Winnie-the-Pooh myths dispelled

April 10, 2009

It's a known fact that the original name for Pooh Bear was Winnie-the-Pooh but when Disney acquired the rights the hyphens were removed. Thus it stands as Winnie the Pooh and that's how all young children would know it. But there's more to the story here are some defining moments.

  • Winnie short for "Winnipeg" was a bear bought by a Canadian lieutenant during World War I and later on became the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade's mascot in Europe. Post war she retired and came to the London zoo where she was befriended by A.A. Milne and his son.
  • Pooh was actually a swan that Christopher Robin Milne met when he was on a vacation with his father. When he received a soft toy bear on his birthday he named it Winnie-the-Pooh.
  • Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga and Roo too were stuff toy animals of Christopher Robin. Whereas Rabbit and Owl are believed to be animals from Christopher Robin local surroundings. Gopher was not part of the original stories and has been added by Disney.
  • The Hundred Acre Woods does not exist rather there is a Five Hundred Acre Woods on the outskirts of Ashdown Forest, Milne's home in Sussex, England.
  • Even though A.A. Milne was a prolific novelist & playwright he received only moderate success but that meant kids got wonderful kids stories and poems from him.
  • A few years ago Disney acknowledged that Winnie the Pooh was second only to Mickey Mouse in popularity around the world.
  • Pooh and friends have 10 full-length films to their credit. They also have starred in 4 TV shows plus 4 holiday specials & 12 video games. This includes Winnie the Pooh Dance Dance Revolution.

The good thing on the part of Disney is that they have captured and presented the most wonderful elements of Winnie the Pooh and other Pooh characters. But at the same time everyone should read the original books because there is no better way to read and learn about the Pooh character than through the stories and poems written by Alexander Alan Milne.