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, since he was bullied constantly for being immortalized in them and he resented his parents monetising his childhood.
  • Defictionalization: The game of Poohsticks now has its own world championships.
  • Name's the Same: Another otter named Lottie appears in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.
  • 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:

  • Absentee Actor: Gopher is nowhere to be found in the 2011 film.
  • Acclaimed Flop: As with Disney's previous 2D film, it made a profit and got rave reviewsnote , but its release during a very busy summer movie season hurt its financial success.
  • Banned in China: Believe it or not, yes. Sort of. As of 2017, Chinese censors have been blocking numerous mentions of Winnie the Pooh on social media thanks to memes that compare Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pooh Bear.
  • Creator Backlash: Of a more sad and bittersweet note, Peter Cullen was dismayed that he would not be voicing Eeyore in the 2011 film, and acted out a sad, but awesome meeting between Optimus Prime and Eeyore. Ken Sansom also reportedly was dismayed since he had not been asked back for the 2011 film to reprise his role as Rabbit, claiming he was still under contract. Sansom passed away a year after the film's release.
  • Creator Cameo: In the 2011 film, songwriters Kristen-Anderson and Robert Lopez voice Kanga and Pooh's tummy, respectively.
  • Creator's Favorite: Alongside Optimus Prime of course, Eeyore became Peter Cullen's favorite 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.
  • Fan Nickname: Because it features Jim Cummings and Tom Kenny in two leading rolls, the 2011 movie has sometimes been nicknamed A "CatDog" Reunion.
  • 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 somewhat more successful 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 possibly 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.
  • Non-Singing Voice: John Fiedler near consistently voiced Piglet throughout his lifetime, though often another actor such as Jeff Bennett provided his singing voice. This was often hidden well since, prior to The Book of Pooh, Piglet rarely sang numbers besides as a chorus.
    • In projects where Brady Bluhm would voice Christopher Robin (Pooh's Grand Adventure, A Winnie The Pooh Thanksgiving, and A Valentine For You, his singing voice was done by Frankie J. Galasso. These three specific specials all share other examples: Tigger was voiced by Paul Winchell, but his singing voice was Jim Cummings (this was before Cummings would take on Tigger's speaking and singing full time), and Piglet was voiced by John Fiedler, but his singing voice was Steve Schatzberg.

  • 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.
    • Before Jim Cummings, Hal Smith took over as Pooh for "...and a Day for Eeyore" and "Welcome to Pooh Corner" after Sterling Holloway had passed on in addition to his usual role as Owl, with Will Ryan officiallynote  taking over the voice of Rabbit from Junius Matthews.
    • After John Fiedler's death, Travis Oates took over the role of Piglet.
    • Due to often having child actors, Christopher Robin and Roo went through a long string of voices that rarely stayed for more than one or two projects. Nikita Hopkins is a rare case of an actor that became tied to Roo for a long period of the franchise, though Jimmy Bennett still filled in for him a couple of times between then.
    • Less expectedly, Kanga rarely kept a consistent actor for very long either. Barbara Luddy voiced her in the original shorts and film. Following her death, Julie Mc Whirter voiced her in A Day For Eeyore, then Patricia Harris in New Adventures. Tress Mac Neille and Kath Soucie took turns with the role for a long duration afterwards, with Kristen Anderson-Lopez taking over for the 2011 film.
    • In the 90s, they would often have substitute voice actors for smaller Pooh projects, such as CD-ROM and video games, commercials, and the new material for Sing A Song With Pooh Bear and Seasons Of Giving. For these, Gregg Berger (and for one CD-ROM, Brad Garrett) would often fill in as Eeyore, and Steve Schatzberg would fill in as Piglet (he also did Piglet's singing voice for quite a few projects during this time.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Roger L Jackson, best known for villainous roles, plays the peaceful Interactive Narrator in Book of Pooh.
    • 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.
  • Role Reprisal: Jim Cummings and Travis Oates are the only actors to reprise their roles for the 2011 film, as Pooh & Tigger and Piglet respectively.
  • 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. Winchell's final performances as Tigger before his death of natural causes on June 24, 2005 note  was in 1999 for Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You and the Pooh attraction at Walt Disney World. Following his retirement, Cummings permanently took over the role of Tigger starting with Sing a Song with Pooh Bear in 1999 (though some of Winchell's vocals from previous Pooh animations were included).
  • Write What You Know: When Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez auditioned to write the songs for the 2011 film, they were having some trouble with their four-year-old infant. So in "The Backson Song", they had Kanga claim the Backson "wakes up babies at two or three" from experience.

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."
  • The Other Darrin: Phil Baron provides the voice of Piglet rather than John Fiedler. In fact, this is notable for being the only Disney-releated Pooh media where Fiedler was not the voice of Piglet during his lifetimenote .
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Hal Smith voices both Pooh and Owl.
    • Will Ryan voices both Tigger and Rabbit.