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In a word, "Why, it's spectacular!"
Pooh Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh Bear!
Wherever you go, oh won't you take me please?
Pooh Bear, I gotta be there!
It's me and it's you, a silly old Winnie-the-Pooh!
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The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a Disney animated TV series in the style of the original Winnie-the-Pooh shorts that were compiled into the film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It is the second Winnie the Pooh television series after the puppet-based Welcome to Pooh Corner, and began airing on January 17, 1988.

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh depicts mostly original new stories based on Pooh and his friends, learning lessons of friendship, growing up, and having fun at playtime. Piglet often finds himself facing his fears and anxieties, Tigger's loquaciousness often grates on Rabbit, whose garden is often at the mercy of whatever shenanigans are running amok in the wood, Eeyore is there to be The Eeyore as always, and Gopher's madcap quests to dig the best tunnels in the wood often wreak their own form of havoc. Add in Kanga, Roo, and Owl, and you've got a wood full of the same lovable characters still doing what they love.

What sets apart The New Adventures from the franchise's prior entries is, surprisingly for the source material, this was a Darker and Edgier installment by Pooh standards, with real villains and peril for Pooh and friends in some episodes and diving into heavy, mature themes. It's also noted for having the occasional Story Arc such as the story of Kessie, a bluebird who Rabbit finds and adopts, and for expanding the scope beyond the Hundred-Acre-Wood, sometimes to Christopher Robin's world outside the wood, and even fantastical locales that are completely new. And at the heart of it all remains the bond between the silly old bear and Christopher Robin, who is often along for the ride and ready to spend time with his best friend at the end of the day.

After debuting on The Disney Channel, The New Adventures would move to ABC's Saturday morning lineup in September 1988note . Despite ending its run after four seasons on October 26, 1991, the show was kept alive for more than a decade and a half afterward through reruns which aired until September 4, 1993 and again from December 9, 1995 until September 7, 2002 (except for a brief period from September-December 1996), including a spot on Disney's One Saturday Morning and also on Disney's Playhouse Disney block; a number of VHS and DVD releases; as well as package films consisting of footage from the show, along with standalone episodes making ideal extras for many video and DVD releases of later Pooh featurettes.

With its often feature film-quality animation, stronger writing and character development, top-notch voice acting, and aforementioned extended lifespan, The New Adventures is often considered the definitive installment of Winnie the Pooh by an entire generation of fans. This was also the debut of Jim Cummings in the roles of both Pooh and Tigger, simultaneously marking the gradual bowing out of Paul Winchell as Tigger as he began preparing for retirement. The show also won back-to-back Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program twice in 1989 and 1990. The next Pooh series would be 2001's The Book of Pooh.

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The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh provides examples of:

  • Accidental Ventriloquism: In "Groundpiglet Day", Piglet's friends see a pile of snow with his hat on it, think he's frozen up, and take "him" into Rabbit's house. When the snow melts and they put the water in a bowl, Piglet enters and tries talking to Rabbit, resulting in him thinking he's being addressed by him from the bowl.
    Rabbit: Can you ever forgive me?!
    Piglet: Of course, Rabbit.
    Rabbit: (turns around) Did you hear that, Piglet? Piglet forgives me! (beat) PIGLET?!
  • Actionized Sequel: To an extent, some of the stories are more intense than previous Pooh features. Most notably this is the only interpretation of the franchise to occasionally use real villains (even if most of them are pretty low scale and nearly as hapless as Pooh).
  • Actor Allusion: In "Sham Pooh," a mix up leads to all the characters acting like each other. Owl winds up thinking he's Pooh and acting like the real deal, which isn't too much of a stretch for his voice actor as Hal Smith was Pooh's voice actor as well in the early 1980's. Smith does do a pretty good job of differentiating his voice for Owl-as-Pooh compared to the regular one he used for Pooh.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Tigger is at his most jerkish and least considerate in this series, though it's very clearly not intentional — he's just too much of a Cloudcuckoolander with a tendency to get carried away with himself to realize just how much trouble he gets the others into.
  • Adaptational Name Change: The real Christopher Robin's last name was "Milne" – "Robin" was his middle name. But here, "Christopher Robin" is his full name, with "Robin" as his surname, as his family's mailbox reads "The Robins." (The later movie Christopher Robin would make this same change too.)
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Rabbit's fur is a pale green color as opposed to yellow in all other Disney adaptations.
  • All Just a Dream: Most of "Sorry, Wrong Slusher" turns out to be a nightmare of Christopher Robin's.
  • Amateur Film-Making Plot: "Pooh Oughta Be In Pictures" has Christopher Robin make a monster movie with the gang, with Piglet as the hero. Most of the episode, however, is about the antics Tigger gets into while stuck inside his monster costume (a giant carrot) and Piglet trying to overcome his fears.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: In "Paw and Order", Sheriff Piglet is warned about "horse thieves" and expects to see thieves stealing horses. He is surprised to find out that the horses are the thieves.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Christopher Robin's mother makes occasional appearances, but his father is never seen or mentioned. (Of course his real-life namesake did have a father, who wrote the original ''Pooh'' books.)
  • And Starring: When Paul Winchell was still a part of the series, he received the credit "and Paul Winchell as Tigger."
  • Animation Bump: The Walt Disney Australia- and Tokyo Movie Shinsha-animated episodes. Also the Christmas Too special, which was animated at Walt Disney France.
  • Artistic License – Chess: An episode had the characters trying to play chess. Rabbit, the only one who knows anything about the game at all, points out that "some" of the pieces are missing — from the way he describes it, it sounds like he only expects there to be one of each kind, to begin with. And also a magician. This is ultimately all in service of them "playing the missing pieces" — yep, this turns out to be an RPG Episode, complete with Tigger as "the Bish-Hop of Bounce" and rabbit as the Inept Mage.
  • Artistic License – Physics: The episode "Cloud, Cloud Go Away" features not only a tangible cloud that apparently feels "softer than fluff", but also a climbable (or bounceable, in Tigger's case) rainbow that the cloud produces. The cloud is also apparently sentient, and it deliberately follows Tigger around and rains on him after Tigger treats it rudely.
  • Ascended Extra: While Gopher was intended to be Piglet's replacement in the Many Adventures segments, the idea was nixed by the second short, and he ended up in a minor comic relief role. Here, he's a main character and receives more focus and screen time than Kanga, Roo, and Owl.
  • Aside Comment: Tigger frequently does this with an accompanying glance to the viewer.
  • Babysitting Episode:
    • The episode "Babysitter Blues" had Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger being babysat by an unnamed babysitter who also appeared as The Faceless like Christopher Robin's mother. Later on in the episode, Christopher Robin has to babysit Roo while Kanga goes out into the Hundred Acre Wood.
    • "Find Her, Keep Her" starts off looking like this, but it turns out to be a Parenting Episode.
    • "The Bug Stops Here" is a more proper babysitting episode where Pooh looks out for Roo and Owl's cousin Dexter while Kanga and Owl go out for an afternoon.
  • Bad Mood Retreat: Subverted in "Donkey for a Day" where they think Eeyore is sad when he goes to the hill but it turns out he's happy.
  • Baffled by Own Biology: In "Sham Pooh", when Pooh isn't hungry for once, he doesn't know why he's instinctively avoiding eating the honey, thinking his paw has "forgotten the way" to his mouth.
  • Baths Are Fun: "The Old SwitcheRoo," based on earlier material, has Tigger and co. trying to help get Roo out of taking a bath because baths are "the end." Piglet ends up getting used as a substitute for Roo and being bathed by Kanga. But when Tigger and Roo get covered in mud and gum, they both end up in the bath. "Scrubbly bubbly." Tigger is forced to admit that when you take a bath "You get... you get clean" and Roo declares "This is fun!" Tigger was right about one thing, though... it was The End. (And the episode ends.) These events were later adapted for Piglet's Big Movie and the Carly Simon song "Mother's Intuition."
  • Be the Ball: In the episode "Paw and Order," horse thief Nasty Jack shows Piglet the difference between bouncing and trouncing by turning another horse thief into a basketball... dribbling and shooting him into a hoop for good measure.
  • Be Yourself: Tigger tries to teach Eeyore the secret to being liked: "I've just got to be me!" Unfortunately, Eeyore interprets this as "I've just got to be Tigger"...
  • Berserk Button: Don't let crows anywhere near Rabbit's garden. And heaven help you if you show even one ounce of sympathy to a bug looking to freeload vegetables off of him—just ask Tigger.
  • Big Ball of Violence: One occurs with the angry toys in the store in Episode 11. Episode 15 had the two teams in a slightly different one while playing ice hockey.
  • Big Storm Episode: "The Rats Who Came to Dinner," where a very torrential storm hits the Hundred Acre Wood, bringing in leaky ceilings and flooding through the area.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Rabbit does it twice in "Luck Amok," when Tigger pulls the plug in the bathtub, and Rabbit gets sucked down the drain and he sees his watermelons rolling down on him.
    • Tigger says it in "Honey for a Bunny," when he tells Rabbit to duck from the boomerang after Rabbit imitates the swan.
    • Rabbit says another in "Un-Valentine's Day", preceded by a Little "No" when Pooh opens the closet of used valentines.
  • Bindle Stick: Rabbit ties a sack of carrots to one and heads off when running away in "How Much Is That Rabbit In the Window?"
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In "Friend, In Deed", Rabbit utters Christopher Robin's "Silly old bear."
  • Box-and-Stick Trap: In "Where, Oh Where Has My Piglet Gone?", Pooh tries to locate Rabbit's lost hammer by using one of these and setting out a bunch of nails as bait. The trap gets set off and when Pooh goes over to see what he caught, he finds that he caught a saw instead.
  • Bumbling Henchmen Duo: Heff and Stan are a pair of incompetent honey thieves.
  • The Bus Came Back: Gopher reappears a regular in the show, after largely vanishing from the franchise following Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": Tigger gives one in "Pooh Moon":
    Tigger: "Never mind the retreat, let's get out of here!!"
  • Caged Inside a Monster: At the beginning of "There's No Camp Like Home", Piglet has a nightmare about being chased by heffalumps and woozles, ending with him being behind bars inside a police heffalump's stomach.
  • Calling Card: The Pack Rats' gimmick of stealing things and leaving behind walnuts as "payment".
  • Calvinball: It is not at all clear what the point of the game that they are playing in "What's the Score, Pooh?" is, or what even the basics of the game are.
  • Carnivore Confusion:
    • In "A Very, Very Large Animal," Piglet's picnic includes ham and sausages.
    • In "Sorry, Wrong Slusher" Piglet is wrapped in sausage string.
  • Cartoon Bug-Sprayer: Sometime wielded by Rabbit in his battles with the bugs that invade his garden. He wants one for Christmas in "Winnie the Pooh and Christmas, Too".
  • Christmas Carolers: In the Christmas Episode Rabbit hears someone singing at his door and thinks they're carolers, but it's actually the vegetable eating bugs, trying to get into his kitchen.
  • Christmas Episode: "Winnie the Pooh and Christmas, Too". There were also special episodes for New Year's Day, and Valentine's Day.
  • Clothing Damage: The back of Pooh's shirt gets torn off at the end of "Gone with the Wind".
  • Comically Missing the Point: Pooh does this often.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In "Friend in Need" Rabbit asks how Pooh got into his house with the door locked, Pooh responds that his back door was open, which is what he did in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. (Although the wooden door leading to the garden was the "back door" in that film.)
    • "To Dream the Impossible Scheme" says that Pooh is a pro at doing "nothing," a reference to the end of the film.
  • Cool Car: Rabbit drives away in one of these (called the carrot ala cart) in a bad dream Piglet has in "Rock-a-Bye Pooh Bear".
  • Counting Sheep: In the episode "Rock-a-Bye Pooh Bear", when Piglet is afraid to go to sleep, Pooh, Rabbit and Tigger try this on him by having Tigger bounce around dressed as a sheep. In the end, Tigger gets tired before Piglet does.
  • Covered in Mud: Usually with Tigger (willingly) and often with Rabbit (to his dismay).
  • Cowboy Episode: Happened a few times, usually with an in-universe excuse that it was a play ("Paw and Order") or a dream sequence ("The Good, the Bad, and the Tigger").
  • Crazy Enough to Work: In "Things That Go Piglet in the Night," Tigger's plan to help Eeyore swing from the tree is to attach wooden wings and a parachute, and then launch him from another swing. Even Tigger is shocked that this works.
  • Cultural Translation: Moreso than the original: Christopher Robin now had an American accent and lived in what looked like a typical US suburb — albeit one that seems to use the British street-numbering system.
  • Darker and Edgier: Comparing this one to the original featurettes, and more to the later movies and shows such as My Friends Tigger and Pooh this show surprisingly has many dark, mature and scary moments, even if most of them have a distinct comical undertone. While it's all still thoroughly light hearted and cutesy, this is probably as Dark And Edgy as you'll ever see Winnie the Pooh, aside from Christopher Robin and the infamous Pooh's Grand Adventure.
    • The series is more than willing to use Black Comedy jokes and occasionally averts Never Say "Die".
    • The first episode "Pooh Ought to be in Pictures" helps set the scene for how dark the series can get as it opens with a dream sequence of Christopher Robin, Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet being chased by the mummy in a haunted castle. They later go see a monster movie at a local cinema and are inspired to make their own, with Tigger's own costume being too effective at scaring the others and Rabbit. Pooh even ends up in real danger thanks to the costume.
    • In the Cowboy Episode "The Good, the Bad, and the Tigger", in a dream sequence, Pooh is mistaken for a train robber and is arrested by the sheriff (played by Gopher), who remarks, "Looks like there's going to be a swingin'!" Pooh thinks this means playing on a tire swing, but everyone else is horrified. That's right, even if only obliquely, in this show Winnie the Pooh is in danger of execution by hanging.
    • "Sorry, Wrong Slusher" is probably the darkest episode of the series. It takes place wholly at night, and the gang incurs the wrath of a very real threat when Tigger gives Christopher Robin's address to an angry man on the phone. The gang themselves realizes they've just given their location to a potentially very dangerous man and try to prepare for his attack. The escapade takes them outside to the surrounding neighborhood, where they create a disturbance in the neighbor's yard and the neighbor calls the police on them and has them arrested in a Gainax Ending. While thankfully a "slusher" (their word for a slasher murderer) didn't actually get their address, the episode is one of the most adult of the series and is extremely tense, dark, and filled with some nightmarishly real dangers.
  • Dark Reprise: "There's No Camp Like Home" opens with Piglet in a scary version of "Heffalumps and Woozles" from Blustery Day.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Nearly every supporting character gets at least two or three episodes where they are the main focus.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Villains aren't very common and often turn out friendly after all. Exceptions being Crud and Heff and Stan.
  • Demoted to Extra: Kanga and Roo made sporadic appearances throughout Season One and then disappeared altogether besides a couple episodes. Christopher Robin and Owl suffered a similar demotion, though still got limelight episodes spread across the whole series.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In "Pooh Oughta Be in Pictures", Piglet of all characters almost crosses it after having been too scared to save Pooh from the mutant carrot (which turned out to only be Tigger in a costume). Piglet quickly snaps out of it when Pooh gets entangled in the tattered costume, and uses his "hero scarf" from earlier in the episode to come to Pooh's rescue.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "Eeyore's Tail Tale" has one starring Tigger the Private Ear chasing Eeyore's tail through a very trippy, cartoony city, including some classic cartoon chase-scene gags.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In "No Rabbit’s a Fortress", Rabbit plans to keep everyone out of his garden by building a massive building around it, which works great up until he realizes far too late that he forgot to build a door, leaving him trapped inside with no way out.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In "Up, Up and Awry", Winnie the Pooh is placed in house arrest for "breaking the law of gravity". Played for Laughs, of course.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Pooh's voice actor Jim Cummings also took a turn singing the theme.
  • Dream Intro:
    • The episode "There's No Camp Like Home" opens with Piglet having a nightmare about being chased by heffalumps and woozles.
    • "Rock-A-Bye Pooh" likewise opened with Piglet having a bad dream where he was going on a picnic with Pooh, Tigger, and Rabbit, only for the three of them to suddenly disappear in strange waysnote , leaving poor Piglet all alone as a terrible thunderstorm approached. Piglet then woke up, but wound up afraid of going back to sleep.
  • Drunk with Power: Rabbit and Tigger in "The Piglet Who Would Be King." While Piglet averts this as he doesn't even want to be the Piglies' king, Rabbit and Tigger let things go to their head as they act as his personal assistants.
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Played with in "The Monster Frankenpooh," when Piglet and Tigger argue over what time of day the story should take place:
    Tigger: Night!
    Piglet: Day!
    Tigger: Night!
    Piglet: Day!
    Tigger: Morning!
    Piglet: Evening!
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • In "Three Little Piglets", when Pooh's attempt to read the story of The Three Little Pigs strays into a scene more resembling Little Red Riding Hood:
      Tigger: Say, for a Big Bad Bunny, he's sure not being very bad.
      Rabbit: For once, you're right, Tigger. We have lost track of the story, haven't we?
    • In "A Knight to Remember," Rabbit asks Pooh what to do about missing chess pieces:
      Rabbit: How can we play with missing pieces?
      Pooh: By playing the missing pieces.
      Tigger: Are my ears on too tight or is Fluff Boy making sense?
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first season featured several original songs, and also a penchant for ending the episode with Pooh reflecting on the story's events with Christopher Robin, ending with "silly old bear". The pilot episode also included such an ending, but with the camera panning out to replicate the final shot of the opening credits. Many Season One episodes were also far more surreal and experimental, utilizing one-shot antagonists and different backdrops such as fictional settings or Christopher Robin's suburban home, while the later episodes usually played closer to the laid back setup of the books and original film. Season One also had a tendency to use a Title Drop.
  • Eat the Camera: Seen in "Invasion of the Pooh Snatcher", when Tigger explains that he must protect his friends from the "jagulars," he then growls right into the camera for no real reason except as a visual effect. Inverted by Tigger with "Rabbit Marks the Spot."
  • The Eeyore: Guess who. Although in the episode "Donkey for a Day," after surviving his friends' attempts at cheering him up, Eeyore explains that he isn't really depressed. In fact, he's happy because he gets to watch the most breathtaking sunset ever seen.
  • Elephants Are Scared of Mice: Heff Heffalump is afraid of mice. In "The Great Honey Pot Robbery", his and Stan Woozle's plan to steal honey is foiled by Roo the baby kangaroo, whom Heff thinks is a giant mouse.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Rabbit's nightmare in "Rabbit Marks the Spot" which causes him to worry of losing his friends' trust when they found out that he hid rocks in the chest that he buried for them, even though their reaction is quite the opposite towards the end.
    Stone Gopher: Genius, hm?
    Stone Piglet: It wasn't a nice thing to do, Rabbit!
    Stone Pooh: You built up all our hopes!
    Stone Tigger: You got us all excite-erated!
    Stone Gopher: And what'd we get, huh? A bunch of rocks!
    Rabbit: I'm sorry! It was just a joke! It was just a joke! A JOOOOOOOOOOKE!!! (wakes up from his nightmare) It was just a joke... just a... just a... Oh, my, it was just a bad dream!
  • Everybody Cries: In "Party Poohper", Piglet invokes this trope onto Rabbit's 500 relatives by reading a Downer Ending version of "Jack and the Beanstalk". The rabbits cry so loudly that they end up shaking up Rabbit's house and causing a mess!
  • Everyone Join the Party: While "Un-valentine's Day" is a light hearted misadventure, it is a feature length episode, and the only instance where every main character introduced since Many Adventures gets a speaking role ("Paw and Order" features everyone too, but Kanga and Roo get only silent cameos).
  • Evil Counterpart: The three thuggish stuffed animals at the toy shop in "How Much is That Rabbit in the Window?" strongly resemble Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger.
  • Evil Laugh: Rabbit of all people gets these from time to time. "Donkey for a Day" provides a particularly creepy example:
    Rabbit: Happiness is seeing the benefits of good hard work. Ah... watching the things you planted with your own hands springing up fresh and green. And then.... MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!! HARVESTING THEM!!!
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: "No Rabbit's A Fortress": When Rabbit is finally fed up with Pooh, Piglet and Tigger messing up his garden, he builds a colossal fortress around it, rigs it with booby traps, and has his friends not bother him again. Unfortunately, he soon realizes that he has trapped himself inside the fortress!
  • Exposed to the Elements: The early episodes have Pooh and the gang going outside in winter weather wearing just their scarves to nothing at all, with Piglet adding a coat with his lower body exposed. Later episodes slightly avert this, giving the animals proper winter wear, albeit with their lower bodies visible like Piglet. Christopher Robin, who always has proper winter gear on in snow, averts this completely.
  • The Faceless: Christopher Robin's mother. Whenever she appears, we only get to see the back of her head.
    • Also the babysitter in "Babysitter Blues", shopkeeper in "How Much is That Rabbit in the Window?" and the store manager in "A Pooh Day Afternoon", though we get a brief glimpse of his face when Skippy the dog rushes past.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: In the Western themed episodes, characters would use ice cream scoopers in place of guns.
  • Food End: "The Great Honey Pot Robbery" ends with Pooh and the gang (plus a friend-turned Wooster) having "brunchfast" together.
  • Fool's Map: "Rabbit Marks The Spot" saw Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Gopher looking for buried treasure, with help from a fake treasure map that Rabbit had created.
  • Forgotten Birthday: In "How Much Is That Rabbit in the Window?", Rabbit thinks it's happened to him due to a complicated series of misunderstandings. Pooh (sticky with honey) accidentally pulls several pages off Rabbit's calendar, leading Rabbit to mistakenly believe it's his birthday and misinterpret his friends' activities as preparations for a surprise party. Angst ensues when he concludes they've forgotten, but fortunately there's a party on his actual birthday the next week.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: "The Monster Frankenpooh" is a parody of this, with Piglet as Frankenstein, and Pooh as the monster.
  • Friendly Pirate: The episode "Rabbit Marks the Spot" has Pooh and co. becoming land pirates for fun, where they sail on a ship with wheels across the Hundred Acre Wood. While they search for buried treasure and annoy Rabbit by digging up his garden, they are otherwise just as kind as usual.
  • Funny Background Event: In "Donkey for a Day", there is a scene of Piglet going over a checklist of possible activities to make Eeyore happy. In the background, Eeyore is seen bouncing with Tigger and Roo, going higher and higher with each bounce and eventually clearing the treetops.
  • Gainax Ending:
    • “The Monster Frankenpooh": This shorter episode revolves around Tigger making Piglet’s story a scary story, but Rabbit, Tigger, and Gopher assure Piglet that it was all imaginary. Only for a very large Pooh Bear to reveal himself in the house.
    • "Rabbit Marks the Spot": Rabbit reveals that there was no pirate’s treasure... only for an actual pirate ghost to appear and scare the gang.
    • "Sorry, Wrong Slusher": The group gets arrested by the police, only for it to appear to be a dream.. only for it to turn out to be real? The jury is still out on this one.
  • Genre Roulette: The series is just as likely to be adventure as it is slice of life, and while a lot of episodes are straight comedy, others get pretty dark or dramatic. Specific episodes dip into all kinds of genres, including:
    • Horror, with its many subgenres, including parodies of B-Movies ("Pooh Oughta Be in Pictures"), Ghost Stories ("Things That Go Piglet in the Night"), Gothic Horror ("The Monster Frankenpooh"), and Slasher Movies ("Sorry, Wrong Slusher").
    • Trapped in Another World fantasy, whether it's an Eldritch Location ("Cleanliness is Next to Impossible"), a Magical Land ("All's Well That Ends Wishing Well"), a World in the Sky ("Pooh Skies"), or a Medieval European Fantasy ("A Knight to Remember").
    • Crime fiction (The episodes featuring the Pack Rats or Stan and Heff).
    • Mysteries ("Tigger, Private Ear", "Eeyore's Tail Tale", and "Sham Pooh").
    • Westerns ("Paw and Order" and "The Good, The Bad, and the Tigger").
    • Sports Stories ("Prize Piglet" and "What's the Score, Pooh?").
    • Pirate Stories ("Rabbit Marks the Spot").
    • Superhero Stories ("The Masked Offender").
    • War stories ("To Bee or Not to Bee").
    • Fractured Fairy Tale ("Three Little Piglets").
    • Coming-of-age/family drama ("Find Her, Keep Her").
    • Sometimes, an episode can't even make up its mind what it wants to be. In "Pooh Moon", some characters think they're in a ghost story and others think they're in an outer space sci-fi, while "To Catch a Hiccup" starts as a lighthearted slapstick comedy but shifts partway into horror.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: The Packrats.
  • Got Me Doing It: From "Owl's Well That Ends Well," when Tigger is making a crow trap for Rabbit:
    Tigger: And now for the secret ingrediament!
    Rabbit: And what exactly is the secret ingredament... er, ingredient?
  • Grand Finale: Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too was the last official episode of the series, though many Direct to Video specials after shared the same cast and production values and even used clips and continuity from episodes of the show. Poetically the third Christmas Special A Very Merry Pooh Year and the final featurette to do so, reused Christmas Too.
  • Guilt-Induced Nightmare:
    • In "Rabbit Marks the Spot", Rabbit tries to get back at his friends for ruining his garden with their game of "pirates" by burying a chest full of rocks and giving them a map to find it. That night, he has a nightmare where he's chewed out by giant rock versions of his friends for getting their hopes up, leading him to try to steal the chest before it's opened.
    • In "Balloonatics", Pooh feels guilty for breaking a balloon he borrowed from Christopher Robin. (Rabbit and Tigger were actually responsible and convinced Pooh it was his fault; and the balloon was deflated anyway, not popped.) That night, he has a nightmare that he's put on trial by other balloons, found guilty and put in jail.
  • Halloween Episode: The show actually never had a proper Halloween episode, though after the series ceased production the special Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh was made as a true Halloween special. Nonetheless, a few episodes revolving around monsters and facing fears were packed by Disney as part of their Halloween catalogue in 1995, and later 2001.
    • "The Monster Frankenpooh", "Things That Go Piglet in the Night", and "Pooh Moon" were bundled for the Frankenpooh VHS/DVD. The first episode revolves around the gang telling scary stories, the second has them scared silly of a supposed ghost in the middle of the night, and the third is about the group thinking a monster is hunting them.
    • "A Knight to Remember" and "Rock-A-Bye-Pooh Bear" were bundled together for the Spookable Pooh VHS/DVD. The first episode starts with the gang trying to navigate Christopher Robin's spooky upstairs hallway to the attic, while the second focuses on Piglet being afraid of his nightmare coming true.
  • Hanging Judge: In "The Good, the Bad and the Tigger", Judge Samuel J. Gopher takes his role in the Wild West roleplay a little too seriously:
    Sheriff Piglet: If you don't confess soon, you'll have to face the judge.
    [he, Pooh, and Deputy Rabbit glance towards the judge, who is playing his harmonica]
    Judge Samuel J. Gopher: And guess who gets to play the judge? Looks like there's gonna be a swingin'! [cue the Evil Laugh]
    Pooh: A swinging? Oh, how wonderful! I love to swing!
    Sheriff Piglet: Oh, d-d-d-dear!
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Nasty Jack in "Paw and Order" ends up becoming the sheriff.
    • Also, Wooster in "The Great Honey Pot Robbery" learns to share.
  • Heroic BSoD: Piglet goes into a depression when Pooh leaves him to deliver the letter to Santa in Christmas Too.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Gopher's ideas to get Rabbit out of a tree are: an axe, nitroglycerin, or even uranium-235.
    Gopher: Might be painful... but it could hurt alot, too.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: In the episode "To Catch a Hiccup", Piglet gets the hiccups and Pooh misunderstands, thinking he offended Piglet. Rabbit, Tigger, and Owl try different ways to cure his hiccups while Pooh tries to get honey for Piglet as an apology gift. When Piglet finally gets cured and he clears things up with Pooh, the episode ends with Rabbit, Tigger, and Owl getting the hiccups.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Owl's problem in "Owl's Well That Ends Well". His hooting is beyond awful, and even gives the birds a headache.
  • Honor Before Reason: In "Prize Piglet", Tigger, Rabbit, Eeyore, and Gopher get stuck in a swamp during a race. Owl, wanting to keep the race fair, refuses to help them, saying that whichever one he helps first would gain an unfair advantage.
  • Human Ladder: Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and Rabbit (listed from top to bottom) form this when attempting to reach the sky in the episode "Pooh Skies."
  • The Hyena: In "The Piglet Who Would Be King", Tigger, Rabbit, and Piglet encounter an actual hyena on their way to the Land of Milk and Honey, who simply laughs when Rabbit asks for directions.
  • I Am Spartacus: In the episode "Balloonatics", Pooh and his friends each tell Christopher Robin that they were the one who popped his balloon. But it turns out that they were worried over nothing. The balloon is only untied and just needs to be reinflated.
  • I Have Your Wife: In "Cleanliness Is Next to Impossible," Crud demands that Christopher Robin help him make everything more dirty, lest he never see Pooh, Tigger or Piglet again. Christopher Robin, however, flat refuses and so Crud orders his guards, a pair of crayons, to take him away.
  • I Just Want to Be You: In "The New Eeyore" Tigger tries to teach Eeyore how to be more cheerful. Eeyore interprets his lessons as "being just like Tigger", and soon he's painted himself in orange and black stripes and bouncing the others.
  • Ill-Timed Sneeze:
    • In "The Wishing Bear," Pooh tries to make Piglet think his wish for a snowman has come true by covering himself with snow. But this backfires when Piglet gives the "snowman" a false mustache, which makes Pooh sneeze, literally blowing his cover.
    • In "A Friend, In Deed," Piglet is disguised as a big flower to distract the bees so Pooh can get their honey, but when the bees swarm around him, they tickle his nose and he sneezes, blasting the bees away and destroying his costume.
    • In "A Bird in the Hand," Rabbit and the others are getting ready for Kessie's welcome-home party, when Piglet mistakenly brings dandelions instead of daffodils. Rabbit is allergic to dandelions, and his resulting powerful sneeze trashes the party decorations.
    • In "Piglet's Poohetry," during the fantasy sequence depicting Piglet's poem where Tigger shrinks to the size of an insect and is tossed around by various mishaps, he lands on Rabbit's nose at one point, and Rabbit sneezes, launching him once again into the air.
    • Papa Heffalump's allergy sneezes cause mishaps in both of his two appearances, with their ill-timing enhanced by their sheer power.
  • Insomnia Episode: The episode "Rock-A-Bye Pooh" had Piglet unable to go to sleep, due to a bad dream that he had where he lost his friends while they were going on a picnic. Pooh, Rabbit, and Tigger then work hard using different methods to try to get Piglet to go back to sleep, but to no success, until a storm blows up to which Piglet's dream does sort of come to reality. Fortunately for him, he's reunited with his friends in the end and he is able to sleep at night again.
  • I Owe You My Life: In "My Hero", Piglet "saves" Tigger from drowning in a puddle, and Tigger tries to "help" him with everything until Piglet begins trying to set up a situation where Tigger can "save" him. This leads to a chain of rescues by each of the cast, and the group ends up having to have a meeting to settle things due to so many rescues and life debts.
  • Interspecies Adoption: In "Find Her, Keep Her," Rabbit becomes an adoptive parent to a baby bird.
  • Jailed One After Another: In the episode "Up, Up and Awry", Pooh wants to learn how to fly, and when Owl explains to the others that to do so, he would have to "break the law of gravity", Rabbit and Tigger go full Knight Templar to stop him. When Pooh ends up flying (kind of - a catapult was involved), they arrest Pooh, convert his house into a jail cell, and tell him he'll be out in 300 years (!). Piglet says he's not going to leave his best friend all alone for that long, and Tigger eagerly locks him up, too. Eeyore, who helped Pooh with his various flying schemes, agrees to be incarcerated as well. Owl says that he feels responsible for this whole mess and they lock him up. As Rabbit and Tigger prepare to leave, Rabbit laments that if only he had done something earlier, none of this would have happened... and of course Tigger locks him up too. Tigger is ready to leave alone until he notices that the jailbirds are making the most of it and having a tea party. Wanting to join the fun, he voluntarily jails himself. If it weren't for Christopher Robin, they'd probably all still be in there.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Most everyone agrees that Rabbit's a jerk, but he has several moments throughout the series and features where he's clearly a softy and a good friend in the long run.
  • Joker Jury: The trial by balloons in "Balloonatics".
  • Journey to the Sky: In the Season 3 episode "Pooh Skies", the animals who live in the Hundred Acre Woods believe erroneously that the sky is tearing apart (the misunderstanding originated when Pooh tried to grab a beehive from a tree and ends up knocking a cracked eggshell instead). So they travel into the clouds to figure out what's going on.
  • Just Train Wrong: "The Good, the Bad and the Tigger" is full of this. It even provides the page quote. The tender seems to lack a water tank and Tigger can walk through the whole train even though it includes a boxcar. And the train does some physical impossibilities like braking so hard that the cars flip through the air and land back on the rails. After Pooh and Tigger rebuild the train, nothing it does should be possible. Then again, as Pooh put it, "It's a fantasy".
  • Kids Hate Vegetables: In "Pooh Oughta Be In Pictures", Christopher Robin has a melodramatic reaction to his mother asking him to eat his carrots. This inspires Tigger to make a giant carrot costume for the monster movie the toys were planning to make.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Crud of "Cleanliness Is Next To Impossible" is a pretty comedic villain by normal standards, but placed in a Winnie The Pooh feature, he makes for a blatantly darker tone than most of the harmless affairs of the series.
    • Similarly, Wooster, the gigantic Woozle from "The Great Honey Pot Robbery", is pretty frightening by the standards of the show, at least until his Heel–Face Turn.
    • The crows in "A Very, Very Large Animal" are much larger and more menacing than the very goofy and cartoony crows typically seen in the show, and seem to be expies of Diablo.
  • Lady Mondegreen: Used in-universe. Tigger's alter ego "The Masked Offender" (from a mishearing of "The Masked Avenger", the hero from a story Christopher Robin read to them).
  • Last Note Nightmare: There's a recurring soothing theme which ends on a sudden comical dramatic sting if something goes wrong in said scene.
  • Leitmotif: In addition to Pooh himself, most of the characters had their own themes:
    • Piglet's theme was a chirpy little tune in the Lydian mode, repeated in many, many of the show's music cues.
    • Tigger had a mischievous-sounding theme used in many episodes throughout the show.
    • Rabbit had both a cheerful busy theme and an angry theme.
    • Owl had a wistful theme first used in "Donkey for a Day" (when Eeyore has five balloons carrying him up in the air, and Owl pops them one by one in a vain attempt to ease him into flying solo); for that specific cue, the association with Owl was soon dropped, though that same leitmotif was used in other cues composed for sequences involving Owl.
  • Let's Get Out of Here: During "Pooh Moon" episode, Rabbit suggests a strategic retreat from an (imagined) danger.
    Rabbit: P-perhaps we should retreat and think this over...
    Tigger: Never mind the retreat, let's get out of here!!
  • Literal Metaphor: In "Sorry, Wrong Slusher", after being apprehended by the police and interrogated individually, the slightly off-camera judge rules to Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore, "I find you guilty of first degree causing noise! And I'm throwing the book at you!", and throws an actual book at them, just missing them a few inches, to which Pooh replies, "It's too bad I can't read".
  • Living Toys: The cast, minus Christopher Robin and sundry antagonists are living plushies; as per the book. The episode "Monkey See, Monkey Do Better" featured an obnoxious clockwork gorilla in a blue three-piece-suit and matching top hat that Chris bought as a present for his friend's birthday.
  • Loophole Abuse: In "Sorry, Wrong Slusher", Christopher Robin's mom tells him to not let his head leave his pillow. Christopher then straps his pillow to his head and sneaks downstairs, because, as he says, "She said for my head not to leave the pillow, but she never said anything about the pillow leaving the bed!"
  • Loose Canon: To the DisneyToon era as in Pooh's Heffalump Movie, Roo doesn't know what a Heffalump is despite appearing in "The Great Honey Pot Robbery" alongside Stan and Heff (who are a Heffalump and Woozle in the flesh) and while Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie uses "Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh", Roo tells Lumpy that the special happened before Kanga and Roo moved to the Hundred Acre Wood.
  • Lost Voice Plot: Happens to Tigger In “Tigger Got Your Tongue”, when he loses his voice and becomes silent for most of the episode after it is claimed to be stolen by “nobodies”.
  • Loud Sleeper Gag: In "Goodbye Mr. Pooh", Pooh moves into Piglet's house. He breaks Piglet's bed when they are sleeping together. Pooh keeps Piglet up at night with his loud snoring. The next day, Pooh asks Piglet how well he had slept, bringing him to tears.
  • Malaproper: Mostly Tigger, but occasionally other characters too, such as Pooh. Tigger is the origin of this, at least in Winnie the Pooh. Heffalump, Woozle, Gabloon, Animule, anything except Jagular which Pooh came up with.
  • Magic Feather: In "Magic Earmuffs", Christopher Robin gives Piglet the titular pair of earmuffs so that he could ice-skate. Piglet loses the earmuffs, and believes that he cannot skate without them...until his friends are in danger. Naturally, Piglet saves the day, even without the "magic."
  • Mistaken for Brooding: In "Donkey For A Day", the other animals of the Hundred-Acre Woods think that Eeyore is in a funk when he sits alone out on a hill. Their attempts to cheer Eeyore up fail miserablynote , but in the end, it turns out to not be necessary since Eeyore goes to the hill to enjoy the reflection of the sunset on the clouds.
    Eeyore: But I don't come up here because I'm sad... I come up here 'cause I'm happy.
  • Mondegreen Gag: In "My Hero", while trying to use mathematics, Owl says the word "hypotenuse", but Gopher mishears him and says, "Hey! Who are you calling a hippopotamus?"
  • Most Common Card Game: A group of "horse thieves" (actual horses) in "Paw and Order".
  • Muck Monster: Crud from "Cleanliness is Next to Impossible" is a green slime monster who was created from the filth underneath Christopher Robin's bed.
  • Mythology Gag: While most of the stories are original, there are a few nods to plot points of the original novels here and there:
    • "The Old Switcheroo" takes rough story beats from the chapter "In Which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest and Piglet has a Bath" from the original novel, with Piglet switching places with Roo in Kanga's pouch and Kanga bathing "Roo" to get back at him. Kanga even uses some quotes from the novel version.
    • "Eeyore's Tail Tale" has Eeyore's tail lost and ultimately used as a door ringer by Owl, much like "In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Find One".
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
    • Lampshaded in regards to Nasty Jack.
    • Crud.
  • Never Say "Die":
    • When Rabbit disappears in one of Gopher's many dynamite explosions and a search of the area fails to turn up any sign of hide nor bunny, Tigger states glumly, "We're just gonna have to face it! Bunny-Boy is gone." (He turns up immediately afterward dangling from a high branch in a tree).
    • Subverted by Eeyore in "Donkey For A Day": "Even though you almost killed me."
  • The New Adventures
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: When you hear about "horse thieves", you'd expect thieves who steal horses instead of thieves who are horses.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Anyone familiar with Jack Nicholson would be able to tell immediately who Nasty Jack in "Paw and Order" was based on not just in name and voice but even in his physical resemblance.
  • Noir Episode: In Eeyore's Tail Tale, Tigger takes the role of 'Private Ear' to investigate the mystery of Eeyore's missing tail, complete with Private Eye Monologue.
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: Gopher's dynamite causes plenty of property damage, but the characters emerge from the same explosions unharmed.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • In The Bug Stops Here, Tigger, Rabbit, and Piglet go off to try and catch a bug. When Pooh and the others find them in a place set off with traps, the three of them are caught in a net suspended in the air, with no explanation of what happened.
      Rabbit: Never. Never again.
    • In "Shovel, Shovel, Toil and Trouble", Gopher starts causing mayhem all over the wood with his new shovel Lucille. He digs out the floor in Rabbit's house, creates trenches around Pooh's, and sinks Piglet's; Tigger later shows up in casts and bandages from his own experience with Lucille which was not discerned.
      Tigger: I can't talk about it, Bunny Boy! Too humilerating!
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Most of the antagonists are petty bumblers, and in any other cartoon would likely be a Harmless Villain at best. Within the defanged Pooh universe however, they almost look fearsome.
  • Nuke 'em: Believe it or not, suggested by Gopher as an option for getting Rabbit out of a tree in "No Rabbit's a Fortress"
    Gopher: Well, in that case, I just have to use dynamite again. Like my daddy always used to say, "What gets blown up must get blown down."
    Rabbit: No! No! Not dynamite again!
    Gopher: You're right! Better make it nitroglycerin. Wait, how about U-235!
  • Off the Rails: Very subtly done in "Paw And Order," involving a Western play; Sheriff Piglet is supposed to be rescued from Nasty Jack by the Masked Bear and his Faithful Steed (Pooh and Eeyore), but Jack simply steps out of the way of their dramatic charge.
    Gopher: Oops. Looked like they [whistle] missed.
    Townspeople: What?!
    Tigger: That's not in the play!
    • It's never stated outright, but the subtext here is that Jack, as an actor, had really wanted the Sheriff role but was denied it, so he's now taking his villain role very personally and wants to trounce Sheriff Piglet for real as payback for not getting the part he wanted. This makes his actions at the climax, and lines like "I *HATE* sheriffs!" from earlier and "I always wanted to be Sheriff" when he's given the badge in the end, take on a more significant meaning.
  • Oh, Crap!: In "Donkey for a Day", Eeyore, after eating too many apples, registers a look of pure horror when Pooh reminds him that they still have lunch and dinner to go.
    • Whenever Pooh's signature "Oh, bother" phrase is said, it's typically in one such moment.
  • Or My Name Isn't...: At least two episodes had Pooh say, "...or my name isn't Winnie the Pooh! Which it is..."
    • One episode had Tigger say, "Or my name isn't T-I-double-'guh'-er! TIGGER! Which, by the way, it is!"
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In "The Piglet Who Would Be King", Rabbit is friendly with Tigger and enthusiastic about going on a journey with him and Piglet. Normally, he would try to keep himself out of these journeys, especially if Tigger's involved.
  • Out of Focus: As usual, Kanga gets by far the least focus of the main cast. However this is taken to the point she appears in only nine episodes (of 82) in the show (several are cameos) before disappearing altogether halfway in. Roo suffers the same fate, though at least gets A Day in the Limelight a little more often.
  • Parrot Expo-WHAT?: In "Monkey See, Monkey Do Better", Rabbit challenges toy ape Bruno to gardening.
    Rabbit: How are you at horticulture?
    Bruno: Horsi-what?
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Pooh's disguise as the Masked Bear was just a mask. Possibly justified by being part of a Show Within a Show.
    • In the Christmas special, Pooh dresses up as Santa Claus. Despite his costume only consisting of a fake white beard over his trademark red t-shirt that still exposes his round yellow tummy, it somehow manages to convince all his friends (especially Tigger).
    • Also, Piglet's reindeer disguise in the same special (which consists only of earmuffs with antlers).
    • Also, in "Eeyi Eeyi Eeyore" Pooh and Tigger dress Piglet up as a flower. It manages to fool both Eeyore and Rabbit.
  • Performance Anxiety: Piglet in "Un-Valentines Day"
  • Pirate Song: There was a Pirate themed episode with the Pooh Pirates opening with the song "Pirates is What We'll Be".
  • Portable Hole: "Bubble Trouble" reveals the entrance of Gopher's tunnel home as one of those.
  • The Power of Friendship: Pooh ends up using this on Wooster in the climax of "The Great Honey Pot Robbery", as offering to share his honey with him and asking for nothing in return causes the monster to become a friend.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Used as a Running Gag in the episode "Hunny for a Bunny". "DUCK!!"
  • Priceless Ming Vase / It's Going Down: Continuing a running gag from the various specials. Rabbit's home is very immaculate and ordered, and he is the only person in the wood who owns things like ornate plates and furniture, expensive looking jars and other bits of finery. Naturally, his house it wrecked nearly every time we see the inside of it. Lampshaded in "Gone With The Wind."
    Rabbit (buried under a pile of his ruined furniture and dishes): "Why does this always happen to me?"
    • "The Masked Offender" subverts this with Tigger swiping a table cloth that's got Piglet's fine china on it. They manage to land back on the table without a scratch, causing Tigger to remark "Thought they were all going to crash, didn't ya?". Then it's double subverted, as they crash anyway due to the vibration of Tigger slamming the closet door.
  • The Promised Land: The Land Of Milk and Honey.
  • Put on the Bus: Kanga and Roo disappeared from the show after the Season Three episode "The Bug Stops Here", and actually kept absent from the Pooh franchise altogether for almost a decade afterwards (they returned in the wraparounds for Seasons of Giving, which was a New Adventures compilation film).
  • Raincoat of Horror: In "Pooh Oughta Be in Pictures", Piglet (who has been struggling with fear the whole episode) gets spooked by a shadowy figure wearing a raincoat, which turns out to be Pooh. This scene is also shown in the theme song.
  • Real After All: Prior to this series, Heffalumps and Woozles were merely creatures of Pooh and the others' imagination in both the original books and Disney features. Starting from New Adventures they begin appearing in person, usually as bumbling antagonists.
  • Rearrange the Song: The same theme was used throughout the series, however Season Two onwards rerecorded it with a slightly different instrumentation. The theme everyone is familiar is actually the rerecorded version. here's the original Curiously the ending credits, which played a short orchestral version of the theme in Season One, were lengthened to play a full mostly instrumental edit of the opening theme proper, subverting the trope. One later version of the theme song (reportedly used on Disney Channel reruns circa 1994) seems to be sung by Jim Cummings instead of Steve Wood.
  • Remaster: The Disney+ version of the show has all the episodes rescanned into HD, making them look as sharp as ever, and with no cropping to 16:9. (unlike some other cartoons on Disney+)
  • Removable Animal Markings: In "Stripes", Tigger loses his stripes during a bath. With his stripes gone, he is convinced he is no longer a Tigger.
  • Replaced the Theme Tune:
    • The "Playtime", "Friendship" and "Learning" series of videos use a theme tune exclusive to their series, using the same melody but with different lyrics according to which one. However, the latest additions use the regular theme tune in place.
    • The Growing Up with Pooh (The Magical World of Winnie the Pooh in the UK) DVD releases of the series do use a different intro and theme however.
  • Retcon:
    • In The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit's earthen rabbit hole (the one Pooh famously gets stuck in) is his front door, while the door built into a tree is his back door. Here the door in the tree is his front door, while the rabbit hole is his back door.
    • While the original cartoon shorts never showed Tigger's dwelling, the early '80s Disney series Welcome to Pooh Corner portrayed him as living with Kanga and Roo, as he does in the books. Here he lives in his own eccentric treehouse instead – a locale that became a mainstay throughout the rest of the Disney Pooh franchise.
  • Rhyming List: In "All's Well That Ends Wishing Well", Tigger makes a rhyming list of all of his birthday wishes, notably "banana splits and pogo sticks".
  • The Runaway: In "Home is Where the Home Is," Christopher Robin decides to run away after he accidentally breaks a bust of his great-grandfather, and Pooh goes with him. But with a little encouragement from Eeyore, they go back in the end.
  • Runaway Train: The basis for the fantasy sequence in "The Good, The Bad and the Tigger."
  • Running Gag: As in the movie, Gopher still falls down one of his holes every now and then. But now even the other residents of the Hundred Acre Wood also fall in one of Gopher's holes every now and then.
    • Eeyore also suffers from one in "What's the score, Pooh?" where each better house he builds is met with a worse fate.
  • The Runt at the End: "The Piglet Who Would Be King" had a herd of heffalumps thunder past, followed by a tiny heffalump chanting "The land of milk and honey! The land of milk and honey! Hooray!"
  • Sanity Slippage: Rabbit is prone to this under stress:
    • It first happens in "Balloonatics," when Piglet and Tigger "break" the balloon (really they just let the air out of it), and he remembers that he borrowed it from Pooh who borrowed it from Christopher Robin. In a Shout-Out to his near-identical meltdown from Disney's first Pooh short, ''Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree'', he goes cross-eyed and starts speaking in Spoonerisms and laughing wildly.
    • He dissolves into hysterics very quickly when he first starts taking care of Kessie and her overheated bottle of milk explodes all over him, giggling and making faces like maniac and babbling about having carrots to take care of. He snaps out of it as soon as Kessie starts to cry, though.
    • He has another one in "Honey for a Bunny" when he learns the mate to his bookend was actually the same one he dumped.
    • He has a third one in "Fish Out of Water". After all the trouble of having Gopher as a house guest and trying to get his home back from the muttonhead trout, the thought of it happening again when the muttonhead trout swim back downstream was too much for poor Rabbit's mind to handle; he literally jumps in and starts swimming upstream with the muttonhead trout to get away from it all.
    • And again, when he thinks he's got seven years of bad luck in "Luck Amok." After finally getting away from Tigger, he retreats into his home, muttering in a crazed voice, "S-seven years. Seven years?! I'll never make it. (whimpers)" He retreats into a warm bubble bath, only for Tigger to appear and tell him he's just asking for trouble, then pull the plug, sending him down the drain. He then plunges him out of the drain, proving that this wasn't just some nightmare.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Part of the Disney Acid Sequence in "Eeyore's Tall Tail."
  • Schmuck Bait: In "No Rabbit's A Fortress" Tigger spies an incredibly obvious decoy of Rabbit, and mistaking it for the real deal, bounces on it. When Tigger sees that it's a fake, he just can't believe he just fell for the oldest trick in the book!
    Tigger: Quiet, fellas! It's Long-ears! I'm comin' for ya, Bunny-boy! (bounces on the dummy) Wait a minute! This isn't Rabbit! I've been boobied!
  • Security Cling: There are three examples of this in the episode "Lights Out." First, Gopher jumps on Tigger's head at the mere mention of the word "dark." Later in the tunnel, Tigger jumps on Pooh when he hears a noise. And lastly, Tigger jumps into Rabbit's arms who in turn jumps on Pooh.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Owl talks like this, and his cousin Dexter takes this up to eleven.
  • Sequel Episode:
    • "Trap as Trap Can" is this for "There's No Camp Like Home".
    • "The Rats Who Came to Dinner" and "Oh, Bottle" are these for "Nothing but the Tooth".
    • "A Bird in the Hand" is a follow-up to both "Find Her, Keep Her" and "The Great Honey Pot Robbery".
  • Series Continuity Error: In "The Piglet Who Would Be King," Tigger recalls his mother telling him stories of the Land of Milk and Honey. Yet the rest of the franchise tends to emphasize that Tigger is the only one of his kind and has no parents or any other family.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In "Rabbit Takes a Holiday", the others manage to completely destroy Rabbit's home and garden while he's away, so they erect huge murals depicting them in pristine condition to try to fool him. Sound familiar?
    • In "Un-Valentine's Day," when Rabbit forbids Tigger from bouncing Kanga while playing her love interest in their play, Tigger replies "You always bounce the one you love!" referencing the 1940s pop song "You Always Hurt the One You Love."
    • In "Paw and Order," Pooh's "Masked Bear" persona is a clear spoof of The Lone Ranger, right down to his catchphrase, "Hi-yo Eeyore!" Nasty Jack's voice is also an impression of Jack Nicholson.
    • Then there's the other Western-themed episode, "The Good, the Bad, and the Tigger" – the title of course is a shout-out to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, as are Tigger and Pooh's nicknames of "The Tigger with No Name" and "The Pooh with a Name," referencing Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name" character. They're also sometimes called "The Hole-in-the-Head Gang."
    • In "Cloud, Cloud, Go Away," when Tigger is trying to shoo the cloud out of his way at the beginning, he shouts "I'm bouncin' here!"
    • The theme song singer sounds like Kenny Loggins, who wrote the classic 1971 song "House at Pooh Corner," a loving tribute to Pooh. If it's not Loggins singing, then Disney hired a Suspiciously Similar Substitute that sounds exactly like him.
      • According to his website, Steve Wood sang at least one version of the theme song, and also sang backing vocals on Footloose and was Loggins' music director for 10 years. (The version with a deeper voice and no backing vocals sounds like it's sung by Jim Cummings, while one or both of the more common versions might be Wood.)
  • Shown Their Work: Though more directly based on the Disney featurettes, occasional episodes make references to story material from the original A. A. Milne novels. In "The Old Switcheroo", for example, Tigger switches Piglet with Roo inside Kanga's pouch so Roo can avoid getting a bath (this story would again be adapted for part of Piglet's Big Movie), while in "Eeyore's Tail Tale" Owl mistakes Eeyore's tail for a door bell (this story would again also be adapted for part of Winnie the Pooh (2011)).
  • Signature Laugh: Pooh's "Hm-hm-hm" and Tigger's "Hoo-hoo-hoo-HOO!" Eeyore even imitates the latter (in his usual deadpan voice) when trying to be like Tigger in "The New Eeyore."
  • Skewed Priorities: Pooh, after Tigger sadly walks away in "Luck Amok".
    Pooh: We can't let him leave, not for seven years! He'll miss my birthday.
    (Rabbit faints)
  • Smart Ball: Owl takes firm hold of it in "Find Her, Keep Her." Though he's typically a Know-Nothing Know-It-All who never stops talking, he's genuinely able to teach Kessie to fly, and offers accurate instruction on how to account for wind and velocity when in flight. Justified in that the episode centered on something he actually knows about.
  • Sneeze of Doom: In "There's No Camp Like Home" and "Trap as Trap Can," a family of heffalumps are introduced with the papa Heffalump being allergic to pretty much anything, such as deep dark pits, heights, marshmallows, and furry woodland creatures. He lets out a mighty sneeze once someone reminds him about his allergies.
  • Spit Take: Piglet does this in "My Hero" during a meeting on who saved what, when Owl mentions Tigger is still Piglet's servant.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad:
    • Rabbit is by far the most fleshed out member of the cast. He has the most spotlight episodes, despite the fact he tends to not get as much advertising as the other four main characters (Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore). Additionally, much of the series seems to center around Rabbit’s house as a sort of general home base for the Hundred Acre Wood characters.
    • Gopher also counts, as this series greatly increased his prominence to the point where he’s easily the sixth main character - and usually eclipses Eeyore.
  • Spoonerism: Rabbit is prone to these when he suffers panic-induced Sanity Slippage.
    • For example, in "Baloonatics":
    "Oh my! Oh my! The balloon! I borrowed it from Booh Pear... uh, Pooh Bear! Who borrowed it from Ristopher Crobin! Rostopher Cribon!" note 
    • And in "Find Her, Keep Her," when he's stressed out from taking care of baby Kessie:
    "I have a parrot catch... I mean a carrot patch... to plant!"
  • Stealth Insult: This exchange in "The Piglet Who Would Be King":
    Pooh: I cleverly put [my honey] where it's safe from honey-nappers...right in here! [pats stomach]
    Rabbit: Sometimes, Pooh Bear, you really amaze me.
    Pooh: Why, thank you, Rabbit!
  • Superstition Episode: In "Luck Amok", Tigger breaks a mirror in Rabbit's home, and Rabbit tells him that means seven years bad luck. Tigger dismisses it, as it wasn't his mirror that broke, and he tries to help Rabbit avoid bad luck, which just results in Rabbit getting one misfortune after another. Eventually, it's revealed that the mirror belonged to Pooh, so Tigger tries to help him avoid bad luck, with the same results. Eventually, after everyone but Tigger suffers from bad luck, it become apparent that Tigger is the one who is unlucky, so he casts himself out (VERY dramatically. With packing RABBIT'S stuff as if it was his own). The others feel sorry for him and reverse the bad luck by "fixing" the mirror (taping a picture of Tigger so that he thinks it's his reflection).
  • Surprise Party:
    • In "Goodbye, Mr. Pooh," Winnie the Pooh's friends throw him one because they think he's moving away. Because of it, he actually does move away, but soon returns, only to find his house taken by Eeyore.
    • As a result of a screw-up involving his calendar, Rabbit thinks he's about to be thrown one in "How Much Is That Rabbit In The Window?". He's sorely disappointed when he realizes otherwise.
  • Survival Mantra: Subverted in "A Knight to Remember" with Piglet chanting "I am not brave, I am not brave..."
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: No one in the Hundred Acre Wood is sending valentines.
  • Swapped Roles:
    • Nearly everyone in "Sham Pooh." When Pooh eats too much honey and finds he can't eat anymore, Tigger decides that he must not really be Pooh, because Pooh always has room for honey. Through Insane Troll Logic, he determines that Owl is Pooh, Gopher is Owl, Piglet is Gopher and Rabbit is Piglet. They spend the rest of the episode acting like each other until the real Pooh gets his appetite back.
    • In "Eeyi Eeyore," Rabbit gives his garden to Eeyore after Eeyore seemingly makes a seed grow into a flower when Rabbit couldn't. (It's actually Piglet disguised as a flower so Eeyore won't be sad when the seed doesn't grow.) Eeyore tries without much success to get the hang of vegetable gardening, while Rabbit in turn moves into Eeyore's house and starts acting gloomy like him.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Pooh tries this with the giant Woozle at the end of "The Great Honey Pot Robbery," and Piglet tries this with Nasty Jack at the end of "Paw and Order." Being part of the most idealistic franchise Disney owns, it works.
  • Termite Trouble: The main conflict of "Tigger's Houseguest", wherein Tigger "befriends" a termite that's been ravaging the Hundred-Acre Wood.
  • Terse Talker: Gopher's Grandpappy talks like this most of the time, usually only saying either, "Yup," or, "Nope."
  • Theme Tune Extended: While the show itself never had one, a rearrangement of the theme with an extra verse was made to promote Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation.
  • Third-Person Person: Kessie, but only right when she's introduced. She seems to pick up the use of pronouns very quickly.
  • Training from Hell: An entirely unintentional example on the part of Rabbit in "Tigger's Shoes". In order to keep Tigger from wrecking his garden, Rabbit tricks him into trying to bounce to the top of Castle Ridge while wearing "The Jumping Shoes of the Awesome Bunny of Upsidaisy-a" (in reality normal tennis shoes weighed down with metal junk). While Tigger can barely get off the ground whilst wearing the shoes, they give him a fantastic workout, and when they come off he clears Castle Ridge in his sleep. Even when the ruse is revealed Tigger is elated, believing Rabbit to have been training him on purpose.
  • Two Shorts: Interestingly, while the majority of installments were presented as two eleven minute stories, nearly as many others were presented as a single 22 minute episode. These weren't necessarily special episodes either and their placement seems almost random.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode: The fourth episode, "Find Her, Keep Her", while not particularly dark, has a Bittersweet Ending and is far more emotionally complex than any other episode of the show, or any animated show at the time in North America, for that matter.
  • Unwanted Assistance: invoked Eeyore went through this when everyone tried to cheer him up in "Donkey For A Day".
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: With the literally "vile villain" being Crud from the episode "Cleanliness Is Next To Impossible".
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • In the fourth and final season, Christopher Robin's voice was noticeably lower, due to the boy that was voicing him getting older.
    • Hal Smith (Owl), Paul Winchell (Tigger) and John Feidler (Piglet) all return to reprise their roles from the original film, though obviously their voices have worn down slightly within the two decades that have passed. Winchell in particular sounds far more high-pitched and raspy as Tigger.
    • A few replacement actors that became mainstays also sound rather different here, (Ken Sansom's Rabbit and Peter Cullen's Eeyore in particular) having not fully mastered the voices yet, especially in earlier episodes, where Sansom's Rabbit voice was gruffer and less effeminate sounding and Cullen's Eeyore was higher-pitched and less breathy. Similarly Jim Cummings starts filling in for Winchell as Tigger midway through the series, and the difference between the two takes is more noticeable here.
  • Walk Into Camera Obstruction:
    • "Pooh Skies" where Tigger is jumping on a trampoline and falls on Rabbit.
    • "A Knight to Remember" with Rabbit after he, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore quickly run out of a closet and up the stairs Pooh was climbing
  • The Western: "Paw and Order" and "The Good, The Bad, and the Tigger".
  • Widely-Spaced Jail Bars: In "The Good, the Bad, and the Tigger," Tigger comes to break Pooh out of jail when the latter is arrested by the sheriff. Not only are the bars of the cell wide enough for both of them to walk through, the front door is unlocked.
  • Wishing Well: In "All's Well That Ends Wishing Well", Tigger drops a penny in a wishing well, but is disappointed when he doesn't get what he wished for at his birthday party. Later, everyone goes down the well and end up in Wishland, where all of Tigger's wishes come true.
  • Your Other Left: In "A Pooh Day Afternoon", Gopher says, "Right! No, your other right!".


Tigger and the Tablecloth

Tigger successfully pulls off the trick but then ruins it by slamming a door.

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