Shelved amidst the memories of my childhood are the stories of A.A. Milne, who managed to capture the universal joy and innocence of being young when he penned his tales about Winnie the Pooh. While his books were very popular in his home country of Britain, they didn't become familiar to most North American audiences until another storyteller decided to animate his lovable characters.
Walt Disney introduced the "tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff" in 1966 with Winnie The Pooh and the Honey Tree. Here, the "bear of very little brain" (voiced by Sterling Holloway) goes searching for a smackerel of his favorite food, only to anger some busy bees and overstay his welcome at Rabbit's (voice of Junius Matthews) house. In 1968, the Academy Award winning Blustery Day blew into movie theaters, telling the tale of a "Windsday" that gets a trifle out of hand when it blows down Owl's (voice of Hal Smith) tree house. Happily, his pals in the Hundred Acre Wood band together to help him find a new home. Next followed Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974), which featured the irrepressible, striped tiger (voiced by Paul Winchell) that can't stop himself from bouncing into trouble.
Although released as three short films, the project was originally envisioned as one movie. And it made its motion picture d0xE9but as such in1977 under the title of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Strung together in chapter format, this version allows Pooh fans to collect all of these classics in one.
Disney's efforts not only maintained the charm of A.A. Milne's work, but they also delighted audiences the world over for many years. So if it's been a while since you've dusted off your childhood memories, now may be the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.
Discussion Ideas: Talk About the Movie...
Now that your children have discovered Pooh and his friends, take the adventure to your local library or bookstore where you can find A.A. Milne’s original stories titled Winnie The Pooh and The House At Pooh Corner. Children will love finding the differences between the books and the movie, and even adults will find Milne’s books to be the perfect way to spend a blustery day.
Winnie the Pooh and his friends have appeared in other films such as: The Tigger Movie, Piglet’s Big Movie, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, and Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin.
Home Video Notes
Home Video Notes: The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh
Release Date: 27 August 2013
The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh releases to home video (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) with the following bonus materials:
- Disney Intermission: With Hundred Acre Wood activities
- Pooh Play-Along: Play along with Pooh and his friends
- Classic Animated Short: “A Day for Eeyore”
- Making Of Featurette: “The Story Behind the Masterpiece”
- Winnie the Pooh Theme Song: Performed by Carly Simon
- Five “Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” Shorts
DVD Notes: The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh
Release Date: 18 June 2007
Fans of the lovable, tubby bear will be happy to discover the DVD release of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. This Friendship Edition will allow them to indulge their appetite for all things Pooh with the featurette The Story Behind the Masterpiece (the making of Winnie the Pooh), a glimpse at the film’s art gallery and some Pooh’s Pop-Up Fun Facts. Also included are the classic animated short A Day for Eeyore and an episode of the TV series My Friends Tigger & Pooh. Kids can play The 100 Acre Wood Challenge Game or follow the storyline of Pooh’s Shadow. Music enthusiasts will appreciate Carly Simon’s rendition of The Winnie the Pooh Theme Song or singing along with The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) and French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo).