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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.



Comic Strips

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.
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  • 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.

Film -- Live-Action

  • 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.
  • In Season of Miracles, one of the Robins is nicknamed Tigger due to his habit of hopping up and down.


  • 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".
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  • 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".

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.


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."

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."
  • 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 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • 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".

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