Hey! I thought the anthology films ended in the 1940’s?
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh has been on and off the list, and was finally left on. Not really a feature film in and of itself, rather it is a combination of three featurettes originally leased in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. But it had been five years since the Disney Studios had any animated feature release, and, well, they needed something.
Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree follows Pooh’s efforts to purloin a stash of honey from a buzzing beehive. Pooh tries to trick the bees into thinking the weather is turning sour, with young human pal Christopher Robin sloshing about with an umbrella, repeating, “Tut, tut! It looks like rain…” After exhausting his little bear brainpower, Pooh ends up eating honey with his friend Rabbit, only to discover his excessive intake has made him too tubby to fit out the door of Rabbit’s hutch.
Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day is the disaster movie of the Pooh series. When a dangerous storm and a subsequent flood threaten the Hundred Acre wood, Pooh and friends team up to protect each other’s homes and hides. This cartoon also features the famous “Huffalumps and Woozles” sequence.
In the last segment of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too, the always bouncy Tigger gets to be too much for the other residents of the Hundred Acre Wood. The animals band together to help the springy tiger become more subdued. This short contains the memorable Tigger anthem, “The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers.”
The various Pooh shorts in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 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.
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Traditional Animation
- Walt Disney Studios
- Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
- Cartoon Characters: Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Gopher, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Christopher Robin.
- Voice Actors: Sterling Holloway, Paul Winchell, John Fiedler, Junius Matthews, Howard Morris, Ralph Wright, Barbara Luddy, Clint Howard, Dori Whitaker; Full Voice Cast ...
- Directed By Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery.
- Produced By Wolfgang Reitherman.
- Animated By Hal Ambro, Dale Baer, Don Bluth, Eric Cleworth, Andres Gaskill, Gary Goldman, Fred Hellmich, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Bill Keil, Hal King, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery; more Animators ...
- Written By Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Ted Berman, Ralph Wright, Xavier Atencio, Julius Svendsen, Eric Cleworth, A.A. Milne; more Writers ...
- Music: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Buddy Baker.
- Editor: Tom Acosta, James Melton.
- Originally Released on March 11, 1977.
- Originally Released Theatrically.
- Running Time: 71 minutes.