Trivia / Winnie-the-Pooh

The Original Books:

  • Creator Backlash: A.A. Milne grew to loathe his Winnie-the-Pooh books as it typecast him forever as a "writer of children's books", and he could never go back to writing adult fiction. He even tried to kill off Pooh at the end of the second book. (Of course, it didn't work.) E.H. Shepard, Pooh's illustrator, also suffered from this as it overshadowed his work in political cartoons. Similarly, Milne's son, Christopher Robin, grew to hate the works as well for he was bullied constantly for being immortalized in them.
  • Defictionalization: The game of Poohsticks now has its own world championships.
  • Shout-Out: In Another Note, Mello compares the way in which Rue eats jam to Winnie the Pooh eating honey...then immediately contrasts the two, saying that Pooh is adorable, and Rue is just gross and creepy.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • At one point Gopher of the Disney adaptations would have been "in the book", according to Disney, who claimed that the real Christopher Robin saw a gopher in the garden and asked for it to be included in his father's stories. Fantasy author and animation historian John Grant, however, points out that gophers do not exist in Britain, and so this story is almost certainly false. 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). In other words, Gopher at one point would have been in the book.
    • In the introduction (or, according to Owl, the "Contradiction") to The House at Pooh Corner, Milne himself mentions other adventures, "more grand than any I have told you about," which he can't tell because they came to him in dreams and he's forgotten them. He only remembers one small part of one of them, with Pooh meeting 107 cows sitting on a gate, and claims that this was probably the best story of them all.
  • Write Who You Know: Christopher Robin is the author's son of the same name. All of the animal characters are based on actual stuffed animals he owned.

Tropes Related to the Disney Canon:

  • Acclaimed Flop: While the "flop" part is downplayed as it did at least make a little over its budget back it didn't make anywhere near what Disney's other animated films were making at the time, no thanks in part to being released during the incredibly busy month of July 2011. However, critically the film was widely praised, with Rotten Tomatoes scoring it at an impressive 90%; the only "Disney Revival" films that scored equal or higher being Tangled and Zootopia.
  • Creator Cameo: In the 2011 film, songwriters Kristen-Anderson and Robert Lopez voices (and sings as) Kanga.
  • Creator's Favorite: Alongside Optimus Prime of course, Eeyore became Peter Cullen's favourite voice role.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Roo was voiced by Dori Whitaker in Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger Too and by Kim Christianson in Welcome to Pooh Corner.
    • In some languages (such as Hungarian), Piglet is voiced by a woman.
  • Dueling Movies: The 2011 movie came the same weekend as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The decision to set a film like this against the Grand Finale of one of the most beloved fantasy movie series of all time has Disney fans everywhere banging their heads. This decision is truly a head-scratcher, but there's a good chance fans of both would watch one and then follow it up with the other, assuming they're not planning to see Potter at midnight. (Preferred order most likely Deathly Hallows, then Winnie the Pooh.) It may also be a smart decision for Disney regarding families that have older and younger kids. Have one parent take the older kid to see Potter and then the other parent goes with the preschooler to see Pooh. Of course, that begs the question of what to do with the younger kid once Pooh is over, since there's no such thing as a two and a half hour Pooh film.
  • Genre-Killer: While a modest success, breaking even on a $30 million budget, it was nowhere the runaway success that their recent CGI features had been and, along with The Princess and the Frog, saw Disney's attempts to alternate between 2D and 3D with each feature flounder. Glen Keane, one of the studio's star animators, left shortly thereafter, closing off the studio's pipeline for good. John Lasseter, once a fierce advocate for keeping 2D alive in the age of CGI, has since announced that the "every other movie is 2D" plan has been dropped and that, as of this writing, there are no more 2D features planned. For now.
  • 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.
  • The Other Darrin: Jim Cummings and others were Other Darrins to the original voices way before 2011, but the 2011 film brings in Craig Ferguson as Owl, Tom Kenny as Rabbit, Bud Luckey as Eeyore and John Cleese as the Narrator.
  • Playing Against Type: An odd subversion happens in the Japanese dub: Tigger is voiced by Tessho Genda, a voice actor normally associated with voicing Hot-Blooded heroes like Optimus Prime, big guys or outright vicious beings like Kurama or Kratos in Japanese. Keep in mind he's one of the few voice actors from that version that voiced Tigger from day one in Japan, whe he was much younger and possibly he wasn't yet typecasted into a specific kind of role.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Jim Cummings is currently Tigger and Pooh.
    • However, in France, Roger Carel was Pooh and Rabbit until he retired in the 2000s. He was also Piglet until the late 90s.
  • What Could Have Been: Piglet was intended to be Adapted Out, with Gopher serving as a replacement. Since the change was not accepted well, Blustery Day onwards introduced Piglet as a main character.
    • Paul Winchell was intended to reprise his role as Tigger in The Tigger Movie, however Disney decided his voice had become to worn from age so opted for his replacement Jim Cummings instead.

My Friends Tigger & Pooh:

  • The Other Darrin: Darby takes over from Christopher Robin as the main human character in the series. Christopher Robin is now an extra with little screen time.

Welcome to Pooh Corner:

  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: There has yet to be any official complete DVD release or digital release from Disney. The only home media that exists for the series are a handful of out-of-print VHS compilations from the 80s and an educational DVD licensed by Disney that contains only two episodes, "Pooh's Great School Bus Adventure" and "Too Smart for Strangers."
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Hal Smith voices both Pooh and Owl.
    • Will Ryan voices both Tigger and Rabbit.