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Disney: Winnie the Pooh

The 51st film in the Disney Animated Canon. Winnie the Pooh is a direct sequel to the 1977 film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It is based on three previously unadapted Pooh stories ("In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One" and a fusion of "In Which Rabbit Has a Busy Day and We Learn What Christopher Robin Does in the Mornings" and "In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump").

  • Pooh runs out of honey and has to find some.
  • Eeyore's tail is gone and everyone tries to find the perfect replacement.
  • Christopher Robin goes away for a while and leaves a note saying he'll be "back soon", but his friends assume that he was captured by a monster called the Backson, and go on a hunt for it!

The film is notable for being the second traditionally animated theatrical Disney film post-Home on the Range, as well as the fourth sequel (or arguably, the fifth) in the Canon.

Despite the immensely positive reviews, the film did so-so at the box office, having just barely made up its budget (although Disney claims that it is living up to expectations), undoubtedly due to it being released the same day as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. It did, however, do extremely well in home video sales, and has become very popular in its own right outside of the intended demographic.

This movie also opened with the theatrical short cartoon The Ballad of Nessie.

Winnie the Pooh provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: "Witaj w moim swiecie" by Edyta Bartosiewicz is the ending theme for the Polish version.
  • An Aesop: Put your friends first.
  • Arc Words: "A very important thing to do."
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Played straight when Owl first describes the Backson to Tigger. "Malicious, ferocious, and worst of all, terribly busy!"
  • Art Shift: The Backson Song is done in the form of animated chalk drawings.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Rabbit tells Owl how much he admired the speech instead of what was expected, that Owl could fly out of the pit they were all stuck in.
  • Body Horror: A Played for Laughs example is done In this teaser clip — when Pooh tries to reach for a pot of honey, his belly bursts open — to reveal a bunch of white stuffing inside. It also serves as a Call Back to Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, where the same thing happens during Pooh's morning exercises.
    "Oh, stuff and fluff!"
    • When Pooh is dancing among a line of duplicates of himself made of honey, he casually bites off the head of the honey Pooh in front of him.
  • Book Ends: The live-action shots of Christopher Robin's room.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Everything that Owl claims the Backson does is worthy only of Poke the Poodle, except for "Stealing your youth", which is pretty dangerous, and "Chipping your tooth", which obviously, would be pretty painful.
  • Butt Monkey
    • Eeyore, in this case, one-half.
    • Piglet.
    • Rabbit, sometimes.
  • Butt Sticker: At the beginning of "The Backson Song", the Backson drops on Owl and starts dancing, then turns around to show Owl flattened on his backside.
  • Catch Phrase: Oh bother.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Gopher does not appear nor is he mentioned. This is probably to emphasize the producers' intent to return to the original stories, where he didn't appear either, after so many movies and specials that have had him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Everyone to some degree, but especially Piglet.
  • Companion Cube: Christopher Robin's balloon, nicknamed "B'loon," is a completely normal (if unrealistically indestructible) balloon, but is treated by all the characters as if it was a living, sentient character. This is taken to its logical (and hilarious) extreme towards the end of the movie, when B'loon gets all the credit for saving everyone.
  • Conspicuous CG: The hunny pots at a few points along with some bushes.
  • Continuity Nod: Eeyore tells Tigger "The most wonderful thing about Tiggers is that you're the only one." Tigger had told Pooh in a previous movie "The most wonderful thing about Tiggers is that I'm the only one!"
  • Creative Closing Credits: The credits start with the stuffed animals posed in various scenes from the film as Christopher Robin would do with them in his room, and then their animated versions interact with the rolling credits.
  • Dark Reprise: "A Very Important Thing to Do"
  • Denser and Wackier: Than even the original 3 featurettes! Given the writing and the animation, this was wholly intentional by the directors!
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The Backson Song and "Everything is Honey".
  • Forgot I Could Fly:
    • Averted in an interesting way. When Pooh and friends (aside from Piglet) are stuck in a pit, their only means of escape are from a rope that is quickly cut up for the each of them. Their only other option is Owl, who can fly, but this does not occur to them. However, when Piglet becomes afraid to go to Christopher Robin's house alone, Owl flies up there, encourages Piglet to travel, and then flies back down into the pit. After that, they comment on...the speech he made.
    • In a less funny way, when Pooh and friends begin to line up items to the Backson Trap, Owl uses a rope to lower himself down to the bridge where Pooh and friends play Pooh sticks. To place items.
  • Easter Egg: Look at the poster on this page and tell me what the trees look like.
  • The Eeyore: Eeyore. Not that anybody cares.
  • Five-Man Band: The group can be seen as this.
  • Funny Background Event: In the Backson song, the characters all complain about holes in their socks — except Pooh, who has holes in his shirt and a solid sock.
  • Gesundheit: The "issue" gag.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Owl, like in the original films, taken Up to Eleven.
  • Lighter and Softer / Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: This film is much less dramatic than the Pooh films of the 1990s/2000s, instead taking a more breezy, comedic approach to the material similar to the original 1977 feature film.
  • Honey-O-Vision: After spending almost the entire day without honey, Pooh does this. It gets so bad that dialogue is replaced with the characters just saying "honey" and the book's words all replaced with "honey" as well. Also falls under Madness Mantra, arguably.
  • The Millennium Age of Animation
  • Musicalis Interruptus: The musical "Honey Pot" sequence gets cut off abruptly as Kanga requests that they celebrate her giving Eeyore a tail with silence.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted. They do get better.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The first trailer was surprisingly sad, seemingly going with the audience's nostalgia for the original shorts and implying that Christopher Robin is giving up his toys. The movie itself on the other hand, was Denser and Wackier(though still having its moments), and adapted three A.A. Milne stories previously unadapted. Not that hurt the movie in any way, but its still an example.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: The end credits include a statement proclaiming that "No stuffed animals were harmed".
  • No Fourth Wall: Like the featurettes, the Narrator frequently interacts and gives advice with the characters, who can also walk on, touch, and knock down letters from the pages of the book they are in. This even serves as a plot point.
  • Noodle Incident: Owl to Pooh — "...And let me tell you, that was the last time I'll ever put MY beak in a keyhole!"
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: While the original features showed his stuffed toy counterpart, Tigger is strangely absent from the theme song, he is finally added to the Theme Tune Roll Call in this film. Fittingly in an And Zoidberg fashion after Kanga and Roo.
  • Poke the Poodle: The Backson's "evil deeds" seem to be this.
  • Pop-Star Composer: Zooey Deschanel performed the film's songs (written by the co-writers of Avenue Q).
  • Random Events Plot: This film manages to take three chapters from the books and mix them all into one competently structured story, albeit with several scenes that do nothing to push the plot forward. Given how its established that this is completely in the imagination of a child, it's all in good fun. It's also a nice nod to the source material, which was more concerned with humor and charm than narrative, and also to the 1960's Disney films directed by Woolie Reitherman, which were all pretty episodic.
  • Real After All: The Backson makes an appearance in the post-credits stinger, but he seems a rather cheerful fellow.
  • Retraux: The film makes more of an effort to follow the style of the original shorts more closely than the previous Disney Toon Pooh films, right down to details like xerox lines and the backgrounds.
  • Running Gag: Several.
    • Eeyore loses his tail, and throughout the movie characters keep attaching different objects to the nail on his buttocks.
    • Pooh's strangely-human tummy rumbling sounds.
    • Everyone singing the Congratulations song every time someone finds a tail for Eeyore. Including a gloomy, solo version sung by Eeyore himself when he walks onto the scene with his new found tail (An anchor)
  • Scenery Porn: The watercolor backgrounds are very nice to look at.
  • Separated by a Common Language: There was a minor kerfluffle among British viewers about Rabbit referring to a "jump rope" rather than a "skipping rope". The same character at one point also imagines getting a lot of money, which has dollar signs on it.
  • Shout-Out
  • The Stinger: The Backson stomps along through the woods, looking menacing, and then comes across the objects trail that Pooh and friends left, and cheerfully proclaims about how you can find so many interesting things in the woods. He sees the picture of himself, thinks everything must belong to the guy in the picture, and proceeds to pick up the items, leading right into the pit and falling into it.
    The Backson: I hope he'll be back soon!
  • Story Book Opening: 'Natch.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Shows up a lot in The Backson Song.
    Owl: Its toes are black
    Its fur is blue
    I swear that all I tell you is NOT MADE UP!
  • Take That: These two trailer spots, which poke fun at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which was released on the same day as this film.
  • The Last Horse Crosses The Finish Line: Owl gets this after singing the The Villain Sucks Song.
    Owl (after everyone has left): Hmm... "Back soon."
    Everyone (singing): BAAAAAACK SOOOOOOOOOOOONNNN!
    Owl: "Back soon." Sounds an awful lot like Backson. Ah, oh well! (flies off)
  • Trailer Spoof: The movie came out the same weekend as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and thus some Pooh ads started out with lighting text on a cloudy sky (like the Harry Potter movies) with taglines such as "Get ready for the final battle" and "How do you spell adventure?" ...with cuts to Pooh running from bees and inverting a set of blocks from "POTR" to "POOH".
  • Tempting Fate: After Piglet gets stuck in a beehive, he comments how the bees are actually being very calm and as long as nothing riles them he should be fine. Pooh then immediately proceeds to hit the hive with a stick.
  • The Villain Sucks Song: The Backson Song.
  • Who's on First?: The "knot, not, naught" conversation.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Parodied in a Freeze-Frame Bonus, during a montage of Eeyore trying out replacements for his tail (he uses a weather vane at one point and gets struck by lightning).

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