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The Book of Pooh is a children's television series that aired on Disney Channel, the third to feature the characters from the Disney franchise based on A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh works. It premiered on January 22, 2001 and completed its run on July 8, 2003.

The show is something of a Spiritual Successor to the 80s' Welcome to Pooh Corner, using a similar live-action green-screen format; yet here all the cast are depicted by puppets and the backgrounds are full CGI 3-D. Besides some minor liberties with the continuity and traditional characterizations of Pooh and friends, the show sticks closely to the usual storytelling and aesthetics of the Disney franchise, with even most of the then-current voice cast reprising their roles.

The series aired as part of the "Playhouse Disney" block, suggesting an audience of preschool children, though some of its mechanics seem somewhat advanced; it strongly incorporates reading concepts and basic introduction to literary devices, similarly to Adventures in Wonderland (and even boasts an Oxford curriculum, as seen in the end credits).



  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Rabbit becomes even more pompous than usual in "Blue Ribbon Bunny" when he believes he's won an award for Gardener of the Year (not realizing Pooh and Piglet made it as a gift).
  • Actually Pretty Funny: In "I Came, I Sowed, I Conked It", Tigger accidentally mixes up the signs in Rabbit's garden and tries to cover it up, getting a hapless Piglet to help him. This results in Rabbit having a Heroic BSoD, thinking there's something wrong with his crops and he has lost his touch in gardening. Tigger and Piglet finally confess to what they did, but instead of getting upset, Rabbit goes into hysterical laughter over the realization that they thought the signs must be involved with the vegetables' development and that he doubted himself for nothing.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: While still something of a Talkative Loon, Owl is much more genuinely insightful in this series, compared to the Know-Nothing Know-It-All he is in the books and other Disney works.
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  • A Day in the Limelight: As usual in the franchise, nearly each character gets a few episodes centered around them. Even the narrator gets one.
  • Age Lift: Kessie's appearances in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh charted her lifespan from infant to adolescent then to adult. In Book of Pooh she's back to being an adolescent.
  • Art Evolution: Some of the puppets got streamlined slightly in the second season, particularly Owl, whose puppet has been trimmed of a lot of its fur.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Kessie, the young bluebird, first appeared only in two New Adventures episodes and a direct-to-video Christmas Special; here, she is a permanent resident of the Hundred Acre Wood and features in limelight stories as often as the others.
    • Kanga and Roo, despite the temporary Bus Trip in Season One, also appear much more prominently in this series than New Adventures.
  • Backhanded Apology: "If we were talking / Which we aren't since that nasty somersault / I'd say I'm sorry that our accident was totally his fault."
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Rabbit is left exhausted looking after Roo in "Mothers of Invention", with Tigger's assistance not quite helping.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Downplayed example, but the usually genial cast are shown getting more irritable with each other than usual in this work than most other Disney interpretations. Even Piglet can be prone to shooting Death Glares or snapping at the other animals when they annoy him.
  • Big Brother Worship: Roo of Tigger, even more so than usual. In "The Bounce of a Lifetime", Roo even has a music number about how much he idolizes Tigger.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Piglet of all people in "King of the Heffalumps". When the others keep ignoring him in their argument, he eventually loses patience and yells out a sharp "STOP!" The rest of the group are expectedly shocked.
  • Bindle Stick: In "Scaredy Cat", when Tigger is asked by Owl to housesit, he brings his possessions to Owl's place using one of these.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • "Do the Roo" is about Roo trying to find a birthday present for his mother.
    • There's also "Rabbit's Happy Birthday Party".
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Roo sometimes addresses Rabbit as "Rabby," which was Kessie's nickname for him in the earlier works.
  • The Bus Came Back: Kanga and Roo were absent in Season One but joined as regulars in Season Two — contrary to both Milne's and Disney's previous works, in which their arrival in the Wood even preceded Tigger's.
  • Cash Lure: In "You Can Lead Eeyore to Books," Winnie the Pooh and his friends use a tied carrot to lure Eeyore to Owl's library so that he can pick out a book of his own after he doesn't like the ones they suggest to him.
  • Character Exaggeration:
    • Helped a lot by his puppet, Rabbit is even more flamboyant and camp than usual. Reversed for some other characters: Piglet is a bit less meek and more willing to play voice of reason (and is even shown getting very angry at least once), while Owl is more genuinely intelligent.
    • Curiously Reconstructed with some other characters who have some of their quirks amped back up to how they were in the original Milne books. Eeyore, while still an Adaptational Nice Guy, is a bit more openly grumpy and sarcastic for example, while Kanga is a bit more susceptible to the group's silly behaviour.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: In "Happy Harvest Rabbit", Piglet is sent flying by Tigger with a seesaw to stop Pooh and Rabbit from excited dancing. Pooh notices this and this occurs:
    Pooh: Oh my! Rabbit, do you recall last week when you said when I asked for a number of small hunny jars from your large supply?
    Rabbit: Oh I certainly do! I said, "When pigs fly!"
    Pooh: That's what I thought. *sternly* I believe you owe me some hunny.
  • Deliberately Jumping the Gun: An episode features Rabbit and Tigger accusing each other of making a head start before Eeyore gave the starting signal for the race they were doing (what really happened was that they both started early).
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "Too Much Honey", the musical sequence from the episode "The Great Honey Pot".
  • Edutainment Show: Perhaps more than any other Pooh television show. This one has a specific focus on teaching children about subjects related to the use of words, language and story-telling. It is kept moderated by the usual humour and antics of the series however.
  • Episode Title Card: Presented as "chapters" of the book, shown at the top of the pages showing the first scene of the episode.
  • Exact Words: "Best Wishes, Winnie the Pooh" has Tigger doing spring cleaning of honey pots for Rabbit. Much to the latter's chagrin, his idea of spring cleaning involves using a plank to bounce them flying away.
  • 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 song "Someone New to Meet": "Who do they think they are, bouncing like they do? / They're different! They're not the same! They're most peculiar!").
  • Feud Episode: Between Rabbit and Tigger in "A Wood Divided".
  • Genki Girl: Kessie, Depending on the Writer.
  • Gone Horribly Right: "The Terrific Talking Tomato" has Tigger pull a prank on Rabbit, pretending one of his tomatoes can talk. Thinking Rabbit has created "intelligent life", he and the others start bugging it for it's wisdom, leaving Tigger exhausted and having to build up on his general trivia in his spare time. Amusingly by the time his ruse is discovered, he has become a Ditzy Genius.
  • Gossip Evolution: One episode has Rabbit lie the squash in his vegetable patch can take away Tigger's bouncing to get rid of him. Tigger warns of this squash to Pooh who passes it on. By the time it has reached Rabbit again, it has escalated into being a giant monster that's going to squash everything. A terrified Rabbit runs off to protect his squash from the monster.
  • Go-to-Sleep Ending:
    • At the end of "Double Time", Rabbit realizes he finished his schedule for today and tomorrow, and is so exhausted he falls fast asleep...and the others join him.
    • "X Spots the Mark" ends with Piglet taking a nap feeling exhausted after the events of the day.
    • "Mothers of Invention" ends with Rabbit playing a rhyming song game which not only ends up sending Roo to sleep, but also Tigger and himself.
  • Grandma's Recipe: In the song "Give It A Try", Rabbit mentions that the carrot fricasse he is serving Pooh is "Granny's recipe".
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: In "Double Time", Rabbit places himself on an accelerated schedule to get all his chores done because he thought he lost a day (when in reality this was all Pooh's fault). 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.
  • Grossout Fakeout: In the episode "The Words are Out", Piglet has laryngitis and is using charades. Tigger mistakenly thinks that Piglet needs to use the bathroom.
  • Halloween Episode: One that featured Eeyore trying to find the perfect place for his home — in the middle of a dark woods — while Piglet tried to find a very scary costume for a Halloween party.
  • Height Angst:
    • In "Biglet", Piglet gets fed up with being short, and starts wearing stilts, giant gloves, and an amplifier in his mouth. He soon finds out there are advantages to being small when he is the only one small enough to recover Eeyore's tail from a hole.
    • In "The Littlest Dinosnore", Roo is despondent about being left out of group activities due to being too little, leading to Tigger trying to conjure up a story about a little "dinosnore" proving his worth.
  • How We Got Here: "Once Upon a Happy Ending" starts at the end of a story which has Tigger somehow hanging upside-down on a branch with a hunny pot stuck to his paw and foot while holding binoculars. So the Narrator flips back to the beginning of the story to explain.
  • 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 (in Real Life, the series' educational curriculum itself was Oxford-developed, as mentioned in the closing credits).
  • Insistent Terminology: In "Rabbit's Happy Birthday Party", Pooh and Piglet get lost while trying to get to Rabbit's house. Pooh, however, assures Piglet that they're not lost. They just have no idea where they are.
    Piglet: (sighs with relief) At least we're not lost. ... But, uh, what will we do?
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In a story called "Chez Piglet", Rabbit convinces Piglet to open a restaurant called Chez Piglet, pronounced "Chay Pig-lay." He sings a song about all of the dishes being served at the restaurant, ending with "peanut butter and jel-lay."
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?: In the opening of "You Can Lead Eeyore to Books," Owl announces to Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit and Piglet that he's turning his collection of books into a library. Everyone cheers and chatters excitedly, then Pooh asks him what a library is.
  • "I Want" Song:
    • "I Want to Know Everything Now" sung by Kessie in the episode "Kessie Wises Up" about how she wants to learn everything she can in order to help the other residents of the Hundred Acre Wood with various things.
    • "If I Could Be Big" by Piglet in "Biglet" as he wishes he were bigger.
  • 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.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Kessie, and later Roo. They also come with a dose of Big Brother Worship towards Owl and Tigger respectively.
  • Magic Feather: In "Bravehat," the titular Nice Hat is one of these. When Piglet ends up discovering and wearing a stylish black hat, he ends up scaring off some bees that are bothering Pooh while flailing about because hat is covering his eyes. Pooh declares to be a "bravehat" and afterwards, Piglet commit some brave acts while wearing it, including sleeping without his nightlight. In the end, he goes into the Scary Woods to rescue Eeyore, only for the hat to snag on a branch just as he's entering without him noticing. When he returns with Eeyore, he at first faints about discovering he left the hat behind, but then everyone realizes it was really Piglet who was brave.
  • The Mentor: Owl is frequently shown tutoring Kessie. Tigger is also (predictably) a bounce mentor for Roo.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In Mr. Narrator, the Narrator mixing up the roles of every character states that Tigger was eating honey, which he dislikes. Tigger states that he doesn't like honey when he debuted.
    • Enter Braying, Eeyore's play was an reenactment of his birthday from A Day for Eeyore.
    • Roo often refers to Rabbit as "Rabby", Kessie's nickname for him in New Adventures. Ironically, Kessie herself does not refer to Rabbit by this nickname.
    • Owl is shown mentoring Kessie on her flying in some episodes, much like he offered to do in New Adventures.
  • Never Learned to Read: It is frequently pointed out that Pooh cannot read (yet).
  • No Fourth Wall: Fairly regularly, again with the narrator. The characters regularly talk to the narrator (as is long tradition in the franchise in general), and the narrator even becomes the subject of one of the stories, "Mr. Narrator." Ironically it gets parodied in "The Case of the Disappeared Donkey" where Tigger confuses everyone by monologuing his detective work to the screen.
    Pooh: Erm, Tigger....Who are you talking to?
    Tigger: NOBODY! *Aside Glance* I told him I wasn't talking to nobody, or anybody. You get the idea.
    Pooh: *glances same direction as Tigger* I'm rather confused.
    • Paging Piglet ramps this up by having Pooh venturing through other stories just to find Piglet.
  • Not So Above It All: "Hare and Share Alike" marks one of very few times where Kanga pivots the usual Comically Missing the Point plot line, thinking all of Rabbit's crops had failed to grow after he had just harvested all of them from his garden. She also willingly takes part in many of the group's antics and music numbers more often than other interpretations.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Many of the conflicts happens because of this.
    • "Happy Harvest Hare" has Piglet learn from Owl that Rabbit is "working himself silly". When Piglet goes to Rabbit, he sees Rabbit acting crazy (when really, Rabbit is just winding down with samba music after tending to his garden)
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: In "The Bounce of a Lifetime" Tigger attempts repeatedly to bluff his way out of an impossibly high bounce he boasted he'd do for Roo, only for Roo's constant awe and excitment to guilt Tigger out of it and eventually lead him to tell the truth.
  • Once per Episode: A song is sung every episode.
  • The Oner: The theme song. Also the "Your Best Wishes" sequence in "Best Wishes, Winnie the Pooh".
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: "It's A Bird? Yes!" has Kessie take to the idea of being a superhero. However "the Plumed Protector" doesn't quite get all the criteria and spends the whole time bothering the others by posing and making hammy monologues when they actually need help.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Many episode's central problems are caused by this, wherever it's due to circumstance, misunderstandings or characters not communicating properly. It's often the Aesop of a few episodes:
    • "The Rumor Millstone" has a simple fib told by Rabbit to keep Tigger out of his garden grow out of control, causing the characters to believe that a giant monster is coming to the wood. In the end, the chaos caused by the lie ended up doing more damage to Rabbit’s garden than Tigger did, and Rabbit regrets starting the rumour in the first place.
    • Rabbit and Tigger's feud in "A Wood Divided" keeps escalating because the two are too angry to talk it out instead of needling each other. In the end, the song "If We Were Talking" helps them to get their real feelings into the open, and they reconcile.
    • "Are You Me?" has Pooh trying to figure out who sent him a note when all he has to go on is that it's signed "Me". In the end, it's revealed that Kessie wrote it, and she admits that it would have saved a lot of trouble if she'd actually signed her name.
    • "Under the Pig Top" has Piglet writing a story about running away to join the circus, that Rabbit mistakes for a letter that he really is running away. This gets escalated when Pooh sees Piglet seemingly packing up, when in reality he's just doing his spring cleaning.
  • Prima Donna Director: "Enter Braying" involves Rabbit becoming one to Eeyore's play, making several modifications to the script and cutting off rehearsals after the actors make one syllable.
  • Puppet Show: A more full on Muppet-esque variety than Welcome to Pooh Corner.
  • Race Against the Clock: In "Pooh's 24 Hour Bug", Pooh mistakingly thinks he'll lose all his stuffing within 24 hours of getting sick, so Rabbit, Piglet and Tigger have 24 hours to make his remedy before then.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: One episode revolved around what happened during a race between Rabbit and Tigger, thinking the other had a head start in the race.
  • "Reading Is Cool" Aesop: Appears in multiple episodes as a focus, and even more frequently in smaller pieces when skills such as learning to rhyme or read a map are demonstrated.
  • Reminder of Impossibility: In the episode "Double Time", Rabbit somehow manages to fly up in the air to talk to Kessie (a bird). Eventually...
    Kessie: But... Rabbit? You can't fly.
    Rabbit: Oh my, I believe you're—(falls) riiiiiggghhhtt...
  • The Runaway: Parodied. "Under The Pig Top" has the gang, through increased misunderstandings (Rabbit reading what he thinks is a letter was actually Piglet's story and Pooh thinks that Piglet's spring cleaning of his scarves was him packing up), believing Piglet is intending to run away to join the circus. They decide to fight fire with fire and make their own circus so he won't leave.
  • Seeking the Intangible: In "The Words are Out", Piglet has laryngitis and Pooh tries to look for Piglet's "words", which he believes are missing.
  • Selfless Wish: In "Best Wishes, Winnie the Pooh," after Pooh tells everyone that he can grant wishes, most of them wish for big things, like Tigger wanting to take a trip to the moon. Piglet's only wish is to spend time with his good friend, Pooh. Notably, Piglet is the only one who gets his wish exactly as he made it.
  • "Setting Off" Song:
    • "Find the X" in "X Spots the Mark", as Pooh and the gang set off to find the treasure.
    • "Adventuring Today" in "Over the Hill" as Pooh is ready for an adventure over the hill at the end of the wood.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Inverted. In one story, Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Rabbit accidentally knock one of Owl's books into a bucket of water and try to write various stories to cover up for their mistake. However, Owl reveals that the book was nothing more than an empty journal and he's delighted to have new stories to read by his friends.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: "Honey Glazed Hamlet" is what happens when the casts of the Hundred Acre Wood decide to reenact Shakespeare.
  • Sick Episode: "Pooh's 24 Hour Bug" is this for Pooh, who comes down with the 24-hour sneezle bug.
  • Snowball Lie: Rabbit's fib in "The Rumor Millstone" is this combined with Gossip Evolution. A small lie about spaghetti squash being bad for Tigger's bounce mutates into all-out panic that a monster is coming to flatten the woods. Rabbit feels incredibly remorseful at the episode's end when the truth comes out.
  • String-on-Finger Reminder: In the episode, "Brain Drain", Eeyore has a string tied to his hoof to help him remember something, but he can't remember what it was. Eeyore's friends believe that Eeyore has a Brain Drain, and do everything in their grasp to jog his memory. At the end of the episode, Eeyore looks at the string, and remembers that he tied it to his hoof to help him remind Rabbit to pick his strawberries.
  • Tell Him I'm Not Speaking to Him: Rabbit and Tigger's feud in "A Wood Divided" escalates to this point, with both of them sitting on opposite sides of a picnic and with poor Piglet as their mouthpiece.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Roo debuts at the start of the second season and regularly takes part in the main gang's antics from that point.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Tigger is a braggart as usual, as is Rabbit narcissistic and overbearing. Kessie is also much more cocksure than she was New Adventures.
  • That Cloud Looks Like...: "Bee-Friended" opens with Pooh doing this and seeing a whole bunch of clouds that look like honey jars.
  • That Didn't Happen: Tigger and Roo in "The Best Laid Planets", after finding out they never left planet Earth in their makeshift space rocket and spent the whole day "exploring" part of the wood.
    Tigger: Well... I won't tell anybody if you won't.
    Roo: Fine by me.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Eeyore is often savvy to when some of the group's antics are leading to trouble.
    • The whole group in "Pandora's Suggestion Box" when they see the wood's suggestion box filled to the brim with suggestions (mostly from Rabbit), after being bored to sleep reading them all last time.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Honey for Pooh as usual. Eeyore's fondness for thistles is brought up at times as well. So is Piglet's love for acorns ("haycorns" in the books). Tigger also seems to like peanut butter on any type of sandwich he eats, such as peanut butter and marshmallow or peanut butter and banana just to name two examples.
  • Treasure Hunt Episode: "X Spots the Mark" has Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and Tigger searching for a treasure left by Owl's great uncle Waldo. It turns out to be filled with birdseed.
  • Watch Where You're Going!: Mildly Played for Drama in that it's the cause of Rabbit and Tigger's feud in "A Wood Divided". Rabbit's prize tomato and Tigger's bouncing record are victims of it, and both of them keep calling back to it over the course of the episode as the feud escalates.
  • 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.
  • Who's on First?: In "Who Is Me?", Pooh receives a note that reads "Dear Pooh, I miss you. Please come to lunch. Signed, Me." Since Pooh can't read, he ends up having Owl read the note. Owl reads it out loud verbatim, causing Pooh to think at first that it's Owl that invited him to lunch. After Owl finally gets through to Pooh that he didn't write the note, he spends the remainder of the story chasing the note through the pages of the Book of Pooh, trying to find out who did write it and confusing them, particularly Rabbit. In the end, it turns out that Kessie wrote the note and she's forced to admit that, yeah, it would have saved Pooh a lot of trouble if she had actually signed her name.
  • Wrap-Up Song: Each episode ends with "Goodbye For Now". It tells goodbye to the viewer until they watch the show again.

So it's goodbye for now
To all of you
We'll meet again when we all come
Into the book of Pooh.


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