Edward Winnie-the-Pooh Bear
Hundred Acre Wood
When We Were Very Young (1924)
Winnie the Pooh is a yellow anthropomorphic bear who has a soft English-accented voice, wears an iconic red shirt and is the protagonist of the series. He lives under the name Sanders in a house located in the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh's not as he himself admits very intelligent, but does have good ideas sometimes. Unfortunately, he has a great difficulty communicating these to others. And he's also known as well-behaved, imaginative, nice, nurturing, idealistic, even-tempered, thoughtful, happy, eager, protective, optimistic, outgoing, heroic, patient, oblivious, outspoken, helpful, benevolent, empathetic, affectionate, respectful, encouraging, dependable, warm-hearted, assertive, relaxed, daring, whimsical, impulsive, naive, no-nonsense, ignorant, educated, docile, trustworthy, hedonistic, exuberant, dreamy, positive, observant, open-minded, honest, brave, endearing, artistic, righteous, persistent, organized, obsequious and honorable.
Pooh loves honey more than anything else and he loves to recite poems in hums really softly. He hums “hum dee dum dee doo dum dum dum doo doo dum dee dum dum dee doo dum dee dum dum dee doo dum dee dum dum dee doo dum dee dum dum dee doo dum” really softly while walking. He laughs with his lips closed and his laugh sounds like hums. He's the main character in the books and the series and his two closest friends seem to be Piglet, and Christopher Robin, though he is also close friends with Tigger, Rabbit, Eeyore, Owl, Gopher, Kanga, Roo, Kessie, Lumpy and in the My Friends Tigger & Pooh TV series Darby and her dog Buster.
Pooh's birthday is generally believed to be in August 21st, the same day as Christopher Robin Milne. That is because Christopher Robin Milne received his bear as a birthday gift, and this bear eventually inspired his father to create the character we've all come to love. However, it's nice to note that following the same logic Eeyore's birthday would be on Christmas Day and we happen to know that it's not.
The hyphens in Winnie the Pooh's name were part of the original storybooks, but were dropped by Disney and today the character is referred to almost exclusively without the hyphens and quite often as simply "Pooh" or "Pooh Bear".
Pooh was originally voiced by Sterling Holloway, who provided his voice in the three original Pooh short films, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, a 1970s Canadian Nabisco Golden Honeys cereal commercial, and the song "Winnie the Pooh for President". Hal Smith took over the role for Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons in 1981, and reprises the role in Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore and Welcome to Pooh Corner. Jim Cummings began voicing Pooh in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Book of Pooh, and Disney Channel's My Friends Tigger & Pooh and has provided the character's voice ever since.
He has black eyes and a brown nose. He wears a red shirt with his sleeves all rolled up and transformed into short sleeves and has a yellow coat of fur. It's shown he has black stitches in his bottom.
- "My thoughts get muddled and quite befuddled till I stick to words of one syllable or less"
- —Pooh in "Keep it Simple"
Pooh's a bear of very little brain and so he likes to use simple words to express his thoughts and needs others to use them to, or else he gets confused. In his words in The Tao of Pooh, "I am a bear of very little brain, and long words bother me." Language and words have always been a concern for Pooh and were a key focus of the series The Book of Pooh. Pooh often finds the mode of his friends' speech hard to follow, including Owl, who uses many large, scholarly words and Rabbit, who likes to use his words for bossing. There is also Tigger, a malaproper who often uses words that aren't even really words at all. Though Pooh claims to be a bear of very little brain, Christopher Robin tells him that "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think."
Short films (Four Storybook Classics Videos)
- Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)
- Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968)
- Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974)
- Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (1983)
Five Friendship Videos
- Clever Little Piglet
- Tigger-Ific Tales
- Three Cheers for Eeyore and Rabbit
- Pooh Wishes
- Imagine That, Christopher Robin!
Six Playtime Videos
Five Learning Videos
- Making Friends
- Helping Others
- Sharing and Caring
- Working Together
- Growing Up (only video to feature two tales)
- Welcome to Pooh Corner (1983-1986)
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-1995)
- The Book of Pooh (2001-2003)
- My Friends Tigger & Pooh (2007-2010)
- Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (1991)
- Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh (1996)
- A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving (1998)
- Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You (1999)
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
- Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997)
- Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999)
- The Tigger Movie (2000)
- Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)
- Piglet's Big Movie (2003)
- Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo (2004)
- Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
- Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
- Pooh's Super Sleuth Christmas Movie (2007)
- Winnie the Pooh (2011)
- Christopher Robin (2018)
- Winnie the Pooh: Adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood (2000)
- Tigger's Honey Hunt (2000)
- Kingdom Hearts (2002)
- Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (2004)
- Disney's Winnie the Pooh's Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (2005)
- Kingdom Hearts 2 (2005)
- Kingdom Hearts: Re: Chain of Memories (2007)
- Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010)
- Kinect Disneyland Adventures (2011)
- Kingdom Hearts: HD 1.5 ReMIX (2013)
- Kingdom Hearts: HD 2.5 ReMIX (2014)
- Disney Magical World (2014)
- Disney Magical World 2 (2016)
- Disney Magic Kingdoms (2016)
- Kingdom Hearts 3 (2019)
Songs by Winnie the Pooh include:
- Everything Is Right (Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin)
- Forever and Ever (Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin)
- Adventure (Over the Hill, episode of The Book of Pooh)
- The Floating Song (The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode Balloonatics)
- Pooh's Lullabee (The Tigger Movie)
- Rumbly in My Tumbly (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
- Up, Down and Touch the Ground (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
- Wherever You Are (Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin)
- Little Black Rain Cloud (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree)
- A Rather Blustery Day (Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day)
- My Song (Sing a Song with Pooh Bear)
- In Arabic, Winnie the Pooh's known as ويني الدبدوب or Winnie El Dabdoob in English letters, which means Winnie the Teddy Bear, his first voice actor was Sameh El-Agha, he only played Pooh in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. After that, all other Winnie the Pooh appearances was played by Nayer Naguil.
- In Brazil, Pooh's name used to be Ursinho-Puff (which translates as "Teddy-Puff"), but was changed to Ursinho-Pooh (which translates as "Teddy-Pooh") starting with the Brazilian dub of The Tigger Movie to make it more similar to the original name. In the Brazilian dub, Pooh's voice is performed by Marcelo Coutinho and later.
- In Flanders (Belgium) Winnie the Pooh's stylized as Winnie de Poeh.
- In France, Pooh's known as Winnie L'ourson and is voiced by notable voice actor Roger Carel.
- In Italy, the character's still referred to as Winnie-gli-Pooh or Winnie-Pooh (and sometimes spelled as Winnie Puh). Pooh is voiced by Marco Bresciani in the Italian dubs.
- In Japan, Pooh is known as クマのプーさん (Kuma no pū-san) (which translates as "Mr. Pooh Bear") and his voice is provided by Sukekiyo Kameyama.
- In Denmark, Pooh's known as Peter-Plys (which translates as "Peter-Plush") and he was originally voiced by John Hahn-Petersen, currently he's voiced by Donald Andersen in the Danish dub.
- In Finland, Pooh is known as Nalle-Puhin (which translates as "Teddy-Bear-Pooh"), and his voiced by Jarmo Koski.
- In Sweden, Pooh is known as Nalle-Puh (which translates as "Teddy-Puh"), and he was originally voiced by Tor Isedal in the short films, and Olli Markenros until Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin. Pooh's currently voiced by Guy De la Berg in the Swedish dub.
- In Germany, Pooh was originally known as Pu-der-Bär (which translates as "Pu-the-Bear"), but in the Disney adaptions he's known as Winnie(-die-)Puuh. Pooh's voiced by Michael Rüth in the German dubs.
- In Hungary, Pooh's known as Micimackó and his voice is provided by Mikó István.
- In Spain, Pooh's known as Winnie Pooh.
- In Greece, Pooh's known as Γουίνι το Αρκουδάκι (Gouíni to Arkoudáki).
- In Norway, Pooh's known as Ole Brumm, and he is voiced by Ivar Nørve (who also dubbed Eeyore until in some episodes of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.) in the Norwegian dub.
- In Poland, Pooh's known as Kubuś Puchatek, and he is voiced by Jan Kociniak in the Polish dubs.
- In Czech Republic, Pooh's known as Medvídek Pú.
- A tissue box with the look of Winnie the Pooh is the unofficial mascot of the two times Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. His fans are often throwing stuffed Pooh bears on the ice after he finishes his programs. In 2018 he also expressed his wish to go to the forest, where Pooh lives.
- Winnie the Pooh’s name was inspired by a bear named Winnipeg and a swan named Pooh.
- In a 1984 comic strip by Don Ferguson, Winnie the Pooh mentions having a grandfather and a cousin named Herkimer, both of whom sneezed every day at two o'clock, a habit Pooh inherited.