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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 incorporating three short featurettes about A.A. Milne's title character, 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 won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.)
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  • 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, which 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 a Canon Foreigner. Its Xerox-style animation, backgrounds and simplistic Slice of Life setup have rightfully earned much praise, making it easily one of Disney's more iconic movies.


For the newer 2011 feature (which, as of this writing, is the last hand-drawn animated film Disney might be doing for a while), see Winnie the Pooh (2011).

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh provides examples of:

  • 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 insociable and rarely visiting any part of the wood but his own, while here it seems to be just Eeyore utilising Insane Troll Logic (not that it is out of place with the behaviour 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.
  • 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.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Pooh, despite his rather clueless and docile demeanor, cares a lot about Piglet. 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".
  • 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 Fridge Logic says 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 odd subversion, despite only appearing in the cartoons. Christopher Robin Milne's autobiography, The Enchanted Places, reveals that A. A. Milne had planned to include an American Gopher in his Pooh books, but his publisher nixed it. Enchanted Places reprints a short poem from the lost Milne version of Gopher. Hence his phrase "I'm not in the book" (which doubles as a joke about him not being in the phone book).
    Gopher: ...and I'm a dingdang glad of it!
  • 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 more clueless personalities are established.
  • 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?
  • Compilation Movie: Of Honey Tree, Blustery Day, and Tigger Too, with linking material between stories and an additional ending.
  • Cruel Elephant: The Heffalumps are monstrous elephants said to steal honey.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grumpy Bear: 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.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: In Honey Tree, Pooh becomes stuck in Rabbit's front door.
  • 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 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!"
  • 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 Tigger, look what you've done to my beautiful garden!
    Tigger: Yeuch! Messy isn't it?
    Rabbit: Messy? Messy!? IT'S RUINED!
  • 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.
  • 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, the Nightmare Fuel song "Heffalumps and Woozles". In other words, THIS.
  • 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 more Reality Ensues 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!
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Standard Snippet: Just before colliding with Tigger on a frozen pond, Rabbit hums a snippet of the Skaters Waltz.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sore Loser: Tigger, who spends this short being sort of the antagonist.
  • Steamrolled Smart Guy: Rabbit tries his hardest to keep Pooh from destroying his home and eating all his food, to no avail.
  • 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.


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Pooh Gets Stuck

After eating so much honey, Pooh gets himself stuck in Rabbit's front door.

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