan without raising any objections and help him carry it out, even saying it's "lots of fun."
- Medium Awareness
- Mind Screw: As said before, the Nightmare Fuel song "Heffalumps and Woozles". In other words, THIS.
- Mood Whiplash: Going from Tigger showing Rabbit that it's fun to bounce to Christopher Robin making Pooh promise not to forget him is quite jarring. It was quite fun there, and all of a sudden the plot gets all Toy Story 3 on us.
- Nice Guy: Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh stand out as being the most glaringly nice guys.
- No Fourth Wall: In And Tigger, Too, the narrator helps Tigger get down from the tree, and in A Day for Eeyore, he steps in to settle an argument between Eeyore and Tigger.
Rabbit: W-Who said that?
Tigger: It's the narr-ay-tor!
- Off Model: It's difficult to say if it's an actual animation mistake, or was done deliberately as a joke, but just before the Heffulumps and Woozels sequence, Pooh is talking to his reflection in his mirror, he then turns and walks away, but his reflection turns in the opposite direction that Pooh does! Again, it's hard to say if this was a mistake, or just a joke, since Pooh looks back at the mirror a moment later with a stupefied expression rushes back to the mirror, and asks his reflection, "You didn't see anything odd did you?"
- He specifically tells his reflection "You go that way, and I'll go this way" before it happens, lending credence to the theory that this is just a very clever animator's joke.
- Plunger Detonator: Gopher's preferred means of setting off dynamite.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "DON'T! FEED! THE! BEAR!"
- Running Gag:
- Gopher falling into his own inexplicably deep holes.
- Eeyore's house constantly falling down could be considered this.
- Sad Clown: Tigger is a hyperactive Cloud Cuckoo Lander and forever jolly and inflappable. When the others finally succeed in bouncing him however, the result is such a depressed broken shell, they are left heartbroken and completely go back on it.
- Shout-Out: Owl mentions that his uncle was the owl in the Edward Lear poem The Owl And The Pussycat.
- Skintone Sclerae: With the exception of Christopher Robin (who averts it in the 2011 movie), they can easily be justified as button eyes.
- Snake Charmer: One appears during the Heffalumps and Woozles sequence.
- Speech Impediment:
- Gopher whistles through his teeth when he speaks.
- Piglet has quite a stutter too.
- Stock Footage: Much of Tigger's animation and poses in And Tigger, Too (especially whenever he pounces anybody) were reused from his original appearance in Blustery Day, where he was excellently animated by Milt Kahl. Nicely averted when he gets stuck at the top of the tree, where we see some brilliant animated acting specific to context.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Gopher often does heavy tunneling work with dynamite.
- Talking Animals - Only Owl, Rabbit, and Gopher are actual animals, however. The other characters are Living Toys, at least to some extent.
- Thinking Tic:
- Whenever facing a problem, Pooh, being not to so bright, tends to lightly tap his head and repeat "Think, think, think" while rocking back and forth.
- While he's thinking, Tigger makes a bizarre facial expression with his mouth. Kind of like he has chewed an idea in his mouth and he's deciding if it tastes good or not.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: A downplayed version, but everyone insisting that they want Tigger to bounce again at the end of And Tigger Too plays out like this.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Rabbit's freak-out scene in the forest is the current Trope Image.
- Wink Ding: Heard when the stuffed Pooh doll winks at the end of the movie and shorts.
The bonus short A Day For Eeyore (1983) provides examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: For Eeyore, obviously.
- Art Shift: The visual style is quite different from the other shorts: this is because it was animated by a different animation company, Rick Reinert Productions.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Piglet has a red balloon, exactly the kind of balloon that would later turn up in the 2011 movie.
- Forgotten Birthday: Eeyore's, explaining why he's extra depressed.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: While trying to save Eeyore, Pooh and Rabbit end up tossing a boulder onto his stomach.
- The Other Darrin: This is the first theatrical Pooh cartoon to feature replacement voices for Pooh (Hal Smith), Rabbit (Will Ryan), Kanga (Julie McWhirter), and the Narrator (Laurie Main). Roo and Christopher Robin, who had already been portrayed by multiple voice actors, are also recast here.
- Pet the Dog: What Pooh and friends (save Tigger) are trying to do for Eeyore.
- Rearrange the Song: This short uses the same opening footage as the previous shorts and Many Adventures, but with a very different version of the opening theme song. This can be attributed to Steve Zuckerman replacing Buddy Baker as the score composer, as his style of music throughout the short is quite different from Baker's.
- Sore Loser: Tigger, who spends this short being sort of the antagonist.
- Talking to Himself: Hal Smith does double duty here, taking over the role of Pooh while also retaining his established role as Owl.
Narrator: And so we've come to the end of the article, where Christopher Robin and Pooh have come to the Enchanted Place, and we say goodbye.
Narrator: Sorry, Pooh, but all stories have an ending, you know.
Pooh: Oh, bother.