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100 Facts About Winnie the Pooh

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Another week comes another one of my favourite films, or rather, favourite Disney franchise. Winnie the Pooh became more of a franchise for Disney and they have released multiple films and television shows around these wonderful characters. This week however will concentrate on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. One of my favourite films from my childhood and where my love of Tigger came from!

17. Many Adventures of Winnie

  1. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was released on March 11th
  2. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions.
  3. It was distributed by Buena Vista Distribution.
  4. It is the 22nd Disney animated feature film.
  5. The film was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman and John Lounsbery.
  6. The characters and story were based on the book Winnie the Pooh by A. A Milne.
  7. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, one of the shorts included in this film, was released during Walt Disney’s life time.
  8. Walt Disney was also involved in Blustery Day.
  9. This makes The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh one of the final films Walt had any involvement with before his death.
  10. It was also Walt’s intention to make a feature length Winnie the Pooh adventure.
  11. He bought the rights from A.A Milnes widow in 1961.
  12. All three shorts include songs by the Sherman Brothers.
  13. For the character of Piglet, hand gestures and other movements were used by animators to create expressions.
  14. The scene where Rabbit must deal with Pooh’s bottom being a part of his home décor was not in the original book but was thought up by Disney himself upon reading the book for the first time.
  15. Critics noted that the animation style resembled the illustrations from the book.
  16. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was first released on VHS in the early 1980s.
  17. In 1996, it was re-released to VHS as part of the Masterpiece Collection.
  18. It included footage of the making of the film which was shown before the movie starts.
  19. The film was released on DVD for the first time in 2002.
  20. The individual shorts have been released on their own onto VHS during the 1990s.
  21. Sterling Holloway provided the voice for Winnie the Pooh in all three stories.
  22. He would later retire from voice acting and died in 1992.
  23. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree was originally released as its own short on February 4th
  24. It was the studios only Winnie the Pooh production to be released before Walt Disney death.
  25. It was based on the first two chapters of A.A Milnes original book.
  26. The short introduces the character of Gopher who as not a part of the original book.
  27. Piglet and Tigger do not appear in this short however they do appear as stuffed toys in Christopher Robins bedroom.
  28. The scene where Rabbit turns Pooh’s bum into a moose is quoted as being one of Walt Disney’s favourite scenes.
  29. There was a deleted scene from this short where after Pooh gets stuck, Christopher Robin and the animals have a picnic and resit to feed Pooh any food.
  30. There was another deleted scene where the animals give Pooh gifts in order to help him through being stuck in the rabbit hole.
  31. Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh marks the final performance of Junius Matthews who gave his voice to Rabbit.
  32. He would die of natural causes in 1978.
  33. This is the first package film since The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad.
  34. The film opens with Walt Disney Presents instead of Walt Disney productions.
  35. Kanga was the final Disney voice that Barbara Luddy provided as she died of lung cancer in 1979.
  36. Sebastian Cabot provided the voice of the Narrator in all three shorts.
  37. He died of a stroke five months after the package film was released.
  38. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery day was originally released on December 20th
  39. It was a companion to the film the Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit.
  40. It was the studios second Winnie the Pooh short to be released.
  41. The story of this short is based on seven of A.A Milnes stories.
  42. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day is the first appearance of Piglet and Tigger.
  43. This is the only short to feature a hallucination scene.
  44. This is the only featurette to feature the entire cast of characters.
  45. It is the first and only Winnie the Pooh film to not begin with Pooh’s theme song.
  46. The ending sequence of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was based on the final chapter of the House at Pooh Corner.
  47. Christopher Robin was voiced by Bruce Reitherman, John Walmsley and Timothy Turner.
  48. The movie has a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  49. On June 19th 2002, the movie was released on DVD as the 35th Anniversary Edition.
  50. The Blu-Ray was also released as a part of the 35th anniversary special edition on August 27th
  51. The Friendship Edition DVD was e-released on September 3rd
  52. Tigger’s trademark laugh was ad-libbed by Paul Winchell.
  53. As was his TTFN: Ta-Ta For Now line.
  54. He used the voice of his ventriloquist dummy Knucklehead Smiff to create the voice of Tigger.
  55. All backgrounds for the film were outlined in ink to keep with the sketchy style of the original Ernest Shepard illustrations.
  56. Disney artists wanted to use Shephards drawings for the movie but Disney insisted they needed to make their own style.
  57. Originally, Christopher Robin was voiced by a different actor in each short.
  58. For the package film, Jon Walmsley re-recorded the dialogue in the Honey Tree for continuity purposes.
  59. Walt Disney originally wanted Wally Boag to voice Tigger.
  60. Wally Cox was originally the voice for Piglet however he went on to star in the movie UnderDog.
  61. John Fiedler was given the role of Piglet instead.
  62. Walt Disney won a posthumous Oscar for this short; gaining the nomination and win two years after his death.
  63. Wolfgang Reitherman, the director, accepted the award on Disney’s behalf.
  64. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too is the final short used in this package movie.
  65. It was released to cinemas as a short on December 20th
  66. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
  67. A soundtrack album was released alongside the short.
  68. In 1975, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too won the Grammy Award for Best Album for Children.
  69. When The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh had further releases, this featurette version did not exist.
  70. This was the first Winnie the Pooh featurette to not include any new songs.
  71. The animation of Tigger singing and dancing his song The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers was previously used in Blustery Day.
  72. Part of Winnie the Pooh’s is cut from this short.
  73. There’s a fake black fade out at the scene where Tigger was bouncing his way to save Rabbit.
  74. The narrators line when he was mentioning Rabbit getting lost in the woods was slightly shifted.
  75. The 1986 VHS release uses this same edition.
  76. This featurette accompanied the theatrical release of the Island at the Top of the World.
  77. This is the first and only Winnie the Pooh film where Roo was voiced by a girl and not a boy.
  78. At the end of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the teddy bear Pooh winks at the audience.
  79. There are no end credits at the end of the movie.
  80. All credits are at the beginning of the feature.
  81. Just before Tiggers first appearance, Pooh’s door latch changed from a double bracket to a single bracket and pivot.
  82. The flipping storybook pages which serve as scene transitions are almost all identical.
  83. The book pages were included to remind children that Winnie the Pooh was originally a story book that children can read and play with.
  84. Winnie the Pooh has become one of Disney’s most popular properties.
  85. Howard Morris provides the voice of the Gopher.
  86. Gopher as modelled after the beaver in Lady and the Tramp.
  87. ‘I’m not in the book but I’m at your service’ is a reference to the Gopher not being present in the original A.A Milne story.
  88. In some scenes in owls house, animators have forgotten to colour in his umbrella among other items in the background.
  89. At the beginning of the movie, the narrator refers, incorrectly, to Pooh by the name Edwin bear instead of Edward Bear.
  90. Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore was released in 1983 and would feature as a bonus on home releases of the movie.
  91. Many showings of the package movie on the Disney Channel in the early 90s used the Eeyore short in place of Tigger Too, cutting out most of the films framing animation.
  92. This movie is very faithful to A.A Milnes original telling of the tales of Pooh Bear.
  93. This movie also breaks the fourth wall with the narrator getting involved in the story or the characters referencing they are in a book.
  94. The original German dubbing of the shorts made Rabbit a female.
  95. The title Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too is reference to William henry Harrisons campaign slogan, Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.
  96. When A.A Milne first wrote the story, it was written Winnie-the-Pooh but when Disney acquired the rights, he dropped the hyphens.
  97. Ralph Wright who was on the story team for the film had a deep voice that the film makers thought would be perfect for Eeyore.
  98. He recorded the lines and they stuck with them.
  99. Buddy Baker designed the score so that each character would be represented by a different instrument.
  100. Bass clarinet or Eeyore, flute for Kanga, piccolo for Roo, clarinet for Rabbit, oboe for Piglet, ocarina and French horn for Owl and baritone horn for Pooh.

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One thought on “100 Facts About Winnie the Pooh

  1. I had no idea that Disney owned Winnie the Pooh! Well, the more you know! One of my friend’s mum absolutely adore the books and has their illustrations all up on her wall

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