"This could be the room of any small boy, but it just happens to belong to a boy named Christopher Robin. Like most small boys, Christopher Robin has toy animals to play with, and they all lived together in a wonderful world of make-believe. But his best friend is a bear called Winnie-the-Pooh — or, "Pooh" for short. Now Pooh had some very unusual adventures, and they all happened right here in the Hundred Acre Wood."
Winnie the Pooh — a franchise based on the children's book Winnie the Pooh written in 1926 by author A. A. Milne.A good example of Adaptation Displacement as a result of the cartoons based on it by Walt Disney, who produced three short featurettes in the 1960s that were bundled together in one theatrical release and started one of Disney's most lucrative merchandise-driven franchises. In fact, Disney estimates that merchandise based on the Pooh characters brings in as much revenue as merchandise featuring the characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Plutocombined. The 1990s saw a revival of several new movies based on that film (and not, sadly, on the books). Disney does not own the characters outright, so they must still credit A.A. Milne's estate every time they use an image or clip, or produce a film based on Winnie-the-Pooh.Russian cartoons were independently released and contained a totally different art style.Kenny Loggins gave the characters a Shout-Out in his songs "House at Pooh Corner" and "Return to Pooh Corner", and Benjamin Hoff appropriated them for his Fiction Science (really, Fiction Theology) books The Tao of Pooh (1982) and The Te of Piglet (1992).In 2009, a sequel by other hands was published: Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus.Pooh, of course, has a Wiki, which you can find at: http://pooh.wikia.com/
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) — A compilation of three theatrical shorts, namely Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too (1974), the original animated featurettes Disney made with the characters. In 1983 a fourth featurette, Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, was produced to accompany these shorts, though it was done outside of Disney Animation.
Winnie the Pooh (2011) — Continuation of the Winnie-the-Pooh franchise, which goes back to A.A. Milne's books to animate stories that weren't done in the original.
Other theatrical filmsnote They were produced by Disney's DTV/television animation squad, but were theatrically released (as opposed to most DT Vs) because of the franchise's popularity. However, they aren't part of the Disney Animated Canon.
Piglets Big Movie (2003): Follows Piglet on his journey to get more respect from the others. While it's mostly an original story like Tigger, one of the plot points was taken from the books (and is arguably the best thing about the movie).
Pooh's Grand Adventure (1997): Disney's third Direct-to-Video sequel ever. The only DTV Pooh sequel that really tried,note It had a real story and plot and doesn't "feel" like a cash-in as the more cheaply produced other DTV sequels will make you feel it follows Pooh and friends heading out on a dangerous mission to rescue Robin, and is surprisingly scarier and more intense than its predecessors and successors.
Welcome to Pooh Corner — a live-action/puppet show that ran from 1983 to 1986 and in reruns for years after on various networks.
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh — an animated TV series made during Disney's renaissance age in the late 1980s till 1991 when weekday and Saturday kids cartoon blocks were strong.
The Book of Pooh — a live-action series in the style of Welcome to Pooh Corner run on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2002.
Vinni Pukh — A series of Russian shorts based on the books.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood (2000, GBC) — a series of board games, not unlike Mario Party, just without the minigames and powerups. It had "Stories" that followed Many Adventures and could be unlocked with Good or Bad endings.
Tigger's Honey Hunt (2000, N64, PS1, PC) — Movie Game for The Tigger Movie in which Tigger is the only playable character. A pretty solid platformer, can give even experienced players a challenge if they wish to get 100% even if it is short.
Piglet's Big Game (2003, GCN, PS2, Xbox) — Movie Game for Piglet's Big Movie. Like the game before it, can be hard after the first few levels. Piglet must venture into his friends' dreams and help conquer his, and their, fears. Pooh and Tigger are also playable in some areas; Pooh must flee from Heffalumps and Woozles as his tummy reveals him to them, and Tigger must Solid Snake his way around enemies. Complete with Mickey Mousing.
Winnie The Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (2005, GCN, PS2, GBA) — sort of a spiritual sequel to Big Game using the same engine (sans GBA version) and gameplay style. Except you play as Pooh instead of Piglet. Occasionally, you play as Eeyore and collect all of whatever needs required gathering; Piglet, who plays as he did in Big Game, and Tigger, who also plays like he did in Big Game. Unfortunately, this one is much easier and shorter. Sometimes, Pooh will be chased as well, and you must pop a balloon to scare away his pursuers. Heffalumps and Woozles, of course. Strangely, this game was made to promote Pooh's Heffalump Movie and portrays Heffalumps as evil much like normal.
Canon Foreigner / Canon Immigrant: There is one new character, Lottie the Otter, who — like Kanga, Roo and Tigger before her — moves into the forest and causes a bit of a stir before ending up as an accepted and established part of the gang. While much more worldly and experienced than the rest of the cast, she cheerfully averts the Closer to Earth, Positive Discrimination and Girls Need Role Models tropes by being just as stupid and scatterbrained as the boys.
Darker and Edgier: Okay, it's Winnie-the-Pooh. so it's still pretty Light And Soft, but compared to the original books there is a subtle undercurrent that wasn't there in the original books, mostly concerning Cristopher Robin growing older.
Growing Up Sucks: It's very subtle, but Christopher Robin doesn't seem to be quite as home among the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood as he once was.
Heroic BSOD: Rabbit, of all people, suffers one when everything goes completely wrong for him, and in a ironic temporary role swap ends up eating nearly all of Pooh's honey when Pooh tries to comfort him.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The author's foreword features David Benedictus talking to Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin about the new book, and includes a Take That Me when Eeyore gloomily predicts that Benedictus will get everything wrong.
Shout-Out: While this is very clearly a sequel to the books and has nothing to do with the Disney version, Rabbit does at one point mention the sensibility of growing vegetables; something he is never mentioned as doing in Milne's books but is a big staple of his character in the Disney adaptations.
Vague Age: Lampshaded and played with; Rabbit tries to hold a Census and tries takes down personal notes about the other characters — none of them give a straight answer when asked about their age, and Rabbit eventually realizes that he has no idea how old he is either.
World of Pun: Even by Pooh standards, they flourish in this book.
Adaptational Attractiveness: Eeyore, of all things: the Disney donkey looks better than Shepard's version, and is only sad and gloomy, whereas the original could occasionally be a condescending Jerkass.
Adaptation Distillation: Though admittedly much more loyal to the original works than usual Disney adaptations a few odd plot elements and characters from the original book adaptions are absent (e.g., Many Adventures). Once could argue this is balanced by a huge amount of original stories and character complexities made from newer works. It is debatable whether the original books or Disney interpretations are more expanded and complex.
Big Brother Instinct: Pooh, despite his rather clueless and docile demeanor, cares a lot about Piglet. Tigger also acts this way to Roo (though this came into play a lot more in later features).
Book Dumb: Arguably the highest form of intelligence in the Hundred Acre Wood. Eeyore and Kanga have the most plausible in regards to wisdom and basic common sense, but in terms of general knowledge seem near equally childlike and convinced of Rabbit and Owl's superiority as Pooh.
Tigger wasn't really a major character in the books, appearing only in the second book, The House at Pooh Corner. In the Disney adaptations, he got bigger and bigger roles until he ended up as the franchise's main star apart from Pooh himself.
Also Roo later.
Canon Discontinuity: A few story elements are out of place with the original books, the modern films also contradict Many Adventures in places. For example, in the latter Tigger meets Pooh in A Blustery Day, with Kanga and Roo already being established characters in both the beginning of the film and The Honey Tree before it. However in Piglet's Big Movie Tigger is present and already acquainted with Pooh in a flashback of Kanga and Roo moving to the Hundred Acre Wood. Gopher is nowhere to be seen in the 2011 film.
Canon Immigrant: Plenty. Disney loves throwing this trope into the Pooh franchise every now and then. In order of introduction:
Gopher, made for Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. He's *whistle* not in the book.
Kessie the bluebird. First appeared in The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Also introduced in the series were the villains Stan Woozle and Heff Heffalump. Wikipedia also mentions Owl's cousin Dexter, Kessie the Bluebird, Junior Heffalump (and his parents), Skippy the Sheepdog, as well as Christopher Robin's mom appearing as a torso-down shot character.
Lumpy and Mama Heffalump from Pooh's Heffalump Movie.
Heffalumps and Woozles in general. While they are mentioned in the book, they're never shown. In fact, they're implied to be imaginary creatures and don't exist at all (even within the imaginary world of Pooh).
Darby and Buster in My Friends Tigger and Pooh. Also, Turtle, Mrs. Porcupine, and a bunch of other characters, some one-shot.
Cartoony Tail: Tigger has a springy tail that he can bounce on. Also, Eeyore has a tail that is like a normal donkey's except it is pinned into his body.
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 Cloudcuckooland (then again what do you expect from a place consisting of a kid's sentient stuffed animals?).
Owl may qualify for his rantings about his family's history.
Rabbit is somewhat sane and has a functional work ethic, but comes up with his share of hare-brained schemes. Though some are in response to his garden being ravaged yet again.
Control Freak: Rabbit, while merely interested in order and sanity in the wood, has very domineering and forcive methods of planning it out. In Springtime with Roo, a terrifying dream sequence depicted his attitude becoming so unbearable that everyone abandons the Hundred Acre Wood.
Rabbit: Are you out of your mind? You can't possibly do things out of order!!!
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 than his original novel counterpart.
Iconic Sequel Character: Piglet didn't appear until the Blustery Day. Allegedly, the reason for this was that he was not intended to be adapted at all, though fan requests eventually convinced Disney to think otherwise. Much like in the books, Tigger makes his delayed debut in the same film.
If You Can Read This: You can usually find some interesting bonus content by reading the Pooh storybook pages seen in both the films and The Book of Pooh. They're seen in the Kingdom Hearts games too.
Leitmotif: As if the Winnie-the-Pooh Theme and The Most Wonderful Thing About Tiggers weren't big enough Ear Worms, instrumental versions frequently play to establish their respective character, with numerous variations in mood (eg. expect a Softer And Slower Cover for both) to suit the tone of the scene at hand.
Lethally Stupid: Pooh's clumsiness and Tigger's hyperactivity often cause trouble.
In two films, Christopher Robin goes to school and leaves a message to tell his friends he’ll come back soon. Both times, Owl misreads the note and makes the others believe the boy has been kidnapped by a monster, sending them to a completely useless and dangerous quest.
Lovable Coward: Piglet (and Lumpy in later features) more or less thrive on this trope.
The Merch: Throughout the years, Pooh has been placed on numerous features and had his face slapped nearly every possible form of toys and merchandise. That said the majority of it is at least considered better handled than Disney's usual attempts at rehashing a success.
Mondegreen: In the Winnie the Pooh film, some viewers might read the sign at Owl's House as "Don't Knock Please Sing" instead of "Don't Knock Please Ring" (spelled with a backwards R and apostrophe instead of 'Ri'") before the scene is zoomed in.
Owl: Peering down Gopher's hole Dash it all, he's gone.
Pooh: After all he's not in the book you know.
In "And Tigger Too!", Tigger jumps out of the book, and eventually gets narrated down by Bagheera/Sebastian Cabot, himself.
And again in "And a Day for Eeyore", the Narrator steps in and settles a dispute between Tigger and Eeyore.
Yet again in "The Tigger Movie", Tigger interrupts the movie when he hears it stars Pooh, rather than someone else, and reveals his own Tail to tell.
Again, in "Springtime With Roo", with Roo interrupting the introduction this time. In addition throughout the movie, the Narrator and Rabbit talk amongst themselves, while Rabbit and Tigger explore the book's pages, again, by the narrator's suggestion.
The 2011 reboot is filled with this, characters interacting with letters, such as Pooh climbing out of the illustration and into the next paragraph, and the narrator, John Cleese, having conversations with them.
Piglet: Oh d,d,d,d,d,d,deeeaaarrrrr!
No Hugging, No Kissing: Sweet friendship moments? By all means. Actual romantic implications? ...It's frowned upon, at least by the fans. But justified; it just wouldn't seem right for a series about childhood innocence to dive into anything too serious.
Do you guys even realize that Rabbit and Piglet are male? That makes nearly the entire cast male, and gay relationships...aren't exactly popular in kids shows.
Played with in an episode of New Adventures where Tigger and Kanga (the one who is a girl) are intended to play lovers in a Valentine's Day play. Tigger would much rather bounce Kanga than kiss her.
Real After All: Heffalumps and Woozles, in comparison to the original novels, where they are implied to be little more than the creations of Pooh and the other's imagination, appear as occasional recurring characters in the later Disney features (eg. Lumpy, Stan and Heff)
Retcon: The original movies followed the books to an extent: Owl's house gets blown down by the wind, and Eeyore decides that Piglet's house should be Owl's new home. Piglet then ends up being Pooh's housemate. All the subsequent Disney works ignore this and Owl's house is presented as if it never blew down.
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories onward credits Tigger as having appeared in The Honey Tree, instead of The Blustery Day.
Though likely an research blunder, this may chain into the fact that Tigger appears in flashbacks prior to The Blustery Day in later features. According to Piglet's Big Movie he was friends with Pooh before Kanga and Roo moved in, despite appearing in The Honey Tree before Tigger debut.
Shown Their Work: Even later more original works have occasional references to Milne's books, New Adventures occasionally refers to a few unused plot points for episode stories, Piglet's Big Movie adapts three previously unadapted stories, My Friends Tigger and Pooh even features a cameo from Small the insect.
That Makes Me Feel Angry: Sometimes used, given that it is a kids show. The best example, though, is probably the book release Use Your Words, which is all about Roo learning to express how he feels out loud, rather than keeping his feelings bottled up inside.
Kanga: If you have something to tell me or want to share how you're feeling, please use your words, Roo. Roo: I'm mad because I had to come back inside! Kanga: All right. But you still need to wear your scarf.
Fantastic Racism: Kanga and Roo seemingly get a bit of this when they first move to the Hundred Acre Wood, until Owl puts the kibosh on it. From the "Someone New to Meet" song— "Who do you think the are bouncing like they do? ... They're different! They're not the same! They're most peculiar!"
Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress/Gravitational Cognizance: In "Double Time", Rabbit places himself on an accelerated schedule to get all his chores done because he has lost a day. At one point, he is seen in the air flying with Kessie so that he can talk with her. Kessie points out to him that he's not a bird and cannot fly, and he falls to the ground.
I Minored in Tropology: "Do the Roo" establishes Kanga as a graduate of dance school and a winner of multiple awards for her stylish dance moves. Additionally, Owl performed in the theatre at Oxford and is a fan of the works of William Shakespeare.
It Is Pronounced Tropay: In a story called "Chez Piglet," Rabbit convinces Piglet to open a restaurant called Chez Piglet, pronounced "Chay Piglay." He sings a song about all of the dishes being served at the restaurant, ending with "peanut butter and jel-lay."
Lampshade Hanging: At one point, Piglet, Rabbit, and Tigger lampshade how Pooh's honey pots spell H-U-N-N-Y, when it's spelled H-O-N-E-Y. Rabbit concluded that maybe it's because Pooh spelled it on how it sounds.
No Fourth Wall: Fairly regularly, again with the narrator. The characters regularly talk to the narrator, and the narrator even becomes the subject of one of the stories, "Mr. Narrator."
We'll See About That: "We'll just see about that!" is Rabbit's reaction after Pooh reveals that bees have taken over his house.
My Friends Tigger & Pooh:
Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Lampshaded in Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too when Pooh sings, "And it seems that you can't wear / Just one shoe, you need a pair / Even if I wore them, which I don't, I couldn't."
Broken Aesop: In "Super Duper Super Sleuths", it seemed that the message they wanted to convey was that it's important to use your brain to solve a problem same as any other episode of the show. Yet, when the Super Sleuths get superpowers, they suddenly have a much easier time solving all of their cases. It's only after they lose their superpowers that they're forced to start truly thinking again.
Power Glows: In the special "Super Duper Super Sleuths", a glowing rock that fell from the sky causes Rabbit's vegetables to grow huge. When the Super Sleuths eat the vegetables, they gain superpowers. Tigger gets super-strength, Pooh gets super-sight, Darby is able to fly and Buster has super digging powers. When the rock stops glowing, it signifies that its power is gone. All of the vegetables shrink back to normal size, and the Super Sleuths lose their powers.
This Is My Side: Down with the entire Hundred Acre Wood by Tigger and Rabbit in "Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too" forcing everyone but Darby and Buster to pick sides.
Wasn't That Fun?: In "Buster's Bath", when the group can't persuade Buster to take a bath, they decide to try hosing him down. This results in a madcap scenario in which the water builds up because Eeyore is sitting on the hose, then when it all gets released, Piglet goes up in the air with the hose and it sprays around wildly. At the end of the whole thing, Roo exclaims, "Let's do that again!"
Aren't You Forgetting Someone?: Roo in The Tigger Movie, constantly trying to get Tigger's attention and love, until about the final two minutes of the movie.
Tigger: You didn't think I was gonna dis-remember you, did ya?
Ascended Extra: Roo is a minor character in most incarnations of the franchise, but in the more recent movies, he tends to get bigger and more important roles.
Chewing the Scenery: A large amount of characters do this at least once (usually Tigger). In Springtime For Roo, Pooh makes perhaps the most prolonged hammiest sneeze known to man, even adding a whimsical little musical number in between it all.
Pooh: Sniffity sniff, whistly wheeze, Here it comes, a great big sneeze...
Cloudcuckoolander: In 2005, Disney released "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" introducing Lumpy [a Heffalump] and his mother to the world. Mama Heffalump is more down to earth and sane, much like Kanga. Her son, however, could give even Tigger a run for his money.
Tigger: It's a swimming pool! (pointing at Mama Heffalump's footprint early in the movie)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was assembled from the first three theatrical shorts. Seasons of Giving is a New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode + a Thanksgiving special + another NAoWtP episode. A Very Merry Pooh Year, likewise, is "Winnie the Pooh and Christmas, Too" (another NAoWtP episode) + a New Year's special called "Happy Pooh Year".
The new 2011 movie has been confirmed to follow in the footsteps of Many Adventures.
A Day in the Limelight: Multiple later features have focused on characters other than Pooh and place them as the lead characters (e.g., The Tigger Movie, Piglet's Big Movie, Springtime With Roo). A Day for Eeyore may count as an example existant in the original novels and Disney featurettes.
Determinator: Pooh and Tigger, in Pooh's Grand Adventure and The Tigger Movie respectively.
The song "Adventure is a Wonderful Thing" from Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin.
The Tigger Movie has "'Round My Family Tree", which has as many, if not more, pop culture references as "If I Didn't Have You".
Parodied in Springtime With Roo, with the camera constantly panning between Tigger and Roo singing in Rabbit's house and Rabbit in his garden, oblivious to the oddities going on inside, such as the gang morphing into balloons or magically coloring his living room in rainbow patterns.
Also "The Horribly Hazardous Heffalumps" in the Heffalump movie.
The trailer for the 2011 film shows that one will be included involving Pooh and honey, complete with a Shout-Out to Busby Berkeley.
This goes back to one of the originals, with "Heffalumps and Woozles".
Earn Your Happy Ending: Inverted in both Pooh's Grand Adventure and The Tigger Movie after all the trials and efforts the character's go through to reach their loved ones, they discover what they want to be safe at home anyway.
You, Get Me Coffee: In Springtime For Roo, after too many blunders in "Spring Cleaning Day" duties, Rabbit "promotes" Pooh to supervisor, which is apparently someone who sits perfectly still "and doesn't cause trouble".
Canon Immigrant: Besides Gopher, the newspaper strip added the characters of Sir Brian (probably a Shout-Out to the poem Bad Sir Brian Botany from Milne's pre-Pooh book When We Were Very Young) and the Dragon.
Medium Awareness: One Sunday strip has Tigger attempt his Biggest Bounce Ever — only to bang his head against the panel border and then lament how he always forgets that these comic panels are too small for him to bounce properly.
Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: The strip learns a bit towards the cynical side compared to most Pooh works. For example, one strip featured Pooh sitting in a meadow when rain starts falling. The rainfall gets heavier with each panel. The punchline? Pooh thinking to himself, "This is what I've been saving my money for?"