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"Now, Pooh had some very unusual adventures,
and they all happened right here in the
Hundred Acre Wood."

Tigger: Say, who are you?
Narrator: I'm the narrator.
Tigger: Oh, well, please, for goodness' sakes, narrate me down from here.

Entry #22 in the Disney Animated Canon, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is the best-known of the studio's various Winnie the Pooh adaptations.

First released in 1977, it's essentially a Compilation Movie containing three short featurettes about A. A. Milne's title character and his companions, each of which had previously been released individually:

  • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966): Pooh is in desperate need of some honey, and takes desperate measures to get it.
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968): A heavy storm kicks up in the Hundred Acre Wood, which may not be good news for some of the residents' homes. (This one's notable as the last animated short on which Walt Disney himself was personally involved; he died prior to its completion. It went on to earn the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.)
  • Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974): Rabbit grows increasingly irritated with Tigger's bouncing and decides to take action. Academy Award nominee.

A fourth short, Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, was released later in 1983 and became the stock bonus feature for this movie on home video releases (it and the other three shorts have also been released together in the Walt Disney Mini Classics video series as well as under the Winnie the Pooh's Storybook Classics banner). Some airings of the original film on the Disney Channel in the early '90s oddly used the Day for Eeyore short as the third act in place of Tigger Too, and as a result cut out most of the film's framing animation as well, including the ending.

Many of Disney's later Pooh adaptations (a couple of TV series, some DTV or Disneytoon sequel movies, and an actual canonical sequel) have gotten flak for not being faithful to the original book series. This movie, however, is very faithful apart from the inclusion of one Canon Foreigner.

For the newer 2011 feature (which is the last hand-drawn animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios before switching entirely to CGI), see Winnie the Pooh (2011).

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh provides examples of:

  • Accidental Hero: Pooh is deemed a hero after Piglet survives the flood by chance after landing in his honey pot. He still ends up earning his hero party however, since he takes in a homeless Piglet after the latter offers his house to Owl.
  • Actionized Adaptation: Of the mildest form in Honey Tree. The source material has Christopher Robin pop the balloon by shooting it with his toy gun (not before hitting Pooh by mistake). Here, Pooh angers the queen bee by causing her to fall into a mud puddle. She retaliates by stinging him, causing him to swing backwards and get his behind stuck in the hive. The bees force their way out and in turn, cause the balloon's string to unravel. Pooh spins out of control as the balloon deflates. After the balloon runs out of air, the queen rallies the hive to chase Pooh and Christopher Robin down. The pair escape by hiding in the mud puddle.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Downplayed. While the Disney version of Pooh largely maintains his Simple-Minded Wisdom, in Blustery Day, he is an Accidental Hero when Piglet gets rescued from the flood via one of his honey pots, compared to the rather deliberate and resourceful way he retrieves him in the books.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Owl, Kanga and Roo all appear in Honey Tree, the equivelent of the first two chapters of the original books. Especially prevailent for Kanga and Roo, who did not officially come to the wood until the seventh chapter.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: In Tigger Too, it’s revealed that while Pooh, Piglet and Rabbit got lost trying to lose Tigger, he'd been trying to find them for all that time. This differs considerably from the book it adapts, where Tigger instead goes to Kanga's house and plays with Roo. He only goes back to look for the trio when Christopher Robin points out their absence.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Eeyore is still The Eeyore of course, but not nearly as much of a rude sarcastic grouch as he is in the books.
    • Some of the other characters were also a bit more sarcastic and gruff to a lesser degree in the original books. For example "Blustery Day" omits a rather ratty argument between Kanga and Owl after Roo plays around in the remains of Owl's house too much for Kanga's liking.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: The scene where Eeyore finds Piglet's house and claims it as Owl's, was more validated in the original book, where Eeyore was noted as much more unsociable and rarely visiting any part of the wood but his own, while here it seems to be just Eeyore utilizing Insane Troll Logic (not that it is out of place with the behavior of everyone else in the film).
  • Adopted to the House: Pooh invites Piglet to stay with him after the latter gives his home to Owl.
  • And Starring: The cast rolls for the individually released Blustery Day and Tigger Too short films, as well as the Many Adventures film itself, end with "and Paul Winchell as Tigger".
  • Animation Bump:
    • An example of this that the locking bar on Pooh's door is drawn to work three different ways during the part of the Blustery Day segment where Tigger first enters Pooh's house.
    • Some of the designs are also refined slightly for Tigger Too. Kanga and Roo are more anthropomophic, and Rabbit is older looking and has more prominent buck teeth.
  • Artistic License – Physics: During the opening song, we see Christopher Robin swinging in front of his home. However, he is swinging in a nonsensical way - he is straightening his legs out while in the middle (bottom) of swinging back. Anyone who has ever been on a playground swing knows that you straighten your legs when you are at the height of the backswing, not the middle of it.
  • Be Careful What You Say: When Tigger is stuck in the tree, he inadvertently promises never to bounce again should he get out of it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Pooh, despite his rather clueless and docile demeanor, cares a lot about Piglet, so much he lets him stay with him after the latter donates his house to Owl. Tigger also acts this way to Roo to a lesser extent (though this came into play a lot more in later features); when Kanga sends them off to play together, she tells Tigger to make sure they return by Roo's naptime, and Tigger cheerfully promises to watch out for the joey.
  • Big Storm Episode: "Blustery Day," naturally.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The film ends with Christopher Robin having to go to school, starting the end of his childhood. As he puts it himself, he's not "going to do just nothing anymore". But he and Pooh promise to never forget each other, and to be friends forever.
  • Blatant Lies: In trying to keep up Pooh's deception, Christopher Robin walks around with an umbrella saying "Tut-tut, it looks like rain!"
    • Also Rabbit telling Pooh there's nobody home:
    Pooh: There must be somebody there, because somebody must have said "nobody".
  • Bookends: Both literally and figuratively. The film begins with a tour of the live-action room of Christopher Robin surrounded by his toys before we get into the story through a book placed next to a stuffed Pooh doll. At the end of the film, the book closes and we are once again in Christopher Robin's room, and the Pooh doll seen earlier at the beginning winks its eye at us.
  • Breakout Character: Tigger wasn't really a major character in the books, but his role grew significantly in the Disney adaptation.
  • Butt-Monkey: Rabbit keeps getting screwed over. Pooh eats all his honey, then gets stuck in his front door for days (if not weeks). Then it's implied that his home was not just flooded, but totally submerged, given how it's largely underground note . Then his garden is ruined when Tigger bounces him, and his attempt to get Tigger to stop bouncing ends in total failure and humiliation. And finally, Tigger (accidentally this time) knocks him through his door, ruining his home, and after finally getting Tigger to stop bouncing, he is guilt-tripped into letting him off the hook, with not even a conciliatory "Tigger, we're amending your promise to just never bouncing Rabbit again". Rabbit miserably lampshades it after Tigger knocks him through a door during a skating accident.
  • Buzzsaw Jaw: Gopher's jaw makes quick work of some summer squash in "Honey Tree".
  • Canon Foreigner: Gopher is a character that was created by Disney, and never appeared in any of A. A. Milne's Pooh books. Hence his phrase "I'm not in the book" (which doubles as a joke about him not being in the phone book). Gopher was originally intended by Disney as a replacement for Piglet, and indeed served this role in 1966's Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. However, Disney quickly double-backed on this decision, allowing for Piglet's subsequent animated appearances.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: In Tigger Too after Tigger bounces Rabbit:
    Tigger: Hello, Rabbit! I'm Tigger! T-I-double guh —
  • Celebrating the Heroes: Christopher Robin mistakenly believes that Pooh saved Piglet from the flood, and throws him a party. Later, the 'one-hero party' is turned into a 'two-hero party' when Piglet gives his house to Owl.
  • Celebratory Body Tossing: During Pooh and Piglet's hero party, they get tossed with a blanket by their friends. They just happen to do it over one of Gopher's holes, and he ends up getting hit on the head by our heroes and bumped down the hole.
    Gopher: What's all that ssssstompin' and sssssingin' and sssssilly ssssshenaniga—(gets pushed down by blanket) WUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHH!!! (THUD!)
  • Characterisation Marches On: Rabbit and Owl seem much more sincere Only Sane Man types in The Honey Tree, getting rather beleaguered by the others' bungling. It is only by the later two featurettes their Know-Nothing Know-It-All personalities are established.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After making a quick cameo during the party at the end of "Blustery Day", Gopher disappears for the rest of the short and compilation film and doesn't show up again at all in the franchise until The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander:
    • Owl may qualify given his ramblings about his family's history.
    • Eeyore's depressive state takes near oddball lengths at times.
    • Nearly every other member of the Hundred Acre Wood (even more cynical characters such as Rabbit) has a naivete and childlike complex, making the whole wood somewhat of a Cloud Cuckoo Land. Then again, what would you expect from a place consisting of a young boy's sentient stuffed animals?
  • Company Cross References: A live-action shot of different toys in Christopher Robin's room features two of the soldiers, as well as a boat with a cannon and two cannonballs, from Disney's film version of Babes in Toyland.
  • Compilation Movie: Of Honey Tree, Blustery Day, and Tigger Too, with linking material between stories and an additional ending.
  • Covers Always Lie: Posters for Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree prominently feature the likes of Piglet and Tigger along with the others, despite them not being present in the featurette (though Piglet briefly appears as part of the opening theme and plush toys of the two appear in the live-action opening). They would not make their proper Disney debut until the second featurette, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
  • Covered in Mud: Pooh rolls around in a mud puddle to disguise himself as a rain cloud to get honey from the beehive. It doesn't work, and he and Christopher Robin wind up hiding in a different mud puddle to escape the bees.
  • Cruel Elephant: The Heffalumps are monstrous elephants said to steal honey.
  • Cuckoo Clock Gag: Pooh has a "Pooh-ckoo clock" with him inside a honey jar sounding the time.
  • The Cynic: Rabbit is much more cynical and open about the others' idiocy (especially Pooh and Tigger's) compared to the other residents of the wood. Eeyore also seems more aware of the haplessness going on, even if he is more recessive and "matter-of-fact" about it.
  • Dance Party Ending: Or a Bounce Party Ending, to be precise, as Tigger Too ends with everyone bouncing with Tigger.
  • Dark Reprise: There are two examples in Honey Tree. When Pooh is chased by the bees as the balloon deflates, a comical, fast-paced version of "Little Black Rain Cloud" plays. When the entire colony chases Christopher Robin and Pooh, the same song plays again, but this time with a frantic, urgent tone.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Pooh, briefly.
      Pooh: (after Tigger jumped on him) I'm Pooh.
      Tigger: Oh, Pooh. Uh... What's a pooh?
      Pooh: You're sitting on one.
    • Eeyore, too, while he's looking for a house for Owl (bonus points in that he's snarking to himself).
      Eeyore: (looking at a small cupola of a house in the floodwaters) Cozy house. Nice location. (it sinks under the water). Bit damp for Owl, though.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Pooh, after Rabbit asks if he wants honey or condensed milk on his bread.
    Pooh: But never mind the bread, please. Just a small helping, if you please.
  • Determinator: Eeyore volunteers to find a house for Owl after his is destroyed in the titular Blustery Day. He continues to look even after the Wood becomes flooded.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "Heffalumps and Woozles" in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
  • Dub Name Change: Some European dubs change Gopher into a different animal since gophers aren't well known in Europe. The Hungarian dub calls him a ground squirrel, while the Italian dub stated he's a beaver.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: A strange variation considering all three shorts were compiled into a movie, but if one looks at them on their own, there are noticeable differences. The first short Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, stands out as especially different in some ways:
    • First of all, the short does not feature Piglet note  or Tigger. They would both be introduced in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
    • Pooh explicitly talks about consuming milk or chocolate as well as honey. Something that never occurs again until 2005's Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie, when he eats all the Halloween candy.
    • Rabbit doesn't have a vegetable garden in Honey Tree either, only a few vegetables growing in pots outside his back door. His familiar big garden first appears in Blustery Day.
    • Some of the sarcasm of the original books is more prevailent here than in later Disney works. Pooh himself is a bit more of a smartass, especially in the first short, while it's his tendency in later cartoons to only give cutting wit by accident. It also maintains the plot point of Piglet giving his house away to Owl, despite all later Disney works showing both of them keeping their old houses.
  • Everyone Join the Party: Quite literally. Blustery Day ends on an actual party, which serves as the only point in all four shorts where the entire cast are all together (if only briefly in Gopher's case).
  • Exploiting the Fourth Wall: When Tigger gets stuck on a tree, he asks the narrator to tilt the book so that he can come down.
  • Expository Theme Tune: Also something of an Ear Worm.
  • Ill-Fated Flowerbed: Tigger bounces Rabbit and destroys his vegetable garden.
  • Failures on Ice: Tigger sees Rabbit ice skating and decides to try it himself. He starts off pretty well, but soon gets into an uncontrollable spin which leads to him crashing into Rabbit and then ending up in a snowbank. After this he decides Tiggers don't like ice skating.
  • Glass Smack and Slide: In Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, Piglet and Pooh, blown by a strong wind, smack against Owl's window.
    Owl: I say! Something has pasted Piglet on my window. (smack) Well, well! Pooh too! This is a surprise.
  • Got Me Doing It: When asking Gopher for a taste of his honey, Pooh inadvertently copies his speech impediment.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: A slightly different variation of this trope plays out during the scene with Tigger sadly walking away in the snow. Because this takes place in the wintertime, it begins lightly snowing instead of raining.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!:
    • In Honey Tree, Pooh becomes stuck in Rabbit's front door.
    • In Tigger Too, Tigger finds himself unable to get down from a tree he climbed due to how high it is.
  • Here We Go Again!: At the end of Honey Tree, after getting unstuck from Rabbit's front door, Pooh ends up getting stuck in tree. He doesn't complain, however; he landed in a bee hive full of honey.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Rabbit's "splendid idea" to get Tigger lost in the woods hilariously backfires on him, so Tigger finds him and helps him get home.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Pooh: (In regards' to Gopher's honey) Could you sssspare a ssssmall ssssmackeral?
    Gopher: Ssssay, you oughta do ssssomething about that sssspeech impediment, ssssonny.
  • "I Am" Song: "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers".
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: Inverted in Blustery Day. Tigger helps himself to Pooh's honey, saying it's what Tiggers like best. When he actually tries some...
    Tigger: YUCK! Tiggers don't like honey!
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: At the end of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, when Piglet learns the next story will involve bouncing, he hastily excuses himself with "I just remembered something I meant to do yesterday and shan't be able to do tomorrow, so I suppose I'd better go and do it right now!" (This quote is taken verbatim from the third chapter of the original Milne book.)
  • Inevitable Waterfall: Pooh and Piglet go over one of these in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Pooh, and to a fair extent the entire Hundred Acre Wood. It's as nice and cheerful a place as can be, but all sorts of accidents and unpleasantries are caused by their oblivious bumbling.
    Rabbit: Oh dear! Just look at my beautiful garden!
    Tigger: Yeuch! Messy isn't it?
    Rabbit: Messy? Messy!? IT'S RUINED! It's ruined, Tigger!
  • Insane Troll Logic: Eyeore's explanation for how Piglet's house is Owl's house as seen above. But Pooh invokes this trope when he points out how they keep finding a sand pit when lost in the mist, which leads to him deducing that they should look for the pit instead to find their way home by accident. This leads to Rabbit deciding to prove this idea false, subverting the trope at first, only to double subvert it when it turns out that Pooh's plan is partially true; actively searching for the pit results in Rabbit not finding it, nor home.
    Pooh: Say Rabbit, how would it be if as soon as we are out of sight of this old pit we just try to find it again?
    Rabbit: What's the good of that?
    Pooh: Well, you see, we keep looking for home but we keep finding this pit. So I just thought that if we look for this pit we might find home.
    Rabbit: I don't see much sense in that. If I walked away from this pit and walked back to her, of course I should find it! I'll prove it to you! Wait here!
  • Interactive Narrator: In Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too, he even serves as a Deus ex Machina.
  • Jerkass Ball:
    • Rabbit grabs it in And Tigger Too. Tigger is annoying him by bouncing everyone and ruining his garden, so what does he do? He plots to use his friends in a plan to get him lost in the middle of the woods (with the end result being that when they finally bring him home he'll be so traumatized, that the bounce will be knocked out of him). And when the gang realizes that forbidding Tigger to bounce would make him horribly depressed, all his friends are all for letting him bounce again... except Rabbit. He needs to be pretty much forced into not being a total jerk.
    • Pooh and Piglet go along with Rabbit's plan without raising any objections and help him carry it out, even saying it's "lots of fun." They suffer a Jerkass Realization when they finally break Tigger, however.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As harsh Rabbit was to Tigger in And Tigger Too, it must be pointed out that Rabbit's objections to Tigger constantly bouncing him are entirely valid. When Tigger bounces the others, they are momentarily inconvenienced. When Rabbit is bounced, his garden - along with the last several hours of hard work he's put into it - is totally ruined. How often has this happened to him?
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Gopher first appears he says, "I'm not in the book, but I'm at your service!" "Not in the book" can mean "I'm not listed in the phone book", but he's also alluding to his status as a Canon Foreigner—he was invented for the movies, so he isn't in the book.
  • Leitmotif: Composer Buddy Baker took a cue from Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf by having different instruments represent different characters: Baritone horn for Pooh, a sad bass clarinet for Eeyore, flute for Kanga, piccolo for Roo, ocarina and French horn for Owl, oboe for Piglet, a fussy clarinet playing various ascending and descending scales for Rabbit, and a staccato bass harmonica for Gopher's walks.
  • Living Toys: With the exceptions of Rabbit, Owl and Gopher, everyone in the Hundred Acre Wood is a sentient stuffed animal. In fact, during Pooh's exercise routine at the beginning of the "Honey Tree" segment, his back rips open and reveals his stuffing, effectively reminding us that he is not a furry flesh-and-blood bear. The live-action Pooh teddy bear at the end of the film could also count, since it winks its eye at the audience.
  • Loud Sleeper Gag: When Pooh is stuck in Rabbit's burrow entrance, he keeps Rabbit awake with his snoring.
  • Malaproper: "Heffalumps" and "Woozles" are just Tigger's mispronunciations of "elephants" and "weasels", as Pooh points out.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Pooh treats his reflection in the mirror as if it were another person. Mostly, this is just him being a "bear of very little brain", but right after he starts guarding his honey from Heffalumps and Woozles, there is a moment where after talking to his reflection, he turns around - and the reflection doesn't mirror his movement. Pooh turns counter-clockwise, and the reflection does too (it should turn clockwise)note .
  • Meaningful Name: Eeyore; think about that for a minute.
  • Medium Awareness: The characters are fully aware that they live inside a book, and often react to what the narrator is saying. The ultimate example is when Pooh is popped out of Rabbit's door, and is in danger of shooting out of the book. Gopher calls out to the narrator to turn the page in order to give him more room.
  • Mickey Mousing: Gopher's walks are always accompanied by a staccato bass harmonica and electric bass.
  • Mind Screw: As said before, "Heffalumps and Woozles". In other words, THIS. Justified given that it was a Nightmare Sequence of Pooh's.
  • Misspelling Out Loud: Tigger when introducing himself.
    Tigger: Name's Tigger. Tee-aye-double-guh-ur. That spells Tigger.
  • Mood Whiplash: Takes effect due to the compilation movie's framing animation. And Tigger Too ends in a fun way, featuring Tigger showing Rabbit that it's fun to bounce. Then the Many Adventures ending takes place with Christopher Robin making Pooh promise not to forget him. It's quite jarring how all of a sudden the plot gets all Toy Story 3 on us.
  • Motor Mouth:
    • Owl. Good luck getting him to shut up once he opens his beak. Exemplified (and lampshaded by the narrator) in Blustery Day.
      Narrator: Owl talked from page 41 to page 62!
    • Whenever Rabbit gets worked up or excited, his speech speeds up. With regards to this trope, he's closer to realism than most other examples, since he also stumbles over words and stutters more often when this happens.
    • And of course, Tigger has this as his default speech, at least when compared to the other, more subdued characters. He even gets a Patter Song shortly after his introduction to drive this part home.
  • Never My Fault: When Pooh eats so much he becomes too fat to fit through Rabbit's doorway:
    Rabbit: It all comes from eating too much.
    Pooh: It all comes from not having front doors big enough!
  • Nice Guy: Everyone (even the more "flawed" ones), but Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, and Piglet stand out the most.
  • No Antagonist: Apart from the Heffalumps and Woozles (that only exists in Pooh's imagination), there are no villainous characters in the story; most conflict in the story comes from the protagonists' character flaws (Pooh's appetite, Tigger's recklessness) or from natural disasters (the wind- and rainstorm). Rabbit takes on a sort-of-antagonistic role in And Tigger, Too (wanting to scare Tigger into becoming more tame and less bouncy), but they quickly reconcile after it.
  • No Fourth Wall:
    • In And Tigger, Too, the narrator helps Tigger get down from the tree, and in A Day for Eeyore, he steps in to settle an argument between Eeyore and Tigger.
    Rabbit: W-Who said that?
    Tigger: It's the narr-ay-tor!
    • The ending to And the Honey Tree:
      Gopher: Sufferin' sassafras, he's sailing clean out of the book! QUICK, TURN THE PAGE!
  • Only One Finds It Fun: Roo, Kanga and Christopher Robin are the only ones in the wood who like Tigger's bouncing. When Tigger enters a Heroic BSoD when he is told he promised not to bounce anymore, Roo and Christopher Robin tell each other they liked the bouncy Tigger better.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Pooh tries to fool the bees into thinking he's a "little black rain cloud" by simply rolling around in mud.
  • Patter Song: "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers." The version in the film is 16 seconds long, and yet he manages to squeeze in more than 70 syllables in that amount of time.
  • Plunger Detonator: Gopher's preferred means of setting off dynamite.
  • "Pop!" Goes the Human: During the Heffalumps and Woozles musical number, a heffalump eats Pooh's honey with it's trunk. As it eats, it expanding like a balloon until it pops after eating too much honey.
  • Porky Pig Pronunciation: Piglet.
  • Punctuated Pounding: "DON'T! FEED! THE! BEAR!"
  • Punny Name: Kanga and her son Roo; guess what species they are.
  • Recut: The featurette versions endured this to a minor degree when they were broadcast on television in the late '70s. And Tigger, Too got the worst of it, missing one half of the first couplet of the opening theme and adding a fake fade to black when Tigger sets off to rescue Rabbit. The 1986 home video release, believe it or not, was worse about it, adding a voiceover reading the title and speeding up the opening credits significantly. (The 1986 Spanish-dubbed home video release was thankfully not subject to such butchery, though it does have a Spanish-translated version of the aforementioned opening voiceover.)
  • Recycled Animation:
    • Much of Tigger's animation and poses in And Tigger, Too (especially whenever he pounces anybody) were reused from his original appearance in Blustery Day, where he was excellently animated by Milt Kahl. The scene where Tigger sings "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" in The Blustery Day in particular is reused in And Tigger, Too with Rabbit taking Pooh's place. Nicely averted when he gets stuck at the top of the tree, where we see some brilliant animated acting specific to context.
    • The marching shot with Owl, Christopher Robin, Kanga, and Eeyore from The Honey Tree was used again for Blustery Day and re-edited to include Tigger, Pooh, and Piglet.
    • In "Honey Tree", the same animation of the bee entering the hole in the honey tree is used three times.
    • All of the pages in the book whenever it turns have the same text written on them.
    • The animation in the title song of Pooh dancing on the letters and chasing a butterfly is reused in "Blustery Day", only the butterfly is replaced by a leaf and he walks to his Thotful Spot instead of his house.
    • The animation of Christopher Robin climbing over the fence is reused once in each short. In "Tigger Too", the animation is flipped and reanimated to have him wear his winter clothes.
    • When Gopher talks about the possibility of using dynamite, some recolored animation of the Beaver from Lady and the Tramp is used.
    • The "Enchanted Place" ending reuses some animation of Mowgli walking around the jungle in The Jungle Book (1967), but replaces Mowgli with Christopher Robin.
  • Running Gag:
    • Gopher falling into his own inexplicably deep holes.
    • Eeyore's house constantly falling down could be considered this.
  • Sad Clown: Tigger is a hyperactive Cloud Cuckoo Lander and forever jolly and inflappable. When the others finally succeed in unbouncing him however, the result is such a depressed broken shell, they are left heartbroken and completely go back on it.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • In Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Rabbit goes ballistic with joy when the stuck Pooh finally budges.
    Rabbit: He budged! Hooray! Ristopher Crobin! Croostopher Rubbin! He bidged! He badged! He boodged! (grabs his ears and grins wildly with crossed eyes and his tongue sticking out) Today's the day!
    • Rabbit briefly has this again when he gets lost in the woods in Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, becoming increasingly panicked with each noise he hears, twisting his ear in his hands, and his eyes momentarily turning to spirals.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Piglet and Tigger were introduced to the franchise in the second featurette, The Blustery Day.
  • She's a Man in Japan: For some reason, the original German dubbing of the shorts made Rabbit a female.
  • Shout-Out:
    • After his tree falls and destroys his house, and Eeyore goes off to find another house, Owl begins to talk about his Uncle Clyde, mentioning that he was the owl in the Edward Lear poem The Owl And The Pussycat:
    Owl: Good! That will just give me time to tell you about my Uncle Clyde - a very independent barn owl, didn't give a hoot for tradition. He became enamored of a pussycat and went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat.
    • The title of the third short, Winnie The Pooh and Tigger Too is reference to William Henry Harrison's campaign slogan Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
    • In Honey Tree, it's briefly mentioned that Pooh is (literally) living in the Hundred Acre Wood under the name of "Sanders". Although unconfirmed, "Sanders" is generally believed to refer to Frank Sanders, a man who printed some of A.A. Milne's books and was a friend of E.H. Shepard (who illustrated the Pooh books).
  • Skintone Sclerae: With the exception of Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Gopher, and Christopher Robin (who averts it in the 2011 movie), they can easily be justified as button eyes.
  • Snake Charmer: One appears during the Heffalumps and Woozles sequence.
  • Spanner in the Works: Rabbit's attempt at interior decorating around Pooh is derailed when Kanga and Roo bring him some honeysuckle flowers to cheer him up.
  • Speech Impediment:
    • Gopher whistles through his teeth when he speaks.
    • Piglet has quite a stutter too.
  • Spelling for Emphasis:
    • "Christopher Robin? I think the bees S-U-S-P-E-C-T something."
    • "Stop that kid, please! S-T-O-P, STOP! You're rockin' the forest!"
  • Standard Snippet: Just before colliding with Tigger on a frozen pond, Rabbit hums a snippet of the Skaters Waltz.
  • Steamrolled Smart Guy: Rabbit tries his hardest to keep Pooh and Tigger from destroying his home and eating all his food, to no avail.
  • Stock Beehive: Believe it or not, it started as an aversion of this trope, as the only beehive seen there (cfr. "Winnie the Pooh and The Honey Tree") is inside a tree, which is in keeping with how real honeybees build their hives. Other incarnations of the franchise, such as The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Winnie the Pooh (2011), play it straight. While in the animated series beehives are as brown and egg-shaped as a large wasp nest, movies tend to shorten its length, put the entrance below and lighten its outer shell. Because of the sheer popularity of the franchise, it can be clearly considered the Trope Codifier.
  • Stock Scream: Gopher screams the exact same way each time he falls down one of his holes.
  • Stock Sound Effect: In a future case, some of the buzzing of the bees in "Honey Tree", notably, the Queen Bee's version of the "Charge" fanfare, is reused for Evinrude the dragonfly in The Rescuers.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Gopher often does heavy tunneling work with dynamite.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Little Black Rain Cloud from "Honey Tree" is a musical example. It’s all about Pooh singing about how he's a rain cloud and that the bees should just ignore him. In the original extended version from 1964, Pooh blatantly says he’s not a bear and has no interest in their honey.
  • Talking Animals: Only Owl, Rabbit, and Gopher are actual animals, however. The other characters are Living Toys, at least to some extent.
  • Thinking Tic:
    • Whenever facing a problem, Pooh, being not so bright, tends to lightly tap his head and repeat "Think, think, think" while rocking back and forth.
    • While he's thinking, Tigger makes a bizarre facial expression with his mouth, like he's chewing an idea and he's deciding if it tastes good or not.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In Blustery Day, Pooh and Piglet get carried by the wind right through Rabbit's garden. Rabbit anticipates catastrophe as usual, but instead gets a complete harvest of carrots.
    Pooh: Happy Windsday, Rabbit!
    Rabbit: Pooh Bear! Stop! Oh, go back! (Pooh slides through the carrot garden in a straight line, upending every carrot) Oh no! (Rabbit grabs a wheelbarrow and quickly runs under the carrots) Oh no! Oh no! (sees the carrots all forming a pile on top) Oh yes! (stops and chuckles) Well! Next time I hope he blows right through my rutabaga patch!
  • Triumphant Reprise: At the end of And Tigger Too, when Tigger is allowed to bounce again, and he encourages his friends to join in, he again sings "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers". The original audiobook punctuates this by using a jazzy extended version.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!: A downplayed version, but everyone insisting that they want Tigger to bounce again at the end of And Tigger Too plays out like this.
  • Wicked Weasel: The Woozles are monstrous weasels said to steal honey.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Rabbit's freak-out scene in the forest is the current Trope Image.
  • Wink "Ding!": Heard when the stuffed Pooh doll winks at the end of the movie and shorts.

The bonus short A Day For Eeyore (1983) provides examples of:

  • Argument of Contradictions: Tigger and Eeyore launch into one of these, the former disbelieving he bounced the latter into the river in favor of coughing.
    Tigger: All I did was cough!
    Eeyore: You bounced.
    Tigger: Coughed!
    Eeyore: Bounced.
    Tigger: Coughed!!
  • Art Shift: The visual style is quite different from the other shorts: this is because it was animated by a different animation company, Rick Reinert Productions.
  • Book Ends: The short starts and ends with a game of Poohsticks.
  • Cue the Rain: Eeyore's gloomy spot is perpetually raining. When he walks away, he even gets a Personal Raincloud.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Eeyore, obviously.
  • Demoted to Extra: Tigger doesn't have much of a role in this short, only making sporadic appearances at beginning and end.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Piglet has a red balloon, exactly the kind of balloon that would later turn up in the 2011 movie.
  • Easily Forgiven: Roo was quick to forgive Tigger for bouncing Eeyore into the river, and soon the others but Rabbit follow on. It takes Rabbit full convincing.
    Rabbit: You have a lot of nerve showing up here after what you did to Eeyore.
    *pan to Eeyore, who looks utterly blasé*
  • Forgotten Birthday: Eeyore's, explaining why he's extra depressed.
  • Here We Go Again!: Near the end, Eeyore tells Tigger the secret to winning Pooh Sticks and he bounces excitedly...then plows right into him.
    Eeyore: Bounced again.
  • Hope Spot: Played for Laughs. Piglet bumps into a tree with the red balloon and bounces along with it a few times, but it comes to a stop completely unharmed. Piglet sighs with relief, then…BANG!!
  • Later Instalment Weirdness: Has a rather different aesthetic from the original three shorts, due to outsourcing the animation and music duties. There are no music numbers, and several characters have new voice actors, due to their originals passing away or becoming too old to replicate their performance in the interim.
  • Mythology Gag: Perhaps due to the aforementioned lack of songs proper, this is one of few Disney works to reference Pooh's fondness for thinking up poems.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: While trying to save Eeyore, Pooh and Rabbit end up tossing a boulder onto his stomach.
  • Pet the Dog: What Pooh and friends (save Tigger) are trying to do for Eeyore.
  • P.O.V. Cam: One from Owl's viewpoint as he is flying over the wood and surveying Piglet with his balloon for Eeyore.
  • Rearrange the Song: This short uses the same opening footage as the previous shorts and Many Adventures, but with a very different version of the opening theme song. This can be attributed to Steve Zuckerman replacing Buddy Baker as the score composer, as his style of music throughout the short is quite different from Baker's.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After the narrator reveals Tigger did bounce Eeyore into the river, his response is to make a hasty and annoyed retreat.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: The previous short And Tigger Too featured Rabbit as the antagonist, with Tigger's bouncing, while considered a nuisance, being generally harmless. Tigger is now the antagonist in A Day for Eeyore, with his bouncing causing a problem for Eeyore.
  • Sore Loser: Tigger, who spends this short being sort of the antagonist.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: When Roo insists Tigger join the party after forgiving him for what he did to Eeyore, Christopher Robin decides to invite him to play Poohsticks with them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The plot starts off with Tigger and Eeyore arguing after Tigger bounced him into the river. Later on however Eeyore has little objection to him staying at his party and even gives him tips how to play Pooh Sticks...only for Tigger to get overexcited and bounce Eeyore again.
  • When He Smiles: When Eeyore is given his two gifts and finds some practicality in them, he gives, for perhaps the first time in a Disney featurette, a warm sincere smile. He beams a few more throughout the rest of the short.

Narrator: And so we've come to the end of the article, where Christopher Robin and Pooh have come to the Enchanted Place, and we say goodbye.
Pooh: Goodbye? Oh no, please, can't we go back to page one and do it all over again?
Narrator: Sorry, Pooh, but all stories have an ending, you know.
Pooh: Oh, bother.

Alternative Title(s): Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree, Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day, Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too, Winnie The Pooh And A Day For Eeyore


Wonderful Thing About Tiggers

Tigger introduces himself and his species to Pooh through this quick yet wonderful song.

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