Pooh on this day Jan 18th

January 18, 2008

A.A. Milne was born in London, England on January 18, 1882. He attended the University of Cambridge. Milne is best known as the person who wrote the children’s books Winnie the Pooh. But that not all he has many other literary credits to his name. As a playwright he wrote many fanciful comedies from 1917 to 1930, like ‘Belinda’, ‘The Romantic Age’, ‘Ariadne’ and ‘Michael and Mary’. He also wrote a detective story “The Red House Mystery” in 1922. He began writing poems and stories based upon a bear for his son Christopher Robin, who features is most of his poems and stories. His books include “When We Were Very Young”, “Winnie-the-Pooh”, “Now We Are Six”, and “The House at Pooh Corner”. Milne also wrote his autobiography “Its Too Late Now” and Year In, Year Out”. He died on January 31, 1956.

Walt Disney Studios created magic for kids all across the globe when they with the help of their animation gave Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh a new lease of life. ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree’ released in 1966 and the sequel, ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day’, which won an Oscar in 1968 are all time classic cartoons that will leave you spellbound even today. ‘Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too’ was nominated for the Oscar in the year 1974 and ‘Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore’ as well.

“The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” was televised on Saturday mornings from 1988 to 1993 courtesy Disney Studies. A.A Milne’s characters are Winnie, Piglet, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo and Eeyore.