Tubby Little Cubby All Stuffed with Fluff

From what I understand, Walt Disney wanted to make a feature film of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories, but decided to start out making shorts. After his death, three of the shorts (only the first of which was released during Walt’s lifetime) were combined into 1977’s The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. To call most of Pooh’s experiences “adventures” strikes me as pitching it a little strong, but whatever. Each of the shorts was comprised of elements from a few different Milne stories. Added to the end of the movie is the rather melancholy ending from The House at Pooh Corner, in which Christopher Robin says goodbye to Pooh. The Pooh stories were my favorites as a kid, and I remember seeing the cartoons and noticing the differences, but not really caring too much. The characters are all recognizable across media, although there are some subtle, and sometimes major, differences between them. Here’s a good post on the differences. One thing I always noted was that Pooh’s voice is nothing like it’s described in Milne’s text, but Sterling Holloway’s voice is so famous that I kind of feel wrong complaining about it. One character, Gopher, wasn’t in the book, the source for a recurring joke in the first cartoon.

One other quite notable element in the Pooh cartoons is how the stories are all presented in the form of a book, with the characters and text sometimes interacting, and the characters conversing with the narrator. I’m not sure why they chose to do this with Pooh in particular, but it’s very memorable.

I have to say that the weirdest part of this feature is Pooh’s nightmare about Heffalumps and Woozles in the middle segment.

It has no basis in Milne other than that the two words were used in the books, and indeed it bears a great similarity to the pink elephant scene from Dumbo. I’m not sure why they decided to put that in, as it’s a bizarre diversion from the look and feel of the rest of the film. Finally, I’ll mention that the songs included a lot more harmonizing than I generally associate with Disney movies. It’s a good feature, and the seams between the different shorts don’t show, even if Pooh’s seams do at times. Anyway, TTFN! Ta-ta for now!

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3 Responses to Tubby Little Cubby All Stuffed with Fluff

  1. gold account says:

    This is one of the Disney’s materpieces. I’m in my 20’s and I grew up with Winnie the pooh not only with the movie but with the tv series and the Book. It is hard to imagine a more delightful DVD introduction to A. A. Milne’s cherished Winnie the Pooh books than this 1977 short stories, which gathered the Disney studio’s original trio of animated featurettes: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966): Pooh of course goes out looking for hunny and gets into some trouble, the Oscar-winning Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968): the hundred acre woods is flooded and piglet is in trouble, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too (1974):this is one of my favorite of the short stories where you meet tigger and you hear him sing his memorable song. Pooh was a pet project of Walt Disney, whose children loved the books about the “willy nilly silly old bear” and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Faithful to the look and gentle spirit of the books, these mellow shorts do Milne proud. With the voices of Sterling Holloway as Pooh, Paul Winchell as Tigger, and John Fiedler as Piglet, the delightful characters come to life. The DVD edition includes a honey jar full of additional special features, including interactive sing-alongs and various activities. But the best part is how they restored the animation vivid and stunning as i would believe as when the movies first arrived in theathers. This movie is my family’s favorite. At least once a month my nephew watches it and sings along and is enchanted by silly Pooh, little piglet, gloomy eeyore, rabbit and his gardening,know it all owl, kanga and little roo and bouncy tigger too. This is sure to be in your dvd collection already or soon, where you can be enchanted by one of disney’s greatest materpieces about a boy named christopher robin and his nilly silly old bear pooh and his friends and a wonderful place called the hundred acre woods!5 stars ***** two thumbs way way way up!

  2. Have you ever seen the Russian Pooh? I believe it pre-dates Disney’s and though the characters are strange looking from what I remember seeing they stayed a bit truer to the books (Piglet especially).

    • Nathan says:

      You know, I had a tab open with a link to some of the Russian Pooh cartoons, but Firefox lost my tabs and I forgot all about it. I’ll have to check that out.

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