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Winnie the Pooh and his friends has been staples of pop culture for years, especially Disney's versions of them, and their status as symbols of childhood innocence has made them ripe for parodies and references by not-so-friendly works.


  • Pooh and Tigger appear in a commercial for Honey Nut Cheerios from 1988. When Pooh's honey pot is empty, Tigger points Buzz out to Pooh, and in his effort to catch Buzz, Pooh rolls on a boulder which rolls off a cliff and lands on top of the titular cereal (fortunately, Buzz manages to fly away just in time to avoid getting squished).
  • The Nickelodeon Magazine commercials from 1997 to 2006 used the sound of Pooh's Pooh-Coo clock as heard in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree in the soundtrack, most notably at the very start.
  • One commercial for Huggies diapers (which have the likenesses of the Pooh characters) has Pooh and his friends appear.

Audio Drama

Comic Strips

Fan Works

Film -- Animated

  • Bee Movie: After humanity is ordered to give all honey back to the bees, Barry and a government agent take down Winnie the Pooh with a tranquilizer dart for his honey.
  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas: Owl makes a cameo as a citizen in Mickey's segment.
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet: Eeyore appears in Oh My Disney.
  • In the Hungarian dub of Shrek 2, Donkey tells Shrek a bear found his tail in Hundred Acre Wood, and always called him "Eeyore". (Meanwhile in the original English dub, he talks about being in a party where everyone got drunk and beat him up for mistaking him for a pinata.)
Film -- Live-Action
  • Beautiful Girls: Willie tells Marty she'll outgrow her feelings for him the same way Christopher Robin outgrew Winnie the Pooh.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022): While Chip and Dale are being chased by Sweet Pete through his "bootleg" movie operation, they run through the set of Pooj the Fat Honey Bear, featuring altered versions of Pooh, Tigger and Piglet
  • Dennis the Menace: A Tigger bubble bath bottle can be seen in Dennis' bathtub during the scene where Mickey reads Dennis the story of Huffy the Little Mail Train while Dennis takes his bath.
  • Dog Days (2018): Gertrude's fontanelle requires her to wear a hard hat. She spends most of the movie wearing a purple helmet with eyes and ears/wings that looks like the top of a heffalump's head.
  • Season of Miracles: One of the Robins is nicknamed Tigger due to his habit of hopping up and down.
  • Kayden from When Time Got Louder watches Winnie the Pooh over and over again. He has a stuffed Eeyore that he carries everywhere.


  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe
    • In the short story "Fallen Angel" in Decalog, the eponymous Gentleman Thief declares that he and the Doctor are going on an Exposition where he will prove to be a Very Useful Animal. The Doctor responds by riffing on "Four Friends" from When We Were Very Young.
    • At the end of the Framing Story in Short Trips: Seven Deadly Sins, the Doctor threatens the Big Bad with a list of his allies, and his allies' allies, concluding "and all of Rabbit's friends and relations".
  • In Discworld, a popular children's pastime in Ankh-Morpork is watching the ... material ... floating down the filthy waters of the Ankh, and choosing which one you think will be fastest. This is called "poo sticks".
  • In Grass and Sky, Rebecca's mom reads one of Disney's Winnie the Pooh books to her.
  • Pilgrennon's Children: After Dana's concussion, she wakes up in a hospital bed with Winnie the Pooh curtains.

Live-Action TV

  • The Colbert Report: In a 2011 episode, Stephen does a report on the controversial name of Gov. Rick Perry's private hunting ground. So he won't have to say the word on television, he does a charades routine where he makes a "sounds like" gesture with his ear and points to a picture of Tigger.
  • Family Affair: In several episodes, Mr. French is seen reading Winnie-the-Pooh to the children. Doubles as an Actor Allusion, as Sebastian Cabot was the narrator for Disney's original featurettes; in one episode, French is reading from a Disney-licenced storybook.
  • Good Eats: In several episodes, Alton responds to an annoying or frustrating situation with "Oh, bother" in reference to Pooh.
  • The Muppet Show: In the Florence Henderson episode, Rowlf sings the A. A. Milne poem "Cottleston Pie", and he mentions Winnie the Pooh in his introduction.
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • In a Season 28 sketch, a game show host (Bernie Mac) asks a contestant the question "Who was Winnie-the-Pooh's feline friend?" As the contestant answers, the show cuts to a "Please Stand By" screen before cutting back to the host attacking the contestant, who yells "I meant to say 'Tigger' with a 'T'!"
    • A Season 41 sketch features Winnie the Pooh (Peter Dinklage) being visited by his cousin Denny the Real (Jay Pharoh) on his birthday.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • In "The Robotic Manipulation", Howard exclaims "Winnie the Pooh is out of the honey tree" after a hospital worker unplugs a robotic arm holding his penis.
    • In "The Cognition Regeneration", During a multiplayer game in Leonard’s apartment, the guys are losing and call for Sheldon to help them. Sheldon tries to fire his weapon, but keeps jumping instead as all of their characters are killed. Howard tells him, "Then use the Shoot button, not the Wonderful Thing About Tiggers button!".
  • Red Dwarf had Pooh being executed offscreen by firing squad on Waxworld. Lister reacts with total shock to the incident.
    Lister: That's something no one should ever have to see.
  • Home Improvement: In "Say Goodnight, Gracie", Tim reads Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too to Gracie.
  • In the Corner Gas episode "Whatophobia" a flashback of Hank as a child in a tree surrounded by bees is shown, with him saying "Look! I'm Winnie The Pooh!"
  • In According to Jim, a Tigger doll can sometimes be seen among the kids' toys.

Tabletop Games

  • The crazed gods of the Madlands in GURPS Fantasy II are, bizarrely, based on Pooh and friends. This is further concealed by the fact the wildlife of the Madlands is based on that of North America, so while the inhabitants can identify the Child, the Bear, the Pig, the Owl, the Hare, and the Gopher, they're less sure about the Cougar or the antler-less Moose, and no idea what to make of the Big Leaper and the Little Leaper.

Video Games

Web Comics

  • Sheldon: In this strip, after Emily's cat Lil' Butter gets stuck in a tree, Sheldon comments, "This seemed... CUTER... when it happened to Winnie the Pooh."
  • Arthur, King of Time and Space:
    • In this strip, Arthur (in his own Comic Within a Comic) worried that he forgot to make a strip about AA Milne's birthday, and manages to combine this with a riff on the Great Pumpkin.
    • In this outside-continuity strip, Merlin inadvertently talks Nimue out of doing a Pooh themed strip for Milne's birthday.
    • When Nimue traps Merlin in the crystal cave, it turns out the magical incantation for leaving someone stuck in a hole is "Both please, but never mind the bread".

Web Original

  • The Brony Notion: The narrator opens one of his videos by singing to the tune of "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers".
    Narrator: "The wonderful thing about Discord is Discord's a wonderful thing. He has the head of a pony and the body of everything. He's chaos, chaos, chaos, chaos, pandemonium! But the most wonderful thing about Discord is he's the only one."
  • Caddicarus has reviewed Party Time With Winnie the Pooh as part of his "The Horrifying World of PS1 Games For Babies" video.
  • Duma Ragu: Simon says he went to Piglet once in MENTOLOS GYÓGYSZER (MINT MEDICINE).
  • Honest Trailers: In the "Starring..." portion of the trailer for The Jungle Book, Kaa is referred to as "The exact same voice of Winnie the Pooh. Creepy, right?", with the Announcer doing an imitation of Pooh.
  • How It Should Have Ended:
    • In "How Inside Out Should Have Ended", Sadness takes on the form of Eeyore as she and Joy watch Family Island rise up as a result of successfully delivering a core memory back to headquarters.
    • In The Stinger for "How The Jungle Book Should have Ended", Kaa is seen ensnaring and hypnotizing Winnie-the-Pooh, and the two characters note how similar their voices sound.note 
  • The one and only episode of Channel Awesome's Miscast features the Winnie the Pooh characters acting out scenes from The Silence of the Lambs.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In his review of the live-action Garfield movie, one of the many insults the Critic gives to the film's version of the titular feline is "Tigger's colon".
    • In his review of The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, the Critic discusses Rocky's pessimistic attitude and says that even Eeyore would be like "Christ, I'd rather be thrown into the fire with the Velveteen Rabbit than listen to this guy."
    • In "Battle of the Commercials", one of the commercials The Critic reviews is for the My Interactive Pooh doll. This resulted in The Critic making a lot of "Pooh" jokes.
    • In his review of The Jungle Book (2016), he calls the 1967 version of Kaa a mix between Pooh and Herbert.
    • In his review of Barney's Great Adventure, the Critic says that Twinken's name sounds like a Winnie the Pooh prostitute, and he shows a picture of Piglet's head photoshopped onto a prostitute's body.

Western Animation

  • Aladdin: The Series:
    • In "As the Netherworld Turns", Genie correctly guesses what animal the Sultan is thinking of and turns into Tigger, saying "Guessin' is what genies do the best."
    • In "Garden of Evil", the Genie at one point turns into Gopher.
  • Big City Greens: In "Fast Foodie", as a result of getting fat from eating too much fast food from Burger Clown, Cricket gets stuck in a slide similar to how Pooh got stuck in Rabbit's front door.
  • Dragon Tales: In "Very Berry", when Ord gets stuck in a hole after eating too many dragonberries, Max mentions a story about "a bear who got stuck in a hole after eating too much honey".
  • In the Craig of the Creek episode "Council of the Creek: Operation Hive-Mind" during Bobby's honey suggestion, he shows everyone an image to something called "Honeypaw" which somehow resembles Winnie-the-Pooh.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Holy Crap", Stewie is intrigued by the violent content in The Bible and comments "You won't find that in Winnie-the-Pooh." Chris, who had become constipated over a misunderstanding, complains "Don't say poo."
    • In The Teaser for "Screwed the Pooch", Peter jumps into a kangaroo's pouch at the zoo and pretends to be Roo.
    • In the Disney universe from "Road to the Multiverse", Chris resembles Winnie the Pooh and has an affinity for honey.
    • In "Road to the North Pole", Stewie compares Brian's attitude to Eeyore, leading to a cutaway where Pooh asks Eeyore why he's so gloomy all the time. He responds, "I have a nail in my anus."
    • In "Joe's Revenge", Peter attempts to sell ceramic Pooh figures along the U.S.-Mexican border.
    • In "Life of Brian", Peter meets new dog Vinny and likes his name, since it's "like the Pooh".
    • In "Saturated Fat Guy", Peter has become too fat to get out of his food truck and says he hopes he doesn't end up like Winnie-the-Pooh. In the ensuing cutaway, Pooh is stuck in Rabbit's front door and asks Rabbit to push him out with his shoulder instead of his fist.
  • Goof Troop: Gopher makes a cameo in the episode "Bringin' On the Rain".
  • Histeria!: In "The Teddy Roosevelt Show", Pepper Mills mistakes Teddy for Winnie-the-Pooh.
  • House of Mouse: Pooh and his friends have appeared as guests at the club.
  • MAD:
    • In the last sketch from "Fantastic Megan Fox / MAD vs. Wild", Pooh appears as a wild bear that repeatedly attacks Bear Grylls.
    • The first sketch from "Pooh Grit / Not a Fan a Montana" is a mix between Winnie-the-Pooh and True Grit.
    • The first sketch from "Fast Hive / Minute to Flynn it" is a mix between Winnie-the-Pooh and Fast Five.
    • The last sketch from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus / Adjustment Burro" features Eeyore falling in love with Twilight Sparkle.
    • The first sketch from "FrankenWinnie / ParaMorgan" is a mix between Winnie the Pooh and Frankenweenie.
  • Muppet Babies (1984): The episode "Gonzee's Playhouse Channel" features a segment with Miss Piggy starring in The Stupid Adventures of Piggy the Pooh.
  • Pinky and the Brain: The episode "The Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo" is a parody of Disney's original feature, in which Brainie and Pinklet try to fetch some honey for their latest plan to Take Over the World. Also seen are their friends Algore, Jagger and Christopher.
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
    • In "Rinse and Spit," in a flashback to when Rocko was young and playing with Spunky, a group of Psycho Poodle bullies gang up on Rocko and say, "That's a sweet puppy you got there, Roo."
    • In "Teed Off," when Mr. Noway is trying to think of something to tell Ed Bighead in order to lose a game of golf to his boss Mr. Dupette, he says "Think, think, think..." in the same manner as Pooh often does when trying to think of something.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: In the Peabody's Improbable History short with Edgar Allan Poe, Sherman is shocked to discover that Poe, unable to write anything scary, wrote Winnie-the-Pooh.
  • The Simpsons
    • In "The Fat and the Furriest", Homer develops a phobia of bears and imagines several fictional bears, including Pooh, attacking him.
    • In "There's Something About Marrying", a "hunny tree" is labelled on Homer's map of Springfield.
    • In "Waverly Hills, 9-0-2-1-D'oh", Homer and Marge decorate their Waverly Hills love nest with kids toys to trick the inspector into thinking their children live in there; in one scene, Marge flips a wine poster to reveal a picture of Tigger on the other side, and a Pooh doll is placed next to it.
    • In "The Girl on the Bus", Milhouse owns an Eeyore lunchbox.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • The final sketch from "Poisoned by Relatives" is a parody of The Biggest Loser featuring Pooh competing with Miss Piggy, Garfield and Mario. Pooh mentions that Eeyore lost his long battle with depression and hung himself with his own tail.
    • In one sketch from "Bugs Keith in: I Can't Call Heaven, Doug" has Pooh trying to get honey from a beehive, only to find that the bees are dead. When Eeyore tells him that he can eat "anything" because he's a bear, Pooh mauls Christopher Robin for sustenance.
    • A sketch from "May Cause An Excess of Ham" involves the rogue planet Melancholia hurtling towards the Hundred Acre Wood. Eeyore is excited upon hearing that he, Pooh, and Piglet are going to die, due to having to put up with his own hardships for too long, only for Melancholia to burn up upon entering the Earth's atmosphere.
  • South Park:
    • In "Band in China", Pooh and Piglet are shown to be imprisoned in China, a reference to Pooh getting banned in the country due to unfavorable comparisons to President Xi Jinping. Later, a desperate Randy kills Pooh in order to get his Tegridy Farms marijuana sold in China. Because of this episode, it got the series Banned in China and scrubbed from Chinese internet, and later Trey Parker and Matt Stone jokingly says that Xi doesn't look just like Pooh Bear at all in their mock apology to China.
    • He made a brief reappearance in "Tegridy Farms Halloween Special" in undead zombie form. However, he only appears as Randy's hallucation.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In "A Walk on the Flip Side" (part of "The ACME Acres Zone"), Montana Max, who has been turned into a rabbit, has a nightmare where he is eaten and later spit out by a giant colorful rabbit, which resembles the "Heffalumps and Woozles" sequence from Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
    • In "Fields of Honey", Babs asks Hamton if he knows anything about 1930s cartoon star Honey. He answers "Well, it's sweet, Winnie the Pooh has a problem with it."
    • In "Teddy Bear's Picnic" (part of "The Acme Home Shopping Show"), one of the levels of anger tattooed on the grizzly bear's arm is "Oh Bother".