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 first of Disney's Pooh adaptations.It's essentially a Compilation Movie incorporating three theatrical shorts about A.A. Milne's title character (which were also released independently on VHS back in the day):
Winnie The Pooh and the Honey Tree: Pooh is in desperate need for some honey, and takes desperate measures to get it.
Winnie The Pooh and the Blustery Day: A heavy storm kicks up in the Hundred Acre Wood, which may not be good news for some of the resident's homes.
Winnie The Pooh and Tigger Too: 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.
This movie was the last work in which Walt Disney himself had personal involvement: he died before Blustery Day was released (the original three shorts were made between 1966 and 1974, with the movie released in 1977).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 new 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:
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).
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.
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 beshot." 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."
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.
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!
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."
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!
Also, the ending to And the Honey Tree:
Gopher: Sufferin' sassafras, he's sailing clean out of the book! QUICK, TURN THE PAGE!
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.