Welcome to Pooh Corner is a show based off of Winnie-the-Pooh and the first of many TV shows from the franchise.
In contrast to later Pooh shows, which were mostly animated, Welcome to Pooh Corner is a live action show that uses puppets and state of the art (at the time) animatronic costumes portrayed by human actors, filmed to a blue screen background as opposed to a traditional set, as the show centers around the antics of Pooh and friends in the Hundred Acre Woods, with music being written by the The Sherman Brothers.
Outside of normal episodes, several holiday specials and Direct to Video educational specials would be produced based on the show as well.
The show is one of the first programs to be made for the Disney Channel and would air on the network from 1983 to 1986, with reruns of the show airing til 1997. While it has since fallen into obscurity and has never been acknowledged again after it stopped, it continues to have a cult following to this day and is well regarded by those who grew up watching it.
The show contains the following examples:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Tiggers nose is black like it is in the Disney Theme Parks as opposed to his usual pink.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Pooh is noticeably a lot more intelligent in the show compared to his usual depiction of being a bear of little brain
- Adapted Out:
- Christopher Robin is nowhere to be seen in the show, only getting mentioned in Poohs Great School Bus Adventure.
- Gopher doesnt appear at all in the show.
- Age Lift: Roo is portrayed as a toddler early on as opposed to a young child. He would later grow up to be closer to his typical age in later episodes.
- Canon Foreigner: Rabbits brother, Robert Rabbit, is a character made exclusively for the show.
- Hidden Depths:
- Eeyore of all characters is revealed to have a talent for dancing.
- Tigger is shown to have a talent for art in the show, which he doesnt display in the rest of the franchise.
- Rabbit is portrayed as being a talented magician outside of his usual role as a gardener.
- Innocently Insensitive: While he's a bit smarter this time round, there's still a few times Pooh characteristically puts his foot in his mouth, such as this instance where Piglet is trying hard to be a Graceful Loser:Piglet: Congratulations to you Pooh on coming third place.Pooh: *with complete sincerity* And congratulations to you Piglet on coming last place.*Piglet storms off frustrated, leaving Pooh confused*
- The Owl-Knowing One: Owl of course, he even wears glasses in the show.
- Live-Action Adaptation: The series is done in live action with costumed characters as opposed to animation like most other Pooh works, being the only Pooh show besides The Book of Pooh to be live action.
- Too Smart for Strangers: The educational special, Too Smart for Strangers, is the trope namer and teaches Stranger Danger.
- Unseen No More: The narrator, who is normally just The Voice, is actually shown for the first and only time in this show.