Disney / The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh


Tigger: Say, who are you?
Narrator: I'm the narrator.
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 various Pooh adaptations.

First released in 1977, it's essentially a Compilation Movie incorporating three featurettes 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 (it and the other three shorts have also been released together in the Walt Disney Mini Classics video series as well as under the Winnie the Pooh's Storybook Classics banner). Some airings of the original film on the Disney Channel in the early '90s oddly used the Day for Eeyore short as the third act in place 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 canonical 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 this writing, is the last hand-drawn animated film Disney might be doing for a while), 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).
  • Big Storm Episode: "Blustery Day," naturally.
  • Bittersweet Ending/But Now I Must Go: The film ends with Christopher Robin having 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).
  • Characterisation Marches On: Rabbit and Owl seem much more sincere Only Sane Man types in The Honey Tree, getting rather beleaguered by the others' bungling. It is only by the later two featurettes their more clueless personalities are established.
  • 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 other member of the Hundred Acre Wood (even more cynical characters such as Rabbit) has a naivete and childlike complex on occasion making the whole wood somewhat a Cloud Cuckoo Land (then again what would 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.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Pooh, after Rabbit asks if he wants honey or condensed milk on his bread.
    Pooh: But never mind the bread, please. Just a small helping, if you please.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "Heffalumps and Woozles" in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
  • Exploiting the Fourth Wall: When Tigger gets stuck on a tree, he asks the narrator to tilt the book so that he can come down.
  • 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.", which is even shorter than "Trespassers Will".
  • 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.
    Owl: I say! Something has pasted Piglet on my window. (smack) Well, well! Pooh too! This is a surprise.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: A slightly different variation of this trope plays out during the scene with Tigger sadly walking away in the snow. Because this takes place in the wintertime, it begins lightly snowing instead of raining.
  • 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!: In Honey Tree, Pooh 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:
    Gopher: Ssssay, you oughta do ssssomething about that sssspeech impediment, ssssonny.
  • "I Am" Song: "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers".
  • 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!
    Tigger: Yeuch! Messy isn't it?
    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? He plots to use his friends in a plan to get him lost in the middle of the woods (with the end result being that when they finally bring him home he'll be so traumatized, that 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." They suffer a Jerkass Realization when they finally break Tigger however.
  • Meaningful Name: Eeyore; think about that for a minute.
  • Medium Awareness: The characters are fully aware that they live inside a book, and often react to what the narrator is saying.
  • Mind Screw: As said before, the Nightmare Fuel song "Heffalumps and Woozles". In other words, THIS.
  • Misspelling Out Loud: Tigger when introducing himself.
    Tigger: Name's Tigger. Tee-aye-double-guh-ur. That spells Tigger.
  • 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: Everyone (even the more "flawed" ones), but Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, and Piglet stand out the most.
  • 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?"
    • 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.
  • Porky Pig Pronunciation: Piglet.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis! / Punctuated Pounding: "DON'T! FEED! THE! BEAR!"
  • Punny Name: Kanga and her son Roo; guess what species they are.
  • 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 unbouncing him however, the result is such a depressed broken shell, they are left heartbroken and completely go back on it.
  • She's a Man in Japan: For some reason, the original German dubbing of the shorts made Rabbit a female.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Owl mentions that his uncle was the owl in the Edward Lear poem The Owl And The Pussycat.
    • The title of the third short, Winnie The Pooh and Tigger Too is reference to William Henry Harrison's campaign slogan Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
    • In Honey Tree, it's briefly mentioned that Pooh is (literally) living in the Hundred Acre Wood under the name of "Sanders". Although unconfirmed, "Sanders" is generally believed to refer to Frank Sanders, a man who printed some of A.A. Milne's books and was a friend of E.H. Shepard (who illustrated the Pooh books).
  • 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 Beehive: Believe it or not, it started as an aversion of this trope, as the only beehive seen there (cfr. Winnie the Pooh and the honey tree) is inside a tree, which is in keeping with how real honeybees build their hives. Other incarnations of the franchise, such as The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Winnie-the-Pooh, play it straight. While in the animated series beehives are as brown and egg-shaped as a large wasp nest, movies tend to shorten its length, put the entrance below and lighten its outer shell. Because of the sheer popularity of the franchise, it can be clearly considered the Trope Codifier.
  • 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.
    • Also the marching shot with Owl, Christopher Robin, Kanga, and Eeyore from The Honey Tree was used again for Blustery Day and re-edited to include Tigger, Pooh, and Piglet.
  • 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 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.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In Blustery Day, Pooh and Piglet get carried by the wind right through Rabbit's garden. Rabbit anticipates catastrophe as usual, but instead gets a complete harvest of carrots.
    Pooh: Happy Windsday, Rabbit!
    Rabbit: Pooh Bear! Stop! Oh, go back! (Pooh slides through the carrot garden in a straight line, upending every carrot) Oh no! (Rabbit grabs a wheelbarrow and quickly runs under the carrots) Oh no! Oh no! (sees the carrots all forming a pile on top) Oh yes! (stops and chuckles) Well, next time I hope he blows right through my rutabaga patch!
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Eeyore, obviously.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The plot starts off with Tigger and Eeyore arguing after Tigger bounced him into the river. Later on however Eeyore has little objection to him staying at his party and even gives him tips how to play Pooh Sticks...only for Tigger to get overexcited and bounce Eeyore again.

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.
Pooh: Goodbye? Oh no, please, can't we go back to page one and do it all over again?
Narrator: Sorry, Pooh, but all stories have an ending, you know.
Pooh: Oh, bother.