Today is actually the anniversary of TWO Winnie the Pooh specials, the aforementioned Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too and, well, I’ll let you figure out the other one. Tigger released in 1974, the other one in 1968.
The inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood have a problem. Tigger has been getting on everybody’s nerves, tearing about the Wood and then turning to mischief. Rabbit calls a protest meeting the group decide to lose Tigger in the woods. They become lost in the attempt, and it is up to Tigger to rescue them. In his excitement, Tigger bounces himself and Roo onto a high tree limb, and he must promise never tp bounce again to be rescued.
This Pooh short captured the kindly spirit of Milne’s original stories, adding some clever interaction between the characters and off-screen narrator Sebastian Cabot. Another voice artist, Sterling Holloway, became forever identified with his pitch-perfect Pooh, delivering an “Oh, bother!” like no one else could. The compilation feature proved to be as successful as its individual parts, and new Pooh shorts, shows and features continued to be produced through the ensuing decades.