Winnie the Pooh (franchise)
|Winnie the Pooh|
Logo used since the 2011 film
|Creator||A. A. Milne|
by A. A. Milne
|Owner||The Walt Disney Company|
|Comics||Winnie the Pooh (1978–1988)|
|Films and television|
|Theme park attractions|
Winnie the Pooh is a character based on A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories. The Disney media franchise commenced in 1966 with the theatrical release of the short Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.
In the midst of a 2003 battle where Disney stood to lose commercial rights to Winnie the Pooh, The Daily Telegraph noted "Losing control of the Winnie the Pooh franchise would be a disaster for Disney. Analysts believe Pooh is worth $3bn-$6bn of Disney's total annual sales of $25bn." According to a 2013 Variety article, Winnie the Pooh is the third best-selling franchise in the world, after Disney's own Disney Princess and Star Wars. The New York Time said "The stakes are high for Disney. Global sales of Pooh merchandise — books, plush toys, T-shirts, potty chairs — have fallen 12% over the last five years, but still account for a staggering $5.5 billion", adding "Pooh...remains Disney’s second best-selling character after Mickey Mouse". It noted "Branding experts say aging character franchises are among the most difficult to keep alive because they require continually walking a tightrope. 'With Winnie the Pooh, Disney is going to continue to struggle with the tension of remaining relevant to kids versus maintaining a love-mark brand that parents trust,' said Matt Britton, a founder of Mr. Youth, a New York marketing firm." In a 2014 overview of Disney's top franchises, CNN wrote "Pooh may have been born in the 1920s in A.A. Milne's books. But the bear is still going strong via Disney movies and DVD's. Pooh Bear sells games, stuffed animals, clothing, and even iPhone and iPad apps. Pooh is also a favorite subject in books from Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world's largest publisher of children's books and magazines with more than 700 million products sold each year".
Long before Disney held any rights to Winnie the Pooh, Stephen Slesinger, Inc., produced the very first Pooh Movie under the banner Telecomics Presents, in 1947.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. It is the 22nd Disney animated feature film and was first released on March 11, 1977. The film consists of four previously released shorts that have been edited together. The ending scene is based on the final chapter of A. A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner.
Sebastian Cabot narrates the adventures of bumbling bear Winnie the Pooh as he seeks out and deals with complications from his search for honey, weathers a wind storm and subsequent flood, endures the foibles of the hyperactive tiger Tigger and has Eeyore's birthday.
The Tigger Movie (2000)
The Tigger Movie is a 2000 American animated musical comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Jun Falkenstein. Part of the Winnie-the-Pooh series, this film features the rambunctious tiger Tigger in his search for his family tree and other Tiggers like himself. The film was the first feature-length theatrical Pooh film to not be a collection of previously released shorts.
Tigger realize the implications of the fact that "the most wonderful thing about tiggers is" he's "the only one!" when the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood tire of his antics, and goes on a search for other Tiggers.
Piglet's Big Movie (2003)
Piglet's Big Movie is a 2003 American animated musical adventure comedy film produced by DisneyToon Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 21, 2003. It is based upon the characters in the Winnie-the-Pooh books written by A. A. Milne. It is the second in the series of theatrically released Winnie the Pooh films which were not produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, preceded by The Tigger Movie (2000) and followed by Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005). The film features songs by Carly Simon.
Piglet becomes fed up after being excluded from a honey-thieving scheme, so strikes out on his own to do some thinking. When Piglet's friends discover he's missing, the only clue they have to go on is a scrapbook he left behind.
Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
Pooh's Heffalump Movie is a 2005 American animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, featuring characters from A. A. Milne's classic stories. This film features songs by Carly Simon.
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
Winnie the Pooh is a 2011 American animated musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 51st Disney animated feature film. Inspired by A. A. Milne's stories of the same name, the film is part of Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise, the fifth theatrical Winnie the Pooh film released, and Walt Disney Animation Studios' second adaptation of Winnie-the-Pooh stories.
Upon learning that Eeyore has lost his tail, the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood start a contest to see who can find a new one for the melancholy donkey — with a pot of honey going to the winner. Amid the goings-on, Owl mistakenly relates the news that Christopher Robin has been abducted. However, when Pooh finds a land of sweet delights.
Christopher Robin (TBA)
On April 3, 2015, it was announced that Disney is making a live-action movie based on A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories and characters, similar to 2010’s and 2016’s Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, 2014's Maleficent, 2015's Cinderella, 2016's The Jungle Book and Pete's Dragon and 2017’s Beauty and the Beast. upcoming feature, pitched and to be written by Alex Ross Perry, is about Christopher Robin as an adult returning to the Hundred Acre Wood to spend time with Pooh and the gang. So far it is unclear if the characters will be CGI or hand drawn like the previous movies. It was announced on November 18, 2016 that Marc Forster will direct the film and that it will be titled Christopher Robin.
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (also known as Winnie the Pooh's Most Grand Adventure in some countries) is a 1997 American direct-to-video animated comedy film directed by Karl Geurs. The film follows Pooh and his friends on a journey to find and rescue their friend Christopher Robin from the "Skull". This was the first feature-length Winnie the Pooh film which did not contain any previously released material but was instead all new material.
It's time for Christopher Robin to go to school, which means he's unable to keep regularly visiting with Winnie the Pooh. But when Pooh misreads a letter from Robin, he thinks his friend has been snatched and taken to a faraway land by the mysterious "Skullasaurus". Along with Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Rabbit, Pooh journeys to the terrifying place to rescue their friend, meeting many frightening obstacles along the way as the group deals with their own insecurities in a coming of age story for all of them.
Seasons of Giving
Seasons of Giving is a direct-to-video Winnie the Pooh film released in 1999. The film is a compilation of material that already existed, combining the short film A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving, with two episodes from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Groundpiglet Day and Find Her, Keep Her). It features new songs by The Sherman Brothers, made specifically for this release.
A collection of several holiday stories; as Pooh Bear, Piglet, and Tigger set out to find the right ingredients for Winter, Rabbit learns how to manage a complicated Thanksgiving dinner; Piglet is forced to becoming the local Groundhog; and everyone gets a special visit from a old friend.
The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart
The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart is a 2001 direct-to-video film released on DVD and VHS on July 17, 2001. It is a compilation film composed of footage from the Disney Channel/Playhouse Disney television series The Book of Pooh. It contains six episodes; each focusing on one character; wrapped together by a loose plot in which the characters are in Christopher Robin's room waiting for his arrival. As is typical with the series, each episode features an original musical number. The film's running time is 1 hour, 16 minutes and 19 seconds.
A Very Merry Pooh Year
A Very Merry Pooh Year is a direct-to-video Winnie-the-Pooh anthology film released in 2002 which featured the 1991 Christmas TV special Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too, as well as the new film, Happy Pooh Year. It serves as the series finale of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
After celebrating Christmas in the Hundred Acre Wood, the countdown to the New Year begins while Rabbit succumbs to a case of the winter blues. Seeing the change in their newly grumpy friend, the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood decide on some New Year's resolutions that result in drastic changes.
Springtime with Roo
Springtime with Roo is a 2004 American direct-to-video animated musical adventure comedy film, featuring the characters from Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh franchise. It is a very loose adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol although Christmas has been replaced by Easter. The film consist of all new material, unlike several other Pooh productions.
Roo gets excited about Easter, however, Rabbit instead declares the day "Spring Cleaning Day", hurt over when Tigger usurped him as leader of Easter the previous year.
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie is a 2005 American direct-to-video animated mystery adventure comedy film, featuring the characters from Winnie the Pooh franchise. This is the first Pooh movie since the death of Paul Winchell and the last in which John Fiedler provides Piglet's voice, as Fielder died in 2005. This release incorporates the short film Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh into the storyline.
On their first Halloween together, Roo and Lumpy gather the courage to search for the Gobloon, a creature that can grant wishes.
Super Sleuth Christmas Movie
Super Sleuth Christmas Movie is a 2007 film based on the hit Playhouse Disney series My Friends Tigger & Pooh. It was released direct-to-video. It premiered on Playhouse Disney on December 6, 2008. Darby, Pooh Bear, and their friends work together to rescue Santa's lost reindeer-trainee, Holly.
Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too
Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too is a 2009 direct-to-video film based on the hit Playhouse Disney series My Friends Tigger & Pooh. It is the second film of the series. It was released on DVD on April 7, 2009. It premiered on Playhouse Disney less than a week later on April 11. Unlike the Super Sleuth Christmas Movie, it is treated more like a regular film than as part of the series.
Rabbit creates many new rules as the Mayor of the Hundred Acre Wood, leading Tigger to challenge him for mayorship and causing a Big White Line to be drawn, dividing the place.
Super Duper Super Sleuths
Super Duper Super Sleuths is the third Winnie the Pooh film based on the series My Friends Tigger and Pooh. This is the fifth Winnie the Pooh film to feature Lumpy the Heffalump.
Short films, specials, and featurettes
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is a 1966 film combining live-action and animation. It was released by The Walt Disney Company. Based on the first two chapters of the book Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne, it is the only Winnie the Pooh production released under Walt Disney's supervision before his death in December 1966. It was later added as a segment to the March 1977 film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Music and lyrics were written by the Sherman Brothers (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman). Background music was provided by Buddy Baker. This featurette was shown before The Ugly Dachshund.
Hungry for honey, Winnie-the-Pooh attempts to raid a beehive in a tall tree. After failing, he goes to Rabbit's house and eats all of his honey, making him too bloated to leave when he's stuck in Rabbit's entryway.
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day is a 1968 animated featurette based on the fifth, ninth and tenth chapters of the Winnie-the-Pooh book and the second, eighth and ninth chapters of The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne. The featurette was produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company on December 20, 1969 before The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit. This was the second of the studio's Winnie the Pooh shorts. It was later added as a segment to the March 1977 film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The music was written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. It was notable for being the last animated short produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production.
Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends experience high winds, heavy rains, and a flood in Hundred Acre Wood.
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too is a 1974 animated featurette from Disney released as a double feature with The Island at the Top of the World. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, but lost to Closed Mondays. It was later added as a segment to the 1977 film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. A soundtrack album was released simultaneously and featured such songs as "The Honey Tree" and "Birthday, Birthday." The film, whose name is a play on the slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" made famous during the 1840 United States presidential election, is based on the fourth and seventh chapters of The House at Pooh Corner, and as well as the third chapter of the book Winnie-the-Pooh.
Rabbit is tired of Tigger always bouncing him, so he gets Pooh and Piglet together to come up with an idea to get the bounce out of Tigger. Then, Tigger and little Roo go out for a bounce and get caught in a tree.
Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons
Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons is a short film made by Walt Disney Productions' educational media division, released on September 6, 1981.
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore is the Disney's Winnie the Pooh animated featurette, based on two chapters from the books Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, originally released theatrically on March 11, 1983, with the 1983 re-issue of The Sword in the Stone. It is the fourth and final of Disney's original theatrical featurettes adapted from the Pooh books by A. A. Milne. Produced by Rick Reinert Productions, this was the first Disney animated film since the 1938 Silly Symphonies short Merbabies to be produced by an outside studio.
Eeyore thinks everyone in the Hundred Acre Wood has forgotten his birthday. When Winnie the Pooh and his friends realize their oversight, they prepare a huge celebration with chocolate cake and a birthday game.
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue is an American animated drug prevention television special starring many of the popular cartoon characters from American weekday, Sunday morning, and Saturday morning television at the time of this film's release. The plot chronicles the exploits of Michael, a teenager who is using marijuana and stealing his father's beer.
Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too
Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too is a Christmas television special based on the television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, originally broadcast on Saturday, December 14, 1991 on ABC.
Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh
Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh is a Halloween television special based on the Saturday morning television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, originally broadcast on October 25, 1996.
A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving
A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving is a 1998 made-for-TV special featuring the voice talents of Jim Cummings, Paul Winchell, and John Fiedler. The special shows Pooh and his friends learning the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
A Valentine for You
A Valentine for You is a Valentine's Day special based on the television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh as well as A. A. Milne's treasured stories, originally broadcast on February 13, 1999. This is the final role of Paul Winchell as Tigger before his retirement in 2000 and his death in 2005. It was released on DVD in 2004 and 2010. It features the same cast, musical themes, and some of the same themes as Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, making it an indirect follow-up.
When Christopher Robin seems to be interested in a girl, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and their friends fear that their friend will abandon them. Convinced that a second bite from the love bug will cure him of his lovesickness, the group sets out to explore the Hundred Acre Wood in search of the mysterious "Smitten."
Welcome to Pooh Corner
Welcome to Pooh Corner is a live-action/puppet television series that aired on The Disney Channel, featuring the characters from the Winnie the Pooh universe portrayed by actors in human-sized puppet suits, except Roo, who was originally a traditional puppet. The animatronic costumes used for the characters were created by Alchemy II, Inc., headed by Ken Forsse who later created the toy sensation Teddy Ruxpin. The show was first aired on April 18, 1983, the day The Disney Channel was launched.
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is an American Saturday morning children's animated comedy television series produced by Walt Disney Television that ran from January 17, 1988 to October 26, 1991, inspired by A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories. It has been released on VHS and DVD.
Winnie the Pooh stars in this animated series adapted from A. A. Milne's classic children's books that depict the misadventures of Pooh and his friends. Each episode highlights the importance of cooperation and friendship as they solve the problems that come their way and embark on many epic adventures.
The Book of Pooh
The Book of Pooh is an American children's puppetry television series that aired on the Disney Channel. It is the third television series to feature the characters from the Disney franchise based on A. A. Milne's work. It premiered on January 22, 2001, and completed its run on July 8, 2003. The show is produced by Shadow Projects, and Playhouse Disney. The characters are portrayed through puppetry. Most notable is the promotion of Kessie to the main cast, after her guest role on New Adventures.
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
My Friends Tigger & Pooh is an American computer-animated family comedy television series based on the A. A. Milne children's books. The television series features Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends, including two new characters: a brave 6-year-old red-headed girl named Darby and her dog Buster. Although Darby appears to be the main human friend of Pooh and the gang and the leader of the Super Sleuths, Christopher Robin still appears sporadically.
Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood
Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood was a single player adventure game created by Al Lowe for Sierra On-Line.
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Tigger's Honey Hunt is a video game that was released in 2000 for the Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows. The game was developed by DokiDenki Studio a third-party developer, for Disney Interactive whom published the PC version and co-released the game on home consoles through NewKidCo in North America, while the European release was published by Ubisoft. The game has a spiritual successor called "Pooh and Tigger's Hunny Safari" with much of the same story but with different mini games.
Winnie the Pooh wants to have a party but he's running low on honey. Tigger agrees to help by heading off into the forest to look for more. This adventure takes Tigger through nine different levels of friendly platform action, full of challenges like slippery ice, falling boulders, and creepy caves.
Winnie the Pooh: Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood
Piglet's Big Game
Piglet's Big Game is a 2003 action-adventure video game by Gotham Games, Disney Interactive Studios and Doki Denki Studio. The game centers around Piglet and how he tries to show how he can help. The game is based on Piglet's Big Movie.
Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure
Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure is an action-adventure video game of the action-adventure genre released in 2005. It was published by Ubisoft and Disney Interactive and developed by Phoenix Studio.
Ready to Read with Pooh
Ready to Read with Pooh is a Disney Interactive CD-ROM game that helps youngsters ages three to six learn to read. There are nine activities in the game. When youngsters complete an activity successfully, they will receive an item for the new treehouse that the player has "moved into".
Ready for Math with Pooh
Ready for Math with Pooh is a Disney Interactive CD-ROM game that helps youngsters ages three to six learn basic mathematical concepts. There are nine activities in the game. When an activity is completed, the player receives an item for a garden that the gang is using to cheer up Eeyore.
Three sister games: Winnie The Pooh Toddler (1999), Winnie the Pooh Preschool (October 1999), Winnie The Pooh Kindergarten (2000) .
Pooh's Hunny Trouble
Pooh's Hunny Trouble is a puzzle mobile game developed by Disney Mobile Studios.
Winnie The Pooh's Home Run Derby
Winnie The Pooh's Home Run Derby is a 2010 Japanese Flash baseball video game published at the Walt Disney Pictures website. The player controls Pooh in order to defeat his eight friends in a baseball match. The game won cult following in early 2013 and became a viral hit due to its extreme difficulty.
Return to Pooh Corner
Return to Pooh Corner is a children's music album by soft rock singer Kenny Loggins. Released in 1994, it features songs written by John Lennon, Rickie Lee Jones, Paul Simon and Jimmy Webb, along with several other traditional children's songs. It was a successful album for Loggins, selling over 500,000 copies, and was nominated for a Grammy. Loggins returned to Pooh Corner several years later with 2000's More Songs from Pooh Corner.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Pooh's Hunny Hunt
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a dark ride based upon the 1977 film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The attraction exists in slightly different forms at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland. Pooh's Hunny Hunt, located in Tokyo Disneyland, is an entirely different "E-ticket class" attraction, featuring full audio-animatronics and an innovative 'trackless' ride system.
More Songs from Pooh Corner
More Songs from Pooh Corner is a children's music album released in 2000 by Kenny Loggins. The follow-up to his 1994 album Return to Pooh Corner, it includes the theme song from the 2000 Disney animated film The Tigger Movie, "Your Heart Will Lead You Home", which he also performed for that film's soundtrack, as well as several classic film songs and duets with Olivia Newton-John and Alison Krauss.
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