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Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. He appears in the books Winnie-the-Pooh (published October 14, 1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Milne also wrote two books of children's poetry, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, which include several poems about Winnie-the-Pooh. All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard. The setting of the stories is based on the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England. Image File history File links Winnie the Pooh. ... Image File history File links Winnie the Pooh. ... For other meanings, see Bear (disambiguation). ... Alan Alexander Milne (January 18, 1882 – January 31, 1956), also known as A. A. Milne, is an English author best known for his books about the talking stuffed bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, and for various childrens poems, some of which also feature Winnie-the-Pooh and friends; Milne had... Look up book in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A book is a collection of leaves of paper, parchment or other material, bound together along one edge within covers. ... Winnie the Pooh Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. ... October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in Leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1926 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The House at Pooh Corner (1928) is the second volume of stories about Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne. ... 1928 was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Bust of Homer, one of the earliest European poets, in the British Museum Poetry (ancient Greek: ποιεω (poieo) = I create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. ... An illustrator is a graphic artist who specializes in enhancing written text by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text. ... Ernest Howard Shepard (December 10, 1879-1976) was a British artist and book illustrator. ... Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England is a large open area of heathland together with pine, birch and oak woodland in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. ... East Sussex is a county in South East England. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population - Total (mid-2004) - Density Ranked 1st UK 50. ...


The Pooh stories were later made into a series of Winnie the Pooh (without hyphens) featurettes by Walt Disney Productions, which spawned one of the company's most successful franchises. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on March 11, 1977. ... A hyphen ( -, or ‐ ) is a punctuation mark. ... Walt Disney Productions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

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Character

Winnie-the-Pooh, who is described as F.O.P. (Friend of Piglet), R.C. (Rabbit's Companion), P.D. (Pole Discoverer), E.C. and T.F. (Eeyore's Comforter and Tail Finder), is an unassuming "Bear of Very Little Brain" who is fond of composing poetry and eating honey. His best friend is a piglet called Piglet, who is not very brave. They live in the Wood with a variety of other characters (see below), with the Owl being the only one to live in the Hundred Acre Wood. Honey honey comb A capped frame of honeycomb Honey is a sweet and viscous fluid produced by bees and other insects from the nectar of flowers. ...


Other characters in the Winnie the Pooh stories include:

Christopher Robin is a character in the Winnie the Pooh books. ... The Disney incarnation of Eeyore. ... A heffalump is a fictional creature mentioned in the Winnie the Pooh stories, both in Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and later in The House at Pooh Corner (1928). ... A woozle is a fictional creature mentioned in the Winnie the Pooh stories, and the name of one of ventriloquist Jeff Dunhams puppets. ... Kanga is a decorative cotton cloth garment common in East Africa, often worn as a pair. ... In the fictional world of the book series and cartoon Winnie the Pooh, Owl is a wise old owl who happens to be a friend of Winnie the Pooh. ... Classic Piglet Piglet is a fictional character from A. A. Milnes book Winnie-the-Pooh. ... In the fictional world of the book series and cartoons Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit is a responsible rabbit who happens to be a good friend of Winnie the Pooh. ... In the fictional world of the book series and cartoon Winnie the Pooh, Roo is a young kangaroo who is a good friend of Winnie the Pooh. ... A Tigger plush toy Tigger is a fictional character from A. A. Milnes book, The House at Pooh Corner. ...

Origins

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, Children's record narrated by James Stewart, c. 1940.
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, Children's record narrated by James Stewart, c. 1940.

The character was named after a stuffed bear owned by Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne. Most of the other characters are also named after toys belonging to Christopher Milne, the exceptions being Owl and Rabbit, presumably (based on their appearances in illustrations) based on real life animals, and of course Christopher Robin. Christopher Milne had named his toy after a real bear named Winnipeg, brought to Britain from Canada and whom Milne and his son often saw at the zoo, and after "Pooh", a swan they had met on a holiday (and who appears in When We Were Very Young). Image File history File links Winnie the Pooh. ... Image File history File links Winnie the Pooh. ... Christopher Robin Milne (August 21, 1920 – April 20, 1996) was the son of author Alan Alexander Milne and Dorothy de Selincourt. ... In the fictional world of the book series and cartoon Winnie the Pooh, Owl is a wise old owl who happens to be a friend of Winnie the Pooh. ... In the fictional world of the book series and cartoons Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit is a responsible rabbit who happens to be a good friend of Winnie the Pooh. ... Christopher Robin is a character in the Winnie the Pooh books. ... {{Canadian City/Disable Field={{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: Unum Cum Virtute Multorum (One With the Strength of Many) City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada location. ...


Winnipeg Bear was discovered at a stop in White River, Ontario, by members of The Fort Garry Horse Canadian regiment of cavalry, en route to the battlefields of France during World War I. The bear was smuggled to Britain as the unofficial regimental mascot. Winnie's first owner was Lt. Harry Colebourn. He was the regiment's veterinarian, looking after their horses. Winnie's eventual destination was to be the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, but at the end of the War, the officers of the Fort Garry Horse decided to allow her to remain in the London Zoo, where she was much loved. White River (population 1000), is a township located in Ontario, Canada. ... The Fort Gary Horse badge The Fort Gary Horse is a Canadian militia (i. ... // Size and Composition A regiment is a military unit, larger than a company and smaller than a division. ... Italian cavalry officers practice their horsemanship in 1904 outside Rome. ... World War I was primarily a European conflict with many facets: immense human sacrifice, stalemate trench warfare, and the use of new, devastating weapons - tanks, aircraft, machineguns, and poison gas. ... A veterinary surgeon removes stitches from a cats face following minor surgery on an absess. ... The giant London Zoo aviary London Zoo was the worlds first scientific zoo. ...


Christopher Robin's toy bear is now on display at New York Central Library. "Growler", E. H. Shepard's bear which provided the model for his illustrations, no longer exists, having been destroyed by Shepard's dog. New York Public Library, central block, built 1897–1911, Carrère and Hastings, architects (June 2003) The New York Public Library (NYPL), one of three public library systems serving New York City, is one of the leading libraries in the United States. ...


Development by Disney

In 1929, Milne sold the Pooh merchandising rights to an American promoter named Stephen Slesinger. It was only one of many properties Slesinger managed, and during his lifetime, not even the biggest — that would probably be the Red Ryder comic strip, which he placed in movies, on radio and elsewhere. Slesinger died in 1953, and his widow inherited the operation. 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Red Ryder was a famous American comic strip cowboy. ... 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ...


In 1961, Walt Disney Productions bought film and other rights to the character and made a series of cartoon films about him. (Note that Winnie-the-Pooh's name was hyphenated in the Milne books, but lost its hyphens in the Disney incarnation.) The early cartoons were based on several of the original stories. However this is not true of the more recent films and television series which Disney have made. 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ...


The appearance of the cartoons derives from Shepard's illustrations but the style of drawing is simplified and the characters are given exaggerated features. Alongside the cartoon versions, merchandise using the Shepard drawings is now marketed under the description "Classic Pooh". The storytelling style and characterisation have little in common with Milne's tales.

The Disney incarnation of Winnie the Pooh, as a stuffed animal
The Disney incarnation of Winnie the Pooh, as a stuffed animal
Disney Store Japan's rendition of Winnie the Pooh, as a stuffed animal
Disney Store Japan's rendition of Winnie the Pooh, as a stuffed animal

In 1977, Disney released the animated feature The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, introducing a new character named Gopher – a sign of the increasing Americanization of the franchise (the gopher being a uniquely North American animal), which Disney nevertheless explicitly acknowledged, by having the Gopher proclaim, "I'm not in the book, you know!" This movie features three segments that were originally released separately as featurettes: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974). This feature version featured new bridging material and a new ending, as it had been Walt Disney's original intention to make a feature. In 1983, a fourth featurette, Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, was released. The Disney incarnation of Winnie the Pooh. ... The Disney incarnation of Winnie the Pooh. ... Download high resolution version (1728x2592, 1223 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1728x2592, 1223 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on March 11, 1977. ... Genera see text The pocket gophers are burrowing rodents of the family Geomyidae. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Walt Disney Walter Elias Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966), was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Pooh has become one of the most lucrative literary franchises in history. Today, Pooh videos, teddy bears, and other merchandise generate $1 billion in annual revenues for Disney – as much as is earned by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto combined. Teddy bear The Teddy bear is a stuffed toy bear for children. ... Mickeys most recognizable look has him wearing red shorts and yellow shoes. ... Minnie Mouse Minnie Mouse is a fictional character of the Mickey Mouse universe featured in animated cartoons, comic strips and comic book by The Walt Disney Company. ... Donald Duck Donald Duck is an animated cartoon and comic-book character best known for his cartoons from Walt Disney Studios. ... Goofy Goofy is a fictional character from the Walt Disneys Mickey Mouse universe. ... Pluto Pluto is a fictional character made famous in a series of Disney short cartoons. ...


Ownership controversy

In 1991, Shirley Slesinger Lasswell, the widow of Milne's literary agent, who inherited the rights to Pooh, filed a lawsuit against Disney, claiming that she was being cheated out of merchandising rights to the characters. Although she has collected $66 million, she claimed to be owed over $200 million more. After 13 years, the suit finally ended in March 2004; Disney won. 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Other Works

The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff use Milne's characters in a very accessible way to explain the Eastern Philosophy/Religion of Taoism. Pooh has also been featured in four notable satires: Pooh and the Philosophers by J. T. Williams, Was the Winnie-the-Pooh a good Muslim?, and Frederick Crews' The Pooh Perplex and Postmodern Pooh, which both poke fun at literary theory. The Tao of Pooh is the title of a book by Benjamin Hoff (Penguin Books, New York: 1982, ISBN 0140067477) which is a elementary but entertaining introduction to Taoism, using the fictional character of Winnie the Pooh. ... Ten years after his Tao of Pooh, in 1982, Benjamin Hoff was pressed to write a follow up of his Western inquiry into Taoism. ... Benjamin Hoff (born 1946) is the author of several books on Taoism, including his bestselling The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet. ... Taoism or the School of Tao refers to a set of philosophical teachings and religious practices rooted in a specific metaphysical understanding of the Chinese character Tao. ... Literary theory is the theory (or the philosophy) of the interpretation of literature and literary criticism. ...


The 'sport' of 'Poohsticks' — in which competitors drop sticks into a stream from a bridge and then wait to see whose stick will cross the finish line first — began as a game played by Pooh and his friends in the stories, but has crossed over into the real world. A World Championship Poohsticks race takes place in Oxfordshire each year. Poohsticks is a game first mentioned as being played by Winnie the Pooh and friends in the book The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne, as well as in the animated featurette Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore. ... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from Latin Oxonia) is a county in South East England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire. ...


The Pooh stories have been translated into many languages, notably including Alexander Lenard's Latin translation, Winnie ille Pu, first published in 1958 and in 1960 became the first foreign-language book to feature on the New York Times Bestseller List. Latin is the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... The New York Times bestseller list is a weekly chart in The New York Times newspaper that keeps track of the best-selling books of the week. ...


Stories about Winnie-the-Pooh

  • in Winnie-the-Pooh:
    1. We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees and the Stories Begin
    2. Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a Tight Place
    3. Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle
    4. Eeyore Loses A Tail and Pooh Finds One
    5. Piglet Meets a Heffalump
    6. Eeyore Has A Birthday And Gets Two Presents
    7. Kanga And Baby Roo Come To The Forest And Piglet Has A Bath
    8. Christopher Robin Leads An Expotition To The North Pole
    9. Piglet Is Entirely Surrounded By Water
    10. Christopher Robin Gives Pooh A Party and We Say Goodbye
  • in The House at Pooh Corner:
    1. A House Is Built At Pooh Corner For Eeyore
    2. Tigger Comes to the Forest and Has Breakfast
    3. A Search is Organdized, and Piglet Nearly Meets the Heffalump Again
    4. It Is Shown That Tiggers Don't Climb Trees
    5. Rabbit Has a Busy Day, and We Learn What Christopher Robin Does in the Mornings
    6. Pooh Invents a New Game and Eeyore Joins In
    7. Tigger Is Unbounced
    8. Piglet Does a Very Grand Thing
    9. Eeyore Finds the Wolery and Owl Moves Into It
    10. Christopher Robin and Pooh Come to an Enchanted Place, and We Leave Them There

Winnie the Pooh Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. ... The House at Pooh Corner (1928) is the second volume of stories about Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne. ...

Disney adaptations

Featurettes

  • 1966: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (the movie where Pooh's theme song is introduced)
  • 1968: Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
  • 1974: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!
  • 1983: Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore

Full-length features

Television show The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on March 11, 1977. ... The Tigger Movie is a spin-off film from The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh. ... Piglets Big Movie is a 2004 animated feature produced by the DisneyToons studio in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ... Promotional poster for Poohs Heffalump Movie Poohs Heffalump Movie is a Winnie the Pooh movie created by Disney in 2005. ...

Winnie-the-Pooh, as seen in Welcome to Pooh Corner Welcome to Pooh Corner was a live-action/puppet TV show airing on the Disney Channel featuring the characters from the Winnie the Pooh universe portrayed by actors in human size puppet suits except Roo, who was usually a traditional... The Disney Channel is a cable TV network run by The Walt Disney Company. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is an American animated series made by The Walt Disney Company and inspired by A. A. Milnes Winnie the Pooh stories. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Book of Pooh is a puppetry show aimed at preschoolers that airs every morning on the Disney Channel. ... The Disney Channel is a cable TV network run by The Walt Disney Company. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Trivia

Pooh was Hong Kong's favorite Disney character in a 2004 poll, competing against characters including Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Donald Duck, and Sleeping Beauty. Mickeys most recognizable look has him wearing red shorts and yellow shoes. ... Buzz Lightyear Buzz Lightyear is a fictional character appearing in several films and cartoons by Disney and Pixar. ... Donald Duck Donald Duck is an animated cartoon and comic-book character best known for his cartoons from Walt Disney Studios. ... Sleeping Beauty (La Belle aux bois dormant) is a fairy tale classic, the first in the set published in 1697 by Charles Perrault, Contes de ma Mère lOye (Mother Goose Tales). Elements of the story are contained in Giambattista Basiles Pentamerone (published 1634), in the tale Sun, Moon...


Pooh also is the number one Disney Character in the Philippines for 2005 with Disney Princess at number two followed by Incredibles, Buzz Lightyear and Mickey Mouse. This is in terms of the merchandise sold for the year. (Honey Barn Marketing Corp.)


The sign on Pooh's house reads the name 'Sanders'. This may be Pooh's surname, or perhaps the name of the house's previous resident. It is a set up for a joke: Pooh was 'living under the name "Sanders".'


The Winnie-the-Pooh's official birthdate was August 21, 1921 that same day Christopher Robin gets him on his first birthday. August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1921 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


See also

Sterling Holloway (January 4, 1905 - November 22, 1992) was a perennial voice actor for the Walt Disney Studios, who began with a cameo role in Dumbo and later became a Disney legend as the voice of Winnie the Pooh. ... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... Jim Cummings (born 1953 in Youngstown, Ohio) is a prolific American voice actor. ...

External links

  • Report on the outcome of the Slesinger lawsuit
  • "Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood: a neurodevelopmental perspective on A.A. Milne"(pdf) from The Canadian Medical Association Journal (Vol 163, Issue 12)
  • A Bear Named Winnie - CBC television dramatization of the story of the original Winnipeg Bear.

 
 

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