January 18th is #WinniethePoohDay and we are thrilled to celebrate this wonderful children’s classic. The lovable characters from this delightful book have come to life as Pillow Pets stuffed animals by day, pillow by night including Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore.
The classic tale written by A.A. Milne is based on a real life bear that was purchased by a Canadian Military Unit on its way to World War I. The Brigade captain named the bear Winnipeg for his hometown and “Winnie” for short. When the Brigade was sent from England to France, the Brigade captain donated the bear to the London Zoo.
Well, that bear was a favorite of Christopher Robin, the son of A.A. Milne who renamed his favorite stuffed animal Winnie after the real bear. A.A. Milne then began to spin a wonderful tale of characters that lived together in the Hundred Acre Wood. Of course there was Winnie the Pooh but Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, Kanga and Roo were also based on stuffed animals that belonged to Christopher Robin.
The author, A.A. Milne based the Hundred Acre Wood on the area that surrounded his property in Sussex England. This is truly a case of writing what you now…stuffed animals, woods, bears and more. The first Winnie the Pooh book was published in 1926 by Methuen.
Walt Disney’s daughters were huge fans of the Winnie the Pooh series and it inspired Walt Disney to bring this classic to film. In 1977 the first feature film was released under the name The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
So what became of the original Winnie from the Zoo? The success of Milne’s books made Winnie more famous than ever. When she passed away in 1934 at the age of 20, her death made news around the world. The boy Christopher Robin grew up to open a bookshop in England despite having found all of the fame from Winnie the Pooh to be terribly intrusive on his childhood having been a reluctant participant in the fame and glory of his father.
The Winnie the Pooh ride at Disneyland is a rolling look through the story and is described on the Disney page:
Glide and bounce and swirl through some of the most popular scenes and settings of Winnie the Pooh. Hop into a giant, 6-person beehive and get lost in the pages of A.A. Milne’s classic tales, as you journey to Hundred Acre Wood. Magically make your way through a colorful, song-filled storybook wonderland and experience a menagerie of kooky adventures, including:
- A Blustery Day in Hundred Acre Wood
Get swept up in a gust of wind with Piglet, Gopher, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo.
- A Rainy Place
Join Eeyore, Roo, Kanga, Rabbit, Owl and Tigger in a torrential downpour as they band together to stay afloat.
- Heffalumps and Woozles
Enter a dream world where singing Heffalumps and Woozles spring up and down, giggle and wiggle, and try to steal honey.
- A Party for Pooh
Celebrate sunny days and togetherness before leaving the pages of Hundred Acre Wood as Pooh finally gets his paws on some yummy honey.
The Winnie the Pooh classic books have inspired some inspirational quotes:
- On Dreams…“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams we can be together all the time.
- On Everlasting Love…“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
- On Self Esteem…“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
- On Remembering…“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
- On Love…Piglet: “How do you spell love?” Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”
- On Thoughtfulness: “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”