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Series / The Book of Pooh

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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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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, 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. 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".
  • Episode Title Card: Presented as "chapters" of the book, shown at the top of the pages showing the first scene of the episode.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 to Kessie.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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 Rabbit" 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 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • 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 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Honey for Pooh as usual. Eeyore's fondness for thistles is brought up at times as well. 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.
  • 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.

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