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:
- Adaptational Personality Change: Rabbit is slightly more cheerful and less of a comically serious fussbudget than in other installments, even sometimes performing as a magician, which other incarnations of the character would never waste time on.
- 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.
- Assuming the Audience's Age: In the special "Too Smart for Strangers", Pooh believes the viewers are children and tells them what to do if they run into a stranger. One of his pieces of advice is to tell an adult, such as a parent. Later, Tigger tells the audience, "Howdy-roo, kids!" and informs Roo that they have to tell the kids about how to stay safe when they're out and about.
- The Body Parts That Must Not Be Named: In "Too Smart for Strangers", Pooh calls genitals "bathing suit parts".
- Canon Foreigner: Rabbits brother, Robert Rabbit, is a character made exclusively for the show.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Deconstructed in "The Fastest Does Not Win The Race", where Piglet, desperate to win a sport for once, takes multiple short cuts to win a race. He gets away with it, but finds the victory incredibly empty.
- Clueless Aesop: The Disney Channel Special Presentation, Winnie the Pooh: Too Smart for Strangers. Seeing the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood dole out advice to the kiddies on how to avoid being kidnapped and molested is pretty questionable in itself, because Winnie the Pooh and his friends shouldn't be aware of stuff like that due to the innocence of their world and the fact that their leader is six years old. The fact its intended message has since been discredited because child safety experts have largely dismissed it as overly simplistic, dangerously naïve Paranoia Fuel with the potential to put children in more dangerwhy? , leading to it being downplayed in favor of the more nuanced Tricky People, doesn't help one bit.
- Ensemble Cast: As a trend later Pooh works would continue, the show frequently rotates A Day in the Limelight for each character, with the roll call in the intro making clear every character is as much a star as Pooh himself. There are in fact several episodes where Pooh does not even appear.
- 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*
- Out of Focus: As would be a trend throughout the 80s and 90s, Kanga and Roo appear the least out of the Pooh cast, though Roo at least still gets A Day in the Limelight every now and then.
- 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.
- Rabbit Magician: Rabbit, of course!
- Too Smart for Strangers: The educational special, Too Smart for Strangers, is the trope namer and teaches to watch out for strangers who want to molest you, with tips such as not answering sketchy phone calls when you are home alone. To the special's credit, they also acknowledge that sexual abuse can also come from someone you trust and that not all strangers are predators who are to be avoided at all costs.
- Truer to the Text: Unlike the cartoons, which usually show Tigger living in his own treehouse, in this series he lives with Kanga and Roo, as in The House at Pooh Corner.
- Unseen No More: The narrator, who is normally just The Voice, is actually shown for the first and only time in this show.