April 14, 1969 – Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Wins The Academy Award for Best Short Film
“Happy ‘Winds-Day,’ Piglet.”
On April 14, 1969, the 41st Academy Awards were held in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The Disney short film Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day won the Academy Award for Best Short Film, beating The House That Jack Built by the National Film Board of Canada, The Magic Pear Tree by Murakami-Wolf Films, and Windy Day by Hubley Studios. The award was given posthumously to Walt Disney, who had passed away two years before the short’s release in 1968. It is also the only Winnie the Pooh short to win an award, although Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too would be nominated in 1974. In 1977, these two short films and Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree were combined into the full-length feature film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.