Archetypes being what they are, it’s pretty much possible to link any group of fictional characters with any other, if you stretch a bit. It’s a largely futile exercise, but sometimes fun. Recently, I was thinking (think, think, think) about the characterization of Toad in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show (which I guess was really the first attempt to give Toad any personality whatsoever), and how he was small in size but eager to be a hero, sort of like Piglet. That in turn led me to wonder if I could draw any more parallels between the Mario and Winnie-the-Pooh characters. Maybe not if you’re looking at the actual games, but in the Super Show cartoons, Mario is motivated by food much as Pooh himself is. Luigi, as the eternal pessimist, could be Eeyore. I guess the Princess would be Kanga because there aren’t any other females available, but it sort of fits anyway. While the Princess’ typical role in the show is as a damsel in distress, when she IS with the rest of the team she often takes a bit of a maternal role. And if you want to bring in the Super Mario World cartoon, Yoshi and Oogtar bear some similarities to Tigger and Roo. It’s hardly a perfect comparison, considering that Yoshi will eat just about anything and Tigger is a fussy eater, but whatever. That leaves out Rabbit and Owl, although maybe Wooster, the King’s butler from the Valiant comics, could count as a Rabbit type.
Not quite the same as my own parallels, but fun nonetheless.
Anyway, I remembered that in one of the cartoon episodes, “King Mario of Cramalot,” Mario says the line, “Where there’s bees, there’s raviolis smothered in honey.” I initially thought this was a Winnie-the-Pooh reference, and the writers might well have intended it as such. It looks, however, like the famous bear never actually said this line in A.A. Milne’s stories. I believe the closest we get is this:
Winnie-the-Pooh sat down at the foot of the tree, put his head between his paws and began to think.
First of all he said to himself: “That buzzing-noise means something.You don’t get a buzzing-noise like that, just buzzing and buzzing, without its meaning something.If there’s a buzzing-noise, somebody’s making a buzzing noise, and the only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you’re a bee.”
Then he thought another long time, and said: “And the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey.”
And then he got up, and said: “And the only reason for making honey is so as I can eat it.”
The expression “where there are bees, there is honey” (sometimes stated in reverse) appears to be a pretty old proverb, and perhaps Milne was thinking of it when writing the story, but he didn’t use it directly. It does apparently show up on Pooh-related merchandise, however, and it looks like the bear says a variation of the line in The Tigger Movie. At least, that’s what I was able to gather by searching on Google.