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November 15

November 15, 2010 – The Merchandise Shop Hundred Acre Goods Opens in Walt Disney World

“Forage for all things Pooh and friends at this popular shop next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction.”

On November 15, 2010, the themed merchandise store Hundred Acre Goods opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Featuring Winnie the Pooh merchandise, the store is near the attraction The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Merchandise available includes apparel, plush toys, and mugs. The store replaced a similar spot called Pooh’s Thotful Shop. Hundred Acre Goods is also the name of a store in Shanghai Disneyland.

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January 27

January 27, 1998 – The Compilation Album Winnie the Pooh: Friends Forever is Released Through Walt Disney Records

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“You’ve got a friend.”

On January 27, 1998, the compilation album Winnie the Pooh: Friends Forever was released through Walt Disney Records. The album featured several original songs about friendship inspired by the Winnie the Pooh series, featuring artists such as Mark Lennon, Nancy Bryan, and the cast of Winnie the Pooh. This album is one of many compilation albums released for the Winnie the Pooh franchise, and features songs with strong Celtic and acoustic influences.

December 11

December 11, 1982 – The CBS Special Winnie the Pooh and Friends Premieres

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“…join the wonderful, whimsical world of Winnie the Pooh for a magical hour of fun with all his friends!”

On December 11, 1982, the special Winnie the Pooh and Friends premiered on CBS in the Walt Disney programming block, a part of the Walt Disney Anthology series. This episode featured a short feature from Winnie the Pooh, along with a couple of other short films featuring Donald Duck and Chip ‘n’ Dale. The special ran for one hour.

December 8

December 8, 2005 – Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh Begins Limited Engagement in New York City

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“Chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff.”

On December 8, 2005, a month-long holiday engagement of Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh kicked off in New York City’s Beacon Theatre. The show, produced by Feld Entertainment, takes audiences deep into the Hundred Acre Wood for an adventure with Winnie the Pooh and his friends, complete with classic songs from the hit animated features. The show featured several Broadway-caliber contributors, including director B T McNicholl, music director David Loud, and Tony-nominated costume designer Gregg Barnes. The 90-minute show ran until December 28.

July 29

July 29, 2005 –Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh Kicks Off United States Tour

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“It’s fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!”

On July 29, 2005, the live-action show Disney Live! Winnie the Pooh kicked off the United States tour with its first show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The show featured a storyteller and her “Hunny Helpers” telling stories of the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood, It originally appeared in New Zealand on June 16, 2004.

February 4

February 4, 1966 – The Cartoon Featurette Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is Released to Theaters

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“Oh, yes! I’m rumbly in my tumbly. Time for something sweet!”

On February 4, 1966, the cartoon featurette Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree was released to theaters. It was the first Disney animated version of the classic Winnie the Pooh stories by A.A. Milne, and was later combined with two other Pooh featurettes to become the 1977 animated feature The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Although the featurette mostly stays true to the source material, it did veer in the addition of a new character, Gopher, who continually points out that he’s “not in the book, you know.” The featurette also features several musical pieces by the Sherman Brothers. The segment was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, and starred Sebastian Cabot as the narrator, Sterling Holloway as Winnie the Pooh, Bruce Reitherman as Christopher Robin, Ralph Wright as Eeyore, Howard Morris as Gopher, Barbara Luddy as Kanga, Hal Smith as Owl, Junius Matthews as Rabbit, and Clint Howard as Roo.

The featurette begins with Pooh’s clock going off, but Pooh can’t remember why. Pooh finally remembers that it’s time for his stoutness exercises, which he performs with great enthusiasm, until he splits a seam, which he immediately stitches back up. His stomach then makes a noise, and Pooh realizes that it’s time for his favorite sweet treat. Unfortunately for the bear, he is completely out of honey. As he gets his nose stuck in a honey jar, he hears the buzzing of a bee around his head, and follows the bee to the window, seeing the bee enter a tree. Pooh realizes that this must be a honey tree, and climbs the tree. As he nears the bee’s nest, he is unable to get the honey, and falls from a branch, landing in a gorse-bush. He then decides to go to Christopher Robin for help. Christopher Robin is helping Eeyore reattach his tail, with Owl, Kanga, and Roo supervising. Pooh finds the group and asks him for his balloon. When Christopher Robin asks what it’s for, Pooh lets him know of his plan to get the honey from the honey tree.

Pooh dons his disguise, and Christopher Robin lends him the balloon to help him float

Pooh dons his disguise, and Christopher Robin lends him the balloon to help him float

Christopher Robin takes Pooh to a muddy place, where Pooh covers himself in mud to look like a “little black rain cloud.” Christopher Robin hands him the balloon, and Pooh soars towards the bee hive, singing a song about being a rain cloud. He manages to reach inside to take a handful of honey, not realizing that his hand is also covered in bees. When he puts his hand in his mouth, Pooh is startled, but soon spits out all the bees. Angered at the deception, the bees then swarm around Pooh, and as Pooh swings around, he gets his behind stuck in the opening of the hive. The bees laugh, but the ones inside the hive push Pooh out, and he is left holding on to dear life to the balloon, which has been released from its string and is flying around frantically. Finally, the balloon completely deflates, but luckily, Christopher Robin is able to catch Pooh. The bees then plan their next attack, but Christopher Robin and Pooh are able to hide in the mud puddle.

Still on a search for Honey, Pooh stops by Rabbit’s house, hoping Rabbit will share his honey. Rabbit doesn’t want to share his food with Pooh again, but Pooh enters anyway, and Rabbit is stuck offering his food to Pooh again. Pooh eats several jars of Rabbit’s honey before deciding to leave, but gets stuck trying to get out of Rabbit’s house. Rabbit then runs out the back door to go get Christopher Robin to help, and Owl stops by to help. When Owl says that they need an expert, Gopher pops out of the ground, and surveys the situation. Gopher declares that it will take three days to dig Pooh out, before thinking that dynamite is the best way to go, but disappears down a hole. Christopher Robin soon appears and tries to pull Pooh out, but the group then decides that the best thing to do is wait for Pooh to get thin again. Rabbit tries to make the best of the situation by decorating Pooh’s backside as a hunting trophy, which is ruined when Pooh sneezes thanks to the flowers Roo gave him.

Pooh has to wait several days to get thin again, and his friends help him through the wait

Pooh has to wait several days to get thin again, and his friends help him through the wait

Pooh waits days to get thin again, keeping poor Rabbit awake the entire time. Gopher appears again with his lunchbox, which tempts a very hungry Pooh. When Rabbit hears Gopher say he has honey, he races from his house and places a sign in front of Pooh: Don’t Feed the Bear. Finally, one morning, Pooh is able to move, and everyone gathers to pull Pooh out from Rabbit’s house. The group manages to pull Pooh out, and he soars across the Hundred Acre Wood, into the Honey Tree. When they go to find him and pull him out of the tree, Pooh, is satisfied staying stuck in the tree, as he gets to eat all the honey inside.

 

January 22

January 22, 2001 – The Disney Channel Original Series The Book of Pooh Premieres

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“Could it be who there? Maybe it’s Pooh Bear! Pooh? Well, that’s me!”

On January 22, 2001, the Disney Channel original series The Book of Pooh premiered. Featuring characters from A. A. Milne’s beloved franchise, this was Disney’s third Winnie the Pooh centric series; the first two were Welcome to Pooh Corner (1983 – 1986) and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988 – 1991). The series relied on the art of Japanese bunraku puppetry for the members of the Hundred Acre Wood, along with computer animated sets. The series was notable for having voice actor Jim Cummings voicing Tigger full time, replacing former voice actor, Paul Winchell. During its run, the show was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards, and won once in 2002 for Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Series, tying with Sesame Street; the nominations were for Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Photography and Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling (both in 2002), and Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Series in 2005. The series stars Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, John Fiedler as Piglet, Ken Sansom as Rabbit, Peter Cullen as Eeyore, André Stojka as Owl, Stephanie D’Abruzzo as Kessie, and Paul Tiesler as Christopher Robin.