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Eeyore
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Some attributes
First Winnie-the-Pooh (book)
Second The House at Pooh Corner
Third Return to the Hundred Acre Wood
Other attributes
Fourth Now we are Six
Fifth Winnie-the-Pooh's Colors

Eeyore is an old gray donkey who is sometimes blue in Disney properties. He lives in a house made of sticks situated in Pooh and Piglet Corner, in the Hundred Acre Wood. He was voiced by Ralph Wright in the original Disney theatrical shorts and is currently voiced by Brad Garrett (Voice of Bloat in Finding Nemo). Eyesore enjoys eating thistles.

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Eeyore as seen in A.A. Milne's classic storybooks

Description

Physically, Eeyore is described as an old gray donkey. In Ernest H. Shepard's illustrations, he appears to be about chin-high to Pooh and about hip-high to Christopher Robin. He has a long tail, of which he is very fond, but that he is also prone to losing Owl once mistakes it for a bell-pull. Christopher Robin is able to reattach the tail with a drawing pin. Unlike Pooh, he is said to be "stuffed with sawdust".

Biography

Eeyore is apparently able to write, or at least recognize letters such as the letter A, as shown when he teaches to Piglet in the fifth chapter of The House at Pooh Corner. He spells his own name "eoR" when signing the "rissolution" that the animals give to Christopher Robin as a farewell present in the final chapter of The House at Pooh Corner. Eeyore also wrote the awkwardly-rhymed poem called, "poem", which appeared on the "rissolution", making him the only character in the Winnie-the-Pooh books other than Pooh himself who attempts to write poetry. Eeyore is also surprisingly good at the game Poohsticks, winning more times than anyone else when it is played in the sixth chapter of The House at Pooh Corner.

Eeyore lives in the southeast corner of the Hundred Acre Wood, in an area labeled "Eeyore’s Gloomy Place: Rather Boggy and Sad" on the map in the book. He has a stick house there in which collapses rather regularly, called the House at Pooh Corner, which Pooh and Piglet built for him after accidentally mistaking the original house that Eeyore built for a pile of sticks.

He has a poor opinion of most of the other animals in the forest, describing them has having "No brain at all, some of them", "only gray fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake" (from chapter 1 of The House at Pooh Corner). Eeyore’s favorite food is thistles.

Eeyore appears in chapters 4, 6, 8, and 10 of Winnie the Pooh, and is mentioned in a few others. He also appears in all the chapters of The House at Pooh Corner except chapter 7.

Disney adaptations

Eeyore appears in the Winnie the Pooh cartoons produced by The Walt Disney Company. He is somewhat less caustic and sarcastic in the Disney version than in Milne's original stories. Though often a supporting character, Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore focuses on him. He is physically one of the stronger animals and is often treated as a pack animal whenever a plot calls for one. His house is regularly knocked down, but he always rebuilds it. He usually expects misfortune to happen to him, accepts it when it does and rarely even tries to prevent it. His catchphrases are "Thanks for noticin' me" and "Ohhh-kayyy". His pessimistic outlook was also shown in an encounter with Piglet, who cheerfully bade him "Good morning!" Eeyore responded, "Well, I suppose it is...for some."

Eeyore is hardly ever happy, and even when he is, he's still sardonic and a bit cynical. Ironically, he actually seems to enjoy being gloomy to an extent and sees it as the essence of his very being. Nevertheless, he seems genuinely appreciative of the effort his friends put forth to cheer him up and is still a good friend. Eeyore's grumpiness and negative ways might be attributed to the fact that his tail is affixed to his backside using a pushpin and has a tendency to fall off. He doesn't like his tail, but he agrees that nothing better can replace it. He also loves sad stories because they make him feel more appreciative of his life and what he has. He also really likes eating thistles and sugar cubes.

Even though he complains a lot, Eeyore is generally quite a reliable character; a person you can lean on in times of trouble. He can sometimes be quite insightful ― in Winnie the Pooh's Most Grand Adventure, he was the first to understand that the group didn't have to go on a long and dangerous journey to become strong, smart or brave ― they had it inside them all along. In addition to this, a few episodes of the animated series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh have shown hints that Eeyore is arguably the smartest, wisest, and most down-to-earth resident of the Hundred Acre Woods and has the most common sense (along with Kanga), most notably seen in the episode "Stripes" and "Home is Where the Home is".

In the adaptations, Eeyore has developed a close friendship with Tigger. Despite their opposite personalities, Eeyore's passive nature and Tigger's optimism and outgoingness help them to accept each other's flaws and understand each other better. Their closeness begins at the end of Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore and continues in later works such as The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving and the Winnie the Pooh film.

His tail was not always fixed to him by a nail, although Disney has chosen this as part of his permanent image. When Eeyore lost his tail, Owl found it and used it as a bell-pull beside his door before Pooh found it for Eeyore. Christopher Robin then pinned it back on. According to Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, this was possible because Eeyore is full of sawdust. In Disney merchandise, Eeyore sometimes has an uncharacteristic smile. In animation, Eeyore is coloured his natural grey, though he is coloured blue with a pink muzzle in merchandising. He appears at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for meet and greets.

Appearances

Books

TV series

Movies

Internationally

  • In Arabic, Eeyore’s name is حوار or Howar in English letter, his voice actor is Mohsen Helmi who is the voice of Eeyore in all of his appearances.
  • In Brazil, Eeyore’s name used to be Quiasno in the first dub of the shorts and the VHS dub of the TV series, then Bisonho, but starting with The Tigger Movie it was changed to (pronounced the same way as Eeyore, but without the "R" sound at the end) to become more similar to the original. In the Brazilian dubs of Winnie the Pooh productions, Eeyore was voiced by Castro Gonzaga in ''The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh'', Mario Jorge Montini in the VHS dub of ''The Many Adventures'', then Luiz Brandão until his death in 2005, then Ednaldo Lucena until his retirement, and currently by Wanderlan Mendes
  • In France, Eeyore is known as Bourriquet and was voiced by Henry Djanik until The Tigger Movie, after which the role was given to Wahid Lamamra.
  • In Italy, Eeyore is named Ih-Oh (pronounced similarly to Eeyore) and he is voiced by Paolo Buglioni in the Italian dub.
  • In Japan, the melancholy donkey is voiced by Tarō Ishida, who previously provides the voice of King Triton from Disney film, The Little Mermaid. His name is the same in Japanese as in English, phonetically translated as イーヨー (Īyō).
  • In Sweden, Eeyore is called I-or. He had 3 different voice actors Sven Wallskog in the short films, John Harryson in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, KM Studio dub of season 1 of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and in the Media Dub, and Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, Stephan Karlsén in Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore. Since the KM Studio dub of Season 2 of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, he is voiced by Benke Skogholt in the Swedish dubs.
  • In Czech Republic, Eeyore is known as Ijáček.
  • In Poland, Eeyore is known as Kłapouchy (literally: Floppy-ear).

Voice Actors

Trivia

  • Although Eeyore is not a really main character like Pooh, Piglet or Tigger, he still appears in every Pooh project, whether it's movies, TV shows or books. The exceptions are: Winnie The Pooh and Tigger Too and Pooh's Party Game.
  • His catchphrase is "thanks for noticing me."
  • His favorite food is thistles.
  • According to one coloring book, his birthday is on January 3.
  • Eeyore is a color confusion, meaning either he is grey or blue.
  • He talks like Mr. Grumpy from the Mr. Men series, Sam Eagle from The Muppets series.
  • He has some confusion with sight, as he states that he is colorblind, asking Piglet what color his birthday balloon is, however, at one point after Christopher Robin nails his tail back on, he says "not a bad shade of pink, I guess."
  • Eeyore disguised himself as a Tigger three times.
  • Eeyore has ticklish on stomach.
  • Despite his depressive nature, Eeyore is capable of great compassion and empathy, which is shown when he grows a plant that Rabbit (a master gardener) was unable to grow, just by showing the plant a little love.
  • Eeyore is the only one of the toy animals to have more detailed eyes as opposed to just having black doted-eyes, while Rabbit, Gopher and Owl also have detailed eyes they were both real animals as opposed to toy ones. Pooh, Kanga and Roo have more detailed eyes only in Welcome to Pooh Corner.
  • Age-wise, Eeyore may be the oldest member of the group
  • Eeyore's name is based on the British Cockney dialect version of the phrase "hee-haw".
  • In Christopher Robin, Eeyore has a silly habit of calling Evelyn Robin "Evelyn My-Wife" as he believes it is her full name.
  • Eeyore constantly losing his tail and needing it pinned to him could be a reference to the party game "Pin The Tail On The Donkey".
  • He appeared in Wreck It Ralph 2, when Vanellope went to the Internet on the website OhMyDisney.Com.
  • In It's Eeyore Birthday stated that he never had a birthday in his life, which goes against the original books and the movie Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore.
  • Eeyore can ride a bike.

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